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French: 1st Rev. Ed. [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Pimsleur
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Oct. 1 2000 Pimsleur Quick and Simple

Understand and speak French starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons!

You're not just learning "phrases" with The Pimsleur® Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational French!

You'll be thrilled to discover you can hold a real conversation in French when you have finished these eight, 30-minute lessons!

Dr. Paul Pimsleur's original and unique method enables you to acquire French as effortlessly as children absorb their native language. You will succeed because the Pimsleur program makes sure that you learn vocabulary and grammar correctly and easily in conversational settings without mindless repetition. Pimsleur is the only language program that includes exclusive, copyrighted memory training that ensures you will always remember what you have learned.

When you finish these lessons you'll be so delighted with you fast-growing spoken language skills you'll want to continue with the full 30-lesson Pimsleur® Program. And to make it easier, we've included a trade-up coupon in this package that will give you a $50.00 savings when you purchase the Level I French Comprehensive Program.

Learn at your own pace -- comfortably and conveniently.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you ask for May 4 2002
I like the Pimsleur system. I have used it with Traveler's Spanish, the Spanish I, and this set for French. I prefer the cassettes to the CDs becasue of they are easier back up so as to retrace areas. The concept of listen/repeat in your car on the way to work without alot of book-study at the lower levels is effective, easy, fun.
The purpose of this particular French set of 4 cassettes is to provide an introduction into the Pimsleur system to see if you like the system and want to move directly up to the larger Level I set.
If you are planning to use this set to get ready for a trip to France, this may not be the correct set for you. If you will only be in Paris two days or less, this might be OK. But if you are going to be there 3 days or longer, or if you want to brush up on your high school French, then pass over this set and go for the Traveler's Edition set, which is specifically designed for those purposes.
It works, its fun, get the right one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, But too Basic Dec 5 2001
The Pimsleur tapes do an outstanding job of ingraining the language so that it can subsequently spew forth naturally. However, it does this at the expense of teaching a more extensive vocabulary. It is an excellent introduction to the language, in particular the sound of the language. But if you want to really be able to communicate, you will need a much larger vocabulary than provided by these tapes. Though they are excellent in and of themselves, these tapes were probably designed to be "teasers" to entice learners to buy the comprehensive Pimsleur tapes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea - very bad French accent Oct. 9 2003
I am studying French formally, but picked this up for a two-day road trip, hoping to practice my French.
It would have worked, except that the French speaker in these is obviously a non-native. It's French with a very bad American accent - I actually couldn't listen to it - was too afraid I'd screw up the French pronunciation I'd already learned.
This seems to happen a lot with foriegn language audio. But c'mon, how hard is it for these guys to hire native speakers?
Final Review - Good idea, Good price, Bad execution
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you ask for May 4 2002
By Stephen McHenry - Published on Amazon.com
I like the Pimsleur system. I have used it with Traveler's Spanish, the Spanish I, and this set for French. I prefer the cassettes to the CDs becasue of they are easier back up so as to retrace areas. The concept of listen/repeat in your car on the way to work without alot of book-study at the lower levels is effective, easy, fun.
The purpose of this particular French set of 4 cassettes is to provide an introduction into the Pimsleur system to see if you like the system and want to move directly up to the larger Level I set.
If you are planning to use this set to get ready for a trip to France, this may not be the correct set for you. If you will only be in Paris two days or less, this might be OK. But if you are going to be there 3 days or longer, or if you want to brush up on your high school French, then pass over this set and go for the Traveler's Edition set, which is specifically designed for those purposes.
It works, its fun, get the right one.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, But too Basic Dec 5 2001
By "kmjsjohnson" - Published on Amazon.com
The Pimsleur tapes do an outstanding job of ingraining the language so that it can subsequently spew forth naturally. However, it does this at the expense of teaching a more extensive vocabulary. It is an excellent introduction to the language, in particular the sound of the language. But if you want to really be able to communicate, you will need a much larger vocabulary than provided by these tapes. Though they are excellent in and of themselves, these tapes were probably designed to be "teasers" to entice learners to buy the comprehensive Pimsleur tapes.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea - very bad French accent Oct. 9 2003
By Sunny Lady - Published on Amazon.com
I am studying French formally, but picked this up for a two-day road trip, hoping to practice my French.
It would have worked, except that the French speaker in these is obviously a non-native. It's French with a very bad American accent - I actually couldn't listen to it - was too afraid I'd screw up the French pronunciation I'd already learned.
This seems to happen a lot with foriegn language audio. But c'mon, how hard is it for these guys to hire native speakers?
Final Review - Good idea, Good price, Bad execution
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