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Spanish Level 1 Lessons 1-5 Audiobook

Spanish Level 1 Lessons 1-5: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

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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 Level 1 Lessons 1-5builds on material taught in prior lessons. 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 2011
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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.

    137 of 148 people found this review helpful
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    lucilu 07-19-15
    lucilu 07-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not worth the price."
    Any additional comments?

    The lessons are short and expensive. Very little new material is covered with each lesson, so at the end of the day I feel like I paid a lot of money for very little in terms of knowledge gained. If the price were reduced significantly, or the lessons were acquired during a really good sale then they might be worth it.

    59 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Jack San Francisco 04-16-15
    Jack San Francisco 04-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A little slow"

    Only learned about 20 words. A little slow for me. I really like the style if teaching, though. Would recommend this for absolute beginners, not for people that already know some spanish

    14 of 16 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!!!

    39 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    fiona 02-21-13
    fiona 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

    264 of 306 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.


    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Maddox 09-15-14
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    "I recommend the Pimsleur Sp[anish course."

    I am currently in lesson 21, but I decided to write the review for lessons 1-5 since this is where beginners begin!

    A year of Spanish in college years ago and a number of sessions with Coffee Break Spanish did not provide me with the useful knowledge that just the first 20 lessons with Pimsleur have provided. I recommend giving it a try if you want to learn some conversational Spanish that you might actually use at some time. I am searching out every Spanish speaker I can find to practice on. What fun!

    21 of 24 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 2013

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    "Loved it. Helped me in the real world."
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    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.

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Stepanek Fresno 02-16-17
    Brian Stepanek Fresno 02-16-17

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    "Good method, but not very practical vocab"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not really anyone...


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

    I like the method that Pimsleur uses to teach Spanish, but I am disappointed with the vocab that they choose to use. I bought this course to test it out even though I already speak a fair amount of Spanish. I both wanted to see how the Pimsleur method works so I could decide whether I wanted to buy one of their courses for a language that I am not familiar with and to decide whether the full course would be a good refresher for my Spanish skills.

    I found that the course uses a lot of terms (vocabulary) that are not really very widely used. For example, the course tries to teach you the term "norteamericano" as the term that Spanish speakers use to refer to people from the United States. However, in all of my travels in Latin America and Spain, I've never heard this term. I was so curious that I asked native speakers in Mexico, Panama, and Colombia, and all of them said that the term is never used, and that "de los estados unidos" is the most frequently used term (in addition to the 'spanglish' "US").

    This was not the only example of teaching vocab that's never used in everyday, practical speech. "Encantado" is only ever used when one person has a romantic interest in the other; the course would have you believe that it's the proper way to say "nice to meet you" (the most common way to say that is "mucho gusto." Again, people in three different Spanish speaking countries agreed with this. There are a few other examples of impractical vocab in this course, and that's only in the first 5 lessons.

    In summary, I am hesitant to purchase this course for other languages if the Spanish version is teaching impractical vocab.


    6 of 8 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.

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  • Eleanor
    7/6/16
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    "Very effective language tool"

    After using Pimsleur for just one week, I already feel that I have made more progress than I did with Rosetta Stone in one month. I would highly recommend Pimsleur as an effective language tool.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Carl Bennett
    1/6/16
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    "well structured"

    easy to follow, progressive. excellent book. I followed this after reading Spanish books and thus confirmed and added much more to my Spanish speaking ability.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/16/17
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    "Poor value for money, too many adverts for itself"

    There is not enough content to really learn very much. Also, the learning is very parrot fashion. The Paul Nobel series is much better

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Derbyshire, U.K.
    4/7/17
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    "A good way to learn conversational Spanish"

    If used as instructed , the vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation can be gained with increasing confidence. The main bugbear is an assumption that the student will be American and they will converse with South Americans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Henry S.
    1/18/17
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    "could be faster"

    The book was slow but I know it was building vocabulary first. It's also difficult without a book to reinforce it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/23/17
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    "American and irritating .There are better options"

    I didn't enjoy this Spanish course it felt like I was being advertised to the voiced were irritating but give it a whirl it's free initially

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jj
    9/21/17
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    "Excellent way to learn a language,"

    Very clear and easy to follow, well constructed short exercises and relevant vocabulary with grammar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma Robson
    5/16/17
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    "great introduction to Spanish"

    Great start but found unit 4 and 5 quite challenging. You must ensure there are no distractions to ensure the best learning experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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