The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. Russian Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Russian.
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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)
Great to test the program, see if it works for you. It was very repetitive throughout the lesson which was effective and worked. I can remember most of what they taught, and I understood the conversation at the end when repeated. I am definitely going to go through this again and on to the rest!
This really is the best introduction to a foreign language. While the vocabulary is limited, you learn proper pronunciation and grammar immediately, as well as speech recognition.
There isn't a story, of course, but the progression of skill is excellent.
There is no related book.
"The most boring Russian film ever." :)
I find that it is best to have supplemental materials, because unfortunately the speakers do not always enunciate. While this give opportunity to hear Russian (or whatever language) as it is actually spoken, it sometimes makes it difficult to ensure that you are repeating the sounds correctly.
A few cautions. 1. You will NOT be fluent in Russian after Phase 3, not that this is claimed, but be advised. 2. The lessons take MUCH longer than 30 min once you stop to repeat material and take additional practice. More like 60-90 if you want to do it all in one day. 3. The absence of explanations of basic rules of grammar (case, in particular) will be frustrating more than liberating and will interfere with learning. . There is probably a happy medium someplace.
Having said all this, it is a fairly good way to get on your feet quickly in Russian, as it pertains to a few common situations. Those seeking long term mastery may want to go elsewhere, as it is also a bit PRICEY.
I've been a member here for a few years now. Nothing will ever replace printed books for me, but I do enjoy lots of things Audible has!
This was a great introduction. I'll be practicing it more though before going onto the next lesson.
After half an hour I knew some Russian to my surprise. The only issue I had was the assumption that I was American and would be telling people this. However It gives you the word for English, I think once I'm a bit more familiar I'd be confident with changing the sentences which I don't see as being a bad thing at all.
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