The Pimsleur® Method is scientifically proven to be your fastest route to near-native fluency. French Level 3 includes another 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction and is designed to be used after completion of levels one and two.
The beginning lessons of French Level 3 offer you the chance to expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. You'll gain 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. You'll be able to join in conversations effortlessly, confident of being understood.
In the next 10 lessons of French Level 3, your skills will show ever-increasing mastery of the language. Speaking with grace and complete naturalness, you'll enjoy fluid conversations on many new subjects. Delving deeper into cultural norms and situations, you'll find yourself responding effortlessly and able to choose from a wide accumulation of vocabulary and structures.
In the final 10 lessons of French Level 3, you're nearing fluency, with agile responses and a natural-sounding, near-native accent. You're able to utilize the language in subtle ways and speak using past, present, and future tenses. Self-confidence soars as you experience the language and culture no longer as a foreigner but with a deepening insight into an expanding new world.
Reading lessons are included at the end of unit thirty. These lessons (approximately one hour) are designed to give you practice reading French and to provide vocabulary. Before you know it, you'll be reading French with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
Took a college french class and no one could understand a work I said in French at the end of the class. This helped me say the words and not worry about spelling or grammar. The french have an annoying way of not pronouncing the end of most words and conjugated verbs all sound alike to me. Pimsleur just put them in sentences I could understand then reviewed them often. This worked out so well I eventually bought Phase 1, 2 and 3. Now I can actually carry on a very basic conversation and understand a fair amount of conversation in french. I did listen to each section every day and sometimes repeated the section. French does not sink into your head automatically, but if you just listen and repeat lessons each day it is pretty amazing what sticks. I did dishes, laundry, went to the market or ran errands while listening. Made boring chores more interesting and learned basic French.
I used the Pimsleur French méthode audio (1-3) during my 30-minute commute for two years prior to traveling to Languedoc and Provence. My language skills were basic, but I was able to communicate with people, which greatly enhanced my enjoyment of vacationing in France. FYI, I was even complimented for my accent.After returning to Hawai'i, I eventually took first semester French in college, which helped me begin to write French and better understand French grammar, but I was way too advanced for first semester. I should have started with second semester French.I have a BA in Spanish, so I understand the language-aquisition process, and Pimsleur is effective for dedicated learners. It is by far my favorite méthode audio.
The pacing is excellent. One has an appropriate amount of time to response to prompts.
The program is excellent overall, as long as you already have a good working knowledge of French grammar. It is perfect for a so called "false beginner".
The weak point is that there seems to be no access to the PDFs via the Audible app. These PDFs do, however, download automatically in iTunes. In short, the Pimsleur program is very useful but the audible app needs to be improved to accommodate supplementary PDFs.
Pimsleur is great for learning a new language. Taking the French phases helped me for when I went to France I could understand a large part of what people were saying.
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