- Series: Comprehensive (Book 1)
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Pimsleur; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743518349
- ISBN-13: 978-0743518345
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.9 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pimsleur French Level 1 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs (Comprehensive) Unabridged Edition
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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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While the Pimsleur program is not what you want to use if you have one car drive to learn to ask directions and order at a restaurant (although I'm not sure any program can really effectively equip you for that without time...), Pimsleur is the way to go if you want to remember what you learned and communicate naturally. With no prior knowledge of Czech I listened to only one lesson, once, during the 30-minute bus ride from Slovakia (I was touring with an orchestra and was doing a considerable amount of traveling; English, however, is my first language). Even today, 8 months later, I still sometimes find myself saying "excuse me" in Czech instead of English; while there one native of the Czech Republic commented that I had a talent for the accent.
Now as I begin the French lessons, I can't praise Pimsleur enough. I am in French 3 in high school now and find that as much as I can read, I still have a horrible time creating the words myself or hearing them spoken. With the Pimsleur method after only lesson one I feel myself improving, and the grammar rules that I've been studying in class make more sense the way they're presented in Pimsleur (rather than saying "Conjugate the following verbs," it's "Notice that ___ changes the meaning in ____ way; now can you do the same for this other word?") I thought that the repetition of saying words when prompted would become boring, but everything is fit into a conversation so not only can you imagine you're actually speaking to someone (rather than just responding to prompts), but you're also programming your abilities in the language for real-life scenarios responding to questions and asking them yourself...meaning that when actually faced with the same it comes naturally! I highly recommend this program, and look forward to using it further.
Ths program's limitation is that it lacks an extensive coverage of grammar, and I suggest using a Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar to assist. As an added measure, I use Rosetta Stone, which I find to be complementary. This may not be an option for all.
The program comes on 30 disks, which makes it quite painful to transfer to and iPod. However, one can buy Pimsleur on iTunes, but you are limited only to level 1 as levels 2 & 3 are not available. It is less expensive to download on iTunes but one doesn't have the disks.
In closing, I like the Pimsleur method and recommend it for others.