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Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs | [Pimsleur]

Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

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!
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Publisher's Summary

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 Phase 1, Units 1-5 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson 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 Spanish.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2002 Simon & Schuster (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Robin Baton Rouge, LA, United States 11-07-11
    Robin Baton Rouge, LA, United States 11-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I've tried several ways and this is the best!"

    I've wanted to learn Spanish for years. I took two years in school and recall beginning to think in Spanish. I know that should be an indication that I have some aptitude, but all it and those years amounted to later was knowing what the Taco Bell dog said before reading the subtitle. I've tried every book and audio book that my library had to offer. I've spent $150 on a DVD set that promised great things. I was doing research on the best price for Rosetta Stone when I stumbled onto this method. Since I'd tried audio books before, I was skeptical, but since using credits on Audible made it such a great price, I decided to try it. And I have been surprised at the easy results! Because this method uses only audio, I'm not hampered by years of training in English pronunciation. Now instead of trying to fit the H into hablo, I hear it as "ablo". As the mother of a four-year-old, I understand the need to learn to speak before reading and writing. That doesn't mean that I can't learn to read it later, just as my son is learning to read English despite our idiosyncrasies. There is a free sample with the introduction and first lesson on Audible. Try it and you'll see.

    82 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    Candace RIVERSIDE, CA, United States 01-15-12
    Candace RIVERSIDE, CA, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic method for learning Spanish!"
    Where does Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have found this method to be a quick, easy method for learning to speak spanish. You can go back and review previous sections, chapters if need be and/or continue forward with learning as they suggest. I have found that doing a half hour each day works extremely well. I am super pleased with Pimsleur and would highly recommend it to anyone.


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 01-21-11
    Amazon Customer United States 01-21-11
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    "Great way to learn Spanish!!!"

    I listen to learn conversational Spanish and it is so easy to follow and learn. I would recommend this to anyone!!!

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    catherine CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS, United States 02-24-13
    catherine CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS, United States 02-24-13
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    "VERY Beginner Spanish"
    Any additional comments?

    For someone who is just starting out this is the place to start. I know some Spanish so it was not helpful for me to start with this lesson. I would recommend this to those wanting to learn Spanish though.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    fiona Bowen Mountain, Australia 02-21-13
    fiona Bowen Mountain, Australia 02-21-13
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    "Don't waste your money or credit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am very disappointed that I paid money for a thirty minute introduction, and not one word of Spanish was spoken or taught. There was nothing in the blurb that told me I was buying an introduction. It should have been included in the first lesson rather than a separate audio book. I feel rather ripped off.


    What could Pimsleur have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't charge for the instructions, include that in your first lesson


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    I have no issue with the narrator


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

    I think I've made my point


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first poor review I have written but I feel so angry about this that I was compelled to complain

    81 of 90 people found this review helpful
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    kitty 04-17-12
    kitty 04-17-12 Member Since 2002
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    "This greatly improved my Spanish communication."

    This really worked for me. I used it to brush up on Spanish before traveling to Central America. I had studied Spanish in school but never felt comfortable speaking. It seemed overly simple. However I followed the directions exactly. I was shocked at how effective it was. I had the confidence to speak in situations that would have caused me to grapple for words in the past. Successive units quickly add terms and expressions but the pace is amazingly manageable.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 01-09-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty good way to learn Spanish"

    I took Spanish for several years in school (40+ years ago!!). This was a really good refresher and I will definitely get the next levels as well. Hopefully it does me well when we travel to Central America later this year.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Oulman Bozeman, MT United States 01-21-14
    Tracy Oulman Bozeman, MT United States 01-21-14
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    "Spanish for Dummies"
    If you could sum up Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05 in three words, what would they be?

    Easy, intuitive, and strategic


    Any additional comments?

    I have attempted to take in-person Spanish classes, learn from books, and other recordings. I have learned more in lessons 1-5 than any other forum.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon J. Behrens Concord, CA USA 10-09-13
    Shannon J. Behrens Concord, CA USA 10-09-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved it. Helped me in the real world."
    Any additional comments?

    I just finished Pimsleur Spanish phases 1-3 which I bought on audible.com. In short, I thought they were fantastic!

    Each phase consists of 30 units, each about 30 minutes long. Hence, I did 90 units altogether. That sounds like a lot, but I did almost all of them while driving to and from work when I worked in Mountain View. I streamed them from my phone through my stereo using bluetooth.

    Before I started, I already had a decent grasp of Spanish. However, I started Pimsleur Spanish from scratch. I'm normally a very visual learner, and Spanish is a pretty easy language to learn visually since it's so phonetic. However, I needed something to do while driving upwards of three hours a day, and this fit the bill. I really like how conversational it is. It constantly pushes you to say new things in new situations using your existing knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

    I know that some people have said that they thought Pimsleur Spanish was a little boring compared to Rosetta Stone. However, Rosetta Stone requires you to be in front of a computer, and I needed something that I could do while driving. By the way, I recommend only attempting this on long, fairly boring freeway trips. It takes up a little too much mental bandwidth to attempt on city streets.

    After studying Spanish for several months, I was able to give a technical talk in Spanish in Mexico City. Doing the talk live was terrifying, and I'll admit that my voice was shaking quite a bit. However, later I did a screencast of it, Esto es Dart. That went pretty well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 07-12-13
    J HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

    Lessons 01-05 were quite easy and I was able to remember everything I learned and apply it to the real world. I shared some of what I learned with a native speaker and I was told that my accent was almost perfect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

    My most memorable moment was when the words just rolled off my tongue when ask a question where I had to respond in Spanish.


    What three words best describe the narrator’s performance?

    Expeditious and succinct.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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