French III, Comprehensive

French III, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743528757
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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 III includes 30 additional lessons (16 hrs.), plus Readings, which build upon the language skills acquired in Levels I and II. Increased spoken and reading language ability. Level III will increase your vocabulary and grammatical structures and triple your spoken proficiency. Upon completion of a level III, you will be able to:

  • participate in most informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and some semi-professional topics,
  • form longer sentences while maintaining the target language syntax,
  • be understood even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners,
  • handle increasingly difficult grammatical structures,
  • enjoy fluent conversations with a variety of strangers,
  • have a near-native accent, and the subtleties of the language will be apparent in your speech,
  • read at the same level at which you speak.

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

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 III includes 30 additional lessons (16 hrs.), plus Readings, which build upon the language skills acquired in Levels I and II. Increased spoken and reading language ability. Level III will increase your vocabulary and grammatical structures and triple your spoken proficiency. Upon completion of a level III, you will be able to:

  • participate in most informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and some semi-professional topics,
  • form longer sentences while maintaining the target language syntax,
  • be understood even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners,
  • handle increasingly difficult grammatical structures,
  • enjoy fluent conversations with a variety of strangers,
  • have a near-native accent, and the subtleties of the language will be apparent in your speech,
  • read at the same level at which you speak.

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

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurFrench Phase 3, Units 1-30
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • It works (10)
  • Portable (8)
  • Fun (7)
  • Perfects accent (7)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Too fast (3)

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  • Self-improvement (11)
  • Travel (9)
  • Fun (7)
  • Business/work (4)
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5.0

Pimsleur is the only method that works

By Mark S

from Arlington, MA

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about French Phase 3, Units 1-30:

    Having taken months of adult education classes, I still struggled with understanding spoken French. My teacher recommended using Pimsleur to help me, and I it helped me tremendously to hear and to understand the words being spoken. I just spent two weeks in France, and it was very helpful! I will always use Pimsleur before I travel abroad.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect product!

    By RMarienlund

    from SF Bay Area

    About Me Family Is French Speaking, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about French Phase 3, Units 1-30:

      I listen to the lessons via speakerphone in my car on my daily commute. The product is just perfect, I marvel at how well designed it is. The lessons are easy to follow, yet you have to stay engaged with the learning as it is fast-paced enough so you won't be bored. The way words are introduced, you are building your vocabulary in a very useful way. You also learn the proper pronunciation as you repeat the phrases spoken with the native accent. The lessons are easy to manage on your device, the user interface is simple and it's a snap to track your progress. From point of purchase to completion, this is hands-down the best language learning product available.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pimsleur Works For Me

      By Louis the II

      from Denville NJ

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • No writing component
      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about French Phase 3, Units 1-30:

      After hosting a French exchange student last year, I decided to learn the language so my family can eventually travel to France and meet her family. Pimsleur looked like a good choice for me because of limited time I have to learn a new language. The concept is simple. They stress hearing and repeating with limited time spent on book work. You won't be able to talk French politics at a high level but you will be able to functionally communicate with the natives and not make a fool of yourself. On the negative side if you think doing a lesson in 30 minutes is going to get it done you are kidding yourself. I often stop the CD to give myself more time to formulate my response. I repeat the lesson as well but I do take their advice and never do more than one lesson per day. It takes time for your mind to remember what it has learned. Each class is well constructed to continually review the language you have learned. I also painstakingly write out large parts of the lesson. I find that to be extremely helpful in understanding how the constructs work. It's a great program but learning a foreign language is hard regardless of all the hype. Be prepared to work hard and your results will be good.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good intermediate conversation builder

      By Dedicated learner

      from Indian Land SC

      About Me Student, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about French Phase 3, Units 1-30:

        French III had excellent focus on strengthening conversation skills and gaining more comfort with expressions and idioms. Each lesson started with a review of concepts learned in the previous lesson and progressed from there with new idioms and vocabulary. I practiced with each lesson at least two, sometimes three times before moving on to the next one. The final lessons were good in that they presented real situations, such as booking a hotel, opening a checking account, with realistic simulated dialogs. I would have liked to see even more vocabulary but the emphasis on sentence structure use of informal/formal "you" was definitely helpful. I supplemented the lessons with a separate grammar workbook and live classes.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I like it a lot

        By Bill

        from Tulsa, OK

        About Me Business person, Close To Retirement, Traveler

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • It Works

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about French Phase 3, Units 1-30:

        I finished all three levels and am going through the second time. (Yes, you learn more the second time through.) I'm looking forward to Level IV, when I can save up enough to buy it.

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