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 26-30 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. Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 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.
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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)
The downloaded PDF is only the cover page of the Phase 1 reading booklet. Where is the full booklet?
Of course, most of Audible's questions apply to a more traditional fiction or nonfiction work, but I hope I can provide some comments that are helpful. The lessons will provide some basic vocabulary and grammar that someone who wishes to learn Spanish will find helpful. The first third of each new lesson reviews what has been learned previously. However, after a while, words learned early on are almost completely dropped, so some people are going to forget them, and they need to be re-introduced from time to time. There are two speakers, a man and a woman, and their diction is generally clear and easy to follow. They break down long or difficult-to-pronounce words into parts. They could have done this with a few more words. The weakest part of Pimsleur is that it is a cookie-cutter model. They use the same words and grammar for each language. The choices of words can seem odd. For instance,the first drink one learns is "beer." Hm. Also, one has to wonder about the politics of the people who developed a system that teaches people the words for "man" and "woman." "People" comes last, and the words for "boy" and "girl" are not included in Phase 1 at all. Adults only, please! I am studying Spanish because I plan to visit Latin America, and later on, I hope to visit Spain. In the long run, I have found this system unsatisfactory for someone like myself, who is primarily a traveler. In the 1990s, after having taken one semester of Italian over twenty years earlier, I picked up a cassette about an hour long that was on conversational Italian for business and pleasure travel. I learned more from that one cassette than I did from 30 Pimsleur lessons, in part because that cassette had a practical sense of organization: at the airport, at the hotel, in the restaurant. At the end of these Spanish 1 lessons, you will be able to count, understand simple directions, and know how to ask for a doctor. But the other words I already knew from films like "Dirty Harry." The only food items you will know are coffee, tea, and beer! You won't know the words for a bus, plane or train. You won't know the names of any types of stores, like supermarkets, pharmacies, or department stores (though you'll know the word for "buy"--you just can't get to the store). I wouldn't recommend this system, and I know a lot about teaching languages. I have taught French, English, and English as a Second Language at the university level. I have edited ESL textbooks. I have traveled widely. I speak several languages, and I have lived abroad. I know what it takes to get around in another country. Pimsleur isn't your ticket to fluency.
After writing a review at the beginning criticizing the course for lack of written materials, I was pleased to find the PDF at the end. Unfortunately, the vocabulary in it differs from the vocabulary that was presented in Pimsleur Spanish 1 downloaded from Audible. I called Pimsleur and learned the version of this course here is an older version of the course, so we have not been given access the correct PDF. The version we have here is also avialable of Pimsleur's site, but they don't have previous versions of the written materials there, so we are out of luck. I have reported the issue to Audible.
I have been listening to the lessons during my commute and when I walk my dogs. I usually listen to the lessons more than once. The reading lessons were in the .PDF that I downloaded on audible. However, I check my progress using flashcards and quizzes on Spanishdict and duolingo. I was actually surprised at how much that I learned in the first 30 lessons. Also, the way that Pimsleur introduces more advanced verb conjugations early in the learning process is very helpful in developing fluency more quickly.
I wouldn't recommend using this method if you're preparing for a trip next month. But, if you have a long term goal of fluency, the Pimsleur Method gives you a good foundation for further study or immersion in a community of Spanish speakers. Realistically, you should probably expect to at least finish Phase 3 to have any proficiency in speaking the language in casual conversations with an English/Spanish dictionary handy. I also recommend using supplemental materials to build vocabulary.
While the system does a good job in teaching you, especially with phonetics, there are reading exercises at the end that are supposed to be done with an attached booklet - except that the PDF available for download is only the cover page of the booklet, it seems...
No - buy it from Pimsleur - it's more expensive, but you will have access to the full course materials, including the reading exercises.
I have tried to learn Spanish several times, and always ended up giving up. With Pimsleur I'm actually always looking forward to the next lesson.
I've read several reviews on this program on different websites and was surprised that I found verdicts such as "slow", or "boring". I don't agree with that. I think it's paced well, if it was much faster it would probably be overwhelming and counterproductive. As for boring, I don't know what they expect from a language lesson. It's interactive and not boring at all. Instead of memorizing a bunch of words or phrases you are engaged in a conversation.
I would definitely recommend this program to my friends.
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