French Phase 1, Units 1-30

French Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442307674
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! French Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with nearnative pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident. In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level.
  • In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Unit 9 and provide you with an introduction to reading French. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! French Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with nearnative pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident. In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level.
  • In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Unit 9 and provide you with an introduction to reading French. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurFrench Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 32 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (28)
  • It works (28)
  • Portable (27)
  • Perfects accent (22)
  • Fun (15)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (9)
  • No writing component (8)
  • Too fast (3)

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  • Self-improvement (25)
  • Travel (24)
  • Fun (18)
  • Business/work (11)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
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    • Traveler (18), Business person (9), Student (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

In a foreign land French helped

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I wanted to write to you and say thank you for the excellent language programs that you provide. I was considered unable to learn a language in...Read complete review

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I wanted to write to you and say thank you for the excellent language programs that you provide. I was considered unable to learn a language in High school and struggled with Spanish in college. I first tried your 10 day French program 6 years ago and I still have retained the conversations learned there in. About a month and a half ago I went overseas for the first time to Italy and was very nervous about not knowing the language. I had one month to learn Italian and since I was so confident with the French that I learned from your compnay, I decided to try your Italian program. I was blown away at how easy it was to learn a new language and retain it along with my French. Not only was I was able to understand conversation I was able to speak it and be understood by all the people I came in contact with in Rome. I was able to help my family find directions to places we wanted to go and I was able to order food and drink with ease and by the end of my week there I felt very comfortable with the language so much so that several cab driver mistook me as a local. The French also came in handy when I got lost and I went to ask for directions and I was able to get directions from a French tourist.
The Pimsleurworks and I highly recommend it to anyone who is wanting to learn a language and be able to converse in it. I never dreamed that I would be able to speak another language and you have proved that I can! Thank you for this amazing experience and for helping me communicate and become connected with the world around me. I highly recommend Pimsleur languages because it works and it works very well. Have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Brandon A. McCluskey

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fairly good approach

This product is very efficient in that it audibly speaks exactly how the words and phrases are to be pronounced, and requires you to speak back. The way it takes you through a process...Read complete review

This product is very efficient in that it audibly speaks exactly how the words and phrases are to be pronounced, and requires you to speak back. The way it takes you through a process of firstly speaking formally to natives about things related to travel and foreign matters is a necessary process. The graduated interval recall is very reassuring and beneficial, as I think, "I DEFinitely know this one!" and it fires up my confidence.
A couple things that didn't work personally for ME: I am definitely more of a visual and tangible learner. I often have trouble with hearing foreign things and remembering them. Visual aids such as pictures, the actual words and spellings, and other acquaintances aid in the ingraining of the material in my mind. Secondly, this is a foreign language. At times I feel like the speakers are flying by with words and phrases I'm supposed to know. It irks me that I can't see the spelling of the word, or even that the speakers don't slow down to "stupid people" level speaking. I was drastically needing readings and spellings of the words I'd had thrown at me. Even the method is largely based on "speaking like a native" and avoids displaying words, I think it should at least show translations starting at lesson 10. I've heard several times that memory is ingrained far more with more senses stimulated (feeling, hearing, seeing, smelling[?]), and I believe it could make such a difference with memorizing words.
In a nutshell, this product works for me, and maybe more so for other audio learners. But I think the product could work drastically more if spellings or pictures were introduced later on in the lessons.

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4.0

Pimsluer method is

By Sean

from Oregon

About Me Business person, Government employee, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about French Phase 1, Units 1-30:

30 minutes per day of audio and verbal exercise with Pimsluer is realatively easy and very effective. It is the best language program I have found and prepares me well before immersion with near native speaker accent (as my native speaker friends verify). The new android app for downloading and managing the MP3 lessons is a great improvement over having to buy cds and re-format. Pimsleur is now very ready to go for mobile language learning.

Service and delivery comments:

Make MP3s easier to move around and store on my other MP3 player so I can do language learning while I am running/exercising.

 
5.0

Excellent

By Diana

from Houston, Tx

About Me Autodidact, Professional

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 1, Units 1-30:

    It is the best system to learn another language. I love it!

     
    4.0

    Targeted at business person?

    By N.P.

    from OK

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Small Vocabulary

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work

    Comments about French Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    This method works very well. This is my first Pimsleur product, and I wish I knew it earlier! The only complain I have is that they always assume that one is in France (or wherever French speaking country) with one's wife/husband and kids. Is this product targeted at business person? It is more important for me to be able to describe different types of activities than saying "my older daughter" or "younger son", etc. I wish they had different situation setting targeting at different age group of people as well and that I could learn how to make an order at a cafe, to go shopping with friends, etc. Overall, I think this is a great way to learn new language, but the number of words learnt is very little. I hope it will change in Phase II.

     
    4.0

    Easy to use in the car

    By Jim the cook

    from Eugene, Or

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about French I, Comprehensive:

      I use this in my car. Easy to concentrate on the lessons and generalize to new situations. I wish there were more visuals in the book as seeing words helps me.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very good starting place

      By Fiddle lady

      from Cincinnati, Ohio

      About Me Traveler

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No writing component

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about French Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      The lessons have reintroduced the basics. I can already understand much of what I hear and am only half way through. Hopefully recall catches up with my understanding. The lessons are well ordered and build on the comprehension in a very conversational manner. I am pleased with the purchase so far and am contemplating using this method to brush up on German and Spanish in the future. Italian wouldn't hurt either!

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