Your audiobook is waiting…

French Phase 1, Unit 01

Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
By: Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Length: 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (377 ratings)
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. French Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak French.

©2002 Simon & Schuster (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    199
  • 4 Stars
    68
  • 3 Stars
    49
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    46

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    147
  • 4 Stars
    43
  • 3 Stars
    25
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    26

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    134
  • 4 Stars
    35
  • 3 Stars
    34
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    35
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 06-03-15

Mixed feelings about this language learning

While I appreciated this intro, it didn't make me want to buy the full course. I was looking to brush up French from 40 years ago and this was too basic and pretty boring. That said, it is certainly an approach that works for some folks. And if I was a total novice, it might have been better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Repetition

Excessive repetition was almost annoying but can confidently say that I won't forget a word.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

We are learning French the affordable audible.com

Where does French Phase 1, Unit 01 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really like these Pimsleur lessons. Having never taken French before, it is interesting to try this and I am glad they take the words apart or I would miss some of the sounds.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Monsieur I believe. He sounds a bit stuffy?

Which scene was your favorite?

We have only been doing the first part.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. We did Unit 1 and it was just right for a cup of tea and new language.

Any additional comments?

I find these relaxing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • CA
  • RANDBURG, South Africa
  • 01-20-12

Excellent!

What did you love best about French Phase 1, Unit 01?

I was not very good at languages at school and always found it difficult. The way Pimsleur teaches you to learn French is a brilliant method that I wish my school teachers had known. They teach you through conversation and repetition at just the right moment for maximum retention and recall. It is interesting and a great way to practice speaking French out loud. I would recommend it to any beginners wanting to learn French for the first time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Happy
  • los angeles, ca, United States
  • 03-01-12

Pimsleur Phase 1 Unit 1

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

love the simple approach

I love that you can go back over and over for the 30 minute session until you're comfortable about moving on to the next book and set of lessons. I've always loved the French language. Took some in high school but I never kept up with it. so this is an easy way to reapproach it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very great to learn french

I am definitely going to use Pimsleur if I want to learn a new language. It’s a great resource that lives to its accomplishment of learning a new language in no time.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Learning experience. Going to France soon.

Helpful in refreshing French from high school. Love the repeat version of learning with no written words.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

this is 1/8 of the course, why is it so expensive?

this book is incomplete. it barely contains one complete lesson, let alone a whole books worth. i don't understand why they're charging one credit or ~15 dollars for it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent

I was skeptical of the claim that this method would somehow be better than all the rest but I really did end up comprehending and retaining much more for much longer than I did in the past and the vocabulary came to mind when prompted with less effort.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kyne
  • Kyne
  • 12-24-12

Free

I got this taster course for free. Unit 1 isn't all that useful by itself, as most of it is taken up by how to use the course. The course (Phase 1, if you by the other units) tends to provide a sentence, and then breaks down all the words in the sentence, and the pronunciations for the words. This is a useful intro. As it was free it was worth tasting and seeing if you could work with the Pimsleur method. If it's not free, its not that useful as a stand alone unit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-23-12

french phrase 1

i find french more pleasing to the ear than spanish which i learnt some years ago,but being rather long in the tooth its not sinking in so fast,i like the method its gives you time to assimulate more easely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for monkfish
  • monkfish
  • 07-27-18

The method seems like it should bear fruit.<br />

French spoken authentically. The technique of pointing out subtle liaison sounds demonstrate real know how.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for MR A CHRISTMAS
  • MR A CHRISTMAS
  • 12-01-17

Extremely easy to understand

Absolutely amazed at easy this method is and find it easy to recall the words and phrases learnt so far

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Gareth
  • Gareth
  • 09-03-13

Pleasantly surprised

Any additional comments?

I found this audiobook to be clear, concise and well structured. Highly recommend. Five stars .