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French, Conversational: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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Oct. 3 2005 0743550420 978-0743550420 2nd Edition, Revised, 16 Lessons
French is an official language in 44 countries. It is spoken by 55 million people in France, 3 million in Belgium, 1.5 million in Switzerland, 6.5 million in Canada, and 5 million in former French + Belgian colonies. It is also an official language of the U.N.

French, Conversational

  • Sixteen 30-minute lessons of spoken French language instruction. These sixteen lessons are the same as the first sixteen lesson of Pimsleur's 30-Unit Comprehensive Program.
  • Each lesson includes an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures and includes practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
  • Essential grammar and vocabulary. Topics include: greetings, numbers, meals, shopping, telling time, scheduling activities, and asking and giving directions.
  • No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural (and useful!) conversations.
  • Easy, fast, fun and effective language acquisition.
  • Completely Audio - anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary! Unlike expensive software programs which tie learners to a computer, Pimsleur courses are available in CD or mp3 format to meet your needs.
Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program.

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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

"EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE...each section within the lessons is short enough to hold our attention, and there is enough repetition to teach even those who consider themselves slow learners...Pimsleur [programs] are extremely thorough and easy to use -- quite lively!" -- Boston Herald

"Learn French while commuting, German while jogging, Spanish (or Russian, Italian, and Japanese) while cooking all with NO WRITTEN MATERIALS!" -- New York Daily News

"Designed for the ear and not the eye...the lessons provide PERFECT 30-minute bites of work." -- St Louis Post-Dispatch

"Learn to habla español or parlez français before your next trip aboard. The interactive LESSONS CHALLENGE STUDENTS to use new words in conversation instead of memorize them." -- American Way (American Airlines inflight magazine)

"I tried other language programs with little success...This is the best by far!" -- Pamela A. Mitchell, Pilot, International Society of Women Airline Pilots

About the Author

Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles:  the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.”  This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best language program April 14 2013
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I have spent a lot of money lately on French training books. This by far is the best. It's better than French for Dummies. I had considered Rosetta Stone (due to its TV advertising), but I don't want to have to interact with a computer. I play the CDs in the car and practice during my daily commute. I like the way the lessons build and the way it is getting me to respond more automatically in French. After this 8 CD beginner set, I will buy the larger Pimsleur program.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite easy to use. Oct. 7 2013
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Very logical flow, easy to follow. If you have the discipline and willing to invest few hours this will definitely help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foreign Language learning made very easy. Jan. 23 2013
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I have tried learning foreign languages in the past but always get depressed due to traditional teaching methods. I played this CD and learnt first 2 French Sentences within 10 minutes. I completely agree with Pimsleur's method for learning Foreign Language. My 9 year old son is learning French in school and feels comfortable with French with the help of this Course. I recommend this to all specially those who are skeptical or have lost the confidence in learning a foreign lanuage. You can play each chapter and continue the chapter from where you left off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Honestly? April 29 2014
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You can do better buying a Berlitz book. The only reason I put two stars to this is because it made me and my wife laugh so hard doing the first few lessons. This book will not help you speak French if you go to France. it will only set you up for the traumatic experience of standing there with your mouth open while people shout gibberish at you and then laugh at you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good Feb. 7 2014
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We have had this CD about a month and learned quite a lot already. We listen to it half an hour a day and are pleased with the results.
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