Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program. Spanish Phase 1, Units 11-15 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.
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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)
This book emphasizes the mastery of language as used in every day interaction. After completing only the first two books in the series, I feel confident with my pronunciations as I try my skills on native Spanish speakers. It is a totally different ball game from attempting to learn by reading. I liked the way new words are introduced in the context of a conversation. I also find repeating previously learnt words and phrases, and bringing them into context as I advance through the lessons very helpful to enhance recall.
By the time I finished these units I was conversting about food and drinks in Spanish and felt confident!
The best thing about pimsleur is its subtle progression, you don;t realize until you are well into Unit 11 that the gap of time for you to translate is shorter and you are actually translating faster!
I have learned and learned it well.
Slow process and lots of repetition but a great way of learning.
I guess that's how it was designed to be.
The verbs are very difficult to understand and not explained at all. I've listened to 11-15 five times and still can't move onto 16. It's very difficult to tell if the sound being made is a "b" sound or a "v" sound, even with very good quality earbuds.
The verb conjugations need to be explained better.
"If you learn by repetition, this is for you."
I have tried several different language methods over the years, but Pimsleur really helps me to retain the new language without challenge. Very pleased and will continue to use.
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