French I-III

French I-III

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 90
  • ISBN: 9780743557733
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Description

Includes 90 lessons and reading instruction on 48 CDs, plus 3 reading booklets

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This complete French course includes all of Levels I, II, and III – 45 hours of spoken language practice and 3 hours of reading instruction. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding French. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak French. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 for each Level. These lessons, which total about three hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out French, then to progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. Before you know it, you’ll be reading French with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. A PDF file containing the combined Reading Booklets to be used with the audio lessons is included.
About the French Language

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.

Description

Includes 90 lessons and reading instruction on 48 CDs, plus 3 reading booklets

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This complete French course includes all of Levels I, II, and III – 45 hours of spoken language practice and 3 hours of reading instruction. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding French. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak French. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 for each Level. These lessons, which total about three hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out French, then to progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. Before you know it, you’ll be reading French with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. A PDF file containing the combined Reading Booklets to be used with the audio lessons is included.
About the French Language

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.

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

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    • Self-improvement (5)
    • Travel (5)
    • Fun (4)
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    5.0

    Tourist

    By Traveler

    from Sacramento, ca

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about French Phases 1-3:

      This is the 3rd language program I have bought from pimsleur (others were Italian and Turkish). The program allows you to learn at a comfortable pace. This certainly won't make you fluent, but it will provide you with basic communication skills (I was able to converse on my trips to Italy and Turkey which greatly improved the enjoyability of the experiences)

       
      5.0

      Look no Further!

      By Perpetual French Student

      from Erie, Pa

      About Me Business person, Physician, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Best On The Market
      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Expensive But Worth It

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Fast Tune Up-refresher
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about French Phases 1-3:

      I have been studying French for 25+ years and have been EXTENSIVELY through most of the similar products available and have completed several weeks of immersion school in France as well as extensive travel in Francophone countries. Of all the courses I have purchased, the Pimsleur courses have allowed me to speak/listen and formulate conversation in the most efficient and common-sense way (just like you learned your first language). Above all the Pimsleur course gave me the confidence to have conversations with french-speaking people in other countries (and they actually understood me!). Even after all these years, I will still go back and "run through" the French series to brush away the cob-webs. In fact, my first Pimsleur course was on cassettes, and thanks to their excellent "trade up" program, I now have a digital series on my iPhone. Do it every day- and stick to it! Do the reading exercises as well (helps your pronunciation). The only drawback I found was that early on I could speak much better that understand spoken French. This is a matter of experience with the language and letting your ear "mature". Don't sweat that either- it will come with persistence. Good luck!

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      Very happy there now is a French 4!
      I would suggest (strongly) that you include stories or long conversation as part of your French II through IV. My only issue (albeit 15 years ago when I truly first found Pimsleur and discovered there was more to French than my high school taught me) was that with the Pimsleur system I could produce speech, and convey what I was thinking well enough, but when a french speaker answered- oh boy! I couldn't keep up! I tried other products ie Mastering French, that had dialogues to listen to, and tried french movies etc., but often that speech was again too far advanced. If there were something a bit more sophisticated than your short dialogues before each lesson, and gradually more complex as one moves from french II to IV, you would have a grand-slam (I feel you already have a home-run!).
      Thanks for a truly great product!

       
      5.0

      Pimsleur French

      By CharlieO

      from Tallahassee, FL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about French Phases 1-3:

        This program is much better than Rosetta stone. The latter prepares you well for making third person observations (e.g., he swims, she eats, they run) which I had little use for in France. Also, seeing how words are spelled in French actually makes it harder to pronounce them because your brain automatically applies English rules of pronunciation- this mixes you up. Pimsleur gets you ready to talk about what you need or like or want, and to respond to others. It actually gets you thinking in French. The only way to make it better I think would be to include a video showing the person speaking; I think we get a lot of pronunciation clues from unconscious lip-reading. I highly recommend the Pimsleur method.

         
        5.0

        All Pimsleur programs work very well

        By PA Traveler

        from California

        About Me Business person, Traveler

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about French Phases 1-3:

        I have used French 1,2 and 3 plus German 1-4 , Spanish 1-2 and Italian 1 so far, and used the languages in each country. I mostly learned/listened to in my car and on an i-pod when traveling.I have been able to speak well with natives in each country. I have tried other programs, but pimsleur's are the easiest way to learn how to converse and function in many social settings. I recomment them highly, esspecially for somenne who is busy sunce they do not require you to sit by a computer for hours on end.

         
        4.0

        Learn as if it's your first language!

        By Kris

        from Portland, ME

        About Me Second Language Goal, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Maintains Brain Function
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about French Phases 1-3:

          Just follow the instructions: listen, respond, do it every day, and be sure to give the lessons your full attention. It is not a program for multi-tasking; although repeat lessons can be effective while doing mindless things simultaneously. Also do not pick up a text book. Reading will only slow you down and interfere with the listening/responding process that is modeled upon the way you learned your first language.

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