Complete Language - Teach Yourself

COMPLETE LANGUAGE – From Teach Yourself

Product:  Complete [Language]
Overall Ranking:  70/100
Price:       $49.95
Owners:   Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, UK
Website:  www.teachyourself.comComplete Language - Teach Yourself

INTRODUCTION

Complete  [Language] from Teach Yourself describes their general approach as the “Discovery Method.”  By presenting the form of the language in a systematic way, they intention is to help you discover and absorb how the language works rather than memorizing rules and verb conjugations.  Each chapter is focused on specific objectives keyed to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Complete [Language] is one of the most complete lines of language courses available – currently offered in 53 different languages!

PROS

  • At the beginning of the book and first CD, there is a section which focuses on learning correct pronunciation. In addition, the CDs make use of native speakers throughout to help you internalize correct pronunciation by emulating the speakers.
  • Vocabulary is repeated frequently to help you retain it, but the medium is not as effective in that regard as many programs which track when you last used a word and whether you answer questions correctly or not.
  • The learner is encouraged to listen to the CD and repeat words/sentences until comfortable with them.
  • There is a section of questions to respond to at the end of each chapter, both for review and for testing your readiness to move on.
  • An answer key in the back of the book provides a means for immediate reinforcement and/or correction.
  • This series does a good job of focusing on common social situations.
  • Each chapter begins with a culture point, introducing both some insights into native culture and some key words and phrases.

CONS

  • There is no live tutoring involved in this series of courses.
  • Those who desire grammar explanation, grammar drills, or translation exercises will not be satisfied with this method.
  • The audio sections are not really designed to be Interactive, but to accompany the book.
  • The method is unable to accommodate to your answers (e.g., repeating questions that you miss).
  • The promised companion app is not yet available, though it might fill in some of the gaps in this course such as flashcards, spaced repetition, more interactivity, immediate feedback, and progress tracking.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The courses are designed for beginners as well as those who may have done a general language course at some time in the past.  By the end of the course, you are supposed to be at level B2 of the CEFR.

TRAINING/TOOLS OVERVIEW

Complete Language courses come in the form of a book, together with two audio CDs.  Although the one I reviewed mentioned a companion app “coming soon,” there is no such app available as yet.

SUPPORT

Support is basically a matter of the introductory section of the book which explains the book and CDs, the method, and how best to use the course and become a successful language learner.

PRICEComplete EFL

The Complete Language series is one of the most economical methods designed to lead you through the beginning and intermediate stages of learning a new language.  The book/audio combination lists at about $50, but can be found for significantly less.

FINAL OPINION

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, appreciating the opportunity to review all the basics using a completely different method.  It’s certainly not the best course available, but – at the price – it will be a good option for many learners.  By the end of the course, you will certainly have been introduced to the skills cited in CEFR through level B2, though I’m somewhat doubtful that many will be able to “interact with fluency and spontaneity” without more practice both listening and speaking.  I heartily endorse Complete [Language] as one helpful tool to add to your language acquisition resources.  To learn more or pick up your own copy of Complete [Language] at a great price, click here.

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8 thoughts on “COMPLETE LANGUAGE – From Teach Yourself

  1. Thank you for listing the cons of this product along with the pros! I have read so many product reviews that only list the pros, and it makes me mad. I can tell that you have actually used the product yourself and are not just trying to sell something. So many of these reviews sound like sales pitches to me. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi David,

    I found your article very interesting and helpful, I was absorbed by all the information you have given! I am still in the process learning English as it is not my first language, so I am very interested about these CD. I am not really aware about my level in English, it’s not really easy to give a personal judgment about myself:) So I am not sure what level of CD should I choose. Can you give me some suggestions, please?
    Thank you very much!

    1. Your writing indicates you are already at an intermediate stage of learning English. Complete English as a Foreign/Second Language would probably work well for you as a review and to solidify any weak areas in your basic learning.

  3. I appreciate the transparency with this product. I’m very interested in learning Russian because I think it’d be cool but ultimately I wouldn’t have any use for it lol.
    I prefer to learn stuff on my own so this kind of stuff is right up my alley! It’s good to know there’s more products out there than just Rosetta Stone, now these kind of products need to get more awareness!

    1. I’m glad to hear of your interest and sure others have the same feeling. Complete {Language] fills an important niche. The books are well-written and cover all the basics. I encourage you to give it a try.

  4. Great review. Sometimes when an item is reviewed much is left out, it almost seems like the person is reviewing for the sake of reviewing, not because their customer on the other side is looking for the value of what they are going to purchase.

    Learning a new language can be complicated already, but if one is pointed in the right direction, it makes the process a lot easier. Even better is when there is personal experience involved.

    Enjoyed reading what you have written here.

    1. Thanks so much! I really want you and all my readers to succeed, becoming fluent in their new language I also want you to have a great time in the process.

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