French Phase 2, Units 1-30

French Phase 2, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442308046
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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.

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes with Pimsleur it’s that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. French Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1.

  • In the first 10 lessons of Phase 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded and fluency increases.
  • The next 10 lessons of Phase 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situation, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures – faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored, as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of Phase 2, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with nearnative pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading French, and to provide you with some insight into French culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at things you’ll see when visiting a Frenchspeaking country. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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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.

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes with Pimsleur it’s that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. French Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1.

  • In the first 10 lessons of Phase 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded and fluency increases.
  • The next 10 lessons of Phase 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situation, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures – faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored, as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of Phase 2, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with nearnative pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading French, and to provide you with some insight into French culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at things you’ll see when visiting a Frenchspeaking country. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurFrench Phase 2, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 29 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (28)
  • Portable (27)
  • It works (26)
  • Perfects accent (20)
  • Fun (18)

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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5.0

it's fantastiqeu!!!

By Bazza

from Swan Hill Australia

About Me Business person, Traveler

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about French Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    I love the help with the pronunciation so ican learn to speak like a french person and not with an Aussie accent. I have been taking one on one lessons with a french girl for 18 months but have learned more in a month than before

     
    4.0

    I recommend Pimsleur French highly

    By Bazza

    from Swan Hill Victoria Australia

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    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 Phase 2, Units 1-30:

      I was loaned a copy of French 1. Iwas so impressed that as soon as possible I bought 2. I had been taking lessons from a french woman one on one but I have learned more in the last month with Pimsleur than during the previous 18 months with lessons.I now use my french teacher as a tutor.So simple,listen,hear learn

       
      5.0

      Perfect for me

      By MaryPat948

      from Berwyn, PA

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about French Phase 2, Units 1-30:

        Great product. Have used the CD's and found them perfect for me. Now have the MP3 edition...perfect for my mobile use. Can be on treadmill or walking and listening. This learning system fit me perfectly.

         
        4.0

        Just Do It"!!

        By itzcarolyn

        from Tucson, Arizona

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

        Verified Buyer

        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

        Best Uses

        • 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.

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