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Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese Level 1 Cassettes [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

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Sept. 1 1997 0671572865 978-0671572860 Revised, 30 Lessons + Reading

With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you learn it -- the same way you mastered English! And because the technique relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language Programs are totally audio -- no book is needed!

The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Using a unique method of memory recall developed by renowned linguist, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the programs teach listeners to combine words and phrases to express themselves the way native speakers do. By listening and responding to thirty minute recorded lessons, students easily and effectively achieve spoken proficiency.

No other language program or school is as quick, convenient, and effective as the Pimsleur Language Programs.

The Comprehensive Program is the ultimate in spoken language learning. For those who want to become proficient in the language of their choice, the Comprehensive programs go beyond the Basic Programs to offer spoken-language fluency. Using the same simple method of interactive self-practice with native speakers, these comprehensive programs provide a complete language learning course. The Comprehensive Program is available in a wide variety of languages and runs through three levels (thirty lessons each) in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. At the end of a full Comprehensive Program listeners will be conducting complete conversations and be well on their way to mastering the language. The Comprehensive Programs are all available on cassettes and are also on CD in the six languages in which we offer the Basic Program on CD.

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Dr. Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and was one of the world's leading experts in applied linguistics. After obtaining his Ph.D. in French from Columbia University, he taught French Phonetics and Phonemics, and supervised the language laboratory at UCLA. He went on to become Professor of Romance Languages and Language Education, and Director of The Listening Center at Ohio State University; Professor of Education and Romance Languages at the State University of New York at Albany; and a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. Dr. Pimsleur was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Modern Language Association (MLA), and a founding member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). His many books and articles revolutionized theories of language learning and teaching. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed a new method that is based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory that he called Graduated Interval Recall. This program incorporates both of these principles to provide you with the most simple and effective learning method possible.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Same O Same O Very Good! Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
I am a gringo now living in Brazil. I use most everything I learned from these tapes. If you want to sample it, buy the 8 lessons first. If you learn from it....jump right up to the big ones. You can get them cheaper off ebay. Pimsleur is the absolute best course for me. I tried alot of other audio courses and they didnt do what Pimsleur did. I would get a Portuguese/English dictionary or the Portuguese in 10 minutes a day book as a help tool. Same as all the other reviews...its awesome and works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very easy way to learn to speak Portuguese. March 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
This series is the best way I have found to learn a language. It runs through a scenario, breaks down the sentences for verb tense, gender, etc. and will sound out difficult words syllable by syllable. When a phrase is used that the meaning is not what the words literally mean, they explain it in an easy to understand manner.
While it's always helpful to speak with a native, this course will help you accelerate your learning process so you can make the most of you conversations with your amigos brasilieros.
I would buy a book to use along with the course. It's mainly an audio course and having a grammar book, or a "Portuguese in 10 Minutes a Day" type book will help greatly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great System; Clarification re: Level I March 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
The Pimsleur system is really wonderful. It is enjoyable, well-paced, and because you can tell you're making progress, it is self-reinforcing. I highly recommend it. Today I am on Portuguese II lesson 22, and already have Port III on my shelf ready to go. A few caveats, though:
(1) The "30-min per day" claim is misleading. I do cover one lesson per day as Pimsleur advises, but I need to listen to each lesson about 3 times to really feel that I've mastered it.
(2) I also sometimes review the previous day's lesson.
(3) For myself, it has helped to "cheat" on Pimsleur's audio-lingual approach (with a small Dover publications $. grammar book and a Port-English dictionary). In total, I probably spend about 2 hours per day on Portuguese.
(4) My neighbors probably question my mental stability, as I talk to myself while jogging or walking the dog!
(5) NOTE: A mistake I made was starting w the older Pimsleur comprehensive Portuguese tape set (16 tapes) for about $... created before they had the whole 3-level series. Nothing wrong w it, but it isn't quite consistent with I-II-III (that is, it's not the same as Portuguese I). If you think you want to do I-II-III, that is what you should buy.
Some reviewers have complained about the price. But really, when compared to the value of the time you'll invest, or the cost of a reasonable alternative (like college tuition) the price isn't bad. If you put in the effort, this product works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Express learning Jan. 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
The Pimsleur method is fantastic! Their method isn't perfect, but it is very effective. I've studied several languages and never have I been so fluent in such a short time (about 23 days). I have all three levels, but have just completed Lesson 22 (Level I). I can count to over a hundred, greet people both formally and informally, ask and tell the time, tell someone he/she is speaking too quickly (or too slowly), understand gender and person, and have acquired many other functional words. The speakers' dialogues are at conversational speed and I understand every word. The lessons are increasingly more complex and a few times I've had to listen to a lesson more than once (on the same day).
However, I began to "cheat" at about Lesson 16 or 17. I am a visual learner and, with the exception of the reading practice, the program is all aural. You aren't supposed to use other materials, but I bought a Portuguese-English dictionary. If a new word is introduced and I just can't recall it, I look up the English. Once I see the Portuguese word in print, I can remember it.
Pimsleur is "pricey," but if you consider the cost of college tuition and your expected oral fluency at the end of a semester, this is a real bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jam Nov. 23 2002
By jam
Format:Audio Cassette
Although now,you may find this material in mp3 format and a lot cheaper at various auction sites, the material while overpriced is excellent. I have all three levels. I have only completed levels 1-18 along with other phrases that I learned from friends in Brasil. I have been speaking for only one year and travel to Brasil often. Already I leave my translator behind when going to Brasil. I simply don't need it anymore. It does help if you understand Spanish rules of speach. They are simple to learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This worked for me!! July 27 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
I bought these tapes about 10 months before I went to Brazil and slowly, at my own pace, went through the entire 30 lessons. I looked forward to doing them which I managed to do about 3X a week. I have a hard time learning new languages, but I thought this program was excellent. They forced you to think and repeat what you learned back in different ways. It was also a lot of fun. There are no real Portuguese classes around here, so this was great. One thing though, is that it helps to have some backround in Spanish to figure out how the language is put together. They don't really explain those details very well.
In Brazil, I was able to read things and pronounce them correctly, even though I may not have known what they meant. I was able to get my point across, although perhaps crudely. But I was not afraid to try to talk to people. And they really appreciated the effort. A Brazilian woman at the airport even told me I had "no accent" when I told someone the time, but she just didn't hear me talk enough.... One time I was able to call to the tour bus driver to slow down (in Portuguese) as he screeched around corners in the tour van scaring us gringos to death. It worked! All the people in the van thanked me later! I wish I'd had time to do the 2nd group of lessons and will do so if I go back. My advice is - go for it! ...
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