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! Greek Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.
Reading Lessons are included at the end of this unit. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading Greek and to provide vocabulary. Before you know it, you’ll be reading Greek with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
I love Pimsleur's philosophy of learning a new language the way in which children learn their first language. With this program, you are thrown right into the language world, not following a pattern you may expect, such as learning 1-10, "Hi, my name is..." etc. No, with Pimsleur, you're given a seemingly out of order vocabulary/repertoire, but everything is done with reason. You may wonder why certain phrases/tenses were given to you at a certain time, but every now & then it tricks you with the purpose of teaching you to TEACH YOURSELF why. Even the numbers are given out of order, so that you don't get stuck in an "ABC" style pattern of MEMORIZING them - you actually LEARN them & they stick with you. And, speaking of ABC's, I have not yet done the reading portion of it, as I have already been studying how to read on my own and with limited help from a Greek friend of mine, so I cannot accurately assess that portion. However, the 30 lessons are simply brilliant in their design - I only gave 4 stars instead of 5 because I'm not 100% sure how well it would function as a standalone program. I have confidence that it would suffice the novice, aiming to visit Greece for a short vacation, but as someone SERIOUS about learning Greek, aiming to one day have full-blown conversations, I've been doing a very significant amount of independent studying, probably nothing nearly as in depth as Pimsleur, but enough to help super enforce what I've learned from it. Still a GREAT program, and I'm ready for phase 2!
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