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! Haitian Creole 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 begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Haitian Creole. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. 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 have tried learning Spanish for years using CD's, books, college courses and Rosetta Stone. I cannot participate in even a brief conversation in español. Essentially, what I learned is that I am not a gifted student of languages. All the effort with little to show made me feel stupid.
Then, I was presented with an opportunity to go to Haiti and on a whim, I downloaded this course and in a few weeks of half hour commutes to my job prior to my trip, I completed the first 10 lessons. When I arrived in Port-au-Prince, I was able to comprehend and speak with Haitians far beyond anything I have been able to accomplish in Spanish after so many years of fruitless effort. I was told by my native Haitian supervisor that when I spoke, I had no foreign accent. Amazing! I'm strongly motivated to complete all thirty lessons so that when I return, I'll be even more conversant with the dear people of Haiti.
I completed the Pimsleur Haitian Creole course after going on several trips to Haiti. This time, I was able to get around and everyone was impressed with the amount of Creole I now know. They could understand me, mostly, so the pronunciation must be close. Please, please, please make Phase 2 a priorty! This language is simple. Completing phase 2 would make a person nearly fluent...at least conversationally and able to pick up the rest! Well worth the cost.
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