1.0 out of 5 stars
Not Great, Feb. 19 2012
I bought this with a view to playing it in my car while driving to and from work. Unfortunately, the sound quality is poor and the CD is only marginally audible at highway speeds. ( I felt the CD was defective, and Amazon replaced it for me, however the second one was as bad as the first.) It might be possible to hear this in your car if you have a luxury vehicle with really good soundproofing, or perhaps if you are driving in the city at low speeds. But beware.
This is a very old instructional dialogue which I would guess has been transferred from vinyl to CD. The style of speech resembles something from a 1955 newsreel.
Content is suitable for a beginner German student. The CD uses basic vocabulary in very simple sentences. However, it is not easy to learn from because the German phrase or sentence is spoken only once. Then there is a pause, where you are meant to repeat the phrase. However, you only have one chance. If you aren't sure of what you heard ...that's tough luck. If you want verification that you have heard and then repeated the phrase correctly ... you won't get it. The CD just moves on to the next phrase or word. In my view this is a serious deficiency in the teaching method. I have used Pimsleur and Penton CD's and both of these repeat the German phrase twice, and give you two chances at it before moving on to the next phrase. Even if you have no difficulty hearing or distinguishing the words spoken in German, having the opportunity to repeat them twice certainly makes it easier to learn them.
In my opinion, the best CDs for a beginner/intermediate German student are Penton Overseas Inc. "Learn in Your Car" series.