Pimsleur French Levels 1-3 CD

Pimsleur French Levels 1-3 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 90
  • ISBN: 9780743557733
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  • List Price: $695.00

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Description

Includes 90 lessons and reading instruction on 48 CDs (48 hrs), plus 3 Reading Booklets and a 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?
- 90, 30-minute audio lessons
- 3 hours of French reading instruction and practice
- in total, 48 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet for each level and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
This program includes all of French Levels 1, 2, and 3. With this program you start from zero, first learning survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding French.

Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice for all vocabulary introduced. Emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension. By the end of the program, you’ll have gained 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.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Lesson 30 for each Level. These lessons, which total about three hours, are designed to give you practice sounding out French and then to help you progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. 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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Pimsleur French Levels 1-3 MP3
 
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  • Easy to use (7)
  • It works (7)
  • Fun (6)
  • Perfects accent (6)
  • Portable (6)

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  • Travel (6)
  • Self-improvement (5)
  • Fun (4)
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5.0

Great service too.

By Violet

from Memphis, TN

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur French Levels 1-3 MP3:

    Listen while excercising---I had 3 years of high school French > 30 years ago and this is a great refresher. I had a little trouble downloading to my MP3 device, called the helpline for Simon and Schuster, and they could not have been more helpful in talking me through how to unzip files and then copy. No problems with downloads and transfers now.

     
    5.0

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    By Traveler

    from Sacramento, ca

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur French Levels 1-3 MP3:

      This is the 3rd language program I have bought from pimsleur (others were Italian and Turkish). The program allows you to learn at a comfortable pace. This certainly won't make you fluent, but it will provide you with basic communication skills (I was able to converse on my trips to Italy and Turkey which greatly improved the enjoyability of the experiences)

       
      5.0

      Look no Further!

      By Perpetual French Student

      from Erie, Pa

      About Me Business person, Physician, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Best On The Market
      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Expensive But Worth It

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Fast Tune Up-refresher
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur French Levels 1-3 MP3:

      I have been studying French for 25+ years and have been EXTENSIVELY through most of the similar products available and have completed several weeks of immersion school in France as well as extensive travel in Francophone countries. Of all the courses I have purchased, the Pimsleur courses have allowed me to speak/listen and formulate conversation in the most efficient and common-sense way (just like you learned your first language). Above all the Pimsleur course gave me the confidence to have conversations with french-speaking people in other countries (and they actually understood me!). Even after all these years, I will still go back and "run through" the French series to brush away the cob-webs. In fact, my first Pimsleur course was on cassettes, and thanks to their excellent "trade up" program, I now have a digital series on my iPhone. Do it every day- and stick to it! Do the reading exercises as well (helps your pronunciation). The only drawback I found was that early on I could speak much better that understand spoken French. This is a matter of experience with the language and letting your ear "mature". Don't sweat that either- it will come with persistence. Good luck!

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      Very happy there now is a French 4!
      I would suggest (strongly) that you include stories or long conversation as part of your French II through IV. My only issue (albeit 15 years ago when I truly first found Pimsleur and discovered there was more to French than my high school taught me) was that with the Pimsleur system I could produce speech, and convey what I was thinking well enough, but when a french speaker answered- oh boy! I couldn't keep up! I tried other products ie Mastering French, that had dialogues to listen to, and tried french movies etc., but often that speech was again too far advanced. If there were something a bit more sophisticated than your short dialogues before each lesson, and gradually more complex as one moves from french II to IV, you would have a grand-slam (I feel you already have a home-run!).
      Thanks for a truly great product!

       
      5.0

      Pimsleur French

      By CharlieO

      from Tallahassee, FL

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Pimsleur French Levels 1-3 MP3:

        This program is much better than Rosetta stone. The latter prepares you well for making third person observations (e.g., he swims, she eats, they run) which I had little use for in France. Also, seeing how words are spelled in French actually makes it harder to pronounce them because your brain automatically applies English rules of pronunciation- this mixes you up. Pimsleur gets you ready to talk about what you need or like or want, and to respond to others. It actually gets you thinking in French. The only way to make it better I think would be to include a video showing the person speaking; I think we get a lot of pronunciation clues from unconscious lip-reading. I highly recommend the Pimsleur method.

         
        5.0

        All Pimsleur programs work very well

        By PA Traveler

        from California

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Pimsleur French Levels 1-3 MP3:

        I have used French 1,2 and 3 plus German 1-4 , Spanish 1-2 and Italian 1 so far, and used the languages in each country. I mostly learned/listened to in my car and on an i-pod when traveling.I have been able to speak well with natives in each country. I have tried other programs, but pimsleur's are the easiest way to learn how to converse and function in many social settings. I recomment them highly, esspecially for somenne who is busy sunce they do not require you to sit by a computer for hours on end.

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