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I will have to say that I was very skeptical about this program at first, but Pimsleur has definitely converted me! By unit 17 of phase 2, I was able to converse with a couple from Germany. Mind you, I do not have a
FULL vocabulary, but the couple said that my pronunciation was like that of a native speaker. Granted, I do spend more time than the program recommends per day and have had to repeat some units, but to be able to be understood by a non-English speaker after only roughly six months TOTAL (including this program and others) is impressive. Of these programs, I have used the Pimsleur program for about four of these months. I can speak better German than I can Spanish, of which I had four years of formal study.
29 of 29 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This audiobook works great as a family foreign language project. We listen to it for a half hour a day.
What did you like best about this story?
It is realistic and simple and goes back to lesson 1.
What about the narrator’s performance did you like?
He sounds like he is German and is pretty clear.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. We just did it a little at a time.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I found Pimsleur's German Phase 1 very easy to use and understand. The format is excellent. It eases you into the language and through continuous repetition plants the language in your long term memory. The repetitiveness is by no means tedious and the course constantly challenges you to think for yourself by forming sentences from the vocabulary you have learned. It does not overload you either with information but instead gradually introduces additional vocabulary. The tutor goes back on previous units as a refresher every so often which ensures that earlier lessons are not forgotten. I would recommend this method of language learning and look forward to starting lessons 6-10.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I liked Paul Nobles approach to teaching but it didn’t have a follow up program. I tried Michel Thomas but wasn’t impressed. Pimsleur seems to have a good balance introducing new vocabulary and reinforcing the old vocabulary. The only downside I can see so far is that it is American but the German speakers are native. Would recommend.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I was so tired of apps where I had to type or write things. It's not only difficult and time consuming it's not the most effective method. Pimsleur is learning by listening and speaking, with new material repeated at intervals that help you retain it. I would recommend this method to anyone.