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German I, Comprehensive: Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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March 1 2002 0743518365 978-0743518369 2nd Edition, Revised, 30 Lessons + Reading
German is the official language of Germany and Austria and is one of the official languages of Switzerland, Belgium, Lichtenstein, and Luxembourg. Nearly 100 million people speak German as their first language: about 77 million in Germany, 8 million in Austria, and 4.5 million in Switzerland.
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!  German I, Comprehensive 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.  You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items.  You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. More directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane.  Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family.  You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Unit 10 and provide you with an introduction to reading German. These readings, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles:  the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.”  This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.

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I own the complete Pimsleur Comprehensive series (I, II, III, III+ or IV) for GERMAN, Italian, and Spanish, as well as the Comprehensive-I lessons for French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Polish. Nonetheless, I have put off commenting on this method for quite some time. It seems that people either love it or hate it, and I didn't want to be drawn into the raucous debate. Now for my review:

Imagine that you're learning to swim. Mom and dad take you to a wading pool. The water temperature is simply perfect! There are no boisterous children in the pool. Mom and dad help you don a flotation device that looks and feels like your favourite stuffed toy. They guide you through the basic techniques of "treading water" and the "dog paddle" and, even though they treat you like an adult, they never let you go. You exit the pool feeling refreshed and self-confident. Despite the fact that you're NOT a "natural floater", you KNOW that you're going to learn to swim and you LOOK FORWARD to the next session with GENUINE ENTHUSIASM! You have just experienced the Pimsleur Approach.

1. Paul Pimsleur incorporated the concepts of "graduated interval recall" and "anticipation" into his language learning method. These concepts are at the very core of his approach to language learning and they account for its success and its justified popularity.
2. This is an all "AUDIO" programme that seems to be directed at the basic communication needs of a business traveller. It is built around a very limited "core vocabulary" that one would most likely encounter in common situations.
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I followed all 4 levels of Pimsleur German over a period of about a year, whilst living in Switzerland, the German speaking part. Whilst these course enable one to quickly grasp the rudiments of the language, they do not teach enough for one to have anything above a very basic conversation. Simple transactions can be carried out (ordering food, being polite etc). To term the courses higher-intermediate is misleading - one does not have anything like enough vocabulary to hold a proper conversation. The technique for learning is excellent, and is ideally suited to commuters. One just does not learn enough, there would need to be levels up to 10 to learn the core vocabulary of around 2000 word, that most experts agree is required. THe biggest downfall is that no advice is given as to how one advances after completing the courses !!! I'd would not recommend buying Level IV, as it adds next to nothing to one's vocabulary or grammar - I thought it was a waste of money, and would recommend buying a dictionary instead !! In summary, the courses are good not great, offer the BEGINNER painless introduction to the SPOKEN language only, and they are way over-priced for the knowledge gained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very valuable product April 22 2004
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First a disclaimer... I'm currently selling this product here. I have read many of these reviews before buying my copy, and I almost did not buy it, due to cost and some of the arguements presented by unhappy reviewers.
However, I will share with you my plan. I made the investment on German I. I have been extremely pleased with it. I'll now sell it at a small loss, buying German II with the money (plus a little extra). I'll do the same for German III. In the end, it will most certainly not cost over $1000. In the end, because I take time to research my purchases, it will cost me under $500, and probably under $400, for the use of all three. (I'll take the advice of skipping the fourth one). When I'm done the three, I'll buy the Rosetta Stone German I & II.
The reviewers who scoff at the amount of vocabulary learned are correct - there is very little - but it is the important vocabulary that you learn. As for the comment on grammar... you are not taught the principles of the grammar, but you do learn grammar in a very intensive way through the practice.
I intend on reinforcing my vocabulary through Rosetta Stone once I have a firm grasp of speaking the basics through the Pimsleur program.
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I don't know about you, but I don't want to learn a language so I can read a newspaper or understand a radio broadcast. I want to communicate with real live people in their own language.
How many people take language courses all through high school and even college only to find when it comes time to actually USE the language, they've "learned" it without the ability to SPEAK it?
This doesn't happen with the Pimsleur method. It forces you to respond, continuously moving forward, teaching you new things while reinforcing concepts learned earlier. The Pimsleur program is far superior to other audio methods in that it's not just repeating incredibly dull phrases over and over again. You interact with the dialogue. You have to THINK and it reinforces things learned earlier at just the right time intervals. A concept is reinforced more often right after learning, but these reminders become less and less frequent as time goes on and you learn new things. But then what you've learned previously becomes part of new concepts and vocabulary that keep getting put before you, reinforcing those concepts even more.
The Key is that you RETAIN the concepts and vocabulary and hence the ability to use the language. You learn correct pronunciation, as the program uses native speakers. You won't be tongue-tied, since you're asked questions in the program and you have to THINK about the answer. You THINK because the question might reference something from three or four tapes ago. You use proper grammar despite yourself because you're not thinking about grammar, you're learning the language the same way you learned as a baby - you're USING it.
Is there a down side? Of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of, if not the best german learning program
This program works the same way kids learn language - by listening and repeating. I've tried multiple methods and this was by far the best - Remember however, if you are a... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Mala
4.0 out of 5 stars Understand what you're buying before you buy it!
Before you buy a Pimsleur package, understand what you're getting. There are a LOT of language-learning tools out there, but none are quite like Pimsleur. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Eric Andrew
2.0 out of 5 stars Far from being Comprehensive... except for the pricetag
The title of Pimsleur's CD seris (Comprehensive) is, at best, misleading. At worst, it's simply a lie. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Josh Teeters
1.0 out of 5 stars A HUGE SCAM
This is a scam, no question about it. If you decide to buy this, you will be paying hundreds of dollars to learn a tiny vocabulary and virtually no grammar. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by p
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but overpriced
Though this is arguably the best audio language program out there the price is horrendous. You really do learn a lot almost through osmosis so it can be an invaluable aid to... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by M. Doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you have previously studied the language
I have now finished Pimsleur's German I & II and am starting III. This is excellent if you already know the sentence structure of German and the endings of words based on... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003
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