Russian II, Comprehensive: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jul 1 2003
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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 am very satisfied and bought the second volume after mastering the first.
* Pimsleur will NOT take you to Advanced level. I'd guess lower intermediate (B1) - while you will comfortable with a lot of phrases and there are a lot of structures taught, the vocab is quite limited and grammatical concepts are not explained.
* After doing the Pimsleur program then travelling in Eastern Europe, where I wound up speaking to a lot of Russians, I found that their accent made perfect sense to me. It was quite bizarre actually - after listening to the native speakers on Pimsleur, Russians speaking Russian sound really 'normal'. I had slightly greater difficulty with, eg, Czechs speaking Russian, but everything was still comprehensible.
* Pimsleur DOES NOT MATCH perfectly to the CEF language levels, so I recommend that if you're going to start with Pimsleur, do it the whole way through, supplement it with a few other things (NOT Rosetta Stone, it's rubbish - but I've found picking up vocab using Linkword good. It's very silly, but that's what helps me remember. Schaum's is obviously good for grammar. I also read picture books in Russian to improve my reading, but really there are a wealth of materials online. RussianPod101 is also a fairly good supplement). After you have completed the program, then go straight to an intermediate-level course, or (of course) go somewhere where Russian is spoken.
* I would never, EVER consider starting to learn a new language without Pimsleur. I find it the fastest way to start to understand things (due to the way they break words down), and to progress.
* I did each lesson 1.5-2 times.
Bring on Russian 4!!! :)
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