I took Spanish for a few semesters in college, but never got to the point where I felt comfortable speaking it. After about a month of listening for 30 minutes a day, I can converse about a few different topics and use different verb tenses. The way the program introduces new information is just perfect. Listening to Pimsleur turns a long commute or housework into an opportunity to learn a new language.
Once I tried Pimsleur French at Phase 1. It moved a little too slowly and I got bored with it. I would recommend that if you have any background in a language, start with the last few units of Phase 1 or even at Phase 2.
What I liked best were the performances and guest stars. What I liked least was the lack of humor. I love Amy Poehler. She's hilarious, but her writing is not as funny as her comedic acting. I probably chuckled out loud two or three times. Some parts of the book were very touching though. I still love Amy Poehler, but I wouldn't recommend this book if you're looking for laughs.
The last chapter was probably the best. It's a live performance.
The performances were okay.
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