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French II - 2nd Ed. Rev.: 2nd Ed. Rev. Euro [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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Jan. 1 1999 Pimsleur Language Program
With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you learn it -- the same way you mastered English! And because the technique relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language Programs are totally audio -- no book is needed!

The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Using a unique method of memory recall developed by renowned linguist, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the programs teach listeners to combine words and phrases to express themselves the way native speakers do. By listening and responding to thirty minute recorded lessons, students easily and effectively achieve spoken proficiency.

No other language program or school is as quick, convenient, and effective as the Pimsleur Language Programs.

The Comprehensive Program is the ultimate in spoken language learning. For those who want to become proficient in the language of their choice, the Comprehensive programs go beyond the Basic Programs to offer spoken-language fluency. Using the same simple method of interactive self-practice with native speakers, these comprehensive programs provide a complete language learning course. The Comprehensive Program is available in a wide variety of languages and runs through three levels (thirty lessons each) in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. At the end of a full Comprehensive Program listeners will be conducting complete conversations and be well on their way to mastering the language. The Comprehensive Programs are all available on cassettes and are also on CD in the six languages in which we offer the Basic Program on CD.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for speaking and listening skills May 31 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I am living and working in France (company business is conducted in English though) and have listened to these recordings while riding the metro to work and occasionally at home. I don't speak out loud with the recordings as Pimsleur suggests when I'm in a public place but instead try to use an inner voice. As a result, I probably don't speak as well as I should given the time investment, but I have been surprised by how much I understand when listening to others. I can't always respond properly when spoken to, but I often understand what others are saying and can usually make some kind of basic but appropriate response if the other person has a little bit of patience (unfortunately for anyone trying to practice their French, many French people know English and will switch if you seem to be struggling).
Pimsleur French I focuses on the formal form of address, but French II devotes a fair amount of time to the familiar form. Tourists and others who are in France for short stays probably don't need to know the familiar form (it doesn't hurt though), but it IS important for anyone who plans to be here for more than a short stay. When I began putting sentences together and speaking with my French co-workers, they oftentimes would suggest that I should use the familiar form with them. Since I was still studying Pimsleur French I at the time, I had a difficult time complying with their requests, but after asking them about the differences between the forms, I understood why it is important. Using the formal form with a co-worker or friend is like referring to them as Mr./Mrs. or sir/madam in English -- okay on a first meeting, but not if you see this person on a daily basis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A complete review of its predecessor May 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
After completing the first level of Pimsleur French I had high hopes for this series; that was until I began using the level ii and realized that it's nothing but a revamped version of their first level. It teaches very little new phrases and vocabulary (as other reviewers have already mentioned) and progressed at an unbearingly slow pace.
The organization of this level is nearly non-existent. You'll go from talking to a friend about vacation plans to complaining about how your car isn't working. Another annoyance is that it is not consistent with the use of the "tu" and "vous" forms. Most of the lessons are conducted in the "vous" form and then near the tenth lesson they throw in "tu" forms of verbs. This is great, as the "tu" form is being used more and more often in France, espeacially among the younger crowd such as myself. Unfortunately the "tu" form is not used until about five lessons later.
The repetition method also is neglected in this level. What new phrases are taught to you are taught in one lesson and never to be seen again for another five lessons or so. The lesson will jump back and forth between new phrases and phrases mastered in previous units, indeed previous levels. Perhaps this is good for some who didn't quite master the first level of the series or those who don't bother to repeat the units (which later on I found became necessary).
Overall I would suggest that you don't buy this kit new but find it used elseware (either from Amazon or another retailer). It has its good points as an enhancement or add-on to the first unit but offers nothing in additional vocabular and phrases for those people who have a good grasp on their French.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but don't expect miracles June 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been using the series starting from French I about 4 months ago, and I'm at the beginning of French III. I originally bought the course because I was about to move to Geneva, Switzerland, and was in a hurry to learn French, having absolutely no knowledge of French previously. This series is a very good purchase, albeit expensive. At this point I can go to a resaurant and speak to the waiters comfortably, introduce myself, make plans with friends, among other things. I still can't converse comfortably in everyday situations, or understand what's going on on TV, but I find that I can pick up phrases or words here and there. I've taken 3 years of Spanish in high school, and 3 years of German in college, and I'm at about the same level in French already (having forgotten a lot of German and Spanish)
Now, this course does not contain any explanations of grammar, culture, or much in the way of reading. However, if you have ever learned a romance language before, or know English grammar, you would be able to figure out the verb tenses and the correct way to use them (or even conjugate them) pretty easily. In terms of reading, I find it useful to have a dictionary with you while you are doing the lessons. When the course introduces a new word, look it up in the dictionary and see what the word looks like. It also helps with memorizing the word. Regarding one of the previous reviews, about the use of the familiar form, I disagree. I use the familiar form all the time. In fact, before I learned it, my Swiss friend (I met here) was telling me that I was being too formal with him. Plus, toward the end of French II, the lessons begin to focus on the polite form again.
The course is excellent, but one should still proceed slowly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good start
I have been a continuous language failure for years, never taking language lessons at school, attending various private lessons and struggling with tapes and CD's. Read more
Published on May 8 2003 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but vocabulary is scant and emphasis is misplaced
I have used both the French (through Level II) and Italian (through Level III) versions of the Pimsleur language tapes. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by Soloviajero
5.0 out of 5 stars It's topps for understanding and speaking
The Pimsleur Intermediate French has been great for beefing up my listening and speaking ability. I've had 3 semesters of college French and knew everything on the tapes -on... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by "riggles@tamu.edu"
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and enjoyable
Having had high school and college French 40 years ago, I realy had no working knowledge remaining. I first tried the Michel Thomas course which was of help, but did not go far... Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by H. Tobin
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to learn a language
I've used all three Pimsleur French courses. They are by far the best language tapes I've ever used. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to learn a language
I've used all three Pimsleur French courses. They are by far the best language tapes I've ever used. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Pimsleur method is still the best, but...
When you finished this set, you can expect the following:
(1) You will continue to learn a lot of basic sentence structures along with important French expressions from the... Read more
Published on March 28 2000 by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this series as a way to become conversant
While this is an expensive set, it is well worth it. I have spent money on other french tapes and have found that no other series comes close in production quality and content. Read more
Published on June 10 1999
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