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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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 CD
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (20)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Portable (19)
  • Fun (16)
  • Perfects accent (16)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (17)
  • Travel (15)
  • Fun (14)
  • Business/work (7)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (15), Business person (7)

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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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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Poor Sound Quality

By Bon Jour

from San Francisco, CA

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        Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Language Course I Have Ever Seen

        By TT

        from Wolcott, CT

        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
        • Family background/Heritage
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

        We all know that the sole weakness of this approach is reading/writing comprehension. My experience has been that it is the spoken phase of language learning that is the real challenge. Once you get that, reading/writing comes easily. I have found that not only are the Pimsleur courses effective, they are actually fun to do. There is no drudgery, no dreading doing the daily language lesson.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Effective

        By John

        from WA

        About Me Traveler

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

          This is an extremely effective learning tool, but you have to practice every day and concentrate on what you're doing. The way it prompts you for your responses and repetitively utilizes new words and phrases in different contexts seems to take advantage of how the brain operates. Working knowledge of the language is quickly stored in your long-term memory. It feels like you're being hypnotized to absorb the language. Having the program in the form of MP3s means you can practice almost anywhere at any time. With the lessons on my phone, I can listen using either headphones or a Bluetooth speaker. So I practice while jogging, shopping, driving, washing the dishes, etc. It's nice to be able to practice while you're doing other things. That's a significant advantage over programs that have both audio and visual components. I hope that Pimsleur develops more advanced phases beyond Phases 4 and 5.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a Great Way to Learn to Speak

          By kbreedlove50

          from Groveland, FL

          About Me Business person, Polyglot, Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Easy to use
          • It Works
          • Perfects Accent
          • Portable
          • Responsive Support

          Cons

          • Can't Think Of Any

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

          I've learned several languages and I use Pimsleur to practice speaking. The nice thing about it is that I can pick up at the level where I think I am and not have to start with Phase I. I just did that with Russian III, having been taught by the Army over 40 years ago. It's amazing what I remember and could understand, and seems to be the right place for me to start improving those latent skills.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent follow up to Phases I-III

          By DelCapslock

          from Virginia Beach

          About Me Government employee, Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Just for fun
            • Self-improvement

            Comments about French Phase 4, Units 1-30:

            I've only gotten through the first 5 lessons, but it seems to be very effectively building on the foundation of the first 3 phases by adding more advanced vocabulary and tense usage in increasingly complex sentences. The Pimsleur method works well for my particular situation, which is wanting to learn the language for no particular reason and no opportunity for total immersion. I mainly listen to the lessons on my daily 40 minute commute to work. As far as shortcomings, the only thing I can think of is it's not clear what my expected proficiency level should be if I can accurately repeat back all of the sentences in the package. Having completed four phases, should that mean (for example) I'd be comfortable starting a conversation with a French person I met in an airport? Should I be able to listen to a movie in French and understand most of it? Right now I can understand pieces of them, but more often than not I cant keep up with the conversations, especially if they are talking fast.

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