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Berlitz Learn French Premier (PC/Mac - 6 CD Set)

by Avanquest Software
Windows Vista / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP, Mac OS X
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Award-winning, market-leading software from the No.1 in Language Learning
  • 6 CD Set Ideal for all levels - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
  • Learn on your Mac or PC with the Berlitz total immersion technique
  • Practise your vocabulary using your iPod or other MP3 player
  • Learn in your car with a complete audio course on 4 CDs
  • Flash card software for your Palm or Pocket PC
  • Advanced speech analysis – improve your pronunciation with practise conversations
  • Innovative games make learning enjoyable and effective
  • Complete instruction – learn by listening to actual conversations and watching videos
  • Vocabulary building screensaver and word lists to help widen your vocabulary quickly.
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and below
  • Will not run on MAC OS X Lion (10.7).
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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001C5JU4O
  • Release Date: 30 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Learn to speak French at your own pace with Berlitz

Now you can learn languages the easy way with the market leading software that's been helping people learn foreign languages for more than a decade. Berlitz Premier is fast, easy and effective. Guaranteed!

With this unique, time-proven learning system, we've provided three powerful ways for you to learn:
(1) on your Windows PC or Macintosh,
(2) in your car, and
(3) on the go using an iPod or other mobile listening device.

Explore at your own pace - Berlitz Premier allows you to determine your own learning pace by deciding when you need translation - and when you don't.

Innovative Games - Berlitz Premier puts the fun back into learning with interactive games like Plug-n-Play to help increase your reading comprehension. This engaging fill-in the-blank game allows players to begin with a foreign phrase or paragraph that is missing text and a corresponding list of possible foreign words.

Advanced speech analysis - Berlitz Premier provides advanced speech analysis to help you speak like a native. Simply record, playback and compare to perfect your accent and improve your pronunciation.

For more than 125 years the Berlitz brand has been synonymous with effective foreign language learning. With learning centres spanning the globe, Berlitz has more satisfied graduates than any other program of its kind. And now Berlitz Premier is guaranteed to make learning easier and more fun than you ever imagined.

Learn on your computer - This award-winning software for both Windows and Macintosh gives you four easy ways to master languages and engaging activities mean you'll learn faster:
1 Total immersion - Learn by listening to actual conversations.
2 Multimedia learning - Enhance your knowledge by watching videos.
3 Flash card system - Reinforce your learning with this proven method.
4 Speech analysis - Improve your pronunciation with practise conversations.

Learn in your car A comprehensive French course on 4 Berlitz audio CDs. Learn in your car with a complete course on 4 audio CDs. Berlitz makes it easy to improve your fluency while you're on the road.

Learn on the go - Innovative iPod exercises... and morePractise your vocabulary using your iPod or other MP3 player. Test your proficiency with word lists that match the software.

Flash card software for your Palm or Pocket PC, Vocabulary building screensaver, and much more!

Ideal for all levels

Beginner - Get comfortable as a new learner by starting with the basics:Meeting and Greeting, Basic Travel Terms, Numbers and Money, Colours, Sightseeing

Intermediate - Rapidly improve your pronunciation through conversation: Asking for Directions, Ordering a Meal, Shopping, At the Hotel, Emergencies

Advanced - Learn words and phrases that will make you sound like a native speaker: Office Conversation, Speaking on the Phone, An Evening with Friends, Survival Phrases and more.

About Berlitz

Berlitz has helped millions of men, women and children speak new languages, and its cultural consultants have assisted thousands of organisations in reaching across cultural barriers successfully. The company's origins date back to 1878 when language tutor Maximilian D. Berlitz developed a new method of teaching people. His approach, which he developed into the Berlitz Method, was so successful it became the gold standard of language instruction and led to what would become a globe-spanning organisation.

Magazine Reviews

A host of different ways to approach learning…a powerful learning package (PC Utilities, 2009)

Customer Reviews

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Vista 64 users might almost return Berlitz French, the installation menu doesn't work and when you hit the bright idea of installing directly from the disc a couple of error messages make you think it still won't work. Ignore these messages, once installed and restarted it works.

I've used Berlitz software before in France about 5 years ago and it's definitely worth the purchase. The user interface hasn't changed and neither have the features, I recognise old videos and exercises but they are solid and proven. Fortunately there are plenty of exercises to keep you going without too much repetition (depending on your work rate I'd say 3-6 months worth not including the pretty good grammar references).

PROBLEMS - *Online links to quizzes are dead or broken. *This program should be labelled for beginners only - the packaging insists this is for beginners to advanced yet all the Immersion Environments are labelled 'Beginner' *The cds don't raise the bar, the American voices will either have you hitting the table in laughter or annoyance. You won't be taught 'Je suis anglais' but 'Je suis americaine'. Someone with an advanced sense of humour chose an old predatory American queen for the mp3 files and a female narrator from Disneyland for the audio cds. She sounds exactly like the female computer voice in love with Jeremy Hardy from ISIHAC. And her French pronunciation, even crisp and clear, is atrociously hilarious.

Michel Thomas' method or being thrown in the deep end in France are still the quickest and best ways to genuinely start forming your own sentences. But as traditional class-room methods go the Berlitz software is the best (while the audio cds use a novel and unproven method of comedy).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent French for beginners 3 Sep 2009
By Mel - London VINE VOICE
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Berlitz have always been market leaders in Teach Yourself languages. This is a very flexible package, and is just what you need to get by very nicely En Francais. Very handy to be able to practice whilst stuck in traffic on the M25, and at home on PC or Laptop. You really can start with little or no knowledge of French, and quickly develop your skills at your own pace. I remember learning French at school, and it was BORING!! However, Berlitz have introduced "Fill in the Blanks" games, speech analysis exercises (which allows you develop more fluent French with an authentic accent, as well as a number of other great features. It actually manages to make learning French fun, and that is praise indeed. Don't expect this package to teach you to speak fluent French, just a good grounding, and more than enough to get by with. There are additional modules availalbe for more advanced students.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French from all angles... 23 Aug 2009
By techpuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER
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It's a bit daunting to open a language course and find a 176-page booklet dedicated only to explaining how to use it - but luckily you don't have to read the whole thing before getting started. There are 6 CD's in total - 4 standard audio CD's, containing a complete standalone audio course, plus 2 installer CD's with the interactive app's, one for Windows and one for Mac. The Windows CD also includes the ready-prepared mp3 files for your iPod or media-player together with the Palm and PocketPC media. There are 100's of tiny mp3's files, each one with a different word or phrase to practise, and they've been thoughtfully tagged to make negotiating them easier on your iPod. However, it might be advisable to select them all in iTunes and, by opening the 'Get Info' window, change the 'Media Kind' to 'Audiobook' as this will separate them from your music collection and stop random French phrases punctuating your listening pleasure - although maybe that would be a good learning strategy?

The interactive app's are virtually identical on Mac and Windows but on both platforms the UI looks a bit dated and clunky although they work quite well, though not flawlessly, on both. Initially, there are too many options and buttons to click and you could hardly describe the whole system as streamlined but it gives you so many approaches to learning that you're bound to find a strategy that suits you. However, it's definitely worth taking the 'Guided Tour' before you begin.

Quick tip for Mac-users : the app's are mostly written for PowerPC and on recent Macs will run within Apple's 'Rosetta' PPC emulation system - Rosetta will not be installed by default on OSX 10.6 so be sure to include it if you upgrade to 10.6, or your language course may suddenly stop working.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn French .... anyway you please 2 Sep 2009
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When I was at school I didn't particularly like language lessons and with my mind set on engineering I dropped French and German as soon as I could. But that turned out to be a mistake as now I'm on business trips world wide but mostly to Belgium.

I'm the type of person that is embarassed that I can't speak much of the native tongue so I started out looking for teach yourself french sets.
However I have a busy day with work, OU and wife and kids so I looked for ones with CD's to use in my 1 hour each way commute.

I bought the Elizabeth Smith Instant French and while it was good at first I soon hit portions of the course that needed the book, which of course you can't do while driving.

Then Berlitz came to my attention. The course offers 3 ways to learn, PC, Audio CD & Palm top device.

This course is very reminiscent of how I remember being taught languages at school using sets of dialog (film clips), accompanying translated text, then sessions to practice what you've learned including the chance to have your pronunciation checked by the Software
The software includes a flash card feature for you build up and retain the learning which can also be ported onto Palm devices & iPod's for portable learning.

The strong point for me though was the 4 CD audio course allowing me to learn as and when I feel like it in the car while commuting without any other learning aids.
The audio is well paced, not too rushed but sometimes a little difficult to hear what's been said and get the pronunciation correct. But I think this course is at its strongest using combinations of the learning types.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Damn American spelling
This is a good CD system which has the flexibility to practice at home or on the go. The flash cards are good but the "learning system" is complicated and difficult to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. Freya Spoor
4.0 out of 5 stars The software is pretty good.
Firstly i should state i've only used the software out of this set, i'm not really interested in the CD's. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2010 by Dennis Watts
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me but still very useful
I have very little knowledge of French apart from a few basic words and phrases and am always looking for new ways to learn the language but in a way that works, doesn't feel like... Read more
Published on 30 May 2010 by josie82
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but do you want to sound like an English person copying an...
I'm somewhat ambivalent about this Berlitz French Premier package. The idea is a very good one, and the course is very well structured and laid out as a basic introduction to the... Read more
Published on 1 April 2010 by mr_ska
4.0 out of 5 stars Berlitz French CD Pack
With the exception of a few minor niggles this pack is good for a beginner or someone who is a little rusty and wants to recap. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2010 by C. Mould
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding value!
I have the Berlitz Learn Spanish Premier (PC/Mac) (6 CD Set - Windows & Macintosh) which is a great package. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2010 by Rob S
3.0 out of 5 stars Good course for a beginner
I have been working on a regular basis with Berlitz Learn French Premier (BLFP) for over a week and a half now. First, you have to get used to the structure of BLFP. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2010 by Jfh Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars Language learning the fun way
As a silver surfer with very little understanding of computer jargon I found the product a little daunting when I first opened it. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tools for any level of learning!
First of all, this is fantastic value for money, with 6 discs for a very low price!
This sets offer a great flexible way of teaching yourself French. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2009 by A. Sinclair
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied approach to learning
I was pleasantly surprised with Berlitz French Premier. It's a very interactive product combining audio (CD) and interactive (PC CD) learning. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2009 by Dulwich Guy
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