BBC Quickstart

Quickstart language cure for time-stretched Brits
Research by BBC Languages has revealed that 50% of people cite lack of time as the reason for giving up learning a foreign language, which is why we have devised a new series of audio CDs – Quickstart – designed specifically for those of you who don’t have much time on your hands!

Quickstart is particularly aimed at the growing number of people going away on weekend or short European breaks who want to grasp the basics of the language beforehand, without having to master any complicated grammar or phrases. Retailing at £12.99, Quickstart is available in French, German, Spanish and Italian – the languages of British holidaymakers’ favourite weekend city break destinations – and follows three friends around Nice, Hamburg, Barcelona and Turin respectively.

50% of people cite lack of time as the reason for giving up learning a foreign language

For example, in Quickstart French, we join Rachida, Thierry and Luc for their 24-hour stay in Nice. The friends’ conversations introduce us, via 14 structured episodes, to a range of especially-selected potential weekend break scenarios, including checking in at the airport; finding a place to stay; seeing the town and asking for directions; ordering in restaurants and bars; shopping; and enjoying the nightlife.

Quickstart concentrates only on the essential language required for a short break abroad, breaking it down into short, relevant, easy to learn categories. Each section allows you time to listen to the conversations, time to reflect with a step-by-step explanation of the dialogue, time to kickstart which lets you practise your pronunciation and language and time to recap so you can listen again and see how much you have picked up.

Each Quickstart CDs/cassettes pack also contains a booklet which features lots of useful language tips and all the conversations that are featured on the audio.

course description

BBC Quickstart is aimed at the growing number of people going away on weekend or short European breaks who want to grasp the basics of the language beforehand, without having to master any complicated grammar or phrases. The courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish follow three friends around Nice, Hamburg, Turin and Barcelona respectively.

BBC Quickstart concentrates only on essential language required for a short break abroad, breaking it down into short, easy to learn categories. Each section allows you time to listen to the conversations, time to reflect with a step-by-step explanation of the dialogue, time to kickstart which lets you practise your pronunciation and language and time to recap so you can listen again and see how much you have picked up.

Each Quickstart CD/cassette pack also contains a booklet which features lots of useful language tips and all the conversations that are featured on the audio.
review in association with BBC Languages 2005

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A press release by BBC Languages

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