i got my french coach on the DS for my bf for xmas in my continuing quest to get him to play video games. brain age had opened me up to the possibilities of “brainy” games, and this is a decent game/edutainment title in terms of production and content, although it’s severely limited. there are relatively few mini-games, and the focus is almost solely on vocabulary and short phrases. several verbs are introduced, but there’s very little reinforcement of how to actually use them, and conjugation is never fully explained. after you get to lesson 35 or so the rest of the “1000” lessons consist of completely unrelated groupings of often useless vocabulary (e.g. “quarry”). there are tons of cognates (e.g. the french word “cookie” which means, you guessed it, “cookie”) which could’ve been spaced out a little more, and there are more than a few notable mistakes (e.g. one lesson skips over presenting half of the word list and still tests you on them, and there are places where a word is presented as the translation, but then a different word is used when quizzing). all in all this is a good, but def. not great, package. clearly a quick money-maker that with a bit more time and effort could’ve been truly indispensable. regardless, you can be sure that if a version for german or japanese comes out i’ll def. be picking it up.
mon professeur de français