This course's methodology is effective -- next best thing than immersion
Not using English as a crutch is the entire point of the series -- there's a similar course for Spanish and German which forces the student to learn the language natively via observation and social context, not rote repetition of verb conjugations a vocabulary lists. This is exactly how children learn their native language -- it's effective as it's how our brain is wired. There's no point leaning via English as you then never internalize the language and speak haltingly as you compose in English then translate, then speak. Just speak natively.
I used this course when my company sent me to Paris without me knowing the language -- by 3 months I was functional and by 6 months I could function on the phone and in business meetings. After my 18 month stay in France, I attended French courses to continue by language training but the course was more "old-fashioned" and was more about memorizing grammar rules. Didn't like it much as French in Action.
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