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Pimsleur Ukrainian Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Ukrainian with Pimsleur Language Programs 2nd Edition
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I also learned Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese before going there, using Pimsleur -- I love the courses!!!
The approach is sound. I've tried every language learning audio program out there. Rosetta Stone does not have a Ukrainian program, so I can't compare it to that. However, this CD moves you forward bit by bit and has you speaking almost instantly (albeit in a very limited sense). Sometimes the advances between lessons seem a bit daunting, but with determination they are not insurmountable. They supply the tools needed to figure it out. I like the review, the repetition, the focus on pronunciation, and I like the building block approach. The speakers are native, and have exemplary accents.
The limitation which is common to all such programs is that although you finish with a good basic grasp of the language, your conversations are limited to those subjects that were covered in the audio lessons. Don't come away expecting to understand random conversations on the street, follow the local evening newscast, or debate philosophy with your new Ukrainian acquaintances. That is not the goal of the program. You will be able to address the waiter in the restaurant, count, ask how much something costs, ask for directions, and introduce yourself using proper Ukrainian grammar and pronunciation.
The lessons are 1/2 hour in length. This was perfect for my 30 minute commute. It easily worked into my daily routine and steady progress was the result. There was a definite sense of accomplishment when the last CD was completed. Left me wanting more. Unfortunately, Ukrainian is not one of the languages with extensive Pimsleur programs.
One very pleasant discovery is that Pimsleur carefully introduces the pronunciation of each new word syllable by syllable, starting with the last syllable which is of course the easiest to recall! Again this method helps me to learn good pronunciation. Pimsleur also uses both male and female voices to repeat each word. The result of this technique is good pronunciation. Sometimes the pronunciation of certain letter combinations is strange to my English ear, but the program repetition causes my ear to eventually tune to correct speaking in a foreign language.
I have used Pimsleur programs for two languages and do prefer this program method over others which I have encountered.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This learning technique is incredibly effective! I bought Rosetta Stone and couldn't learn using it as it was very difficult. For the cost of Pimsleur, you can't go wrong. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenfer
The product arrived in good time and the language sounds authentic with constant repetition. We could not move forward in our studies though, as the set was missing six of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Victor Czerkasij
I am a Ukrainian and my fiancé is English-speaking who wants to learn my language. I bought him this set and it is good. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anna
We listen to the discs all the time, constant repitition in the lessons and good amout of pausing time to allow you to think and respond before the answer is said.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very helpful introduction to basic Ukrainian conversation. The units are very rational and coherent, and they are particularly helpful in learning the sounds of spoken... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anthony R. Picariello
Pimsleur makes much of its "unique" teaching method. It is simple memorization via repetition. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Elbeau
Works well and I am learning fast! I am glad that I purchased it and the price was right! Thanks!Published on June 2, 2014 by Os4185