• Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Castilian Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 03-30-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Pimsleur’s “Castilian Spanish” teaches the dialect that is the official language of Spain as spoken by the majority of Spanish-speakers in Spain.
The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty 30-minute lessons. 
In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills. In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident. In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. 
Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future. Reading lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Castilian Spanish. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. 
In addition, combined reading lessons from all the units are included at the end. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
©2012 Simon & Schuster (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
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5 out of 5 stars
By M. R. on 09-25-17

Which Spanish do you want to learn?

Would you listen to Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30 again? Why?

Perhaps. Supposedly I've learned it already.

Any additional comments?

I already knew some Spanish from living in S America, so this was a good refresher with some variation in pronunciation.

However I'm going through Level 2 at this moment, and I would say if you plan to do the other Spanish ones, you would be better off using the regular Spanish Level 1 course. Especially if you're coming at it cold. The reason is, the two Level 1 programs don't cover exactly the same material. It's not insurmountable, but I feel there would be more consistency if you stick with the regular Spanish.

If Audible had Castilian Spanish Level 2-5 and you were going to Spain, this would be a very good starting point. But since you're going to have to switch to Mexican/S American version of Spanish for Level 2, you might as well head down that track from the start.

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