One last Pimsleur review for the weekend! My final language choice for the year is French. I’m not French and it’s not that I’ve ever had a particular inclination to travel to France, but I do think it would be a lovely language to learn. It might be useful and it certainly sounds nice.
Like the other Pimsleur gold CD sets, this course consists of sixteen discs and thirty-two lessons, each roughly thirty minutes in length. You start out with basic phrases such as, “Excuse me, do you speak English?” which of course would be very helpful if you were a tourist overseas and struggling to get about! The lessons use rote learning to help you memorize words and phrases, and are geared toward travelers or those who want a conversational grasp of the language rather than vocabulary lists and grammar drills.
Overall I think that out of the four languages I’ve been playing with, French is proving the hardest for me to absorb. I don’t know if it’s the accent, or if it’s simply because I have zero prior exposure to the language (unlike Spanish, which is fairly common in my home area, and German, which I’ve already been studying a bit). Honestly, I feel like I’m struggling to grasp this language in an audio-only format. I don’t think this is Pimsleur’s fault, I think it’s just my own personal speedbump. I’m still determined to peck away at it, but it’s good to be aware that if you find a language intimidating from the outset, the audio only approach might not be the best for you. (I do really love my other Pimsleur discs, for Spanish, German and Italian.)
You can find this set on Amazon here. Now tell me: what other languages (if any) do you speak?
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