The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Russian 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, 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 are included at the end of unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Russian alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Russian pronunciation and accent. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
"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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good but booklet missing
I have listened to most lessons more than once, to get better and better at pronunciation. I listen each day during my drive to and from work.
The method is so effective you do not realize how much you are really learning it until before you know it, you are understanding complete conversations. I was utterly astonished when suddenly I realized I was just understanding EVERYTHING with no internal translation or effort! It was as if I was speaking English!!!!
The audiobook uses a male and female voice, and both are used to give you a better opportunity to pick up the exact pronunciation, and to understand the differences in gender. It also keeps things interesting as you get to participate in "real" conversations.
I had tried and loved Rosetta Stone... it seemed to me to be the best way since the books I had studied in the military. And, Rosetta Stone is cool in that you can chat online with live people if you do the online thing, and in that it also teaches you without translating. So, I was skeptical of Pimsleur, but now I know it is the ONLY way to go. If you really want to learn Russian, this is it!!!
I am so unbelievably thrilled with the Pimsleur method. I studied French for 5 long years, and I am already speaking Russian more fluently, and with greater confidence and with NO internal translation at all!!!!! It blows my mind.
- Patrick Waugh "Patrick"