French III, Comprehensive

French III, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743528757
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  • List Price: $345.00

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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 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • It works (12)
  • Portable (10)
  • Fun (8)
  • Perfects accent (8)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • No writing component (3)
  • Too fast (3)

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  • Self-improvement (13)
  • Travel (10)
  • Fun (8)
  • Business/work (4)
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5.0

Convenient for commuting

By Dave

from Portland, OR

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement

Comments about French Phase 3, Units 1-30:

For someone with a very busy schedule, the audio download is perfect for lessons while driving to and from work each day. The app is quick and simple and runs perfectly. Would recommend this.

 
5.0

Love it!

By Grubgoat

from Detroit

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about French Phase 3, Units 1-30:

I'd like to start this review by saying *Hooray*! The entire time I've been working through Phase 3, there's been this murky cloud over my head, that Phase 4 would be the end of my Pimsleur French experience, and that all my time, money and effort would basically be left hanging with an incomplete understanding of French. But, they've got a Phase 5 now! Hooray! Pimsleur folks, please don't stop at 5, keep going! Surely, you've got the "Pimsleur" formula, audio recording/editing technology is cheaper than its ever been, and there are 50 million people who speak the language that you can cherry pick from profitably! Keep it going!

I finished Unit 30 today. I'll be going back through them all again, before I move on to Phase 4, but I WILL be buying Phase 4, and Phase 5. (Ahem, and 6 and 7 and 8, hint hint).

I previously posted a review of Phase 2, where I described myself as a factory worker who's goal was to learn another language as I worked. Nothing has changed in that respect, but I now have 3 phases I've gone through, and can look back at the last year I've spent learning French via Pimsleur. A funny side-effect is the cockiness - even after Phase 1, when really I had hardly any true knowledge of French once it was done, I still felt like I could go out and converse with people (which is, I think, a testament to how ingrained the lessons get in your head). Once I got into Phase 2, I not only realized how silly that was, but my understandings were enhanced exponentially by the end of Phase 2.

Now that I've finished Phase 3, I say the same thing. Early on in Phase 3 there are several words from the earlier Phases that they tell you not to bother to use anymore, *even though* they were integral to the early Phases. So in a sense, Phase 2 is "meaningless", except its not, because by about Unit 20 in Phase 3, they up the speed AND the depth, and really start getting you to speak entire complex sentences; this is *only* possible because of all the setup work they did with the earlier Phases, whether they ditch some stuff or not. And I'm saying, it works!

(See me being cocky again? Once I start Phase 4, I'll probably be reminded yet again of how little I know - except that, I'm getting to a point where I can read French websites, for instance, and pick out some basic phrases and words..., so I'm more sure that I have a basic foundation than ever.)

My only "complaint" would be one that I made in my last review - once we get basic phrases and stuff down, then what is missing is a lifetime's worth of actual common words to plug into the forms.

For instance, I still don't know many colors, emotions, words for Mother or Father, all my Months, and I know I can't do the instant math that is required in their numbers system. Also, body parts, pieces of clothing, etc. Now, I *could* go and look these things up (on occasion I have done this). But my goal is to learn this stuff while I work, and I can't work and be staring at a computer/phone screen all day.

That is why I'm glad they're doing more Phases, instead of pursuing some fad "Multimedia" approach, just because all the other companies are doing that. If the basic Pimsleur concept works, why change it just to follow the crowd?

And it DOES work. I said it already, I'll be buying the next Phases. Highly recommended!

 
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.

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