Will You Really Be Speaking French in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day French conversations - the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, but ask yourself: When you were a child, what was your first word? Probably 'Mom' or 'Dad' - the most useful words! Did you find that word in a text book? Were you worried about its spelling? Did you wonder what other words would turn it into a grammatically correct sentence?
No. You didn't stress about it. You just "absorbed" it by listening to adults speaking, and voila! You learned a language! That's the Pimsleur approach. In 30 minute, bite-size lessons on CD, you learn how you learned as a child...Naturally.
Before you know it, you'll be speaking French, and sounding like you could live there... Or your money back. That's right-Try our lessons today, and if you're not happy, we'll give you a 100% refund. What have you got to lose? Rien!
Why it's Important to Learn French
Ah, French. The language of love, fine dining, high fashion and diplomacy is spoken in over 40 countries today. Join over 110 million people around the world who are native speakers of French–and the nearly 50 million people who speak French as a second language.
Learning French will open up several opportunities for you. If your company has offices in France, Canada, or any country where French is the primary language, you'll be a valuable member of the team, able to communicate with overseas employees. You may even get to travel for business.
Traveling in France, or any of the countries where French is spoken, will be an easier, more enjoyable experience as you'll be able to find your way around, and communicate more freely with the people who live there without relying on hand gestures. We'll leave those to the many mimes that inhabit Paris!
If you enjoy French music, films, and literature, you'll be able to enjoy them in their original language, without worrying about subtitles, or losing anything in the translation.
Conversational French vs. Academic French
To learn French from a book will require you to start with the most basic building blocks of the language and work your way to putting them together in conversation. You must learn grammar, spelling, accents, and vocabulary before you can even begin to communicate. Even with all that effort, you still might lack the confidence to actually speak French like a native-speaker.
It's different with Pimsleur. You hear all those components put together from the start, without having to break them down into individual parts of speech. You learn by hearing, so rather than memorizing verb conjugations, you just learn the important phrases you'll need to get around. For example:
Je m'appelle… – My name is...
Où est la gare? – Where is the train station?
Je voudrais un café, s'il vous plaît. – I would like coffee, please.
Ça coûte combien? – How much does this cost?
By learning French the natural way, using idiomatic expressions the French actually use rather than textbook phrases, you will benefit by speaking French that is "real" rather than academic.
The Logical Approach to Learning French
Dr Pimsleur's language learning 'Eureka' moment came only after 20 years of scientific research, and years spent watching his own children learn. Finally, he discovered how to replicate the way children learn - quickly and naturally. He used this knowledge to develop key scientific principles that enable adults to learn like children... only better! Interested in finding out more? Read more about how the Pimsleur system works.
Whether you're asking for directions to the Eiffel Tower, making new friends at home or abroad, connecting with in laws, or trying to impress that crucial business client, you'll discover that the Pimsleur lessons have given you the vocabulary you need...And that's what you'll learn with Pimsleur Approach will come to you naturally and fluidly.
More than 110 million people use French as their first language, including more than 55 million in France. And another 60 million people speak French as a second language. You can see the benefits of traveling not just in France but around the world speaking French like a native.
French is an official language for many countries around the world, including France, Canada, and several countries in Africa. It's also one of the official languages of the Olympics and the United Nations. You won't be limited to just France if you learn through the Pimsleur Approach!
Even today in the United States, French is taught in many schools and used in many restaurants and other settings. For centuries, French has been perceived as a language spoken by sophisticated people of high social stature, and world travelers. Isn't it time you joined them?