Pimsleur French Level 1

By: Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
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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 exceptional thing about Pimsleur's French 1 is that in just 30 minutes a day for only one month, you can learn how to introduce yourself and get to know people, to order food in a restaurant, to ask directions, to go shopping - and that’s just the start. The scientifically-proven method teaches you on a deeper level than just drills of vocabulary, so that you can keep learning with every conversation you have. The very best part is that your accent - as you order a drink or inquire about someone’s job or family - will be authentically French. And you, having heard and responded to French as part of your daily practice, will be better prepared to understand not only the words taught in the course, but to make an educated guess at words you’ve never heard before.

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
  • 110 minutes (about 2 hours) of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading French designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
  • In total, 19 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
  • A Reading Booklet and a User’s Guide 

What You’ll Learn

With this newest edition of French 1, we reflect the general trend in France toward casual interaction and have updated vocabulary and structures. What you are learning is neither stilted “textbook” French, nor “street” French, but rather everyday French as spoken in France. 

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.

©2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc. Pimsleur® is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Mfg. in USA. All rights reserved. (P)2018 Pimsleur

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It makes you actually think and speak in French. The 30min lessons take more like an hour for me because I stop the tract often so that I can form the phrases before they are spoken by narrators. Then you get to hear it said by a native so you can fine tune your accent. This is just one part of my French learning plan but it’s a vital one because it actually gets me to speak. The lessons build beutifully on each other so you are never lost or confused.

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A Bona Fide Class Act for Learning French

This course touches all of the basis of a great language course oriented to the busy adult: (1) introductions to appropriate vocabulary sensitively measured with appropriate gradations for the beginner as the course progresses; (2) perfect pronunciations by the speakers; (3) interesting conversationally oriented subject matter; (4) judicious repetitions of previously introduced material in different contexts; (5) helpful explanations for pronunciation; and (6) integrated and helpful but not completely necessary written .pdf materials.
This is perfect for commutes, and if your commute is on the train you can glance at the .pdfs while listening. Even those with a little background in French should find these introductory lessons helpful for refreshing and some new insights.
A little more expensive than the competition, perhaps, but this is a very polished course.
Some annoyances include too much introduction and selling of Pimsleur techniques and reminders in English of what to do.
On the whole, though, an excellent course worthy of five stars.

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