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novemberain
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Russian Federation
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Speaks: Russian*, EnglishC1, Italian
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 Message 17 of 104
03 November 2009 at 1:56pm | IP Logged 
You can buy Pimsleur much cheaper with Audible membership. With Platunium annual it is $229 for 24 audiobooks, or about $9 per item (with 5 lessons each).

I finished comprehensive Italian and Spanish courses, and going through Portuguese. So far, I find Pimsleur very effective. However, I am sure there are other great and cheaper audio courses out there I did not try ;)
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Urban_Sasquatch
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United States
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 Message 18 of 104
03 November 2009 at 4:59pm | IP Logged 
I've been making my way through Pimsleur Spanish I. While there are aspects of it I can see people becoming irritated with (repetition, a seeming lack of vocabulary) it becomes relatively obvious (and right quickly at that) these courses ARE designed for people who do not speak the language, or who speak very little of it.

Where I see a lot of people complaining is with regard to repetition; well, isn't that how a purely audial-based course should work based on the learning theory behind it? I've been playing these around my two-year-old son who is, like me, a mimic; he goes along with the first 15 minutes of each lesson until he gets bored, and it's noticeable. He's only two and he greets his hispanic daycare teacher with "Buenos dias!", leaves her with "adios" or "hasta luego". I've played some Mandarin around him and he's greeting a Chinese boy in his room with "Ni hao" and leaving with "Zai jian!"

There IS something to it; it simply may not be the right course for everyone. I have a 30-minute commute at a minimum, so I play a lesson on the way in and repeat it on the way home for reinforcement. This is despite my linguistic ability and DLI experience.

Another thing I hear people fussing about is the lack of vocabulary in Pimsleur. However, the way the courses are constructed a linguist could take those lessons and add a book of vocabulary, effectively tripling their ability with minimal effort.

Sometimes it's not the course itself; nothing is perfect.

Sometimes it's just how you USE the material provided.

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Hencke
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Spain
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 Message 19 of 104
03 November 2009 at 9:58pm | IP Logged 
I did the complete 90 lessons of Pimsleur Mandarin and found them useful and they worked for me. You just mustn't expect too much of them. Even the full program will just give you a small introduction into the basics, a long way short of the "fluency" or "conversational level" that you sometimes see claimed.

But for an "easier" language than Mandarin Pimsleur would have been way too easy and too slow for my taste and I'd have tired of it after a few lessons.
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B-Tina
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 Message 20 of 104
03 November 2009 at 10:02pm | IP Logged 
Urban_Sasquatch wrote:

Sometimes it's just how you USE the material provided.


Agreed. I use Pimsleur French and made my way through the first 11 Lessons by now. As I already have spent a year in France, the course does not offer any new vocabulary at all to me - but it does quite a good job as a pronunciation teacher.
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LatinoBoy84
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 Message 21 of 104
03 November 2009 at 10:23pm | IP Logged 
The course has been invaluable in Russian, which is fairly distant from my native languages. I wish more courses would do the backwards pronunciation break down...that has made things sooo much easier (as oppose to getting tongue tied, or babbling). For an "Easy language" probably not that useful but for "Harder" (more distant) ones, it's definitely an asset to your arsenal.
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Juan M.
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 Message 22 of 104
04 November 2009 at 12:11am | IP Logged 
Urban_Sasquatch wrote:
I have a 30-minute commute at a minimum, so I play a lesson on the way in...


This is how I use Pimsleur (and Michel Thomas) as well. I load a course on an MP3 player and listen to it whenever I'm not home. That way I don't waste any time and always have something entertaining to do whether I'm in line at the bank, waiting for a bus, waiting for someone, walking somewhere, etc.

Edited by Juan M. on 04 November 2009 at 12:13am

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Gusutafu
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 Message 23 of 104
04 November 2009 at 1:59am | IP Logged 
Juan M. wrote:
Urban_Sasquatch wrote:
I have a 30-minute commute at a minimum, so I play a lesson on the way in...


This is how I use Pimsleur (and Michel Thomas) as well. I load a course on an MP3 player and listen to it whenever I'm not home. That way I don't waste any time and always have something entertaining to do whether I'm in line at the bank, waiting for a bus, waiting for someone, walking somewhere, etc.


You still sort of waste time, if you had been playing Assimil or some other more efficient course you would learn much, much more...
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Amoore
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 Message 24 of 104
04 November 2009 at 2:02am | IP Logged 
novemberain wrote:
You can buy Pimsleur much cheaper with Audible membership. With
Platunium annual it is $229 for 24 audiobooks, or about $9 per item (with 5 lessons
each).

I finished comprehensive Italian and Spanish courses, and going through Portuguese. So
far, I find Pimsleur very effective. However, I am sure there are other great and cheaper
audio courses out there I did not try ;)


In Denmark 5 lessons is $50. So thank you so much for the link.

Edited by Amoore on 04 November 2009 at 2:03am



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