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Paris, France - A City of Diversity

Paris is the capital city of France.  Built on an arc of the River Seine, it is divided into two parts: the Right Bank to the north and the smaller Left Bank to the south. Paris is a city full of annual events, with the busiest time being in the fall. The first event of the year is in January, and is an interior and decorative trade fair.  

Paris is based on diverging bundles. This means that the wrong choice of a lane can put you in the wrong part of town with little chance to make a turn because everything is one-way.  The population of Paris is falling; it was down to 2,122,000 by 1997, easing demands on facilities of London that are rising with reverse effect. The Paris urban area has experienced uninterrupted urban growth which is prolonged well beyond its limits of city to record a population in the commuter belt of nearly 10 million.

Just who are the people in Paris today? Most residents were not born in the city. Paris is home to a remarkable array of cultural institutions. Hundreds of museums, libraries, concert halls, art galleries, theaters, cabarets, cinemas, and cafes offer a wealth of entertainment and educational offerings ranging from opera and ballet to art shows, poetry readings, and musical concerts.

Paris is the home to car manufacturing, oil refining, petrochemical, iron and steel, perfume and clothing industries etc. Paris is home to literally dozens of different theaters, all of which are putting on some type of theatrical performance to ensure that there is something interesting for you to see on your trip to France. The best place to start looking for Paris Theater listings in English is at any local tourist office in Paris where there are pamphlets in English stating what is on and where it can be obtained.

If you like to shop, Paris is home to some of the most famous and luxurious brand names in the fashion industry like Louis Vuitton, designer of luxury leather luggage French fashion,  Chanel, fashion, accessories, fragrance & beauty products,  Hermes, many different high-quality products, Dior, designs Christian Dior handbags, shoes, accessories and fine jewelry, and Givenchy, designer of fashion, perfumes and cosmetics.

Paris is also home to museums celebrating fashion design, hunting, and even dolls and dollhouses.   For a long time there was an obvious absence of non-Western art in the city but this has changed. In Paris you will find one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower. You cannot come to Paris, and leave without seeing what 6.5 million people a year, and 200 million since its construction come to see. Paris is home to so many deferring styles of building: art deco, Medieval, Renaissance, and the work of Haussman who helped to develop the city into what it is today.  

Paris is home to the headquarters of Orange, France Telecom's mobile operator, which is a major participant in the city, and named ‘Best Mobile Operator’ at the World Communication Awards 2006 for the second year running.  Paris is home to three FORTUNE 500 Companies, and dozens of other companies. Paris is home to its IBM-France European headquarters and head office. Paris is home to a brand new, all purpose built, 300 bed hostel. This is the most modern Backpackers Hostel in Paris and it works out the best tours, packages and facilities for the best, most clued up backpackers in Paris.

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What is the secret of the Pimsleur programs that makes this happen?

Pimsleur takes advantage of the way the human brain acquires language as speech and creates its methodology around the single fact that there is a central way everyone acquires the ability to communicate in any language.

It is well known from studies of the brain that human beings recognize, identify and capture patterns of speech. This is how human infants learn their mother tongue over the first six years of life.

With that task accomplished, everyone has the necessary physical and mental equipment to go on and acquire additional means of communication (languages). But—and this is the singular and highly complex factor that allows or prevents adults from doing what comes naturally—it is all in the selection and organization of the language materials which are created to manage second–language acquisition.

It is no longer efficient for an adult to learn by simply being exposed to other languages (as happens as a baby) because, being in possession of a fine first language which enables an adult to survive handsomely, there now has to be a different motivating factor as well as a second–language program which is especially prepared to recapitulate—in a special way—the original process of language acquisition for the adult mentality.

It was Dr. Paul Pimsleur who, through many years of research and development, discovered how to select and organize the materials of the second language to fit the one way that the stream of speech of an unknown language can enter the consciousness of the adult and be processed through the language learning power of the human brain.

The Pimsleur methodology, which makes language acquisition happen, looks singularly easy and transparent, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The science and skill (art, if you will) of creating a Pimsleur program requires, nay demands, some 2,000 person–hours of three trained individuals to prepare thirty lessons of a Pimsleur Program. Learn more about how the Pimsleur Method works.


Why Pimsleur?

Pimsleur Language Courses are audio courses. Since there are no books included, the Pimsleur courses are great way to learn while driving, exercising, etc.

The Pimsleur language courses teach you to both speak and understand a new language. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational language skills! You'll be thrilled to discover you can hold real conversations in your new language when you have finished the course.

Dr. Paul Pimsleur's original and unique method enables you to acquire new language ability as effortlessly as children absord their native language. You will succeed because the Pimsleur program makes sure that you learn vocabulary and grammar correctly and easily in conversational settings without mindless repetition. Pimsleur is the only language program that includes exclusive, copyrighted memory training that ensures you will always remember what you have learned.

The Pimsleur audio programs use a natural mode of interactive communication -- questions and answers; statements and rejoinder; give and take -- beginning with the most-frequently-utilized vocabulary native speakers use in their everyday conversations with each other. These are the most useful words and structures every language learner needs to insure communication. It is like having a personal tutor. This along with the Graduated Interval Recall theory and the Principle of Anticipation, makes the Pimsleur language courses the most effective courses on the market today.

One of our customers told us he learned more from the Pimsleur language courses than he did from his personal tutor. Another customer told us she learned to speak better French from the first 30 lessons of the Pimsleur course than she did in 4 years of college where she minored in the French language.

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Who is Dr. Paul Pimsleur?

Dr. Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of research and development, including field studies of spoken language training with adults, Dr. Pimsleur created a new method for self–instruction in spoken languages that is based on the way the human brain takes in language as speech. Of the several unique features of the Method, two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory that he called Graduated Interval Recall This is the only language teaching program which incorporates these essential principles to provide you with the most easy–to–do, amazingly rapid, and highly cost–effective learning method available. Learn more about Dr. Pimsleur.


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