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fiona Bowen Mountain, Australia
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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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    The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

    Robin says: "I've tried several ways and this is the best!"
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    "I've tried several ways and this is the best!"

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    I've wanted to learn Spanish for years. I took two years in school and recall beginning to think in Spanish. I know that should be an indication that I have some aptitude, but all it and those years amounted to later was knowing what the Taco Bell dog said before reading the subtitle. I've tried every book and audio book that my library had to offer. I've spent $150 on a DVD set that promised great things. I was doing research on the best price for Rosetta Stone when I stumbled onto this method. Since I'd tried audio books before, I was skeptical, but since using credits on Audible made it such a great price, I decided to try it. And I have been surprised at the easy results! Because this method uses only audio, I'm not hampered by years of training in English pronunciation. Now instead of trying to fit the H into hablo, I hear it as "ablo". As the mother of a four-year-old, I understand the need to learn to speak before reading and writing. That doesn't mean that I can't learn to read it later, just as my son is learning to read English despite our idiosyncrasies. There is a free sample with the introduction and first lesson on Audible. Try it and you'll see.

  • Spanish Phase 1, Unit 06-10: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    "Still the best I've found!"

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    I've just finished unit 10 and am still in awe of how much better this system is than what I've tried before (high school Spanish, other audio tapes, and DVD lessons). My accent is MUCH better since I'm not trying to fit the English pronunciation onto the Spanish spelling. I've even started to roll my R's despite my high school teacher having written me off as a lost cause in that regard. Yesterday I sat next to a Spanish-speaking family in a restaurant and actually understood some of what they said. Judging by the pace of new words introduced, I feel confident that with four phases available, I'll be fluent enough to really consider myself a Spanish speaker once I finish them. And as I progress through the levels, I have yet to feel overwhelmed. New words are introduced at just the right places, while old words are reinforced. If you're reading this and trying to decide if it's worth trying, my advice is YES!

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taylor storey California/China 03-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    I am now on Phase 3 of Mandarin Chinese, and I can't recommend it highly enough!

    I live in southern China and this has helped me immensely in picking up some of the language. 30 minutes a day is SO worth it. That being said, I still like to get a cup of coffee and focus a bit. I can't really cook and do this at the same time. I am trying to maximize that 30 minutes...

    Also, once you are through with this part, I might try to jump on something that will help you learn writing if you are interested in that. It is a little bit of a disappointment to myself that I didn't do that earlier. Still, for speaking and listening...you can't get a better 30 minutes in my opinion.

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    Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

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