French Phase 4, Units 1-30

French Phase 4, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442367852
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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.

French Phase 4, Units 1-30

A new 30-unit course designed to be completed after French Phase 3, Units 1-30 (replaces French Phase 4, Units 1-10 course).

Thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken French language learning, plus one hour of Reading Lessons designed to expand your vocabulary, give you practice reading and hearing French, and bring you one step closer to reading French for pleasure.

Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur's French Phases 1-3. You'll be speaking and understanding French with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills. In Phase 4 the pace and conversation moves more rapidly, accelerating exposure to new vocabulary and structures, and approaching native speed and comprehension.

You’ll learn to speak about your professional and personal life, needs, likes and dislikes, and to create complex sentences discussing the past, present, future, conditional and subjunctive.

A few of the topics included in French Phase 4, Units 1-30

  • Business: Traveling for business, attending a conference, booking and canceling train tickets, looking for and buying a house in France.
  • Personal life: Discussing where you’ve lived, what you enjoy, going through hard times, marriage and divorce, raising teenagers, missing loved ones, moving.
  • Activities: Reading, hiking, gardening, skiing, going to the theater, watching TV, walking around, doing home renovations.
  • Shopping: trying on and buying various items of clothing, asking for colors and sizes, buying gifts and souvenirs, going to the open-air and the flea market, haggling over prices, negotiating a discount, discussing shipping options.
  • Vacationing: going to the beach or swimming pool, sampling foods, preparing a picnic, boating, dealing with crowds.
  • Dealing with Unforeseen Events: feeling ill, calling a doctor, losing or forgetting personal items, being caught in a strike, witnessing a crime,falling in love.
  • The French Character: Learn to think like a French person, using irony and sarcasm, making huffing sounds, showing nonchalance and disinterest, and expressing nostalgia and fatalism.

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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.

French Phase 4, Units 1-30

A new 30-unit course designed to be completed after French Phase 3, Units 1-30 (replaces French Phase 4, Units 1-10 course).

Thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken French language learning, plus one hour of Reading Lessons designed to expand your vocabulary, give you practice reading and hearing French, and bring you one step closer to reading French for pleasure.

Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur's French Phases 1-3. You'll be speaking and understanding French with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills. In Phase 4 the pace and conversation moves more rapidly, accelerating exposure to new vocabulary and structures, and approaching native speed and comprehension.

You’ll learn to speak about your professional and personal life, needs, likes and dislikes, and to create complex sentences discussing the past, present, future, conditional and subjunctive.

A few of the topics included in French Phase 4, Units 1-30

  • Business: Traveling for business, attending a conference, booking and canceling train tickets, looking for and buying a house in France.
  • Personal life: Discussing where you’ve lived, what you enjoy, going through hard times, marriage and divorce, raising teenagers, missing loved ones, moving.
  • Activities: Reading, hiking, gardening, skiing, going to the theater, watching TV, walking around, doing home renovations.
  • Shopping: trying on and buying various items of clothing, asking for colors and sizes, buying gifts and souvenirs, going to the open-air and the flea market, haggling over prices, negotiating a discount, discussing shipping options.
  • Vacationing: going to the beach or swimming pool, sampling foods, preparing a picnic, boating, dealing with crowds.
  • Dealing with Unforeseen Events: feeling ill, calling a doctor, losing or forgetting personal items, being caught in a strike, witnessing a crime,falling in love.
  • The French Character: Learn to think like a French person, using irony and sarcasm, making huffing sounds, showing nonchalance and disinterest, and expressing nostalgia and fatalism.

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PimsleurFrench Phase 4, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Portable (14)
  • Fun (12)
  • Perfects accent (11)

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    Best Uses

    • Fun (12)
    • Self-improvement (12)
    • Travel (12)
    • Business/work (4)
    • Family background/heritage (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (9), Business person (5)

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    Where It All Comes Together

    If you want to speak French, you need Phase 4. Phase 4 is not only a good vocabulary builder, it helps you with sentence structure, grammar, idiomatic expressions and even emotions. The...Read complete review

    If you want to speak French, you need Phase 4. Phase 4 is not only a good vocabulary builder, it helps you with sentence structure, grammar, idiomatic expressions and even emotions. The pace is quicker than Phase 3 but not so quick that you can't keep up with it. I'm at Unit 20 right now, which I think is so far the most critical lesson of the set. In Lesson 20 you develop a comfort level with the passé compose and reflexive verbs; I really can't see any other method going into this level of detail on one of the most basic and important foundations of the French language. You may not move as quickly through the units in Phase 4, I've played Unit 20 four or five times so far in the past 2 days, but you will build your confidence and ability to speak. Like one of the other reviewers, I just wish there was a Phase 5.

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    The sound is not good on this version

    The lessons are very good. Level 4 proceeds more quickly than the others and offers more challenge and more colloquial French. Unfortunately, the MP3 download to my computer is more difficult to hear,...Read complete review

    The lessons are very good. Level 4 proceeds more quickly than the others and offers more challenge and more colloquial French. Unfortunately, the MP3 download to my computer is more difficult to hear, and that makes it harder to learn. I reported the problem, and someone from Pimsleur did call me about it, and was going to look into it further, but so far I have not heard from them. I use the lessons on my ipod, and I can control the sound on that but not instant replay. I prefer the computer so that I can stop the lesson and repeat something until I get it right.

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    4.0

    Great way to learn a foreign language

    By louie

    from Denville NJ

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Lesson Transcriptions
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

    I really like the Pimsleur French courses. They do a great job of teaching how and what to say as the French actually speak. Plus they spend a good amount of each lesson on pronunciation, an essential element of speaking another language properly. I have found it interesting that I actually speak the language as well if not better than my daughter who has had four years of high school French. That's because so much of her study was spent on writing, reading, and grammar. Those are all important concepts however to just speak the language and be functional does not require those disciplines at the outset. I like the length of each lesson (30 minutes). Doing one a day works well but don't think you can do a lesson one time and have it mastered. I have found doing a lesson a couple of times is more beneficial and sometimes it is necessary to stop the lesson for more time to formulate your response. Overall, and for the price, I have found learning French through Pimsleur to be enjoyable as well as rewarding. I set out just to learn the basics but am now inspired to really learn the language to the best of my ability. I am only sorry I did not attempt this years ago.

    Service and delivery comments:

    One criticism I have of the courses is the text. I wish the booklets contained the transcriptions of each lesson. While parts of the lesson concepts are captured in the reading sections of the booklet, a complete transcription would aid in thoroughly learning the language. I have actually transcribed most of the lessons myself. However, without a teacher to ask questions of, I cannot be sure my work is completely accurate. I find that transcribing aids in speaking the language better. Also for beginners, the French instructor (not the male or female speakers) on some of the courses is very difficult to understand. I understand that it is to the student's benefit to hear the language spoken and to begin to recognize and think in the language, a very critical aspect of learning a new language. However, a bit slower would be a bit more beneficial. Overall the course works and I would recommend Pimsleur courses to others.

     
    5.0

    I love it!

    By kplife

    from Northampton, MA

    About Me Business person, Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited vocabulary
    • Time commitment

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

    I love Pimsleur. My comprehension and reading have improved tenfold. It provides the tools to continue the journey towards greater fluency. I would recommend using this product after having some knowledge of written French.

    Service and delivery comments:

    I suggest including more vocabulary.

     
    3.0

    The sound is not good on this version

    By none

    from MN

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality On Mp3

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun

    Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

    The lessons are very good. Level 4 proceeds more quickly than the others and offers more challenge and more colloquial French. Unfortunately, the MP3 download to my computer is more difficult to hear, and that makes it harder to learn. I reported the problem, and someone from Pimsleur did call me about it, and was going to look into it further, but so far I have not heard from them. I use the lessons on my ipod, and I can control the sound on that but not instant replay. I prefer the computer so that I can stop the lesson and repeat something until I get it right.

     
    5.0

    Pimsleur - It's merit and worth

    By Tom Grayson

    from Champaign, Illinois

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • It Works

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

      Over the past 3 years, I have purchased Pimsleur French I, II, III, IV (10 Units), and the current new French Phase IV. All are excellent listening & repeating language lessons. They are clear, functional, relevant, and fun. The courses are designed carefully. You take a gradual trip of learning the language with listnening & repeating key words and phrases through repetition. The scenarios are relevant. Using Pimsleur is an excellent way to supplement a formal in-class language program where the emphasis is on reading and writing. If you want to hear/understand and speak the language, then Pimsleur is one of the best, if not the best, ways to go.

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      5.0

      GREAT!

      By CabinGirl

      from PA

      About Me 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 4, Units 1-30:

        I'm not a real techie kinda person so the first time I tried downloading the digital version I made an error. I called customer service and reached someone right away who walked me through the download and copying to CD. Wonderful, friendly, patient customer service! And the program works great. I love it. I much prefer the Pimsleur method over Rosetta stone. Rosetta stone is very limiting for many reasons not the least of which is that one must be glued to the computer screen in order to use it. I much prefer the flexibility of Pimsleur as I can learn anytime anywhere. I put it on when I'm traveling by car. Being stuck in traffic is no longer a time of frustration, but a welcome and useful learning time. The conversations are realistic. The accents are easy to understand and duplicate. They've done a great job of balancing repetition of learned material with the introduction of new material. I highly recommend it.

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