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Just wanted to second Assimil. This is the one I got - > https://www.amazon.com/Assimil-French-Pack-English-speakers/dp/2700518136/ref=asc_df_2700518136/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=266149135190&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4147759819945020710&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&h... I had to rip the cds and load them into my phone so I can listen to them wherever I go, but I think it’s good.
I see that another user recommended Assimil, which is what I came here to recommend! However I think you should get the physical version! It's not too bad on Amazon, about $50 with the audio. I prefer the book version because I've heard the apps and e-versions of Assimil have some issues. Besides I feel like studying with a book helps me learn better (you might be different though).
Assimil's tidy little book took me from false beginner to reading Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers. That's a pretty good deal for $50. Nine months later and I'm still using the course occasionally, and now my husband is learning French with it too!
I also recommend getting a cheap basic grammar book like Easy French Step by Step -- that's the one I got but there are tons of other good ones like The Ultimate French Review & Practice. Assimil is great for comprehension and reading, but you'll want to have a more clear view of the grammar rules.
Amazon or their website. I believe it'd be cheaper on Amazon. Unfortunately, their website is quite user unfriendly for a website designed for language learning (it's only in French.)
Here's the link to their website one. It costs you 70 dollars on their website while it costs you 63 dollars on Amazon. Unless you buy it from another source where it drops down to 54 dollars. I believe somebody once told me you can find the audio online for Assimil French, so if you can find that, then you can just buy the book only, which would lower costs down a lot.
Interestingly enough, Assimil actually has a course on Ancient Greek, Latin, and Egyptian hieroglyphics so once you learn French, you can always have fun exploring that :P
As for Rosetta Stone, I don't think it's bad, I think it's ridiculously expensive for what you're getting. I know that for Chinese, it's absolutely terrible (I had some friends try to learn mandarin using it and they had barely improved when I found them after finishing RS Levels 1-3.) For the price of 200 dollars, it seems like RS only promises to get you somewhere around B1-B2 as well, and given what I've heard, Rosetta Stone in actuality after finishing all the way through level 5 gets you only to A2, maybe to B1 which would put you around the same level as other programs such as Assimil, except it's much more expensive. Once you get to B1 though, it's quite easy in my opinion to advance, as you can finally consume some native content.
Welcome! It can be intimidating for sure, but as a fellow noob in the language learning game who just seriously committed to the task in late December (I'm learning German), I can maybe get you started before the veterans come in and give you the more useful advice :-)
Here's how I would start:
Other people who are more familiar with French resources can chime in with more specific things, but I really recommend the Assimil and Language Transfer resources.
I guess they sold out of it already.
Here's the Amazon link.
There's an Amazon link in the description. There's currently 4 in stock with Prime shipping.
Get Assimil French (make sure you get the audio). You'll get further than what Michael Thomas would you give you. Then you can buy Using French for the advanced level.
It will take about 4 - 5 months to complete the first book, then about 3 - 4 months to complete the second book.