Pimsleur equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program. This course includes Lessons 1-16 from the French Level 1 program - 8 hours of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson. Topics include: greetings, numbers, meals, shopping, telling time, scheduling activities, and asking and giving directions. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak French. Reading instruction begins in Lesson 9 to provide you with an introduction to reading French. A Reading Booklet PDF must be downloaded. The French Language French is spoken by 55 million speakers in France, 3 million in Belgium, 1.5 million in Switzerland, 6.5 million in Canada, and 5 million in former French and Belgian colonies. It is an official language in 44 countries and an official language of the United Nations. An estimated 50 million people around the world speak French as a second language.
Hello ! George Modilevsky here.I am currently teaching six languages in Mexico City and I teach all structures of a given language in One Month with only a few sessions in person if my students live in the city or through any other online and virtual device if they live far away ! I am not american so, I do not believe in rigid methods which are made famous by american market, like those mention above. Nowadays, people have access to the world and so, all the vocabulary and all structures needed to learn a language fluently are contained ìn any TV series, in case one could have access to all TV series in at least 10 of our favorite languages to learn. Methods from the past are not necessary any more. Too long and too expensive. What all students need is an excellent polyglot teacher who teaches fast and who cares about quality on his lessons. Then, this teacher will show his students how to be self-learners forever and send them, if possible, to another country to live with a family. Then, their money will be well invested, and their time, too. All expensive methods are divided in many levels which are useless. This is done for money making only. Not for teaching at all. Schools are money makes only, as well. Wise students should avoidexpensive old methods and instead, they should follow a good teacher's advice to see the world...first online...and then, in the flesh ! Good luck ! George.
As you said, pimsleur is really worth for a FULL beginner in a language. I used it for languages (Brazilian and Japanese) since I didn't know at all those languages. It helped me a lot for prononciation, especially for Brazilian. I was listening 1 lesson at least 3 or 4 times in 1 or 2 days, sometimes more... So it took me about 6 - 8 months to finish the 3 levels of each language each level have 30 lessons). After that I started to work with Assimil (I'm french :-) ), also a very good method.
Another thing I could mention (from my own experience), Pimsleur works okay for me, I do the lessons on the computer while cleaning the house, or on the bus when going somewhere but I do find that after several lessons I have a great need for a native speaker to have a conversation with. First to ask if I am actually pronouncing several words right, because even with the breaking down to syllables it can be hard to know if you hear and say it correctly, but also to have a bit of a distraction from the same routine. People who are interested in only one (or maybe two) languages will not have this problem, but I myself like to try and learn as many different ones as I can and find myself easily mixing up languages, because with the same routine (same words you learn in the same order and the exact same conversations in each and every one) you tend to memorize the correct response to what you hear and that can be very tricky.
I just finished 30 lessons of Pimsleur Hebrew; thank you, now I understand the method a little better. I liked it, and used it well on my commute, though I did repeat lessons 2-3 times before moving on. (Maybe my attention was torn from my bus ride, but it was a great way to pass the time on the bus and only once did I nearly miss my stop..)I want to learn Mongolian for an upcoming trip, but am finding it hard to find a similar program. Do you have any thoughts on this I liked that I could commute (by bus or car) with it. Which would rule out Rosetta Stone or other hands on interactive programs. I can use the web on my phone, but haven't found a Mongolian program yet... Thank you!
I agree with everything. I've being trying the Pimsleur method, and it's really efficient. It gives you enough grammar to understand the main points of what you read, so you can walk with your own legs in the journey of learning a language.
Good review.I've done pimsleur 1-5 spanish and agree with everything you say here.I've found them to be a great learning tool when used in conjunction with other resources.Unfortunately if people ask me if I would recommend them, I have to say that they are way overpriced and I would only recommend them if they can find them free (library for example) or at a greatly reduced price.
What a great thread following the review! One thing I wanted to ask... I haven't figured out how to learn a language by being around native speakers. I've been trying to learn Spanish forever, and I live in Southern California where it is spoken often. But the only way I seem to be able to make progress is the various apps and programs. When a Hispanic person speaks to me, I only understand the words I already know. If I ask a question, they get going on an answer and I have no idea what's being said. And on top of that I feel shy. I know how frustrating it can be to speak to a person with poor command of English and I can't get past the discomfort I feel while stumbling over Spanish. So native speakers scare me. While language programs feel safer.
I also like that it starts with sentences, but that's hardly unique, just something in its favour. Your first experience with speaking a language is then using proper grammar, and you have grammatically correct sentences to refer to as a test of your understanding of grammar rules to construct a sentence. It also gets you speaking pretty fast. 5 days in I decided to strike up a conversation with a non-native Japanese speaking friend. I could keep it going for a couple minutes before I just didn't know enough to keep going and wasn't able to understand her answers, but it was still impressive nonetheless.
Thank you for great review and discussion. I wanted to add Pimsleur method is the closest there is to the way a child learns language: starts with one word and slowly builds \"scaffolds\" . Children BTW will pick up a new language in a couple of weeks. For me, I've tried to learn Spanish over and over (and must do it again). Pimsleur helped me jump from memorizing single words to being able to put them into sentences. Very empowering. I would say Pimsleur gives a foundation from which to begin to really learn the language-develop vocabulary, speed grammar, etc With P I was able to do quite well in college level Spanish classes I audited. Lastly, some people are more talented with languages than others (me, eg)
I am very disappointed with Pimsleur Greek. There are many sounds in Greek that are difficult to understand. There are subtle differences as compared to the English language, it is often difficult to understand at times, exactly what sound is being spoken. Pimsleur refuses to provide a transcript or even a printed vocabulary list to assist their customers. I written, called and emailed. They say this is the method and they will not provide written vocabulary. Thousands have requested the transcript but it falls on deaf ears. When some one posts a transcript on the internet they threaten copy right infringement, interesting since they don't print it. They fail to understand that people learn in different ways. They do a great disservice to their customers. Extremely disappointed. They are also ,missing a market dsegment of those willing to pay.
I think that pimsleur's failure to provide a transcript and or at least a vocabulary list with interpretations is a very serious flaw and undermines the usefulness of the program. I am studying GREEK and the transcript is essential for understanding the pronunciation of many words. I end up having to use an interpreter or G/E dictionary which costs much time. I am also a visual learner. There is no reason for them not to provide, even at a cost that I think thousands of people would pay and they could profit by. Personally I discourage all from using this program. 1e1e36bf2d