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!
Spanish Level 1 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 or preferences, 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 really participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
In the final 10 lessons of level 1, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more and more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. You can talk about your immediate family, go on a car trip, and ask for and understand directions. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, and traveling with children. 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 lesson 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Spanish alphabet. These 15 lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Spanish pronunciation and accent. 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 am the Training Manager at a small construction company and many times I have wished I could speak Spanish to the Hispanic people who come through training every so often. I just started the Pimsleur Spanish Level 1 (1-30) yesterday, I was somewhat skeptical of learning a new language at my age (54). So far, I am learning much better and at a faster rate than I had expected to. Granted, I have just begun, but I really have enjoyed the first (2) lessons. It took me several months to save up the 5 credits needed and once I had them I was hesitant about spending them all on a language program that I wasn't certain I would enjoy and benefit from - after starting though, that fear is almost completely gone....I am so glad I purchased the audio and am saving up my points again for the next levels which I am eager to start after this one. I will update this review if anything changes - but I do highly recommend.
This is the best way to learn spanish
This has improved my spanish more than any other method I have tried.
The entire first chapter was an advertisement for the book itself and the last part was reading the words, not something I can do during my commute. So overall only half of the book I bought was useable.
I was also disappointed with the lessons and hoping it would be more indepth rather than basic conversational Spanish.
Not a narrated book
if you want to learn to ask someone where they are from, in Spanish, it's the perfect book for you.
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