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Summary

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

Each lesson in French Level 1 Lessons 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak French.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 Simon & Schuster (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

Critic reviews

"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)

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  • St Agnes, United Kingdom
  • 14-04-13

excelent course, a true way to learn!

A brilliant course for both beginners or like me someone with background knowledge already. The timing and layout makes the language stock in your memory and easy to recall then link words you've learned with other sentences.

The theory behind its structure is explained at the beginning and makes sense. My brother has learnt Chinese mandarin though pimsleur and highly recommended it. Can't praise this enough, I want to listen everyday, its great!

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  • Katalin
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 07-04-13

Good course

This is a really good french course: it does work. I started to learn german with pimslaur first, and experiencing surprising success I also bought the first few of the french course. It goes a bit slower for me than the german, but I studied german at school years ago so I gues that helpes with that.. I go quite slowly with french but I notice that it is getting easier and the words and sentences just stick on me after a while. I think this learning program worths its price and it is really effective. I would surely recommend it to friends in the future (as I already did in the past).

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very easy to follow and learn

great learning methodology.
best to repeat chapters before moving on.
easy to follow instructions. good

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Very dissapointing.

What would have made French Level 1 Lessons 1-5 better?

A better teaching speed.

What was most disappointing about Pimsleur’s story?

This book is very dissapointing. In four lessons, they hardly teach anything, it is far too slow. It helps for pronuntiation, but i is far too slow.

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I'm absolutely successful.

I am not an English person, but I was able to follow the instructions easily. Thanks. I'm going to continue and buy more and more.

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  • Kyne
  • HsinChu City, Taiwan
  • 24-12-12

Not a bad course

Like any of the language courses, you get out what you put in, it's not easy but the course takes a slow easy learning approach. Follow the plan and you'll start to learn. The course tends to provide a sentence, and then breaks down all the words in the sentence, and the pronunciations for the words. As I mentioned in the title, not a bad course and I'd recommend it to help supplement French learning. As a side note most of the Pimsleur course seem to follow the same learning approach. I've tried the Swedish one previously. If you like one of the other Pimsleur courses you'll probably like this one.

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  • Randa
  • 14-10-14

The First REAL Self-Learning Language Course

The Pimsleur method really works.

I am in love with this course, because IT DELIVERS.

Not only does it help you understand and speak phrases in French, it also develops your ability to make your own sentences and understand what they mean. This books teaches you a new language and perfectly selects the stuff that you actually need to know and learn.

As I talk to people who are native speakers or who speak the language fluently, I can actually ask certain questions or have a chat with them.

I have been through the first 10 units of 'Phase 1' and I already am noticing progress in my learning and speaking skills that others notice too.

I wonder how much better my speaking will get as my learning progresses!

Highly recommended!!

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  • Jana Br
  • 22-07-15

Loving it!

Driving in my car learning French 😀😊 wonderful!!! I will highly recommend this series to everyone.

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  • Joanna
  • 03-01-12

Recommended

What did you love best about French Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

It makes you repeat the phases and makes you think since the narrator will ask you to say phases in different ways. I tried other programs and so far this is the best. It also focuses on phases that are important to start with. Lastly and most importantly, it helps you learn how to say things correctly because each syllable is broken down and you are supposed to sound out then out (on certain words). They point out things that are not so obvious to the

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  • Carmen
  • 14-07-16

The Introduction is Far Too Long

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am not sure why I had to listen to 16 whole minutes of useless introduction in order to get to the actual lessons.

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  • Peggy
  • 22-05-13

Studying Abroad

If you could sum up French Phase 1, Unit 01-05 in three words, what would they be?

Tres Bien!

Any additional comments?

Is perfect for anyone wanting to learn a new language on their own.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-16

Effective

This is really great. It makes you speak up, develop your pronunciation and learn fast!

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  • Per Jennische
  • 08-09-15

The best way to learn spoken French

Pimsleur courses is a well proven and effective way of learning a new language. The fact that you are focusing only on the spoken language takes away a lot of the academic difficulties that may stop you from learning in a more traditional text book approach to language studies. You won't be able to write academic texts after a full Pimsleur program but you might very well be able to freely express yourself orally which is what matters the most for most of us anyway. I highly recommend it.

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  • Morgan
  • 17-04-15

Learning!

Holy smokes, I'm learning French! Little bits at a time. I like the way they present the information. Well done and thank you.

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  • Howard Taylor
  • 11-08-14

Excellent Resource for Oral French

Would you listen to French Phase 1, Unit 01-05 again? Why?

Note: Please change your ratings. This is a language course, so there is no "story" to rate!

I'm really enjoying this program for learning French. I have some basic French, so the first units are mostly review for me. But they are well done and short enough that I can always find 1/2 hour a day to keep up with it.

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  • Shannon
  • 01-04-13

Awesome! So helpful!

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This book has been delightfully helpful in learning how to speak and retain conversational french language skills. I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn how to speak another language.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful