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Romanian, Conversational: Learn to Speak and Understand Romanian with Pimsleur Language Programs Unabridged Edition
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Dr. Paul Pimsleur (b. 1926, d. 1976) devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world's leading experts in applied linguistics. He was fluent in French, good in German, and had a working knowledge of Italian, Russian, Modern Greek, and Mandarin Chinese. After obtaining his Ph.D. in French and a Masters in Psychology from Columbia University, he taught French Phonetics and Linguistics at UCLA. He later became Professor of Romance Languages and Language Education, and Director of The Listening Center (a state-wide language lab) 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. He did research on the psychology of language learning and in 1969 was Section Head of Psychology of Second Language Learning at the International Congress of Applied Linguistics.
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), who award the Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education every year.
His many books and articles revolutionized theories of language learning and teaching. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed a new method (The Pimsleur Method) that is 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."
Top Customer Reviews
Recently, offered an opportunity to return to teach in Romania in the fall of 2010, I ordered the Pimsler course in Conversational Romanian from Amazon. It arrived, and at my first opportunity I put the CD labeled, "Disc 1, Users Guide and Lassons 1 & 2, Conversational Romanain" into my laptop, and up popped the I-Tunes menu screen. There I read, "Unit 01, 27:23, Pimsler, Hungarian." Rattled, but persistent, I clicked on the track, and the first Romanian lesson, as on the label, began. I have since found that Lesson 3 is labeled as "07... Hungarian."
Faulty editng of the CDs' menus aside, I am but two lessons into this package, and already I can attest to the excellent quality of this instructional program. I am learning to hear, to comprehend, and to speak Romanian. The program is easy to use and fun to do. The native speakers and the narrator have marvelous diction and clear voices.
I promise to update this review when I have completed the 16th and final lesson.
Update No. 1: Now on Lesson 7, I find it as "07 Croation" in the menu. It is in fact the seventh lesson of Romanian. I am still well pleased with the quality of instruction.
this is much better than a phrase book which i also bought.. and can hear better how the words are supposed to sound separately and together in a sentence.
for example.. a phrase book might say 'where is ____ restaurant, street, etc.' this goes to 'where is..." to do you know where is" or more of a complete sentence. or excuse me, miss, do you know where is? and then goes into various answers... which are repeated.. and then later into a conversation.. where you answer the question.
has multiple cd's.. plan on 1 30 minute lesson per day.. repeat if you do not have 85% comprehension.. this basic conversational romanian course.. has on the box pictured a way to get some financial credit for this course applied to the more intermediate romanian course if desired to learn more..
i am impressed that this provides the basics of a conversation.. no illusion that i will sound more than an american trying to speak romanian.. but this is a great starting point with basics of romanian conversation, grammar, etc. very pleased.
Great starter language tool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The lessons are easy to follow. The repeating of phrases in later lessons from earlier lessons helps you remember the language better. It is a great tool for beginners.Published 17 days ago by Thaddeus Powell
You won't be able to hold a basic conversation after going through these discs. More for travel - understanding directions, food/drink and telling someone you speak... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mariko M Farr
The course could concentrate a little more on useful phrases instead of how to pick up women. If Mr Pimsleur ever tried to get a taxi at Henri Coandă at midnight în a blizzard... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Randolph
Beware the CDs did not work in my MacBook Pro. UPDATE: I contacted a reseller and then Pimsleur direct and the company's customer service was able to give me access to the online... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Becky Bosshart
I love it, but lacks any in depth knowledge to really understanding the language, so far anyway as I am only on lesson 3. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel Reynolds
Want to learn some basic conversational Romanian fast, this IS the best. Some of the narratives are a bit silly, and often seem to have to do with picking up a date in Romania, but... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jonathan Schwartz
It's really incredible how the method works. Yes, it does work.Published 12 months ago by Nabupolasar Alves Feitosa
Very easy to use, the style is a great choice for me since I do need repetition when trying to learn something new. Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. Reynolds