Pimsleur Spanish Level 1
- Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
- Narrated by: Pimsleur
- Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
- Release date: 04-01-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Regular price: $173.27
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Spanish Level 1 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 or preferences, 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 really participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
In the final 10 lessons of level 1, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more and more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. You can talk about your immediate family, go on a car trip, and ask for and understand directions. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, and traveling with children. You'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.
Reading lessons are included at the end of lesson 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Spanish alphabet. These 15 lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Spanish pronunciation and accent. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
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By Joel on 06-23-12
Surprisingly Very Great
I have used Rosetta Stone, I have taken Spanish 1 and 2 in college, and I know a lot of people who speak it. All of those helped me as far as understanding the grammar but they never gave me the confidence to really speak the language, know that I am pronouncing things correctly (a strenuous task when you have a thick southern accent). However, Pimsleur did help me out greatly. I have done all of Phase 1 and redoing and can't wait to get through all of them. Part of the reason for this excitement was that I just came back from Costa Rica (which I also strongly recommend visiting) and at first I was a little nervous about maybe having to speak Spanish to know where we were going sometimes or whatever since I'm the only one in my family who even knows a little. Once I got my confidence up, I was surprised at how much of a conversation I could hold with various people, waitresses, taxi drivers, etc. I recommend using these sites in conjunction with the audio courses. Google translate helps some, and the main one you should use is this other online site - search a verb and it gives you all of it's conjugations so you are able to take it a little further then the Pimsleur program and get an idea of the conjugations especially for the irregular verbs. I recommend all of these especially since I am also trying to learn French now (going to France soon) and I have no background in French at all and finding it difficult without knowing anything about its grammar.
The only real negative aspect I would say of this Pimsleur course, especially if you are using your phone is that it would be great if they could develop it where it would show you the sentences that you are saying so that you know how things are spelled, can analyze the sentence structure, and so on.
Anyway, it's recommended, best of luck.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
By Sam on 08-30-11
Great Program for Busy Professionals. Drive & Lean
Like the title says, you can fit this into your schedule while driving. The lessons are 30 min each once a day (I do the same lesson 2 times each day).
With my schedule, I don’t have time to add something extra into my day. As such, any program that requires me to take time out of my day will fail regardless of how much I want to complete it.
This program is designed to be done without the need of anything but listening. I have learned more that I ever learned in High School Spanish during my daily commute. What was once wasted time is now productive. We vacationed in Mexico this summer. This was a very valuable tool. I just wish I found it sooner.
26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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By Katharine on 10-27-10
I have previously tried to learn Spanish several times but always gave up after a few weeks, as I was struggling to remember one thing after learning something new. The Pimsleur method is good because it constantly repeats the content, so you really can't forget. With each lesson only being 30 mins, it's easy to fit in a day for example when travelling, shopping, or waiting for somethng. I'd recommend having a grammar book to work along side with it, as it never goes into how it's actually constructed. I've purchased the whole set, and am thinking about which language to start after!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful