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  • "Don't waste your money or credit"

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    I am very disappointed that I paid money for a thirty minute introduction, and not one word of Spanish was spoken or taught. There was nothing in the blurb that told me I was buying an introduction. It should have been included in the first lesson rather than a separate audio book. I feel rather ripped off.


    What could Pimsleur have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't charge for the instructions, include that in your first lesson


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    I have no issue with the narrator


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

    I think I've made my point


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    This is the first poor review I have written but I feel so angry about this that I was compelled to complain

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    Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

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    "FUN, recommended but don't expect too much!"

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    This review refers to the entire Phase 1 (Lessons 1-30).

    I will begin my review with some comments on the promises regarding your supposed language skills after 30 sessions of 30 minutes and then move on to underlining the good points.

    The publisher promises you that you will have intermediate Hebrew after 30 sessions of 30 minutes each. It is pretty obvious that that's not possible. (If it were, everybody would speak 15 languages on an intermediate level.)

    Quite different to what they tell you, you most certainly DO NOT get to a level I would call immediate and you won't be able to have any "specific" conversations. Your learn about 6 - 7 verbs in the present - maybe 10, I didn't count, but: not many.
    Opposed to what the publishers tell you, you will not be able to "comfortably" talk about past events unless you consider knowing three (or four?) verbs in the past in 3 persons comfortable.

    HOWEVER: You will get a good feeling for the language. You will be very good at counting and at telling the time, you will really hear the language all the time. The course is very well structured and gives you some of the truly essential words, not just nouns and verbs, but also prepositions and time words and other words you really need (now, later, too much, far, important, good, bad, then, why, when, since when, for how long etc.)

    I have been using this along with other, printed matter, and I find this is very pleasant to use. It's really easy - you can do it while you clean the house - , it's short (30 minute lessons), it helps you remember words and phrases and it's probably helpful in giving you decent pronunciation.

    Very useful, especially for Hebrew I find (because of the difficulties you have when you only know little Hebrew and you are reading unknown words). Absolutely recommend it and will buy the second phase.

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Irena Rishon LeZion, Israel 05-01-14 Member Since 2006

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    If you consider learning a foreign language but have any kind of doubts about your ability to learn it or about how to proceed, this is a perfect book for you -- a treasure-trove of motivation bust and practical advice. Also if you've been actually trying to learn one or more foreign languages but without much success, this well be a very helpful book for you. Even if you are already passionate about learning languages and made a tangible progress with one or more of them, this will be inspirational and enriching book for you and -- you will still find lots of useful tips for language learning and will be reassured that what you do is not a crazy obsession but a quest shared by many others.

    The author is clearly passionate about languages; his advice is knowledgeable and sincere. Unlike so many others, he does not proclaim himself a discoverer of the best, the one and only, way to learn a foreign language but instead shares a lot of his personal experience and valuable advice, stating that the most important thing to succeed is to be passionate about learning the language. I couldn't agree more.

    I didn't expect much from this book (fluent in three months, it's sounds like another marketing gimmick), but it turned out to be one of the best books about language learning I've ever read.

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    Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

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    Benny Lewis is the creator of www.fluentin3months.com, the largest language-learning blog in the world. His proven techniques break down language learning myths and replace them with practical "language hacks" that take advantage of the skills we already possess. Fluent in 3 Months provides everything you need to make learning a new language fast, intuitive, and fun.

    Irena says: "Pleasure for polyglots, treasure for newbies"

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