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Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese Level 1 Cassettes Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Sep 1 1997


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; Revised, 30 Lessons + Reading edition (Sept. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671572865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671572860
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 26.9 x 5.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,741,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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By A Customer on March 10 2003
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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By A Customer on Jan. 25 2003
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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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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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This is an excellent start to speaking Brazilian Portuguese. The course is totally audio with the exception of some reading practice of words used in the course. Grammer is important but that can come much later. It's an expensive course but worth every penny. Get it in auction if possible. Each lesson is half an hour long which I can always manage sometime during the day. I have noticed that the male and the female speaker seem to have differing dialects and the male speaks faster and is harder to understand. I asked a brazilian man about this and he said that genders differ in the way they speak the language in Brazil. This is probably a good thing for my practice, but it can be a bit confusing sometimes. This is not a deal breaker by any means! I would also recommend reading "How to learn any language; quickly, easily, inexpensively and on your own" by Barry Farber for some great tips. I have many language books and tapes but this is, without a doubt, the very best. Highly recommended.
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I ordered this course because I married a brazilian girl and knew that I would be vacationing in Brasil with her, etc. After receiving the tapes, I think I listened to the complete course 2 or 3 times in about a 3 month period. Since then, I have been to Brasil, and have had many opportunities to speak portuguese with my brazilian in-laws. They've all asked why I am the only gringo in the family that can speak portuguese! My "Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese Part I" tapes are now sitting on the shelf collecting dust, because I have moved onto "Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese Part II", which is the follow-up course to Part I. Part II builds on everything that you learn in Part I. I went to Brasil about 2 months after I finished listening to Part I. I was able to practice my portuguese in Brasil for 3 weeks. I called cabs, ordered food in restaurants, talked to the brazilians about os Estados Unidos (the United States), etc. I am very pleased with both Pimsleur products that I've purchased. I have to go now and listen to my tapes......I am going to Rio de Janeiro in 2 months!
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