March 10, 2013
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication Date 2012
Price $350.00 for Pimsleur French Unlimited 1-3 (multimedia; includes 90 audio lessons), $119.95 for 30 audio lessons
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate
Pimsleur is my favorite self-study language-learning product to date. It offers a series of interactive audio lessons, roughly half an hour each, in which the student is cajoled, prodded, encouraged, etc., to speak a foreign language in response to brilliantly constructed cues.
Pimsleur French lessons are an amazing way to get yourself talking immediately and to work on your accent. There is a newer offering as well, called Pimsleur French Unlimited, which is a multimedia product including not only the audio lessons but also flashcards, games, chat rooms, and more.
I haven’t yet tried the Unlimited, but on the strength of the Pimsleur French audio lessons alone, I strongly recommend it. (The pricing is nearly identical for the Unlimited and the audio-only products.) To ensure that Pimsleur is for you before you buy, you can try a sample audio lesson for free on their website.
If you don’t want to commit to larger chunks of product, you can buy Pimsleur French lessons five at a time and, for the truly commitmentphobic, there is even a one-lesson-at-a-time option on iTunes.
Right now Pimsleur’s French products are in flux and are therefore a little confusing, so let me clarify a few things:
- There are currently a total of 100 French audio lessons available, 90 of which have been incorporated into the Pimsleur French Unlimited product. You can buy lessons 91-100 separately as MP3s if you like.
- This year Pimsleur will be recording 30 new audio lessons, bringing the total number of audio lessons for French to 120. (Existing lessons 91-100 will go away when these new lessons are published.)
- The next step will be to incorporate these new audio lessons into a four-level Pimsleur French Unlimited offering containing all 120 audio lessons.