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Russian II, Comprehensive: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jul 1 2003

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; 30 Lessons + Reading edition (July 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743525973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743525978
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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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I am a high school student who decided last year to learn Russian, and no program has come even remotely close to Pimsleur, when it comes to helping me in real life situations, and practical vocabulary. I had completed a few beginner's written courses, and dabbled in the living language complete course, but when school started up again, I found myself without adequate time to effectively live up to a time commitment on the all-consuming and grammar intensive written courses. After this study, I found myself able to read simple passages, and string together sentences, but I lacked the seamless spoken ability that I wanted. It was around this time that I tried pimsleur for an introduction to Japanese, and fell in love with it. I immediately got the Russian level 2 course, and now I don't have to sit at my desk after my homework is done, and can just sit in my armchair, and pop in a tape. This course works completely different than any drill, and is so pervasive and effective that I am finding myself having trouble with oral practice in spanish class, becuase of the instinct to speak Russian that this course provides so well. Since then it has been a godsend, helping me actually put to use the vocabulary I had learned, and taking a whole new approach to grammar. I am now able to have real, meaningful conversations with Russian speaking teachers and kids at my school, and I would recommend Pimsleur whole-heartedly to anyone who is serious about attaining real and useful spoken language skills, but is very busy.
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Although I agree that Pimsleur's Russian I,II and III CD sets are a great way to quickly learn to speak and understand spoken Russian, I am constantly frustrated by the lack of the written text of these dialogues! Surely, for the price we have to pay for these CD sets, we are entitled to a text copy of what the Russian speakers are saying on all of the CDs!! Why doesn't Pimsleur provide the text?? They already have it in-house (for the Russian speakers to read from) and should make it available to those of us who need to learn to read the Russian text as we are learning the Russian phonetic sounds.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3a9ce88) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3adea20) out of 5 stars A godsend for the busy language enthusiast May 11 2004
By James P. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a high school student who decided last year to learn Russian, and no program has come even remotely close to Pimsleur, when it comes to helping me in real life situations, and practical vocabulary. I had completed a few beginner's written courses, and dabbled in the living language complete course, but when school started up again, I found myself without adequate time to effectively live up to a time commitment on the all-consuming and grammar intensive written courses. After this study, I found myself able to read simple passages, and string together sentences, but I lacked the seamless spoken ability that I wanted. It was around this time that I tried pimsleur for an introduction to Japanese, and fell in love with it. I immediately got the Russian level 2 course, and now I don't have to sit at my desk after my homework is done, and can just sit in my armchair, and pop in a tape. This course works completely different than any drill, and is so pervasive and effective that I am finding myself having trouble with oral practice in spanish class, becuase of the instinct to speak Russian that this course provides so well. Since then it has been a godsend, helping me actually put to use the vocabulary I had learned, and taking a whole new approach to grammar. I am now able to have real, meaningful conversations with Russian speaking teachers and kids at my school, and I would recommend Pimsleur whole-heartedly to anyone who is serious about attaining real and useful spoken language skills, but is very busy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3adee28) out of 5 stars Great Supplement to Classes April 18 2008
By D. Elmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I listened to Pimsleur's Russian 1 and 2 while taking russian classes at my University, actually during the drive to the University ;) They force you to constantly think and synthesize what has been taught. So you never finish a CD thinking you didn't gain any ground. These courses are not designed to teach grammer, so supplementary studies are essential. Pimsleur to me was simply a fun way to practice and fill in some gaps in my vocab.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3adec30) out of 5 stars A great start for learning Russian! Aug. 18 2011
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Several years ago, over a period of a couple of years, I bought Russian I, II, and III and worked my way through them. While I was listening, I hungered to see the words I was saying. However, once I started taking Russian (at the university where I was near retirement from teaching in another field), I was able to hit the ground running. My pronunciation was reasonably good, and I knew a number of words. And, as I listened to pronunciation errors made by my fellow students, I recognized that saying Russian words before I could see them had spared me from those very errors. Of course I make errors that come from spelling phonetically, but since my goals are more oriented toward speaking Russian than writing it, I think I'd rather be vulnerable to spelling errors than to pronunciation errors. Also, as a music teacher, I am familiar with the Suzuki method and enjoy observing the similar approach of Pimsleur (aural; based on systematic rather than random repetition).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37c824c) out of 5 stars Pimsleur Russian II Oct. 24 2009
By Rita M. Lamasney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rosetta Stone may be better for working from the ground up,.. learning like a child does.. But you learn much like a kindergartner and it is a long road to adult conversation. I found the Pimsleur method better for those who wish to communicate for travel and pleasure given the same amount of study hours invested.
I am very satisfied and bought the second volume after mastering the first.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37c82b8) out of 5 stars Fantastic resource for learning. April 16 2012
By LMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Before taking on Pimsleur Russian (all 3 levels), I used it for French revision, and ever since, absolutely swear by the Pimsleur program. I recommend it to any of my friends who are learning languages (and anyone who'll listen haha). I think that the reviews on Amazon have most of it covered, but in brief:

* 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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