- Audio CD
- Publisher: Pimsleur; 2nd Edition, Revised, 8 Lessons edition (Oct. 1 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743523555
- ISBN-13: 978-0743523554
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 14.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pimsleur Spanish Quick & Simple Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-8 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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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It was great to hear the conversations in the beginning and got easier as I went along. While in the Dominican, I could actually understand what people were saying sometimes
The purpose of this particular set of 4 cassettes is to provide an introduction into the Pimsleur system to see if you like the system and want to move directly up to the larger Level I set.
If you are planning to use this set to get ready for a trip to Spain or Central/South America, this may not be the correct set for you. If you will only be there for a short trip, this might be OK. But if you are going to be there longer, or if you want to brush up on your high school Spanish, then pass over this set and go for the Traveler's Edition set, which is specifically designed for those purposes.
It works, its fun, get the right one.
If you are not sure if you have any aptitude for Spanish or if you want to go further, this is a good set to sample. If you know you want to go more deeply into the language, this will not be enough.
The Quick and Easy CDs will expose you to the heart of what makes Pimsleur unique. The approach is based on (1) The Principle of Anticipation (a mastery technique that is different than rote recall), (2) Graduated Interval Recall (an approach that provides new stuff to memorize at optimal intervals), (3) Core Vocabulary (an efficient, optimal selection of a small number of key words that you need to know, as opposed to an extensive vocabulary), (4) and "Organic Learning" (learn speech, eg sound, rhythm, intonations, as opposed to a bunch of textbook gramatical rules). I should add that there's something subtly humorous about the content of the CDs, so if you have a sarcastic or wicked sense of humor, you won't be totally bored.
Like many, I find the approach efficient and useful, and I have had lots of fun with the CDs as I drive around town blathering away in Spanish. But it really isn't the only game in town. For instance, if you are going to speak in Mexico, then Platiquemos has some advantages.
Don't be fooled by the $50 coupon that comes with the CDs. In my experience, a much better price can be found using Amazon.com.
Since I didn't know any Spanish whatsoever I was in quite a fix. Luckily I stumbled on this product.
I said hey what the hell for 15$ it was worth a try. I could really test whether this was a gimick or whether it really work.
I was pleasantly surprised. After taking the 8 lessons I know enought Spanish to get around. How to greet people, how to find a hotel, restaurant etc. How to ask for something etc.
It was just basic stuff but it helped alot. I'm sure if I would have go the entire package of 30 lessons then I would have been able to communicate in Spanish quite effectively.
I now am going to Italy at the end of summer. I plan to buy the whole 30 lesson set for Italian. I am confident that during the summer I will learn Italian quite well.
The only disadvantage to this thing is the for the whole set you have to pay alot of money.
But if you don't believe then just buy the starter set of 8 lessons for 15$. See it works for you. If it doesn't no major loss.
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