French, Conversational

French, Conversational

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD
  • Lessons: 16
  • ISBN: 9780743550420
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Description

Includes 16 lessons on 8 CDs

French is an official language in 44 countries. It is spoken by 55 million people in France, 3 million in Belgium, 1.5 million in Switzerland, 6.5 million in Canada, and 5 million in former French + Belgian colonies. It is also an official language of the U.N.

French, Conversational

  • Sixteen 30-minute lessons of spoken French language instruction. These sixteen lessons are the same as the first sixteen lesson of Pimsleur's 30-Unit Comprehensive Program.
  • Each lesson includes an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures and includes practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
  • Essential grammar and vocabulary. Topics include: greetings, numbers, meals, shopping, telling time, scheduling activities, and asking and giving directions.
  • No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural (and useful!) conversations.
  • Easy, fast, fun and effective language acquisition.
  • Completely Audio - anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary! Unlike expensive software programs which tie learners to a computer, Pimsleur courses are available in CD or mp3 format to meet your needs.
Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program.

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Description

Includes 16 lessons on 8 CDs

French is an official language in 44 countries. It is spoken by 55 million people in France, 3 million in Belgium, 1.5 million in Switzerland, 6.5 million in Canada, and 5 million in former French + Belgian colonies. It is also an official language of the U.N.

French, Conversational

  • Sixteen 30-minute lessons of spoken French language instruction. These sixteen lessons are the same as the first sixteen lesson of Pimsleur's 30-Unit Comprehensive Program.
  • Each lesson includes an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures and includes practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
  • Essential grammar and vocabulary. Topics include: greetings, numbers, meals, shopping, telling time, scheduling activities, and asking and giving directions.
  • No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural (and useful!) conversations.
  • Easy, fast, fun and effective language acquisition.
  • Completely Audio - anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary! Unlike expensive software programs which tie learners to a computer, Pimsleur courses are available in CD or mp3 format to meet your needs.
Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program.

Need Help?

Call us with questions
(800) 831-5497

FAQ about Pimsleur

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PimsleurFrench, Conversational
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Perfects accent (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • It works (6)
  • Fun (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (8)
    • Self-improvement (7)
    • Fun (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (7), Business person (4)

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    4.0

    Rue St Jacque

    By Sabine, the gardner

    from Durham,N.C.

    About Me Everyday Reader

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Relevant

    Cons

    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Reference

    Comments about French, Conversational:

    Listened to the cd in the car to help with usage and pronunciation. The repetition helps with recall. The last cds require a download of words to read and pronounce thus not being able to do this in the car.

    The only real negative for me personally was that I already had the Basic French cds and this one was a repeat of much of the same material. Also most people would be using this for short travel trips and would like more situations with hotels, tours and food in restaurants.

     
    4.0

    Huge help with pronunciation

    By Penny G

    from Harrisburg, PA

    About Me Bookworm

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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          Comments about French, Conversational:

          Purchased these prior to travel in France. Previously had 4 years high school french and conversation practice with a Sorbonne-trained American, but my pronunciation and comprehension were still weak. Pimsleur helped a great deal in both areas. I understood more of what I heard abroad, and was able to make myself understood without embarrassment. This method makes so much sense compared to endless conjugation of verbs!

          Service and delivery comments:

          I would make some of the practice conversations more up to date and true to life. Yes, many of us will have to ask "Ou est la rue St. Jacques?" But we will not be saying what is found in some of the stilted social exchanges.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent, Practical Program that Works!

          By Brian the Lion from Zion

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Government employee, Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Fun
          • It Works
          • Learn while driving
          • Perfects Accent
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Just for fun
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about French, Conversational:

          You will become conversant in French using this program! Why? Becuase it incorporates practical exchanges and foundations that you are able to constantly build upon and build upon, yielding fluency. I contrast this with other programs, that teach you pigeon phrases, but without a foundation, leaving you inept; they are like being taught how to serve a tennis ball, but not how to return that serve. With Pimsleur, you learn not only how to return the serve, but also how to competently "play the game." Pimsleur was recommended to me by a multilingual friend who taught French for years; am I glad I listened to her! I can now converse with her in French in ways I could never do in a competitor's Spanish program. Further, the Spanish competitor program taught phrasings that were unintelligible either to her (she's also fluent in Spanish) or other native Spanish speakers! In contrast, my friend understands everything I speak to her in French based on the Pimsleur program, and she marvels that I speak with the correct accent! In sum, this program is EXCELLENT!

          Service and delivery comments:

          This may be available online, but I would have appreciated a script with the product, because some words and expressions would be better understood if I knew how they were spelled. Further, making flash cards from the expressions would be an additional learning aid. Without the script, I can't be sure that I am spelling things properly.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent metholody!

          By Paris Bound!

          from New Jersey

          About Me Business person, Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Fun
          • It Works
          • Perfects Accent
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business/Work
            • Travel

            Comments about French, Conversational:

            The learning process is uncanningly effective. You're picking up key information and developing skills without even realizing you're doing so.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A little early to tell

            By Hank

            from SF Bay Area

            About Me Traveler

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • It Works
            • Perfects Accent
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Too Fast

            Best Uses

            • Just for fun
            • Self-improvement
            • Travel

            Comments about French, Conversational:

            To get a small start in conversational French when traveling in Quebec...

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