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Patrick Waugh

Branson, Missouri
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  • Russian Level 1

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Russian 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, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly Effortless!

  • By Patrick Waugh on 05-08-14

Amazingly Effortless!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-14

Would you listen to Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30 again? Why?

I have listened to most lessons more than once, to get better and better at pronunciation. I listen each day during my drive to and from work.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30?

The method is so effective you do not realize how much you are really learning it until before you know it, you are understanding complete conversations. I was utterly astonished when suddenly I realized I was just understanding EVERYTHING with no internal translation or effort! It was as if I was speaking English!!!!

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The audiobook uses a male and female voice, and both are used to give you a better opportunity to pick up the exact pronunciation, and to understand the differences in gender. It also keeps things interesting as you get to participate in "real" conversations.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had tried and loved Rosetta Stone... it seemed to me to be the best way since the books I had studied in the military. And, Rosetta Stone is cool in that you can chat online with live people if you do the online thing, and in that it also teaches you without translating. So, I was skeptical of Pimsleur, but now I know it is the ONLY way to go. If you really want to learn Russian, this is it!!!

Any additional comments?

I am so unbelievably thrilled with the Pimsleur method. I studied French for 5 long years, and I am already speaking Russian more fluently, and with greater confidence and with NO internal translation at all!!!!! It blows my mind.

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