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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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When considering the investment in a foriegn language, consider that it may take 1000 hours (for an extremely easy language like French) to feel very comfortable in the language. That's one hour of serious study each day for three years. Or you can go sit in a Parisian cafe and talk to people who are willing to tutor you (extremely hard to find without some pretty good skills to start with) and you might get there in a few months.
I like this product because it's the very best available for naturally teaching you the grammar basics and for helping you to build the core vocabulary (stuff like and, but, or, many, few, the, a, an, whowhatwhenwherewhy), the core language structure (negation, word order), and it's outstanding for it's ability to teach language sounds...
A side note...be willing to sleep between lesson times. Something happens when you sleep, and you'll be better at it by the next lesson. That's why it's important to do this every single day, so that you have the maximum number of study-sleep cycles.
The CDs cover ample basics and if you transfer the discs into your I-POD or plug them into your car you can play them and do the exercises until you get a working understanding going. If you're riding the train or bus you may get a few strange looks from your fellow commuters or say, learn a few new helpful phrases, like swear words I picked up from a fellow commuter. 'You never know when you might need it,' he said.
The CDs provide good value for what you get and are a good learning tool too. But as I said, you'll need to invest some time and effort to get that 'instant understanding.' Take the time. The better we communicate, the better we inevitably become.
A shame though the CDs don't teach you to sneer.
The other thing is that grammar is not really explained during the course. Its more rote learning. I would strongly recommend the 10 CD Michel Thomas method along with the Advanced course. Not only are the transcripts there, but the tenses and grammar are explained very well, as well as its far cheaper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay, here is the deal. This first 16 lesson set is not really a good investment, because you really want to develop any proficiency in French, you need to buy the entire 30... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Useless. Starts out with learning to spell different countries in French.Published 23 days ago by Monica Fenton
I'm only peeved because I found Pimsleur too late, the actual product is buco bucks almost 2 grand. Although you can buy each section which includes 30 lessons each for 300 bucks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristin
I like the way Pimsleur builds on what was learned previously. I used a shorter version of this course 10 years ago and I still remember everything. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aria
Pemsleur French Conversational Course - Level 1 gives you a very good introduction to French. And it left me wanting more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ready2Cycle
Very good. But it references a workbook that I have not been able to find on line.
Limited to learning how to order beer and wine giving general directions to a restaurant.
Gave it to my mother in law as a Christmas present and she loves it. Said that it's really been helping her with her French and she's able to follow along great.Published 4 months ago by daniela