French Phase 1, Units 1-30

French Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442307674
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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.

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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4.5

(based on 57 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (52)
  • Portable (51)
  • It works (49)
  • Perfects accent (38)
  • Fun (34)

Cons

  • No writing component (16)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Too fast (4)

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  • Travel (46)
  • Self-improvement (41)
  • Fun (31)
  • Business/work (20)
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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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5.0

Well paced and easy to understand

By EFS

from Petaluma, CA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Best As A Review

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about French Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Using this course to help me remember my 45 years ago college French. It is perfectly paced for me. I listen for a half hour every day while driving. I do not know how well this would work for someone with no previous exposure to the language.

 
5.0

Easiest way to learn to have it stick

By Lori

from Kauai, Hawaii

About Me Business person, Traveler

Pros

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

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    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about French Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I listen to French I while I am driving and I find that the new language information sticks like nothing I have tried before. As children we Hear and Repeat words years before we see/understand them written or learn to write them ourselves - so Pimsleurs approach is perfect for getting the basics down in a natural way. I tried expensive, in-person lessons in France and retained very little. I came home to Pimsleur app and in two weeks have retained each day's lesson easily and joyfully. My confidence in learning a new language has skyrocketed. I highly recommend Pimsleur and love having the lessons on my mobile phone.

     
    5.0

    Gave as a gift

    By dressage dancer

    from Shrewsbury, MA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Travel

    Comments about French Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I bought the French program as a gift. I already have the Italian program and found it works really well. You only have to spend a half hour a day which you can do while you're in the car driving somewhere. You do need to be dedicated to doing the program regularly.

     
    5.0

    Express flight to France

    By Napoleon's Aunt

    from New York City

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    Pros

    • Allows Me To Repeat Whole
    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about French Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I have down-loaded the lessons on my iPad and listen to a lesson a night before going to sleep. Sometimes when I have an unclaimed half hour I listen during the day. It is a great way to ease into a new language.

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      5.0

      Fabulous training for fast learning

      By viajante

      from San Diego CA

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      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Portable
      • Very Effective I Learned

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        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about French Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I needed to revive the french I studied in college in the 60s and I didn't have much time. This was not my first Pimsleur course so I already knew the drill and how best to use the product (several sessions per day, going forward and then backward when necessary). Smooth, efficient, fun.

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