Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes - with Pimsleur it's that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Spanish Level 2includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction and is designed to be used after completing level 1.
In the first 10 lessons of level 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex, and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded, and fluency increases.
The next 10 lessons of level 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situations, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
In the final 10 lessons of level 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You'll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures - faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of level 2, you're speaking at a midintermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.
Reading lessons are included at the end of lesson 30. These 16 lessons (approximately one hour) are designed to give you practice reading Spanish and to provide you with some insight into Spanish culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at things you'll see when visiting a Spanish-speaking country. 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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I took Spanish for a few semesters in college, but never got to the point where I felt comfortable speaking it. After about a month of listening for 30 minutes a day, I can converse about a few different topics and use different verb tenses. The way the program introduces new information is just perfect. Listening to Pimsleur turns a long commute or housework into an opportunity to learn a new language.
Once I tried Pimsleur French at Phase 1. It moved a little too slowly and I got bored with it. I would recommend that if you have any background in a language, start with the last few units of Phase 1 or even at Phase 2.
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The overall learning that you will receive learning with Pimsleur is excellent. Don't get me wrong, there are some other good options out there, but this is an excellent option if you want to learn on the move and don't have the time to sit on a computer for the lessons.
If you study for 30 minutes to an hour everyday your comprehension will become unbelievable. I find myself at times able to understand a great majority of the conversations I hear. Pimsleur does a great job with helping you learn the language you want, but it does take time and effort on your part. I'm now on Phase 3 and anxiously learning to get to phase 4.