Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese Level 1 Cassettes Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Sep 1 1997
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
(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.
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.
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! ...
Most recent customer reviews
I am a gringo now living in Brazil. I use most everything I learned from these tapes. If you want to sample it, buy the 8 lessons first. If you learn from it.... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by J Bizzle
This series is the best way I have found to learn a language. It runs through a scenario, breaks down the sentences for verb tense, gender, etc. Read morePublished on March 16 2003 by David D. Steinle
Although now,you may find this material in mp3 format and a lot cheaper at various auction sites, the material while overpriced is excellent. I have all three levels. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by jam
This series is okay. However, if your local college offers Brazilian portuguese (and you have the time), I think it would serve you better and may also be less expensive. Read morePublished on April 20 2002
I've used this product and am now ordering it for my son. I had tried several others including the best known one and was struggling. When I got this course I was SO disappointed. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 1999
I bought this product because I was very happy with intro Pimsleur Portuguese purchased from another source. Read morePublished on May 18 1999
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