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.
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.
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.
This language instruction is the best fit for me outside of going and taking structured classes- I can listen to a lesson when making short trips around the area in the car, or pop in headphones when I'm out walking the dog. I did also purchase a book that helps me understand the conjugations and declensions, and some of the more common words from this language lesson also show up in my book, which helps when I'm not 100% what the pronunciation is. The seller ended up shipping MUCH faster than expected so I didn't really have any downtime between completing Level 1 and moving to Level 2, and the product was in excellent condition. I wish I'd purchased Level 1 used from them now.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat System - bad CD naming system
May 28, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoy the Pimsleur learning method BUT I have a lot of issues with their CD naming scheme. It is very inconsistent from disc to disc and makes organizing the ripped files MUCH more difficult than necessary. NOT the worst thing that could happen, but a little quality control on the naming feature would be really nice.
5.0 out of 5 starsLearn to understand Russian without translating
February 8, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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Having finished 20 tapes from Pimsleur 1, I proceeded the CD's for Russian II. The style of learning helps you to think in the language, the lessons have worked well for me and the material teaches useful grammar & words immediately useable. For all of my language learning I use pimsleur. recently I bought the French cd's for a holiday; the French could understand, the Pimsleur French I learned, it was great!
These tapes are best used as a review for someone who has already studied Russian and wants practice speaking. It is helpful to be able to read the words and know some grammar. The tapes are great for improving pronunciation, speaking at the rate of a native, understanding the Russian of a native speaker, and speaking correctly. I lived in Ukraine for 12 years and always struggled with speaking. These tapes are helping speak more naturally.