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Berlitz French Premier (Win/Mac)

by Nova Development US
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP, Mac OS X
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Ideal for all levels; quickly move from beginner to advanced
  • Straightforward software for learning French at home or on the go
  • Total immersion; multimedia learning; flash-card system; speech analysis
  • Complete French course on 4 audio CDs for learning while on the road
  • Practice vocabulary using iPod or other MP3 player; innovative exercises

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000GCGQ8W
  • Item model number: ZFX
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,793 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Now you can learn French the easy way with the straightforward software that’s been helping people learn foreign languages for more than a decade. Berlitz French Premier is fast, easy, and effective. Guaranteed! With this unique, time-proven learning system, we’ve provided three powerful ways for you to learn French: (1) on your Windows PC or Macintosh, (2) in your car, and (3) on the go using an iPod or other mobile listening device.

Learn on Your Computer

Engaging Activities Mean You'll Learn Faster.

  • Total immersion: learn by listening to actual conversations.
  • Multimedia learning: enhance your knowledge by watching videos.
  • Flash-card system: reinforce your learning with this proven method.
  • Speech analysis: improve your pronunciation with practice conversations.
Learn in Your Car

A Comprehensive French Course on Four Berlitz Audio CDs
Learn in your car with a complete French course on four audio CDs. Berlitz makes it easy to improve your fluency while you're on the road.

Learn on the Go

Innovative iPod Exercises... and More
Practice your vocabulary using your iPod or other MP3 player. Test your proficiency with word lists that match the software.


  • Flash-card software for your Palm or Pocket PC
  • Vocabulary-building screensaver
  • And much more!
Ideal for All Levels

Beginner: get comfortable as a new learner by starting with the basics.

  • Meeting and greeting
  • Basic travel terms
  • Numbers and money
  • Colors
  • Sightseeing
Intermediate: rapidly improve your pronunciation through conversation.
  • Asking for directions
  • Ordering a meal
  • Shopping
  • At the hotel
  • Emergencies
Advanced: learn words and phrases that will make you sound like a native speaker.
  • Office conversation
  • Speaking on the phone
  • An evening with friends
  • Survival phrases
  • And much more
For more than 125 years the Berlitz brand has been synonymous with effective foreign language learning. With learning centers spanning the globe, Berlitz has more satisfied graduates than any other program of its kind. And now Berlitz French Premier is guaranteed to make learning French easier and more fun than you ever imagined.

Product Description

Berlitz French Premier helps you learn French more effectively, with the language tools that have helped other for over a decade. If you need to learn French fast, and learn it well, here is a guaranteed solution. This unique, time-proven learning system offers 3 ways to learn French at your own pace: Watch lessons on your PC or Macintosh, listen in your car, or load them up to an iPod or media player. These lessons help you make yourself understood, wherever you travel. Communicate with people from around the world, easily and effectively.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment June 28, 2007
Though described on the box as "the complete French learning system," this severely disappointing cd-rom contains absolutely no formal instruction whatsoever. Instead, it lets you watch or listen to French conversations, with English translation provided alongside (in a rather clunky and outdated on-screen format), and then throws in some vocabulary flash cards and games to help you practice. If you have had formal French instruction before, this may serve as a useful refresher. But if you don't know how to conjugate a verb, this won't teach you -- it seems to hope you'll just pick it up by listening. Some people might prefer this approach -- it's probably more fun than a lesson-based approach, which feels more like high school, and if you learn better by immersion, this might be for you. But most people who learn it this way are likely to have serious trouble reproducing spoken or written French without making frequent, major mistakes. Either way, I simply cannot believe that there isn't more to this program. The package contains 8 cds, but only one is for PCs (the other seven include a Mac install, 4 audio cds, and software for palm pilots and mp3 players, which some people might find valuable). Those who prefer an immersion approach may still be disappointed at the options provided, as there are only four lengthy conversations to listen to, and only two of them seem to have video.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, but.... January 10, 2008
I agree with another critical reviewer that the on-screen part of this package isn't particularly well-organized. I did find the audio CDs helpful--went through the 20 lessons on all 4 CDS in about 3 months driving to school and back. But then what? I looked for a Berlitz package that would continue with lesson 21 and forward, but apparently there isn't any. I wrote to Berlitz customer service (which seems oriented toward expensive private or small group instruction), and didn't even get an answer. I'm going to try Rosetta Stone next. We'll see.

Oh, and another thing: it would have been helpful if there had been an a written translation of the audio CDS somewhere in the package. Sometimes there's a word I just don't get in the audio version and there's no way to find out what that word is.

Lastly, notice that this might not even be a Berlitz product--it may be that the name has been licensed by another software company. Not that this makes it better or worse. My feeling is that Berlitz itself may need to readdress its own mission. At one point in time there may have been no great alternative to in-person instruction, but these days the vast majority of language learners are probably going to learn with a computer program, at least through intermediate levels of language learning, and Berlitz really hasn't addressed that. If they don't they may go the way of $800.00 encyclopedia sets.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrible installation, excellent program September 11, 2008
It was hell to install the product on Mac. It did hang up during the installation, and it wouldn't start afterwards.

I finally made it, and once I got it running it proved to be a very nice piece of software. A little buggy, but the resources, the included games, and this "immersion environment" is very good and enjoyable. If I plan to learn any other languages - I'll definitely buy Berlitz.

Two final pieces of information:
1. This course is good for people who know at least a little French. That was excellent for me.
2. My installation procedure on Mac. Follow the exact order.
- copy everything from CD onto your Hard Drive
- install "fonts"
- install "before you know it"
- install "learning system"
- check Applications/Berlitz Learning System
- copy everything from CD:/commons to Berlitz:/Media
- copy everything from CD:/titles to Berlitz:/Titles
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Installer for Mac simply doesn't work November 6, 2008
By Aaron
By far the worst software installation I have ever experienced. There is no way that this product went through any kind of quality assurance--it simply does not install. Fortunately, by the fifth attempt, I looked at the Amazon.com comments for this product and found the steps for hand copying files that a previous reviewer provided (thank you!).

Once installed, I found the product to be a satisfactory, basic introduction to French. I think that it is worth the price, at least, once you get it installed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It is about time the one of the language companies decided to integrate speech, text, and dialogue. I enjoy the combination of the three and the ability to move between. I can use the computer, my car, and text to learn French. I am buying the Italian version next.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Installation has been difficult on Mac June 14, 2007
By John
First off, I want to say that I am a professional translator who also works for a software company. I bought this and attempted to install it on my MacBook. It was hard to install. I would say, compared with almost all other software products I have every bought, this was one of the harder installations. When I got done installing, the dialog box said "0 items left to install". It then gave me a choice of "Quit", or "Back". But I did not know if I had installed it correctly. Also, it only worked the third time I tried installation, after I had clicked on multiple icons and basically re-installed everything. Wow. Not easy.

Once it runs, it looks pretty good and is actually pretty cool stuff. The flashcards and interactive dialogs are really pretty cool. Unlike other interactive software products, this one doesn't cost $ 200 or more. So overall, I really like the product. But installation was hard, at least for me (I realize that maybe not everyone had that problem).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait, what?
The software is not at all user friendly, well, unless you like just doing flashcards. The direction and next step is not clear when you complete a unit, even after watching the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Heather Swierczek
1.0 out of 5 stars Berlitz is terrible
Berlitz doesnt teach, they just throw you into the language. For me, that is NO way to lean a language. Berlitz doesnt start with how to pronounce things. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by April Zbrozek
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
I installed this on a Mac and didn't have trouble with the installation, just had trouble with the interface and content. There is absolutely nothing intuitive about this program. Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by HookBiter
1.0 out of 5 stars you get what you pay for
This is a classic example of you get what you pay for. Software is not at all intuitive, interface is not user friendly and program is confusing. Read more
Published on May 20, 2009 by Kim M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble Installing Berlitz on a Mac
I too had issues installing on a Mac. What worked for me was to click and drag the installation icon onto my desktop, and then run the install from the icon on my desktop. Read more
Published on September 7, 2008 by M. Sheperd
5.0 out of 5 stars french lessons
Easy to operate, provided most often used phrases and words,screen saver a good idea. Seems to be current for latest slang and usage. Read more
Published on July 1, 2008 by Roberta H. Abbey
5.0 out of 5 stars Berlitz French Premier
Excellent value for the money..myself and the kids love it. Great for beginners with some basic knowledge of the language through intermediate. I love the flash cards. Read more
Published on August 18, 2006 by KathyAshburner
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