Pimsleur French

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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.</p>
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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 <a href="http://www.pimsleur.com/Learn-French/Pimsleur-French-Unlimited-1-3/97814... French Unlimited</a>, which is a multimedia product including not only the audio lessons but also flashcards, games, chat rooms, and more.</p>
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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.)&nbsp;To ensure that Pimsleur is for you before you buy, you can try a sample audio lesson for free on their website.&nbsp;</p>
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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.</p>
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Right now Pimsleur's French products are in flux and are therefore a little confusing, so let me clarify a few things:</p>
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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.</li>
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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.)</li>
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The next step will be to incorporate these new audio lessons into a four-level Pimsleur French Unlimited offering containing all 120 audio lessons.</li>
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