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- Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers (1980)
- ASIN: B007FC4Q2E
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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How to learn a foreign language
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And a special thanks to Paul Pimsleurs wife, Beverly, and their daughter Julia, for their vision, tenacity, and determination to republish this book. Their selfless commitment to improve the human condition is now plain for all to see.
This book tells you clearly and concisely how to learn a foreign language. I know of no other book or teaching method surpassing this method of learning ... and I've tried about all of them over the past 40 years. Every tactic Pimsleur talks about in this book, I learned on my own --- the hard way. I wish this book had been around when I began learning foreign languages. It would have made my studies a lot easier.
Pimsleur says that our standard approach teaching foreign languages through rote drills is silly. He's right.
I signed up for a French course in community college in 1968. Within a week I was bored and I dropped the course. Why? The instructor began the course by speaking in French never uttering a word in English. That would have been okay if her emphasis had been on engaging the students in short, conversational stimulus responses rather than rote drills of pronouns and vocabulary none of us understood. She violated the number one rule of language teaching: get the students to listen and talk. Instead, she focused on her knowledge and her power over the classroom mindlessly talking at us until we tuned out. This is one of the faulty teaching approaches Pimsleur cites in his book. Sadly, this continues today. I still shudder at the notion of learning French.Read more ›
I personally have gone through the Russian Pimsleur system and can attest it is better than any other language system out there; at least for me and many others. Every Pimsleur website or brochure you read will explain to some degree why the Pimsleur system works. This book goes beyond the brochures to teach the reader how it can be enjoyable to learn language and how one can go about it; with or without the Pimsleur system.
This book is a quick read, with short easy to understand chapters. If you have ever been discouraged by language learning, please read this book. In it Dr Pimsleur admits that there may be people out there who theoretically cannot learn a language, but from his experience any student with some motivation to learn can and should learn a language; for the simple reason that it will be an enjoyable journey with a pleasant reward.
Short easy read
Real life stories
Easy to understand statistics
What I am finding fascinating are the instructions for how to record and create your own language drills and exercises similar to what he does in the Pimsleur audio series. I am very excited to try this out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As other have noted, I was disappointed I spent as much as I did for the book as there was not a lot here. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maximzodal
Worth the read if you're looking to learn a foreign language. I think Dr. Pimseur knew what he was talking about and does not raise expectations into the fanciful-sphere. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike Howard
Foundation concepts often overlooked or glossed over by many authors on the subject. Take them to heart. Pimsleur got to the bottom of it.Published 12 months ago by desertwind
I found affirmation of everything I am doing in teaching English, and a head start for learning Mandarin. Excellent, glad it was republished.Published 14 months ago by Ms. B
Good overview for general foreign language instruction, but it will provide no great revelations to university trained teacher. Perhaps more encouraging. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Savvy Consumer
This book explains why students hate most high school and college language courses, finding them boring and difficult. Read morePublished 15 months ago by H-Squared
The purpose of reading this book is to know how to learn new language easily. This book content is mostly good but it has not enough content that we want to know. Read morePublished 17 months ago by gyeonggeun
Paul Pimsleur is, of course, the creator of the fantastic Pimsleur courses. In this book, he fleshes out the ideas behind language learning that went into creating them, along with... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Geoffrey B