Jul 9, 2014
Pimsleur French Level 1 Gold Edition
A few weeks ago I was given the chance to try out and review the Pimsleur Approach Gold Edition French Level 1 lessons and I became instantly hooked. I adore the French language and Paris is my favorite place in the entire world so keeping up with my French is very important to me. Living in the US and only having Spanish to turn to when I need to speak another language makes it a little tough for me though. I try to watch tons of French movies but I feel like it's not enough because once I know the story I ignore the words that are being said.
Back in 2005 I used Pimsleurs Quick and Easy French and I loved it because it helped me with my pronunciation. Before I started working on how words sounded I was very self conscious about my French because I felt that even though I knew the words and how to ask questions or express myself, it just never felt like they sounded right. The Quick and Easy lessons helped a lot but I lost them, stopped and back to pahr-lay-view I went!
This new Pimsleur Approach totally changed that for me and now I'm back to emphasizing words with my throat and rolling my r's the non-Spanish way.
The lessons begin with an introduction reminding the user what will make this approach successful. They tell us to speak out loud, to be consistent and to not rely on any outside sources for help. These lessons are not designed to teach us how to spell and read in French because once we know what we're saying we can read and write them without wanting to do so in English.
Once the lessons began I did find it very similar to the Quick & Easy version at first but as I got further along it intensified. As a person who can already speak, read and write in French but lacks confidence in their pronunciation I have to say that these lessons are great. I would recommend them for anyone in my shoes, for a total beginner or for someone who learned it later on in life and doesn't want to lose it because they just don't use it enough.
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