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Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Language Courses
The Audio-Forum Difference

Audio-Forum has a long history of working with Foreign Service Institute (FSI) authors and instructors. In the 1970s, the FSI contracted audio-recording work on FSI Language Courses with Audio-Forum. Audio-Forum then became the first publisher of FSI language courses for the general public. For 40 years, Audio-Forum has been the original and most trusted source for Foreign Service Institute language programs. In July 2012, Audio-Forum was acquired by MPS Multimedia, Inc., a veteran of publishing on media. We hold very high standards when it comes to publishing, presentation and packaging. Therefore, we’ve revamped the Audio-Forum FSI Language Courses with completely new packaging and digitally re-mastered audio. Our audio lab used professional software to “clean up” the sound for greater clarity. You’ll also find our FSI books to be of the best professional quality. Today, Audio-Forum remains the “gold standard” for FSI foreign language study courses.

FAQs on FSI Language Courses

Q: Since the Foreign Service Institute is a government body, aren’t FSI Language Courses considered public domain? Can’t I just make a copy?

A: Generally speaking, the original content of the FSI Language Courses is considered public domain, as “items written by U.S. government employees as part of their official duties cannot be copyrighted in the U.S.” However, FSI Courses by Audio-Forum include additional content such as “Listen to Me First” and “Culture Capsules” which are covered by Audio-Forum copyrights. Additionally, the FSI audio masters we use have gone through professional software sound processing and digital re-mastering. Therefore, FSI Courses by Audio-Forum are copyrighted as a whole and thus are not public domain and cannot be copied.

Q: If FSI Language Courses are considered public domain, shouldn’t they be free?

A: A classic book such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn might be in the public domain, but the quality of the published book differs widely from publisher to publisher. Such differences may include print quality, typesetting, cover art, custom illustrations and additional content, and the cost of the finished product reflects the quality of the publishing. Likewise, at Audio-Forum, though we are priced very competitively, we remain the gold standard for FSI Language Courses, providing additional content, professionally printed books, quality packaging, and a fantastic overall foreign language learning experience.

Q: Why does it cost so much to buy FSI Language Courses? Why do I see FSI Language Courses from your competitors for cheaper?

A: Actually, Audio-Forum FSI Language Courses are now priced very competitively against other FSI Language Course re-publishers. In August 2012, we dropped the prices by 25-50% on many Audio-Forum FSI Language Courses. So you’ll not only get the best quality course with the best books, media and packaging, you’ll also get the best price for quality work. We are a real publisher, publishing FSI courses complete with our own ISBN numbers and Audio-Forum imprint.

You could pay several hundred dollars per course for FSI Language Courses from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. You can also find low-quality competitors on the internet saying “Why pay hundreds of dollars for FSI Language Courses when you can get ours for only $XX?” However, the discount courses don’t include a REAL printed book, 20+ CDs’ worth of content and quality packaging like Audio-Forum FSI Language Courses. You’ll want to make a real comparison to know what you are getting before you buy.

We also offer lower priced options as well, but differences do apply along with our high standards. See below for the Audio-Forum Difference on FSI Language Courses by Audio-Forum.

See Pics of the Audio-Forum FSI Difference and find the type of course right for you.

 
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