- Series: Conversational (Book 1)
- Audio CD: 8 pages
- Publisher: Pimsleur; Unabridged edition (October 3, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743550420
- ISBN-13: 978-0743550420
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pimsleur French Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs Unabridged Edition
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About the Author
Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.” This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you have the time and can study French at a computer, Rosetta Stone is probably the best overall. If, like me, you want something you can work on while driving, the Pimsleur course is the best I have found.
At first, I wasn't sure about the repetition. It seemed like too much, but now I appreciate that the focused frequent repetition is much more effective than it seemed at first.
Instead of trying to expand your vocabulary quickly or trying to get you to conjugate every verb perfectly (like some of the others), Pimsleur is aimed at getting you conversational in French with a usable set of basic syntaxes.
Update October 2013. There is one fatal flaw with this product - there is no volume 2 (or any additional volumes).
The Pimsleur system is excellent, but this particular product is a teaser. Once you finish this, you want more, but there are no more sets of this.
Instead, you need to go with the Pimsleur Comprehensive French package, which is five volumes with many more discs per volume. AND each volume is around $200, so the complete course is around $1000.
If you want an excellent introduction to learning French, this is an inexpensive starter kit. HOWEVER, if you think you are ready to make the commitment to learn, skip this and go right to the Pimsleur Comprehensive set, volume 1, which has everything in this product and a lot more.
The best part is using what you have learned when traveling. You get a warmer reception and learn more about the people and culture of those you visit.