- Series: Comprehensive (Book 1)
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Pimsleur; 30 Lessons + Reading edition (October 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074355258X
- ISBN-13: 978-0743552585
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pimsleur Hindi Level 1 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Hindi with Pimsleur Language Programs (Comprehensive) 30 Lessons + Reading Edition
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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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Me tora tora samajta hu. I understand some Hindi already. However, the method by which this system makes me understand sentence structure is well worth the effort. I use this system while commuting to work. My commute is 15 minutes or less, though, so I can only do half of a lesson. Hindi is the universal language. I want to know how to communicate, in general on a future visit with family and friends in India and here in the States.
HOW THE LESSONS WORK
A dialogue is played at the beginning. The user progressively learns the vocabulary and sentence structure. It is not formal training where you learn specific grammar rules, per se. There is reinforcement throughout each lesson, and though basic, it's highly effective. My in-laws were quite impressed with my new skills. Each word is repeated and native speakers "talk you through it". They utilize a man and woman to emphasize the differences between gender in this language.
Masculine: Me Angrezi samajta hu.
Feminine: Me Angrezi samajti hu
"I understand English."
There are differences between what is actually spoken and what one learns through this system:
Actual: "Muhje biyar chahiye". Versus Pimsleur's "Kripaya ek Biyar" = I want a beer. Either way, you still get the beer, right? Happy times for you in New Delhi, right? Maybe you can even get a lunch date, "Me apke saat bhoje karna chahata hu." (I want to have lunch with you). LOL!
Sure, there are differences in semantics but the message will be the same. There are no text versions of the lesson to supplement learning since this is more of a listen and learn system. The lessons range from 15-30 minutes, each building upon the previous lesson. I was so impressed that I bought lessons 11-30 to learn more.
This has only 10 lessons which cover greetings, asking for directions, speaking about going to lunch, talking about time, etc. However, it has reinforced much of what I have learned using systems like "Colloquial Hindi" by Tej Bhatia and the Rosetta Stone Hindi. To hear, then repeat and then reinforce what is learned is a solid method of learning for an adult. You do begin to speak in a native tongue based upon how they break down words or phrases.
Shukriya, Mr. Pimsleur. Thank you, Mr. Pimsleur.
Me Hindi samajta hu. Me Hindi tora tora bolta hu. = I understand Hindi. I speak a little Hindi.
I look forward to future lessons. I highly recommend this system if you want to understand and speak.
I love this product, Excellent inclusion of helpful phrases that are needed in everyday speech. I have used other resources and they each use some words or phrases that are not really what one would use when speaking Hindi.
This is why I recommend this product. Hindi, Comprehensive: Learn to Speak and Understand Hindi with Pimsleur Language Programs (Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur)
You can repeat the lessons. I hope you get an advanced series. Thanks, Karen
These tapes are terribly sexist, especially the Hindi, they always assume that you are a man, which is messed up because of the 16 or so people I know going to India (most in my school group, a few separate) only two are male. Thats messed up!!!!! Normally that would cause me not to buy a product, but with this it would be shooting myself in the foot, because there are no other programs even 50% as good as this. The comprehensive Pimsleur for Hindi is comming out in September (a month after I get back) or I would have bought that instead. Usually you can find the comprehensive versions of Pimsleur online for as cheap as $150 and worth every penny. I hope they get there act together and stop being so sexist in their newer editions.
Also, just a note, this particular Pimsleur set is more concentrated than their usual stuff I think because they weren't selling a comprehensive set origionally, so they go faster than usual which means you should expect to practice each lesson a few times. On the other hand I was happy because that meant I got more words for a lower price.