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Pimsleur is great. I've spent a lot of time learning various languages in my life, German, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Biblical Greek and Hebrew, I've attempted Latin a few times. I've managed to become quite proficient in a few of these too. Unfortunately, Pimsleur doesn't have a Latin program. I've had to use different methods for the different languages, high school, and college courses, flash cards and self study, but anymore if I want to learn a language the first thing I do is look for Pimsleur. I've used it with Spanish, and I've reviewed German with it, now I'm learning French with it. It's not only the easiest way to learn a language, it is hands down the best, and most proficient I have used. (I think Rosetta has tried to build upon the Pimsleur approach by incorporating computer visuals. I haven't yet used Rosetta. I like Pimsleur because I'm not bound to a computer or visuals, which means you can practice in the car, on walks, or while doing the dishes. The only reason I would use Rosetta is if I couldn't find the language in the Pimsleur inventory.)
Most lessons will only require a half hour from your day. At times you may find it useful to review the lesson. Some are put off by the business nature of Pimsleur. Don't let that bother you. It teaches you the language well. It has an emphasis on business, but that basis you get there will allow you to explore your other interests. Taking the time with these lessons will also improve your experience travelling if your only interest is being a tourist. In my past use of the language programs I have found that I could read what ever literature desired in the language, but perhaps needed a dictionary with which to expand my vocabulary. It teaches you to think, hear and speak in the language, and embeds the structure of the language into your mind. I've caught myself answering people with languages I've learned with Pimsleur, before even realizing I was speaking a different language. It works that well!
I recommend this particular program for anyone struggling with the language in high school, or college. You will learn more with this program, and the half an hour it requires will improve your grades. Really, what ever your reason for wanting to learn French, I wholeheartedly recommend this program.
Some have complained about the price on Audible. It is, in fact, the cheapest I have seen it. I have to say, the list price may be a bit expensive compared to others, but here is the thing, become a member and you get credits every month, save up five credits and you have this program cheaper than any other way of purchasing it. Of course this means you have to wait a few months in between phases, but that gives you ample time for review. If you don't want to do that, you can purchase different program packages with Audible, some give you up to 20 credits all at once. For $230 dollars you can by the platinum annual membership that gives you 24 credits upfront which is enough to purchase five phases of Pimsleur French of Audible. I haven't found a better price. And frankly, you will spend a lot more on college credits and learn a lot less with a lot more effort. Do this and then take a CLEP Test. Also, by purchasing the membership, you will find many other books to listen to dirt cheap. Some of them in very simple French, Spanish, German etc. That you can use to practice what you have learned with Pimsleur. And this allows you to listen to the language which is a great plus over merely practicing through reading. They also have more advanced books in foreign languages, and the membership with audible cuts the price you pay greatly. Don't fool yourself, this is an incredible deal!
French phase 2 builds on phase on bringing you up to speed with more conversational French for the work place and travel. It teaches you how to get and receive directions, and do comparisons, ask for a doctor all the while reviewing what you have learned in French Phase 1.
As I mentioned in my review of French Phase 1. Pimsleur is really the best way to learn a new foreign language. It's affordable, especially if you save up your credits to get them on Audible. It only takes you a half an hour a day, no flash cards, no memorization of conjugations, just starts you off in conversation and you learn the conjugations by use and repetition. People say that you can't learn a language once you are such and such an age, but it is B.S.! You don't need to be a kid to learn a language and retain it, you just need to learn the same way a kid learns and this is what Pimsleur does, it teaches you to learn a language the way a kid learns a language.