Pimsleur French - Learn to Speak and Understand French Levels 1-5 & French Plus


"The Pimsleur language learning system (also known as the Pimsleur method or Pimsleur approach) is a language acquisition method developed by Paul Pimsleur. The system is based on four main ideas: anticipation, graduated interval recall, core vocabulary, and organic learning.

The Pimsleur method is an audio-based system, in which the listener constructs phrases or repeats from memory along with a recording. The program literature stresses that a student learns through active participation versus passive "listen and repeat only" rote memorization. A series of audiobooks based on the Pimsleur method has been developed by Pimsleur Language Programs and published by Simon & Schuster. The system, as currently packaged by Simon & Schuster, is made up of multiple 30-minute audio lessons delivered on tapes, CDs, SD cards, and as digital downloads. The Pimsleur website claims that because the lessons repeat themselves and add new material,[1] they do not demand 100% mastery before moving on. Pimsleur courses focus on proficiency in speaking instead of reading proficiency."


-The student listens to a recording on which native speakers speak phrases in both the foreign language and the language used for teaching (usually 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 ever-increasing intervals.

The French Language

French is spoken by 55 million speakers in France, 3 million in Belgium, 1.5 million in Switzerland, 6.5 million in Canada, and 5 million in former French and Belgian colonies. It is an official language in 44 countries and an official language of the United Nations. An estimated 50 million people around the world speak French as a second language.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn French

Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning French will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning programs but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?

- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?

- the complete French course including all of Levels 1-5 & French Plus
- 160, 30-minute audio lessons
- over 5 hours of reading instruction allowing you to build your skills toward reading French for pleasure
- in total, over 83 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- 5 Reading Booklets and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn

This program includes all of French Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 – over 76 hours of spoken language practice and over 5 hours of reading instruction and practice. With this program you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding French. By Level 5 the pace and conversation moves quite rapidly, accelerating exposure to new vocabulary and structures, approaching native speed and comprehension. You’ll learn to speak more in-depth about your personal life and emotional state, and be able to create complex sentences using a mix of tenses and moods. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak French.

At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Reading Lessons are included at the end of Lesson 30 for each Level. These lessons, which total about six hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out French, then to progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. You’ll be reading French with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker.


160, 30-minute audio lessons, Audio (mp3) + ebooks (pdf)


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