French Level 2

  • by Pimsleur
  • Narrated by Pimsleur
  • 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes - with Pimsleur it's that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. French Level 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction and is designed to be used after completing level one.
In the first 10 lessons of level two, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex, and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded, and fluency increases.
The next 10 lessons of level two allow you to further combine and build upon known elements and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situations, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
In the final 10 lessons of level two, you've doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You'll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures - faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of level two, you're speaking at a mid-intermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.
Reading lessons are included at the end of unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading French,and to provide you with some insight into French culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at things you'll see when visiting a French-speaking country. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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What the Critics Say

"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)

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French for Fluency

French phase 2 builds on phase on bringing you up to speed with more conversational French for the work place and travel. It teaches you how to get and receive directions, and do comparisons, ask for a doctor all the while reviewing what you have learned in French Phase 1.
As I mentioned in my review of French Phase 1. Pimsleur is really the best way to learn a new foreign language. It's affordable, especially if you save up your credits to get them on Audible. It only takes you a half an hour a day, no flash cards, no memorization of conjugations, just starts you off in conversation and you learn the conjugations by use and repetition. People say that you can't learn a language once you are such and such an age, but it is B.S.! You don't need to be a kid to learn a language and retain it, you just need to learn the same way a kid learns and this is what Pimsleur does, it teaches you to learn a language the way a kid learns a language.
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- Bror Erickson

Not quite as good as Phase One but still great!

What made the experience of listening to French Phase 2, Units 1-30 the most enjoyable?

Very well done and well organized for the most part.


What did you like best about this story?

I can understand spoken French now better than I ever did in school.


Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not quite as good as Phase 1 in terms of organization- occasionally asks you to say things that haven't been taught yet. The most difficult and frustrating issue is that unlike Phase 1, a whole series of 15 lessons is in one stretch, so you cannot hit back and go back to the beginning of a unit. If you hit return, it takes you back to the beginning of the entire series. Also because of this, you cannot tell how many minutes are left in a session- which makes it difficult to know if you have time to finish a lesson. I have learned a lot of conversational French from these units, but wish they would format Phase 2 lessons in the same way that they did Phase 1 lessons.


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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio