French II, Comprehensive

French II, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743506212
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

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.

Comprehensive French II includes 30 additional lessons (16 hrs.), plus Readings, which build upon the language skills acquired in Level I. Increased spoken and reading language ability. Level II will double your vocabulary and grammatical structures while increasing your spoken proficiency exponentially. Upon completion of a Level II, you will be able to:

* engage in fuller conversations involving yourself, your family, daily activities, interests and personal preferences,
* combine known elements into increasingly longer sentences and strings of sentences,
* create with language and function in informal situations,
* deal with concrete topics in the past, present, and future,
* meet social demands and limited job requirements,
* begin reading for meaning.

Note: In order for the Pimsleur Method to work correctly, you must first complete the Level I language program before proceeding to the Level II language program.

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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

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.

Comprehensive French II includes 30 additional lessons (16 hrs.), plus Readings, which build upon the language skills acquired in Level I. Increased spoken and reading language ability. Level II will double your vocabulary and grammatical structures while increasing your spoken proficiency exponentially. Upon completion of a Level II, you will be able to:

* engage in fuller conversations involving yourself, your family, daily activities, interests and personal preferences,
* combine known elements into increasingly longer sentences and strings of sentences,
* create with language and function in informal situations,
* deal with concrete topics in the past, present, and future,
* meet social demands and limited job requirements,
* begin reading for meaning.

Note: In order for the Pimsleur Method to work correctly, you must first complete the Level I language program before proceeding to the Level II language program.

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PimsleurFrench Phase 2, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (25)
  • Portable (24)
  • It works (23)
  • Perfects accent (18)
  • Fun (16)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (8)
  • No writing component (7)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I'll be buying Phase 3

I work in a factory. I got tired of the same music over and over, I had wanted to learn another language for years (tried Spanish years ago, lost interest), and I...Read complete review

I work in a factory. I got tired of the same music over and over, I had wanted to learn another language for years (tried Spanish years ago, lost interest), and I always have ear-phones in my ears. So on a whim (and after I read War and Peace, and some of the non-translated French parts made me feel stupid), I bought Pimsleur's "Coversational French" in a box, which had the first 15 units in it. Now, lets be honest people, the first 15 units will NOT, in ANY WAY, constitute enough knowledge to allow you to have "a conversation". I've just finished Phase 2, and *MAYBE* I *might just* be able to deliver a glimmer of a conversation. For a few minutes.

Don't get me wrong, I'm *loving* my Pimsleur French lessons. No one else I know thinks its cool, but I do. As I did with Phase 1, I'll soon Re-Do Phase 2, there are always things that you lose/forget/didn't-pick-up-the-first-time-through (and I want to get my money's worth, its not cheap). I WILL buy Phase 3, when that's done. And eventually Phase 4, though I worry that they'll never do more than Phase 4, so I've wasted my energy and money... Because, since Pimsleur is my only way to learn, where do I go next??

Faults? Though I love to read, I haven't given any time to the reading lessons, my personal goal is to learn a language while I work. As such, there have been times where I *thought* I was speaking the words/phrases correctly, but when I Google Translated them, I had them completely wrong! Earplugs, loud factory, I'm busy, etc., I didn't always catch the "proper" pronunciation. Having done this nearly everyday for almost the past year, I find I can adapt quite easily, once I realize my errors. Often, the earlier Lessons you learned get changed completely anyway, so as you go with Pimsleur you *HAVE* to adapt. Its not hard, they coddle you along.

The reality, though, is that these recordings/lessons are only a start. Not to say that they're not useful, they ABSOLUTELY are, but interacting with a "real" person, or even just a movie that doesn't know the repetitious Pimsleur Phrases, it becomes obvious that one will have to do "MORE" to really grasp the language. BUT, they're giving you many basic, every-day words and phrases, and are teaching you how to form your own basic phrases that are fairly common. My personal guess is, if I were dropped in Paris one day out of the blue, I might not be able to catch much of what the natives would say to me, but I could *quite probably* make my needs known, and get results, albeit slowly. Which is *Worlds Away* from where I started, not quite a year ago!!

Its very much like the old Karate Kid movie, "Paint the Fence, Wax the Car", mindless monotonous repetition (Factory work, anyone?). You simply listen and repeat the phrases over and over, and eventually you will reach a "zen" point where, when asked THAT particular question, you WILL automatically repeat the appropriate phrase, maybe without even knowing! What eventually happens, is that Pimsleur starts showing you how to DE-configure the phrases, and re-translate anything you want with the new words they've taught you. And since they've already programmed basic grammer into you, you can (ideally) start to make your own sentences...! Have you ever met a foreigner that *doesn't quite* speak correctly, but you can figure it out, with effort, what he wants to say? That's ME! That's awesome!!!

Over the course of using this series, I've also watched a baby grow and start to learn to speak english, which reminds me of Pimsleur's thing about how children learn language. I saw the child recently, and her grasp of the language (or at least the mindless phrases we spurt out in appropriate situations) has grown probably in a similar ratio to my own French understandings over several years. Neither of us could hold a political discussion, for instance, but both of us could get our needs met, which is incredible, considering our previous states. When she said "Thankyou" for me opening a door that she was too little to open, it sounded as "real" as it probably would for the average "French person", when I said "Thank you" (in their language) for them holding a door open for me.

I Kind of wish they'd add some "fundamental" stuff. Like, I *KNOW* I'm not ready with French numbers, especially how they do math in their translations! I would LOVE to see some kind of basic number "Flash card" tracks, where I could test myself. I would also say that while I DO know my weekdays, months are still missing mostly (though those will get covered in later lessons, I know). A track focusing on Months, and frankly lots of other stuff, could possibly make it easier for a user to jump into the future NEW pimsleur products, (as they already know basic stuff, just like a toddler would have learned, so they could more easily jump into a further French lesson).

Highly recommended!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Format good, but moved too fast!

Starting with French 1 and moving to French 11, I used the program every day as recommended. French 1 was just the right speed, with enough repetition that I felt I had pretty...Read complete review

Starting with French 1 and moving to French 11, I used the program every day as recommended. French 1 was just the right speed, with enough repetition that I felt I had pretty well mastered it. French 11 was another story. The past tense usage was not very clear. Many new words were presented without enough repetition and even though I went over many of the lessons twice I did not get them enough to use. I will start all of French 11 again and hope and hope I am able to understand it. I liked in French 1 having a question asked, time to try it, then speaker repeats, and again I have enough time to try then speaker repeats once more.

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4.0

Just Do It"!!

By itzcarolyn

from Tucson, Arizona

About Me Active Senior Citizen, Always Learning New Thing, Traveler

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Pros

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

Cons

  • I Need To See Some Words
  • No writing component
  • Verb Conjugation Confusin

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about French Phase 2, Units 1-30:

I finished the 30 lessons in French I and immediately ordered French II and III. The structure of the lessons is great with lots of reinforcement and repetition. (This coming from a former school teacher.) I do two lessons a week and repeat them several times---mostly in my car. Its great that I could download on phone, iPad, and computer. I am, however, a very visual learner and sometimes I need to just "see" the word in order to understand it better. I have, therefore, supplemented my learning with a French grammar book and with a French/English translation app. Hoping to be fairly fluent by the time I go to France next summer. I'll keep plugging along.

 
3.0

Format good, but moved too fast!

By Elaine the Eager

from Omaha, NE

About Me Traveler

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Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • Too Fast

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

Comments about French Phase 2, Units 1-30:

Starting with French 1 and moving to French 11, I used the program every day as recommended. French 1 was just the right speed, with enough repetition that I felt I had pretty well mastered it. French 11 was another story. The past tense usage was not very clear. Many new words were presented without enough repetition and even though I went over many of the lessons twice I did not get them enough to use. I will start all of French 11 again and hope and hope I am able to understand it. I liked in French 1 having a question asked, time to try it, then speaker repeats, and again I have enough time to try then speaker repeats once more.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best course to be able to speek

By Johnny

from New York City

About Me Business person, Traveler

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Pros

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

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    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about French Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    I have studied French in High School, Collage, Language School and could pass grammar test with flying colors, but could not carry out a conversation. I studied Pimsleur Swedish and when I went to Sweden I carried out conversations and knew what was being said around me. Now it is French and I getting there...speak fluently. This is the best course on the market today.

     
    4.0

    Easy way to get accent

    By emmie

    from Missouri

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    • Easy to use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive

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    Comments about French II, Comprehensive:

    I listen to tapes in my car. I think it is a good way to begin learning pronunciation of many words.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ecellent follow up to French 1.

    By Grace

    from MA

    About Me Traveler

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Travel

    Comments about French Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    This was an excellent follow up to French 1, a bit more difficult, but manageable. I did find myself repeating a lesson now and then as new forms, such as past tenses of verbs, were introduced. But more and more of the French I learned years ago kept coming back to me. I purchased this to prepare for an up-coming first trip to France and anticipate being able to speak some French once there. I do wish, though, that more vocabulary was shown in the reading lessons, especially the spelling of the past and future tenses of verbs. I am looking forward to French 3!

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