Spanish Audio Cassette
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Top Customer Reviews
However, the tried-and-true Pimsleur courses today are owned by the Simon & Schuster corporation... which has made some very corporate-like decisions in marketing them. The classic courses are 16 CD's/cassettes each, three course levels available per language, with all being quite in-depth and quite expensive. Unfortunately, "in-depth and expensive" is not in as high demand as "cheap with just a few phrases to impress your friends". Most people who pick up tapes and CD's at the bookstore are just trying to learn a few phrases so they can have fun with it on some upcoming vacation... they're not trying to gain actual proficiency with a language (and if they are, they're crazy for thinking that's possible with just a handful of lessons!).
Therefore, Simon & Schuster has extended the Pimsleur product line... creating 4-CD and 8-CD sets (in addition to the original 16-CD sets), to market head-to-head against other companies' products in lower price ranges. This 4-CD set is basically just the first four CD's of the original "Spanish I" 16-CD set, and the 8-CD product is just the first eight CD's of that set.Read more ›
One of the main points of the Pimsleur method is that this step in the learning process (memorizing rules) is unnecessary. It is not how you learned your native language and, when you become orally fluent in any language, you no longer think about these rules you may or may not have learned along the way.
Obviously, it is a great choice for travelers and commuters who want to put that wasted time in traffic or sitting in your hotel to good use. Listening to the tapes/CDs in the car (especially in heavy stop & go traffic) is not quite the best environment because you should be giving your full attention to the recordings, but it still works even in that situation and this is how I used it. However, I did find myself rewinding to parts I missed because I was concentrating on not getting in an accident and I occasionally missed my highway exits while I was engrossed in the tapes.Read more ›
If you are going on a trip and want to learn travel Spanish, get the Conversation version by Pimsleur, which has 16 lessons and will do much better.
Some of the reviews for this Quick & Simple version were originally reviews for a longer version that is now discontinued, and they were transfered to this less than filling version. The version that was discontinured was replaced later by the Converstional version.
The Pimsleur system works well, this version is just a light sampling of the language to see if you want to go further.
If I must be critical (and I feel I must :) it would be that you should understand that you are learning the 'Spain' dialect of Spanish so your language will be the 'formal' Spanish rather than the 'street' Spanish. However, I would prefer to learn with CORRECT accents and pronunciations first, and I can incorporate 'slang' and local dialects later. Contrast this to the Thomas course, where reviewers state that the accent is Swiss (?I believe, NOT Spanish anyway).
Overall, this course meets my objective of allowing me to learn Spanish during my daily commute with zero book time. Very effective.
Update: Since I wrote this I bought the full Pimsleur and am about to begin Spanish III. I'm very happy with it. Read my List and Guide for more info.
Most recent customer reviews
These CDs are good for people who don't speak any Spanish. I think the purpose of the Quick & Simple program is to get you interested in buying the ... full version. Read morePublished on June 2 2002 by Thomas A. Carlson
Being that I have taken 2 year of spanish in high school, I pretty much already knew all these basic words and phrases presented in this intro course. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001
This was a good CD but not what I was looking for. The lessons on the CD fall more along a traditional line of Spanish (Castillian). Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001
I'm currently using Pimsleur to learn Japanese and Cantonese, and I'm thrilled with my progress. Pimsleur has a truly effective system for learning language painlessly and... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001 by Jennifer Kerns
An all audio learning method, this system turns your driving commute into enjoyable learning lessons. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2001 by Stephen McHenry
I was astonished at how well this method worked for me. During my dreadful Seattle commute, I thoroughly enjoyed progressing through these lessons. Read morePublished on July 25 2001 by Rod Doe