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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!

Each lesson in German Level 1 Lessons 1-5 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 German.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

What listeners say about Pimsleur German Level 1 Lessons 1-5

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Excellent Learning Program

I will have to say that I was very skeptical about this program at first, but Pimsleur has definitely converted me! By unit 17 of phase 2, I was able to converse with a couple from Germany. Mind you, I do not have a
FULL vocabulary, but the couple said that my pronunciation was like that of a native speaker. Granted, I do spend more time than the program recommends per day and have had to repeat some units, but to be able to be understood by a non-English speaker after only roughly six months TOTAL (including this program and others) is impressive. Of these programs, I have used the Pimsleur program for about four of these months. I can speak better German than I can Spanish, of which I had four years of formal study.

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I'm glad it wasn't my first German lesson

I got the Pimsler course after listening to Paul Noble's Learn German all the way through. The Pimsler course is already expanding my vocabulary within the first few lessons. However, I'm glad I did Paul Noble's book first, otherwise I would be lost with the Pimsler course.

Pimsler starts with one of the trickiest words in German - "excuse me" or "entshuldigen sie," which is a mouthful and doesn't sound like English. In comparison, Paul Noble's book starts with words that sound similar to English, like "I can camp" or "ich kann campen."

The Pimsler course also presents everything in a quick conversational tone, and rarely slows down to exaggerate pronunciation. I suppose that helps prepare listeners for a fluent German conversation, but it leaves beginners in the dust.

As with both books, Pimsler never tells you how to spell anything! I constantly have to go to Google Translate to learn the spelling. "Verstehen" sounds like it has an F at the beginning, and "Wol" sounds like "vol" to the English speaker. It's difficult to read German even after learning how to speak German without knowing the spelling.

The speakers are great. Sometimes the pronunciation between the two speakers varies a little ("nicht" for example) but I think that exposes listeners to natural variations between dialects.

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Not that great.

This program provides a few phrases and examples to commit to memory. If you want to memorize a few odd words and one or two phrases, this will do fine. There is no explanation of what you are saying, sentence, structure, ect. If you genuinely want ro learn the German language, so as to speak it on your own and not regurgitate cookie cutter sentences I would suggest another course.

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Highly recommend with a couple caveats

Note: I am half way through German 2, so this review is really for all thirty lessons in German 1 and not just for lessons 1-5.

This worked very well for me, so I am going to rate it highly. I have been using several different methods and programs to help my German and I do believe that this program has helped me the most in getting my German speaking to a higher level. I do want to give a few caveats below.

I have been doing Duolingo every day (Memrise and Rosetta Stone some days if I have extra time) in addition to doing this on my commute to and from work each day. I feel this is a good combo. I usually get one lesson in the morning commute and one lesson in the afternoon commute. I would do five lessons in a row (Monday morning through Wednesday morning) and then go back and repeat the same five lessons (Wednesday evening through Friday evening). This was immensely beneficial to me as I often would still be struggling with things the first run through.

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I would not recommend it as a standalone product to learn German. I do not think I would have been very successful if this was the only program I was using. There are only two German speakers in the course so some new words that are introduced are difficult to understand the correct pronunciation. I feel they do a good job (better than most programs) but just having different programs also introducing those words helped a lot to improve my pronunciation as there were just more different voices pronouncing something. It also sometimes helped to see the word written, which isn’t really done in this program. The program's reading portion is very weak and the writing portion is nonexistent, so pairing with a program that is stronger in that areas helps as well.

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This is really targeted for businesses and travel dealings and less for personal relationships. For me, I am mostly practicing my German with my partner and so I mostly needed the informal expressions. This was a bit frustrating as the informal you is not introduced in any of the lessons in Level 1 and is introduced about a 1/3 of the way through Level 2. Several times I wanted to say something but could only say it formally. That being said, if you partner this program with another program that tends to focus more on the informal you (like Duolingo), this evens out and you get practice with both.

I really enjoyed this and I believe it helped me with my German tremendously. Having something that I could practice while driving on my daily commute greatly increased the amount of time I could devote to learning German which alone makes this a great win and worth the price to me.

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Too short

I love the system, however I think we should get way more modules by credit

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Words with no direction

It seemed to me that the quality of the training was as equally bad as the audio. The voices of the actors was unclear, and there was no direction (really) discussing how Germans speak. I also think this disk was waaaaayyy to short for the money. They should combine two into one. I felt ripped off

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Terrible doesn't stream total rip off.

This is a rip off. The book isn't available to stream a complete waste of money.

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Introduction to the German Language

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This audiobook works great as a family foreign language project. We listen to it for a half hour a day.

What did you like best about this story?

It is realistic and simple and goes back to lesson 1.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

He sounds like he is German and is pretty clear.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. We just did it a little at a time.

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Very good, but very expensive!

Very good to start, but with time you find it much more expensive than other programs. I wish they have better offers for intensive learners! On Audible, they don't have similar features that they offer, yet it's much more expensive! As they force you to use their channels!!

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Too Short

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book only covers a few brief phrases. It should be much more comprehensive.

Was German Phase 1, Unit 01-05 worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

The concept of learning a language while walking or exercising, as I was trying to do, is attractive, but this course was very brief. The teaching method seems sound though, so if you are willing to spend a lot more money for all of the courses, you will probably learn ein bisschen German.

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  • Michael Cowley
  • 04-01-11

Easy to Use

I found Pimsleur's German Phase 1 very easy to use and understand. The format is excellent. It eases you into the language and through continuous repetition plants the language in your long term memory. The repetitiveness is by no means tedious and the course constantly challenges you to think for yourself by forming sentences from the vocabulary you have learned. It does not overload you either with information but instead gradually introduces additional vocabulary. The tutor goes back on previous units as a refresher every so often which ensures that earlier lessons are not forgotten. I would recommend this method of language learning and look forward to starting lessons 6-10.

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  • Sean
  • 10-20-17

Good introduction

I liked Paul Nobles approach to teaching but it didn’t have a follow up program. I tried Michel Thomas but wasn’t impressed. Pimsleur seems to have a good balance introducing new vocabulary and reinforcing the old vocabulary. The only downside I can see so far is that it is American but the German speakers are native. Would recommend.

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  • Nick Mortel
  • 04-07-13

An up to date method in learning any language.

This system of learning a language is very successful. It really works. Just do as the guide to lessons tells you and you will succeed in learning a new language. I did German at school, I am half German and only used German at summer times as a kid when we would visit Grandma (Omi) in Germany. I could understand and converse a lot less then. Now, due to the Pimsleur method of learning I have a confidence in really understanding and holding a conversation in German. Very, very highly recommended for all that wish to learn any language in the series of languages.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-18

Boring and old

The way the narrator speaks is very dull and unengaging. The size of the actually book for the price is also very limited.

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  • Lars Zundi
  • 09-05-19

A great approach to teaching usable German

This is the 3rd language I've used the Pimsleur system for, and I find it works extremely well for me.
While these courses wont make you truly fluent, they aren't intended to; rather they equip you with an extremely useful basic vocabulary and overview of the language.
People learn and retain information in different ways, so I'm sure they're are some that may find the Pimsleur approach a struggle, but for me personally I love them, I often listen to them in the car and I always try to listen to each lesson at least twice before moving on to the next.
Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Louise
  • 02-15-19

Great

An easy and effective way to learn a new language. I have already used Pimsleur to learn a new language and am now returning to German.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-21

Brilliant

Excellent way to learn a language. Not being an 'auditory learner' I didn't think I'd have much success but by lesson 5 I could recall things much more easily. The great thing is, you can recap as many times as you like.

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  • Bernadette Facey
  • 08-09-20

Good but minimal

The lessons are good but I had expected to learn a lot more than I did. This is very minimal so quite disappointing especially for the price paid. If book 2 is the same and ends up only going over what we have done in book1 then I will not be pleased at all.

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  • Anne
  • 07-01-20

Good, but very repetitive

This course series is very good, but not much progress is being made over a single lesson or even a series of lessons. One spend the whole 30min repeating the same words/sentences, only to find them again with only a couple of more words in the next lesson. I find that very few new words are being inserted in each new lesson. Maybe it gets more complex at higher levels (currently finishing the Book 2 of level 1), we shall see.

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  • Rob
  • 04-07-19

Disappointing

Very short and mind boggling repetitive. For a very short audio book, the very basic German conversational examples are recycled within the short chapters. Thus, the book represents poor value, in my opinion.

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  • StephBris
  • 06-20-19

Expensive for the small amount of German taught

The method and content is excellent but not really value for money given the small amount of German taught per audio book for the price. Would be good if there was a book you could purchase containing 20 lessons at a time for example rather than just 5 x 30 min lessons per audio book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-09-19

Good and helpful but so fast

I have found this book helpful. I had to listen to it at 0.7 speed though to have time to think about the responses. But as I practice the lessons I can work through them at closer to full speed.

I have already been able to use some of what I have learnt on my German holiday. (Planning to work through the subsequent lessons ASAP).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-20

program is great love how it teaches

program is good and recommend the method. The Audible file had a few little issues which I haven't had with previous pimsleur books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

Pimsleur method is amazing

I was so tired of apps where I had to type or write things. It's not only difficult and time consuming it's not the most effective method. Pimsleur is learning by listening and speaking, with new material repeated at intervals that help you retain it. I would recommend this method to anyone.