- Series: Pimsleur Language Program
- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Pimsleur (July 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671570722
- ISBN-13: 978-0671570729
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.3 x 13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,836,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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French II - 2nd Ed. Rev.: 2nd Ed. Rev. Euro (Pimsleur Language Program)
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(1) You will continue to learn a lot of basic sentence structures along with important French expressions from the audio lessons and the supplementary text booklet.
(2) Your command of the language will improve subtly. I've found that when I had finished the 30 lessons (it took me about 2-1/2 months and on average 2 or 3 days on 1 lesson), I didn't think I know a lot more than when I started UNTIL I went back to go through each lesson again. I was amazed at the amount of materials I have actually picked up. It was then that I realized how NATURAL those expressions have become to me. I could recall about 90% of the lessons. The second time around (one day on each lesson) allows me to work on those 10%.
(3) Do NOT expect to carry out a long conversation with a French person or be able to watch French TV programs and understand what everything they are saying. I feel that I am now very competent in handling simple questions - albeit within the range of questions and answers practiced in the course. The problem is that I don't have enough VOCABULARIES to go into a `deep' conversation. VOCABULARIES are what this program doesn't give you. Indeed, this program excels in giving you all the BASIC FRAMEWORKS to build upon, but it's up to you later to expand your vocabularies and learn how verbs conjugate. (To learn more vocabularies, you may want to check out the `Vocabulearn' series - it is not the greatest or easiest learning program but it does give you a lot of vocabularies.)
I had very high expectations when I bought this set. Perhaps because of that I was slightly disappointed when I discovered that I still couldn't understand 30% of French television programs. But having gone back and reviewed the 30 lessons again, I realize I've actually learn quite a bit and the seemingly simple Pimsleur program has succeeded in making the language become very natural to me. Enjoy the program. It really works. Just remember that the strength of the Pimsleur program is its emphasis on SPEAKING skills and PRONOUNCIATION at the basic to intermediate level. You will be amazed at how much you've learned when you go back to do the whole set again after you've completed the 30 lessons. I am looking forward to the third set.
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. I do each lession at least 2 to 3 times before moving on, twice in the evenings, and once in the shower in the mornings as review. I don't stop the lesson during the pauses to think of the answer because I figure if I truly know it, I would be able to answer within the pause. By the third listen, I can usually answer within the pause.
Don't expect miracles and be realistic. You still need to take time to listen and absorb the materials. However, the course is designed in a way that encourages you to use it. After I listen to the lesson, I usually want to go out and use it immediately, and I characterize myself normally as a shy person. Definitely buy it if you are going to invest the time and need to start using French immediately.