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Learn French: Fluenz French 1+2+3+4+5 for Mac, PC, and iPhone

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Windows 7 / 8 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews) 19 answered questions

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Product Features

  • We will coach you every step of the way to fluency. Amazing tutors in hundreds of videos, helpful explanations, and the most immersive platform to practice your speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • Follow the full program on your iPhone, online from your computer, or install it in your hard disk from the DVDs included in the red box. Additional audio CDs allow you to practice in your car, additional comprehension MP3s and access to our digital Flashcards make for the best possible learning experience.
  • 150 sessions of up to two and one-half hours each -- the most comprehensive software application covering the first five levels of French anywhere. This program will guide you in English through the challenges of French with a proven system.
  • Fluenz blends a video tutor with a range of engaging, interactive workouts to improve your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a unique approach that is currently being used by the US Navy, senior personnel at the UN and UNICEF, executives of Fortune 500 companies, students at Harvard Business School and other leading universities.
  • DO NOT BUY THE PROGRAM FROM THIRD PARTY SELLERS. Older versions of the program are unlikely to work on Mac Lion OS, Mac Mountain Lion OS or Windows 8. Fluenz cannot support programs purchased through third-party sellers. To guarantee that you're getting the latest version make sure your shopping cart indicates "Sold by Fluenz", whether it is fulfilled by Amazon or directly by Fluenz.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 7 / 8 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • ASIN: B004CRNACW
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Discover French through the magic of a great teacher. The Fluenz tutor's custom-made approach guides you in English every step of the way through the challenges of the language, while immersing you in the beauty of the culture.

Fluenz French is based on three principles:

1) There's no substitute for a great tutor. It's often difficult to motivate yourself to learn a language on your own. Having a teacher to challenge and inspire you, while explaining exactly how the language works, makes all the difference.

2) The best way for adults to learn French is with explanations in English. Linguistics research shows that adults learn languages differently than children and really benefit from having clear explanations of how the language works. For example, it is extremely difficult to understand the French past tense, passŽ composŽ, or make sense of French liaisons without a clear explanation in English. Fluenz makes a difference because a real tutor guides you in English along a path specifically designed for French.

3) It's best to learn the most relevant words in French right away. Instead of focusing on child-like phrases such as "red apple, green apple," Fluenz has you ordering food, giving directions to a cab driver, making hotel reservations, and handling a wide range of real-world situations right from the start. And, with 13 types of workouts covering verbal expression and comprehension, as well as reading and writing, you practice and internalize what you learn in the video tutorials.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J'adore Fluenz French December 15, 2010
By JFS
As I thought about what I would write in this review, I realized I would sound like I worked there, because I have so many complimentary things to say. But the truth is I'm a regular user who has been thoroughly impressed with the product.

First off, Fluenz is fun! I always look forward to a lesson and consider it a treat. The program is filled with jaw-droppingly beautiful photography with background music to set the mood.

In addition, the program is neither dumbed down nor too intense. And, most gratifyingly, as you go through the lessons, old vocabulary and grammar structures are presented to you repeatedly. You get the chance to review what you've learned over and over again, but not tediously so, until the elements become second-nature to you. It's almost as if the creators of the program are reading your mind, and they know just how much of a refresher you need at just the right time.

I will keep this short, but I will finish by saying that the customer service is friendly and first-rate, and the love of languages the Fluenz team has is obvious, which results in a contagious enthusiasm. I've been having a great time with the program and would buy Fluenz 6-10 if such a thing existed.
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
By J. Roe
I've been shopping on Amazon since 1999 and have never written a review, because I've never felt especially motivated to. But I've never had as positive an experience with a product as I have with Fluenz French, and I wanted to tell my story.

About a year and a half ago I started dating a girl who was studying for her PhD in French, so obviously that language was her life. When I started thinking about proposing, I decided I wanted to learn French for her and be able to propose in French (with several sentences, not just "will you marry me"). After researching various options I picked Fluenz as my method of learning (the free demo on their website is what sold me). At the time only French 1 & 2 were available, but as they've released extra discs I've added 3-5 to my collection.

Different people learn in different ways, but I can say the Fluenz style worked very well for me. I took one semester of French in college about 7 years ago, but lost interest and quickly lost what I had learned. With Fluenz, I feel like I enjoyed learning more and that the learning "stuck." Rather than being thrown in the deep end and being expected to figure things out for myself, I liked having an on-screen tutor explain grammar rules and vocabulary. I also liked the various techniques used, and I'll get into that more after my story.

As I started approaching the date when I wanted to propose, I had completed Fluenz 1 & 2 and about half of disc 3. I was very happy with how far I had come, but I knew I wasn't quite comfortable with translating and pronouncing a proposal all on my own. So I posted on Fluenz's online message board to ask for help.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluenz Works December 14, 2010
I selected Fluenz based on the information on their website, after reading reviews of the major language programs. I was preparing for a vacation in Paris, and wanted to be able to communicate rudimentarily. I worked on French 1 & 2 through a four month period and was very surprised at my level of fluency! The DVD program, combined with the audio and podcasts (which I listened to and practiced while commuting) really created a powerful three step learning process. I especially valued, in levels 1 & 2, the focus on the types of situations a traveler or business person would encounter: directions, ordering in a restaurant, numbers, simple everyday dialogues that prepared you to communicate essentials. On a trip to Quebec, I could be understood and I could understand in a variety of situations. The teacher/coach, Sonia Gill, created fun and informative tutoring session on the DVD, as well as informal practice and discussion on the podcasts, and more formal exercises in the audio component. It may sound silly, but I really looked forward to the tutorials and felt like Sonia was a helpful friend. When French 3 was issued I immediately ordered, and have been working through the sessions which are certainly more intense and challenging as the material becomes a bit more complex. I have French 4 & 5, and will be moving on to those levels in the coming year. The tutor for French 3 through 5 is a native French speaker, and while I occasionally miss Sonia on the DVD, Caroline is just as effective and pleasant. I definitely recommend French 1 & 2 for travelers who may want to learn enough of the language to get by on a single vacation to a Francophone area, and once you experience Fluenz 1 & 2, you will no doubt be inspired to carry on your learning with 3,4 & 5. Read more ›
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
By JG
I like Fluenz as much as a finely cooked gourmet meal. Ultimately, the requirements to learn a language as subtle, complex, and beautiful as French are not that far from what makes for great French cooking. First of all, a chef who knows not only the language, but all the ingredients, proportions, and temperatures that make it unique. Sonia Gil in the first levels and native Parisian Carolyn Janin afterwards, are true masters when it comes to showing how French works, and how English-speakers should best approach its many nooks and crannies.

To me Sonia is the Julia Child of French learning--someone not French who could see, unlike anyone before her, how to make the language intelligible to everyone else. Someone as passionate and knowledgeable as anyone about everything French, but who doesn't lose sight of common sense explanations or of the simple tips that bring it all together. Before Julia Child most French cookbooks wouldn't provide exact measurements because people "should know those things." Before Sonia Gil most commercial language learning wouldn't provide explanations since they assumed that "adults learn languages by simply listening to them."

Even today some pretend to sell frozen French food and still call it gourmet. Fluenz's competitors, most notably Rosetta Stone, insist on not explaining anything and even forbid their online tutors to offer any clarifications since the method relies on the strict matching of words and images. Just as with frozen food, the Rosetta Stone method promises vast profits for its makers: French is taught with the same images and the same words as every other language in their catalog, erasing all its beauty and complexity. Not to be eaten under any circumstances!

Let me offer a brief overview of the program.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluenz is a great program with some minor flaws. Nobody's perfect!
I've been wanting to learn French for some time. I bought French 1-5 from Fluenz way back in 2008 and never really made time for learning a new language. Read more
Published 2 days ago by S. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT & OUTSTANDING!!! PARFAIT!!!
8/25/2014 - I am going to give Fluenz French 5 stars. I have purchased at least 10 different French programs and must say this is the very best out there. Read more
Published 26 days ago by kip dipaolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's Amazing, and I'm learning so fast!
Published 1 month ago by Lorenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this program
Wow. I really like this program. I have Rosetta Stone, Instant Immersion, and Pimsleur. Yup, all of them in French. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Sink or Swim in Morocco
I purchased Fluenz French 1-5, but I have only finished French 1 so far. I took a trip to Spain after I had finished the first section, and by chance ended up in Morocco for a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by arghdaklsf
2.0 out of 5 stars The Pimsleur Method is Better
I've tried the Pimsleur Approach, Rosetta Stone, and now Fluenz. The Pimsleur method is by far the best if you are trying to learn how to SPEAK a language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Teasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Fluenz provides an enjoyable way to learn. The content is well organized and the interface is intuitive & works smoothly. Overall I'm very satisfied!
Published 3 months ago by Kristin C
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE
Kudos to Sonia Gil for a superb product; it is quite less expensive than other language learning systems (I have tried several) and twice as effective in terms of time investment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cecile Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars if you use this you will learn how to pronounce perfectly
you can look right in the mouth of the speaker and see exactly how to
pronounce perfectly. Great if you are disciplined to continue
Published 3 months ago by 7413
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe good
Maybe we got a bad batch. wouldn't work in the mac. We returned with no problem, however. Maybe try again, not sure.
Published 4 months ago by Christian H
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