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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; 2nd Edition, Revised, 30 Lessons + Reading edition (March 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743518365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743518369
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 3.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #643,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Rawson on Oct. 25 2003
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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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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:

THE PIMSLEUR EXPERIENCE:
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.

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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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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