Spanish Level 1

  • by Pimsleur
  • Narrated by Pimsleur
  • 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

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!
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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What the Critics Say

"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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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.
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- Sam

Amazing! This is the only way to learn Spanish!

What did you love best about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30?

I cannot believe how simply this course is broken down. This course is so clear and concise that I am speaking and understanding already before completing the course. The course does not let you forget words that you have already learned.


What did you like best about this story?

I think that the unique thing about this course is that the narrator questions you. This questioning forces you to think and respond because you want to do well. I usually cannot respond in the time allotted so I stop the tape. Also my goal is to respond faster.


What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

First, I love the narrator's voice. Second, I like how he phrases his questions to you. I like the reminders.


Any additional comments?

I live in Miami and want to learn Spanish so badly. I have a southern accent which does not help because I drag my words out. I am ashamed to say how long I have owned and used Rosetta Stone and how many Spanish classes that I have quit, including one last month. In other words, I have gotten no where with Spanish until now. I was in class with a guy who swore by the Pimsleur Method and I saw his progress and the lack of mine. My main comment is: Thanks, Paul Pimsleur. I did not believe that learning Spanish was a possibility for me. I also want to add that I am 64 years old - "old dog - new tricks!"

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- Christine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio