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Pimsleur French

Pimsleur French Language program is an efficient audio training system designed to teach spoken French language to English speakers.

The Pimsleur French audio program uses a natural mode of interactive communication -- questions and answers; statements and rejoinder; give and take -- beginning with the most-frequently-utilized vocabulary native French speakers use in everyday conversations.

The complete Pimsleur French program consists of 90 lessons divided in three different levels of thirty half hour lessons each. Level 1 will teach to establish rapport with French speakers and participate in simple and direct conversations on everyday topics such as ordering food and making simple purchases. With Level 2, you will learn to combine more elements to correctly form sentences of increasing length. Level 3 will teach you to converse with growing ease and confidence, narrate and describe in terms of past, present and future using connected discourse of considerable conversational length.

This is how the program works:
In the lessons the student is required to actively participate in thinking and speaking following the tutor's instructions.

The student listens to a recording on which a native speaker speaks phrases in both the foreign language (French) and explains in the language used for teaching (English).

At varying intervals, the student is prompted to repeat a phrase after the speaker finishes it.

The student is then introduced to a new phrase and the meaning is explained

After repeating several times, the student is asked to repeat a previous phrase, along with integrating vocabulary from the new one.

More new phrases are introduced, while old phrases are prompted at random. The random recall is designed to associate words with meanings.

Where to buy Pimsleur?
Before you buy:
Note that Pimsleur program Level 1 in physical media (CD, Cassette) can be bought as a complete package containing the 30 lessons, or smaller packages with just the first 8,10 or 16 lessons.
The 30 lessons package is known as Pimsleur Comprehensive
The 16 lessons package is known as Pimsleur Conversational
The 10 lessons package is know as Pimsleur Basic or Compact
The 8 lessons package is known as Pimsleur Quick & Simple

The digital dowload offers you the possibility to buy packages containig lessons 1-10, 11-20, and 21-30

Pimsleur programs can be bought from  any of the following dealers:

Pimsleur Method
Authorized Pimsleur Dealer.

Pimsleur French at Amazon.com
Amazon.com offers all packages of Pimsleur French.  Versions are available on CD, Cassette and chips.

 


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