- Audio CD
- Publisher: Pimsleur; 10 Lessons edition (Aug. 1 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743505034
- ISBN-13: 978-0743505031
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.2 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,266,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spanish Plus: Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs Audio CD – Audiobook, Aug 1 2001
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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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The lessons pick up approximately where Spanish III left off, introducing new vocabulary and phrases and reviewing the material covered in the earlier lessons and courses. However, it seems that much of the material presented towards the end of Spanish III is never really reviewed.
An additional complaint I have is that a fair amount of the new vocabulary is pretty specific to the publishing industry, such as "publishing house", "book fair", "author's rights", and so on. It seems there are a lot of other words and phrases that would be much more useful to most people.
Something which is different than the earlier courses is that there are two different sets of spanish speakers. The female speaker in lessons 1-5 seems to have a different, or perhaps stronger, accent than the other spanish speakers. I found her speech somewhat more difficult to follow. But on the other hand, it provided good practice in understanding slightly different pronunciation.
All in all, I found the Pimsleur method to be an extremely effective and painless way of building and retaining a strong and practical foundation in Spanish. I think this Spanish Plus course is a bit less useful than the other courses in this series, but is still worthwhile, and will provide some additional knowledge and practice beyond Spanish III.
So in short it is a something of a let down after the first three series but it is still worth it especially if you pick it up used.
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