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French Complete: Levels 1-3 (Learn in Your Car) [Audiobook] [French] [Audio CD]

Henry N Raymond
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penton Overseas Inc; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591257212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591257219
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 23.4 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 922,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This exciting new edition includes a 60-minute Travelogue DVD of the relevant destination countries for each language. This added feature will enrich the learning experience and add that extra stimulus to motivate users with their studies. New material in this second edition includes a variety of internet and digital media/technology terms. It features: nine 60-minute CDs; full text listening guide; and zippered CD carrying case. It includes: Level 1 - introduction to key words, numbers, phrases, sentence structure, and basic grammar; Level 2 - more challenging vocabulary, more grammar, more complex sentences generate confidence in your ability to comprehend and converse; and Level 3 - expanded vocabulary, advanced grammar and complex sentences to expand your conversational skills.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for revision 16 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These CD's are a fairly dry way to learn the language. Sure all the vocab and grammar is in there but it presents it just as reading out the English then reading the equivalent French. You need much more than that if you are going to learn the language properly.

If you are new to learning French DO NOT buy these. Instead I would recommend the excellent Michel Thomas series as a starting point.

Where this course fits in is with revision as it's great for reminding you of what you've previously learned and filling in the odd blank. But if you tried to use it from scratch you'd give up pretty quickly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No need to rip the discs for MP3 Player 29 May 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was surprised to find included in the package a disc containing MP3s and PDFs of the small booklets that come with each level. This makes the product very convenient if you have an MP3 player.
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212 of 215 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, My Best Language Investment Ever 15 Mar 2005
By desmond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a follow-up, I bought this almost exactly one year ago. I have listened daily all year in my car, mornings only (evening reserved for "conversational" programs like SmartFrench and ImmersionPlus). Basically this program is responsible for the fact that I can now speak French (not 100% fluently, of course, but well enough to hold a respectable conversation in all tenses).

I briefly tried Michel Thomas, Pimsleur and others this year, but LIYCF was clearly the very best of the bunch. Very thorough in terms of vocabulary, pronounciation and also very easy to use. And what a bargain. Tutors want to charge me $30-35 *PER LESSON*; for less than $40 I've had a daily "tutor" in my car (during time that would otherwise be a complete waste) for an entire year.

(I imagine another listener could finish the course in half the time if they listened to it exclusively in the a.m. and p.m. But I do recommend something like SmartFrench to "round it out.")

**In fact, if Penton made a Level IV (covering more subjunctive forms, idiomatic expressions, etc.), I would run out and buy it today.**

So as I come to the final side of the final tape, exactly one year later, just in time for my move to Paris, I say "THANK YOU Penton!"
208 of 213 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a terrific package ! 23 Sep 2004
By Morning Glory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm an intermediate French student and decided to buy this 3-Level package in order to have a comprehensive audio package. The bonus 3 CD book "Secrets of Learning a Foreign Language" is a great way to start your study and has alot of very interesting information and examples on the structure of languages, plus it is humorously and interesting presented. It really motivates you to get started! Be sure to listen to it before you start the Learn French in Your Car CD's.

The whole package is very well designed. For example, the listening guides have an index on the outside back cover so you can quickly find the CD and track you want. Very handy! Then, if you want to hear only the French, you can adjust the balance of your speakers to eliminate the English portion. The pauses between the English and 1st French repetition give you time to test yourself if you already know some French. If not, just wait for the 2 repetitions in French, each with a pause to allow you to repeat what you've just heard. The English voice (male) and the French voice (female) are both pleasant and very clear. Excellent quality and amazingly low price for what you get. Highly recommended to all!
139 of 141 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars French one phrase at a time 28 Sep 2005
By Stephen Sykes - Published on Amazon.com
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This program consists of 9 CDs containing a total of 106 lessons divided into three levels. Each lesson consists of between 15 and 30 words or phrases grouped together to illustrate a particular aspect of the language. Each phrase is spoken in English first followed by a brief pause, followed by the French translation and another pause. The first pause is for you to repeat the phrase if you already know it; the second pause is for you to repeat the phrase if you don't. As you repeat each lesson over and over, the number of instances where you can say a phrase before the French translation increases to the point where you ultimately know them all. The number of repetitions it takes depends on your particular aptitude for the language.

If you are a daily prisoner in a car like I am, the approach is nearly ideal. My particular method was to cover 6-8 lessons in a half hour period during my morning commute and then repeat the same lessons during my afternoon commute. Each day I would add one lesson to the end and subtract one from the beginning. Hence, the first day might be lessons 1-6, the second 2-7, the third 3-8, and so on. Eventually, you get to the end and start over. In my case, I never waited to achieve 100% comprehension before moving on. That may have been an mistake; I don't know. If you follow my method, it takes about 6 months of commuting to get thru the entire package once.

Three booklets are contained in the package, and each booklet lists the phrases covered on the CD and offers both the French translation as well as a brief explanation of the grammatical point being made. The grammar discussions are *very* brief and only serve to assist the learning process. This is by no means a French textbook. The material moves much faster than the Pimsleur CD set, but there are no dialogs, so it's a little less cohesive. This package also doesn't use the circular reinforcement that is characteristic of the Pimsleur method.

The course itself is quite thorough, going thru several tenses (present, past, compound past, immediate past, and future), conjugations, and situations (hotel, restaurant, shopping, time, money, etc), as well as some advanced concepts (present and past subjunctive). Everything is offered in the form of useful expressions, so you never feel you're being 'drilled'. Still, it's a full meal, not a brief traveler's introduction. My sense is that you probably get a little further into the language with this package than with the Pimsleur method, but I can't prove it.

In fact, the speed of the material is a bit of a problem. I got bogged down in the fourth CD, when the phrases got complicated to the point where I couldn't keep up with the pace. The further I went, the less of each lesson I understood. I think it's probably necessary to study the books about as much as you use the CDs, and that wasn't an investment I was willing to make. That's a shortcoming on my part, not the course's.

The other observation I would make is that all of the French is spoken a little too clearly and perfectly. I know that probably doesn't sound like a fault, but my experience is that I have a much, much harder time understanding a French speaker than I do speaking French. Within reason, I can say what I want, but I have a very difficult time understanding the response. If you are going to use this course, I recommend that you find an additional source of commonly spoken French, because the colloquial version is quite different from the American 'taught' version. In this regard, the "French In Action" videos are now available on the web, and you can view them for free. I find them an ideal companion to audio work.
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First 3 CDs Helped Tremendously! 14 May 2006
By Fred Telegdy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had to go to Paris for a conference and didn't know the first bit of French other than "Bon jour!" and "Oui." I searched through many options and, after reading all the reviews, decided on French Complete. I spent two months (about 3-4 hours per week) listening to the first 3 CDs (Level 1) over and over and over again in the car. By the time I left for my trip, I was surprisingly comfortable with basic French conversation. I was confident I would be just fine.

Then the trip came and I was surprised that I was more than okay! I not only managed to get directions, talk to the waiters/waitresses, and purchase items, I even had an American woman stumble through asking me something in French after hearing me talk with a French woman. She thought I was French! I was also able to help an American couple purchase metro tickets at the ticket window.

I didn't go on to Level's 2 or 3 before my trip because they got even more in-depth than what I figured I needed for my trip and I was correct. However, I had so much fun on my trip and had so much fun speaking French with the French, that I'm going to go back and follow-up on my lessons. It's true that a lot of French will talk to you in English, but I never could have found that hidden metro station at 12:30 am without these CDs. And that would have meant walking all the way back to my hotel.

One last thing. The CDs come with a little booklet that you can read along with (assuming you're not driving at the time) to see the phrases. I highly recommend NOT using the booklet. You'll get too caught up in pronouncing French words with an English pronunciation. Just listen and learn and you'll be fine. If you want to, look at the words AFTER you know how to pronounce them and what they mean. Then, you can actually start learning how to read and speak.

French Complete is tr?s bon!
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all that great. 22 Feb 2006
By Monnie - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, I think I have been spoiled by the Pimsleur lessons which is why I don't think this audio set is that good. Now one thing this set has that is better than Pimsleur is it contains a book with all the words, phrases, and sentences you hear on the cd's, which is excellent. Where this product fails though is that it is based on mindless repitition. With the pimsleur lessons, if a word has more than one syllable, the speaker will break down the foreign word into the seperate syllables to make sure you are pronouncing the word correctly. I feel that this is a NECESSARY feature if you actually want to make sure you are saying the word properly. Also with this set, you just seem to learn a bunch of sentences and phrases, but you never actually engage in any type of conversation....in contract with the Pimsleur serious, where you learn to have a simple conversation right after your first lesson. Overall, this is a good serious if you just want to learn some sentences...but I would suggesst getting something else if you actually want to have a conversation with a French speaking person.
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