Pimsleur French Level 4 CD

Pimsleur French Level 4 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442357532
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • 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, over 17 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 1-3. You’ll be speaking and understanding French with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills. In Level 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 Level IV
- 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.

After Lesson 30, a short story broken down into 20 manageable segments (over one hour) is provided for practice reading French.

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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Pimsleur French Level 4 MP3
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (29)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Portable (27)
  • Fun (24)
  • Perfects accent (23)

Cons

  • No writing component (6)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (24)
  • Travel (23)
  • Fun (20)
  • Business/work (11)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (21), Business person (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Sound Quality

The program is inaudible on blutooth device in car with excellent sound system. Contacted Pimsleur customer service,was initially told the program was designed to be used with headphones or external speakers. Eventually they...Read complete review

The program is inaudible on blutooth device in car with excellent sound system. Contacted Pimsleur customer service,was initially told the program was designed to be used with headphones or external speakers. Eventually they acknowledged that many people now use mobile devices and they are working on a fix, with no presently anticipated release date. Pimsleur refused to refund.

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5.0

Love it!!

By anne

from oregon

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur French Level 4 CD:

THis is the perfect method for me to learn. I will be disappointed to get to the end
I listen on my commute every day and I am enjoying it immensely

Service and delivery comments:

excellent

 
5.0

I highly recommend this product

By Alvin

from New Orleans, LA

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Time commitment
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur French Level 4 MP3:

I use it daily while I work out at the gym.

Service and delivery comments:

No issues

 
4.0

Good way to learn the language

By GM

from Durham, NC

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • Improves accent
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Male on 4 too fast and poor articulation

Best Uses

  • Family background/Heritage
  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur French Level 4 CD:

My wife and I do the lessons on a laptop. We've completed Levels 2 through 4 and have just started Level 5. We are more confident about our pronunciation, use of tenses, and understanding of structure and also have learned some useful idioms. We prefer the male voice in Levels 2 and 3 to the one on 4 who talks too fast and blurs everything.

Also, it would be helpful to be able to jump from segment to segment. As it is, there are two lessons on a disc and you can only navigate from lesson to lesson.

Service and delivery comments:

Delivery was upper prompt.

 
3.0

Really good product, but not a stand alone one

By Longtime french learner

from Canada

About Me Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Just for fun
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur French Level 4 MP3:

I find it very easy to use, it is extremely portable. Great for learning on the go. Helps boost confidence in french learning abilities. I would love if there was a visual component to the program. Perhaps if there was some type of app that showed the words as the mp3 says them, perhaps some kind of mnemonic picture to further aid with memory retention. If you buy this (and you should), you really need to use something else in addition to this, this is not going to make you fluent by using this alone.

Service and delivery comments:

Easy to get and use right away with the mp3 downloads. Some minor frustration with getting download manager on my computer

 
5.0

very enjoyable

By traveler

from Ponoka AB

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Family background/Heritage
  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur French Level 4 MP3:

enjoyed using it- finding I have to review as I have missed some of it

Service and delivery comments:

very user friendly

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