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! Each lesson of Punjabi Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Punjabi. A User's Guide is included.Pimsleur's "Punjabi" teaches the Eastern Punjabi dialect as spoken in India.
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"They really work to get your ear attuned"
I've more than half way through the Punjabi and Hindi versions. These are my first foray into Indian languages and I'm very impressed with the series.
The Pimsleur course takes a slightly different approach to language learning. The rate of progress with these lessons is slow compared to the typical approach of grammar + vocabulary. But it excels tremendously at developing your inner ear to hear the language and at making conversation second nature rather than a purely mechanical affair. If you don't understand what I mean by this let me give an example: I studied Spanish in school for 6 years, had a huge vocabulary but couldn't understand a word from a native speaker and most definitely couldn't converse. When I went to India recently, having done maybe 1/3 of the Punjabi series, I couldn't exactly have a deep conversation as my vocab was extremely limited BUT whenever I heard someone speaking with the tools I'd learned, my ear immediately picked it up. Also I could distinguish individual words even though I didn't know them. It was exciting given how little I knew!
The content is great - it makes you think on your toes and it's not condescending or overly simplistic or anything like that. The technical production is top notch with different native speakers for male/female. The narrator is American English - all very clear and intelligible.
For a person with very raw Punjabi basics I've found this to be extremely helpful
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