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Pimsleur Spanish Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs (English and Spanish Edition) 2nd Edition
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Pimsleur does have a great idea, inspired by the Foreign Service Institute's approach, but the thing is it takes TIME. What's good about the method is you're drilled and drilled and drilled... what you learn here will stay with you a long time.
The flipside (and it's a big one) is that with all that repetition, you learn almost nothing. You'll learn the numbers (up to a hundred), how to tell time, how to order a generic beer (almost every lesson spends considerable time on this), and how to ask where a hotel or restaurant is.
But if the hotel is not "right here" or "over there," (the only possible answers, apparently) you'll have no clue. Forget about "turn left at the intersection and continue for two-and-a-half blocks." You can order a beer, but forget about a salad, the daily special, what the waiter recommends, a steak, some chicken, or tea or a soft drink.
You can go shopping but unless you want to buy "things" you'll come back with nothing. Nada! "Cosas" [things] is the only thing covered! Forget shirts, dresses, pants, maps, guides, film, cameras, books, hats. Forget about buying a plane ticket, a train ticket, asking for help, asking what's playing, finding the beach, a nightclub, a doctor, a cop, or even checking into the hotel that was conveniently "over there."
To get any truly useful survival skills with this approach, these eight disks would need to be followed by at least a hundred others.Read more ›
Some say this product isn't great, but I really disagree. One said it's only for beginners--YES! If you don't know Spanish, this is a great way to start.
I bought a Pimsleur course for Cantonese years ago before traveling to Hong Kong and I loved it. Even with the limited number of words and phrases I knew, I felt comfortable going into the remotest areas of the New Territories, where no English was spoken and thanks to Pimsleur I could ask for some things and even ask a waitress to take a photo of me and my dad.
The same is true for Spanish. I bought this program because my fiancee is from Ecuador and I seem to be traveling to various Spanish speaking countries a lot now to meet her. I recently went to Panama while in the midst of the Pimsleur lessons.
This was my third trip there and what a difference I felt knowing more Spanish thanks to Pimsleur. I was able to carry on a conversation with the taxi driver, the bartender at my hotel, and people in stores. I went on a tour with some people from other countries including Spain and Venezuela and could speak some to them too!
No, my Spanish is not perfect, but I felt such a sense of power in that I was able to do things I wasn't able to previously. What a tremendous amount of freedom.
This is just an introduction and you'll need to keep studying to learn more and increase your fluency, but the Pimsleur approach has really been the best for me. I have Rosetta Stone, but I got bored with it. I don't like clicking on one word at a time. I want to hear conversations--and Pimsleur give that to me.Read more ›
If you are starting without any Spanish background, this may be a good, practical item to buy. If not, I would recommend looking for another product.
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Spanish in Seven Months. I don't often review products, but the investment in both time and money in learning a language is significant, and I wanted to share my results. Read morePublished 28 days ago by jsf
Awesome as usual. I have used these courses to learn Italian and now Spanish and they work great. Not only do you learn the words, you also learn the dialect which is huge. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Tony S.
Let's be clear: I am linguistically challenged. The desire is there, but no aptitude. But these cds give me hope that I may be able to speak Spanish by the time we go to Mexico... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane Goad
Very easy to follow along. I have used Rosetta Stone, & a couple of other programs, but the Pimsleur Spanish Course is easier to use & understand than the others. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The last cd in this course is damaged and doesn't play. I contacted Amazon who said they couldn't do anything for me and that I should contact Pimsleur which I was unable to do. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Suzanne Issa
I bought this for a trip and would rotate the disks between my husband. They really ease you into it and help you pronounce correctly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Candice
pimsleur is awesome... but expensive. this was a great first start for me, but i found there are cheaper alternatives that use the same style of teaching. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SeanK