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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 Russian 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 Russian.

©2001 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)

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Effective

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Make it a bit less repetitive and give more time to answer back.

Would you be willing to try another book from Pimsleur? Why or why not?

Yes! I have tried other learning tools but only Pimsleur teaches me the language to a point where I can impress native speakers and have functional conversations. Russian is the 3rd language I'm learning using these audiobooks!

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

Consistent

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Not consistent

What aspect of Pimsleur’s performance would you have changed?

I find that the Russian speakers are not consistent in their pronunciations. A word will be broken down, the last syllable being a "oo" sound, and then when the word is put back together, the ending is "oh" or "ah". A question is intoned differently in Russian, but one example sounds much more like the way an English question would be pronounced than the previous examples had demonstrated. I like the way the course is structured, but the speakers just don't seem precise. If there is some reason the pronunciation changes, I'd like to know why. I'm not sure that I am going to buy the next set of lessons.

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Great for learning to speak and listen!!

I've always enjoyed dabbling in foreign languages, and this series is simply fantastic! It's very repetitious and allows you to learn phrases in a way that becomes second nature to anyone who actively listens to these lessons, and that is something that is rather difficult when studying languages on your own without the guidance of a fluent speaker.
Though, I will say that in Russian the spelling of a lot of words isn't very intuitive, and this series doesn't really help with that on its own since it's strictly audio, so I use Google Translate a lot to help out with that (which I highly recommend since sometimes it's difficult to hear the sounds they're making. Sometimes "n" sounds like "m," or "guh" sounds like "duh").
My own method (which may or may not work for you) is to listen to each lesson twice (once one day, then again the next day), take plenty of notes the first time through, and then let the info really sink in during the second play-through. And I've made it a part of my daily routine.
I've learned so much more with this series in a few months than I had with years of studying any other language!

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the woman speaks cleat

the guy mumbles at times. this could be better. the pace was slow on chapter 1-4. too fat on chapter 5.

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Good technique

Would you listen to Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 again? Why?

I have purchased several Russian language programs including the R* S*, I found the approached use in this audio book most beneficial for "listening" I am also using a CBT based language program by Mango. As a solo learner the varied repetition and revisiting of phrases helps with the memorization. I plan on sticking with this program and using others to supplement.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A but I will say the Russian ladies voice is very pleasant to hear.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

N/A

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

Only when I tried some pronunciations... :)

Any additional comments?

A bit pricy but you get what you pay for.

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Wow, I really picked up Russian quickly!

What made the experience of listening to Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 the most enjoyable?

I do not consider myself good at language acquisition but Pimsleur changed my mind. I was able to learn the most important words and phrases quickly and retain them during a 3 month stay in Moscow for work. I plan to re-learn Spanish with Pimsleur and I think it will be fun and easy.

Has Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 turned you off from other books in this genre?

Rosetta Stone was not helpful for learning Russian and was a total waste of money.

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Challenging and Comprehensive

I've started these lessons during my commute and have found myself learning new phrases quickly. The time they take with pronunciation is just right. Occasionally I feel a little overwhelmed, but I think this is done intentionally to expand your comfort zone.
Challenging, straight to the point, and without a wasted minute. I will be following these lessons all the way through and repeating them as necessary!

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Way better than YouTube

I can’t imagine how anyone who speaks Russian for their first language would be able to tell if this is a good way to learn (previous rating from someone). I took a chance and after three days I’m nailing it. Very excellent procedure. Was discouraging on day one and then all of a sudden it starts sticking. Ya nymnoga penimya parooske! It’s very excellent to focus on nothing outside the instructors pronunciation and the meaning of the words. YouTube writes each word as they say it (in their best way possible) but this is a distraction in my opinion. Something gets lost in translation when a fluent Russian spells the words with the ISO basic Latin alphabet. Don’t get me wrong, this is still hard and I’m replaying part 1 even after three days. After repetition I feel the quality of my pronunciation and overall comprehension has grown significantly. This should have more 5 star reviews. Way worth it! 👍🧐

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Best way to learn a new language

Of all the language learning lessons I have tried throughout the past, this is by far the easiest and strongest way to learn a new language fast. Pimsleur immediately has you learning useful phrases you will most likely use. From the useful phrases the learning lessons smartly branch out into more in depth vocabulary. You will not be disappointed at all!

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Good start to Russian

Not a lot of vocab learned in this lesson, but the repetition makes it easy to remember. Nice that they revisit words learned earlier in the lesson to help with recall.

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  • Mr
  • 12-23-12

A slow but thorough way to learn a language

As someone who usually struggles learning languages I found the Pimsleur method very much suited my learning style. Each lesson starts with an overview of material covered in the previous unit before learning a new conversation meaning that phrases are well and truly drilled into your mind. Furthermore the focus is very much on conversational Russian rather than grammar. My only complaint is that clearer definition of when a word is male or female is needed.

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  • Kate Lissauer
  • 10-19-18

Best language course.....

I've ever experienced. It works. I love it! Very systematic, and you experience success right from the start.

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  • Matt
  • 07-20-18

Not bad but not good either

I found the teaching method quite effective although I wished that new words were introduced more slowly, rather than in large batches. Also if you hesitate at all when giving a response, you'll be interrupted by the instructor as the pauses are not very long. Lastly, when I tried conversing what I had learned with a friend who is a fluent speaker, they found that the material I had been taught to be unrealistically formal for everyday conversation.

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  • Dimos constantinou
  • 11-04-17

Slow but very good for learning a new language

Very good performance. You can learn the basics for a conservation with this audiobook. Recommended.

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  • Magnamus
  • 10-25-17

Easiest but most expensive way to learn Russian

This is very expensive when you consider it's only 2.5 hours of listening.
But, it's also very good. It works for me and I'm usually bad at learning languages.

The only other minor point I would point out is that the 2 Russian speakers seem to sometimes pronounce the words in completely different ways; maybe this is intentional but it is never explained.
e.g. when the man says "ch" the woman seems to say a "ts" sound, and when the man says a "v" sound the woman sounds more like "b". the man says "Ya", the woman says "Ee-a", etc. I just assume that both are acceptable or are different regional pronunciations or similar.

Anyway I'm still going to buy the next one...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-17

A very expense way to learn with Audible!

It's slow but it works.
However... Level 1 is divided into three separate audiobooks, each with only about 2.5 hours of lessons... Compare this to the average novel that's about 40 hours of material for a similar price and it looks silly expensive! Will try lessons 6-10 of level 1 but then I think that's enough money spent!
A shame it costs so much really, it would be worth it if level 1 came as one audiobook, it would still only be about 7.5 hours of language lessons!

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  • MR
  • 11-08-15

Great

Intetesting and at just the right pace.Would revommend. This tape is for beginners though. Having said that, it is a good introduction.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-19-16

Slow but very consistent progress

The class is a bit repetitive but this helps learning everything well and being able to recall what you learned later. it's easy to do a class a day, they are short and interesting.

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