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French III - 2nd Rev. Ed.: 1st Rev. Ed. Euro Audio CD – Audiobook, Jan 1 1999


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Pimsleur (Jan. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671315552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671315559
  • Product Dimensions: 33.1 x 29.9 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,854,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 8 2004
I went through French I and II and thought were very good. I just started volume III and I'm not sure I can continue. I have the 1998 edition and I have to say they chose the worst speakers they could find.
The female speaker (Carpenter) talks like an old lady in a high pitch voice like she's always screaming. The male speaker (DeRobert) varies his speech that you think he is trying to over act a play or trying to win a reading contest. He sometimes does not fully pronounce the words. The French instructor speaker (Clement) is very good though.
It's a huge difference from volume I and II. If you;re getting volume III, get a different edition with different speakers. For me, I might just sell this one on eBay and get a new edition because the speakers are too annoying and can't learn much.
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By A Customer on April 30 2004
I got this set from my library, for free, which is what I'd recommend others do as the price is ridiculous for what you get. I have had several years of formal university-level French, and try to keep up with occasional conversation classes at Alliance Francaise, etc. I got this to brush up on listening/pronunciation for an upcoming trip, as I haven't spoken French much or used it for a while. That is context for my review, which is that these discs were much more limited and basic in their content than I expected, and I gather this is their top level (there is no French IV).
I don't believe anyone who says they learn to speak French solely through Pimsleur. I think we must have very different ideas as to what "speaking" a language means. Sure, you could parrot a few basic phrases, but have little understanding of grammar, conjugation, or even what you are saying or how to spell or read it. Pimsleur focuses on some topics which are not of particular importance, either, and beats them to death. For example, they are obsessed with people being engineers for some reason and have many lessons devoted to saying so-and-so is an engineer. This is not something I have ever had to say in France. I know this is a Pimsleur obsession as I have also used their Spanish I-II sets (I don't know Spanish as well as French), and they spend a lot of time talking about engineers on those discs, also.
They are also obsessed on the first few lessons of this set with the phrase "I was raised in .... wherever." Okay, maybe that's something someone might want to know, but they go on and on with this phrasing for several lessons (so far, I haven't finished).
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By A Customer on Oct. 15 2003
The reviewer from Ireland expressed it well. What you are taught, you are taught well, but for the price you should expect to be taught much more.
The FSI courses, althought they can be boring, are much better value.
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This language learning CD is aimed at the notoriously very difficult to assess and highly variable "intermediate" level...where performance in one area such as grammar may be far ahead or behind other areas such as pronunciation and vocabulary. This is very characteristic of the asymmetrical performance of the "intermediate" group.
The course is a good product, no doubt., but it is extremely overpriced particularly in the context of it having 6 levels you can potentially purchase, 1a, 1b, 2a, etc.
A better choice would be to rent this from places such as Recorded Books.
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I bought this course because of all the great reviews it got, but although I found it helpful, it didn't improve dramatically my level of French. What you are taught, you are taught well, but given the expense, I would have expected to learn sigificantly more of the language.
If you have money to burn and want to learn French, buy it. But if you don't have bottomless pockets, you'd be better off getting the likes of the Michel Thomas CDs and the Living Language courses, which provide way more information about the French language, which is far more complex than the Pimsleur course allows for. And they are much better value.
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