Pimsleur French Level 1

    • 4.0 • 7 Ratings
    • $129.99

    • $129.99

Publisher Description

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn French
With Pimsleur you’ll become conversational in French — to understand and be understood — quickly and effectively. You’ll learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation together through conversation. And our scientifically proven program will help you remember what you’ve learned, so you can put it into action.

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 with an introduction to reading French and designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
• in total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
• A digital Reading Booklet

What You’ll Learn
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 near-native 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, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. More directions are given in French, 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.

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, Pimsleur will help you learn French and expand your horizons and enrich your life.

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September 18

Customer Reviews

BambooQuixote ,

Needs Help

I've gone through the entire French course by Pimsleur, and I'm a bit disenchanted, to say the least.

What it is:
- A great way to pick up some basics, and a lot of help with proper pronunciation

**Pimsleur, in theory, has a solid method to begin learning a language.**

What it isn't:
- A way to learn vocabulary; understand grammar; or an efficient way to spend your time (unless you know exactly when/how to fast forward)

**Pimsleur, in practice, does not deliver on this method - especially given the money and time you are asked to invest.**

The whole "proven scientific method" is a borderline farce; other than their approach to pronunciation (which IS novel and really VERY helpful), repetition and redundancy are not scientific approaches, but a simple part of learning a language. This is overkill, especially given the ability to simply repeat the lesson on your own. Likewise, the way they try to build on top of a conversation is helpful … to a point. After the 5th hour it gets a bit prescriptive, and then quickly thereafter extremely frustrating. "Can we get on with it already?" was a common question running through my head. For example, instead of repeating "How are you?" "I'm ok" after 10 hours, you'd maybe think they could mix it up a little and throw in some other vocal, phrases, idioms etc. … much like French speakers do.

They don't.

(Another example would be in Phase 4, 48 hours into this, they're asking you to repeat "Oh, really?" "Of course." Or how, in nearly lesson, the dude says, "How do you say 'hello'?", as though one might have forgotten.)

Clearly, repetition and redundancy are at the core of the method, which they should be. But for the money they're charging, it would be more useful for the listeners to repeat the lesson on their own, rather than wasting hour after hour repeating the same phrases in contrived, limited conversations. And, particularly when it comes to grammar - the construction of a language - varying the vocabulary and context could go on a long way - do we really need to spend 10+ hours talking about ordering food? Why not buying clothes? Or any number of other common daily tasks that involved requests and responses?)

My numbers aren't exact, but i think you probably average 8-12 new words every half hour (including verbs, nouns, prepositions, and an adjective here and there).

Admittedly, there were times when it picked up, and you really felt like you were building on your French. The rest of it was so "gradual" it was painstaking. It felt like they really underestimated their audience (or their ability to push 'repeat' - almost to the point of being patronizing given the money they charge.

AudioFile can say what they want, but "proficiency" is not the word i'd choose. Perhaps "proficient" in the limited contexts that you're learning the language, but not proficient in daily, casual conversation among francophones. Unless you're conversation is restricted to the 4 or 5 situations Pimsleur's come up with, you're going to be short on words - figuratively and literally. Fortunately there are a lot of other resources available on iTunes to complement Pimsleur - and many are free. Check out a few of the more popular podcasts.

In terms of getting practice speaking the language, and learning the flow of the language, this definitely helps, but it's certainly an expensive way to do so. If only they'd recognize that the listeners can repeat listeners on their own, and pick up the pace a little by rolling out more vocab in different contexts, (perhaps with different introductory conversations…?) Pimsleur would be excellent.

Malheuresement, it's not.

Tharsgard ,

Good for "tourist" conversational French

The method seems to work well for picking up conversational French at a tourist level. There is no attempt at teaching the written language and grammar rules are not part of the plan, so temper your expectations in that regard. (It's an audiobook!) It takes time. I did the introductory set on CD years ago while commuting. I got some odd looks as it appeared that I was talking to myself. The lessons are engrossing, so I would rate the distraction almost as high as talking on a cell phone, so driver beware.

That brings up a practical consideration. You need about 40 minutes a day of alone time. You HAVE to talk back to the book in order force all parts of your brain to work. That means you need 40 minutes a day where you won't be distracted, and where you won't bother anyone by speaking aloud.

Not being familiar with audiobooks, it took some time to notice the "Chapters" menu that appears when you select a book. It is all but required to repeat a lesson. They system recommends that you repeat a lesson if you are unable to respond correctly more than 20% of the time (80% success rate).

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