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German I - 2nd Ed. Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Mar 1 1995


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; Unabridged edition (March 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671521543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671521547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,096,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard A. Weaver on Dec 20 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
I took German in high school and college, but wanted to brush up on it.
I just completed German I, and I was pleasantly surprised. To achieve spoken competence requires a hugh amount of repetition and drilling to internalize the patterns. But different people have different learning styles; some respond well to reading and practicing grammatical principles and paradigms, others are more ear-oriented. At first, the endless repetition was frustrating; I must have heard "Would you like to drink something with me?" about 40 times. And "Where is Goethe street?" about 30 times. For someone who remembered some of his school German, it was a little much.
The pace picks up in later lessons, and it began to get a little more interesting and challenging as new vocabulary and grammatical structures are added.
All in all, it was an enjoyable experience, and I think a pure beginner would do very well with these tapes.
If only they weren't so hideously expensive. Fortunately, my library system carries all 3 levels of the German series, so I'm all set. Before paying for the full set, you might want to pick up the smaller 4-cassette version to see if it suits your learning style.
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By Jennifer Kerns on Nov. 26 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
I'm currently using Pimsleur to learn Japanese and Cantonese, and I'm thrilled with my progress. Pimsleur has a truly effective system for learning language painlessly and effectively.
I've noticed, though, that on many Pimsleur reviews here on Amazon, people say they needed to listen to each tape 2-5 times before they felt they knew the material. Fortunately, that's not necessary. Here's how to make equal progress on just one listening: Each time you're prompted to come up with an answer on your own, *stop the tape* and give yourself time to think before you get interrupted by the soundtrack. If the tape gives you the answer before you've come up with an answer yourself, you haven't learned anything.
Also, as much as I love the Pimsleur comprehensive courses, they're still wildly expensive, even with Amazon's sometimes-substantial discounts. [...]
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It is no miracle, kein Wunder, but it really works if you want to get the most of a foreign language, especially if it is eine Fremdsprache. The method is very well accomplished, leting us feel at complete ease. The pauses are perfect, the only thing is that for those who have scratchig skins I would suggest an improvement of the pauses, so that you can have time to repeat and/or scratch the top of your head or else. As a matter of fact, here goes a good sugestion: re-record the tapes so that the pause can be longer and... ...enjoy yourself! Making them longer and longer will give you a chance not only to scratch your body as a whole, but also do it for your mate, your pet, even your neighbour, if he/she happens to ask for a cup of sugar... Enjoy IT!!! It is worth the money!!!
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By C. Wadsworth on Dec 13 2000
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I have now completed all 3 levels of Pimsleur German, plus their additional 10 lessons called "German Plus." These 100 lessons (50 hours) will give you a wonderful foundation in German. The focus is all on speaking and understanding, using an all-audio method like none you've ever tried. Pimsleur lessons are simply the best out there. If you want to learn a foreign language on your own, this is the best way. It's been like having my own personal tutor. My only caveat: buy a simple (I mean very simple) German grammar book. You may want to look things up as you go, just to fully understand why Germans say something the way they do. Not required, but it may make your learning that much more complete. Bottom line, Pimsleur lessons are great. I'm thinking about Arabic or Japanese next.
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By A Customer on July 9 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
This is really a great course. I compared it with the Living Language set -- and there's no comparison. You won't learn a lot of words, but you will definitely learn to use the language. I find myself thinking of a German response to everday events, and I'm confident that I am learning not just to parrot phrases, but to use the language. I am very happy with the set and look forward to Pimsleur's German II.
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