Pimsleur French Level 3 CD

Pimsleur French Level 3 CD

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 (16 hrs), plus Reading Booklet and User’s Guide.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn French
Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning French will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of reading instruction to provide you practice reading French
- in total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur’s French Levels 1 and 2.

In the first 10 lessons, you will expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. You’ll gain experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semiprofessional topics. You’ll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and most importantly, you’ll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners. You’ll be able to join in conversations eagerly, confident of being understood.

In the next 10 lessons, your skills will demonstrate ever-increasing mastery of French. Speaking with grace and complete naturalness, you’ll enjoy fluid conversations on many new subjects. Delving deeper into cultural norms and situations, you’ll find yourself responding effortlessly, and able to choose from a wide accumulation of vocabulary and structures.

In the final 10 lessons, you’re nearing fluency with agile responses, and a natural sounding, near-native accent. You’re able to utilize the language in subtle ways, and speak using past, present, and future tenses. Self-confidence soars as you no longer experience the language and culture as a foreigner, but as someone with a deepening insight into the French-speaking world.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Lesson 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading French, to provide vocabulary and improve pronunciation. Before you know it, you’ll be reading French with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The French Language
French is spoken by 55 million speakers in France, 3 million in Belgium, 1.5 million in Switzerland, 6.5 million in Canada, and 5 million in former French and Belgian colonies. It is an official language in 44 countries and an official language of the United Nations. An estimated 50 million people around the world speak French as a second language.

Tech Talk
- CDs are formatted for playing in all CD players, including car players, and users can copy files for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurFrench Phase 3, Units 1-30
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (13)
  • Travel (10)
  • Fun (8)
  • Business/work (4)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
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    • Traveler (8), Business person (5)

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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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