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Romanian, Conversational: Learn to Speak and Understand Romanian with Pimsleur Language Programs Audio CD – Audiobook, July 22, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0743566223 ISBN-10: 074356622X Edition: Unabridged

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Product Details

  • Series: Conversational (Book 1)
  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; Unabridged edition (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074356622X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743566223
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.9 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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For help in selecting the right Pimsleur Language Program for you, or with technical questions, call us at 1-800-831-5497, 24/7. For more information on Pimsleur, visit, www.pimsleur.com.

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."

Customer Reviews

Great starter language tool.
Jenna Lenhardt
I think the listening and responding is good for actual use of the language.
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Very helpful in teaching the ear to distinguish the sounds of the language.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Duncan C. McDougall on February 12, 2010
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Romanian is the "fifth Romance language," 70% Latin, so they say, but influenced also by the many cultures (Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, etc.) that have interacted deeply in Romanian life over the past two millenia. I lived in Romania for nine months in 2008-2009, but sadly learned very little of the tongue, even though I'd bought a book and been given another, and had done some study of both.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By English L. Eaves on May 19, 2010
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No complaints at all. This product does exactly what it is supposed to do. I found the brief lessons to be of a good length, excellent for working them into a tight schedule. The instruction is very basic, and through repetition of simple and useful sentences, creates a flowing lesson that is easily absorbed and just as easily recalled. While I personally have an interest in language, I am by no means a multilingual expert. So, when I say that the lesson plans are easy, I mean that one need not concern themselves with conjugation and pronouns and diminutive forms. It's the easiest means of language skill that I have ever used. Very happy with this product, and will purchase more advanced levels in the future.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By paelladevalencia on August 18, 2011
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I was pretty disappointed with this purchase. The learning method is sound, but the content is not! I will caveat that I am only at lesson 12 of 16, so maybe the last 4 will blow me away. However, in general these are my thoughts: It seems designed for a young woman going to Romania hoping to either get a date or be prepared to reject a date. So far I have learned only a fraction of the basic questions/answers you would need to know as a tourist. I have learned how to say yes/no, that I do/don't speak English, Romanian, ask the time, count up to 19, where hotels and restaurants are, what something costs, and order beer/water/wine. That's a good start, but I have not yet learned how to ask for the bathroom, hotel room availability, hospital, where the train station or airport is and other basics I deem important for traveling. Out of 6 hours of teaching I expected to cover that, not things like "no sir, you do not understand, I don't want to have lunch with you now, or later, not at 2pm, not at 8pm!" (When will I EVER need to say that??) Also, we have only so far learned "I" and "you", so I will have to order myself 2 beers and nothing for my boyfriend because I don't know how to say we or he/she. If they would keep the teaching method but alter the content this could be good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alba Tucker on February 9, 2014
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I am a fast learner so this works for me very well! I do have some issues understanding the pronunciation of some words, but my boyfriend is romanian so he corrects me if i need it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Valk on February 14, 2013
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i enjoy this course very much. starts with basics and slowly builds words to phrases to sentences.. i also like that it has both a man's and woman's voice.. ample time to repeat and/or provide answers.. much better than repeating flash cards

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Lenhardt on December 28, 2012
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Having a Romanian friend to help me learn the informal language use is necessary to not sound overly formal with the use of this tool. The pace is perfect, and I felt like I learned and retained with how they set it up.
Great starter language tool.
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