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Pimsleur Digital language learning is the best semantic instructional tool in the marketplace, bar none. That is not to degrade Rosetta Stone, also a fine learning product, its just that I find Pimsleur provides an even better inculcation of the language. The program contains thirty minute lessons or conversations in which one must partake.
The sessions start with a short conversation in the subject or to-be-learned-language which one must listen to; are relative easy to hear and usually understandable, although in the subject language. Imbedded in that conversation are elements of past and the upcoming lesson. Then one goes through sentences in your native language and are asked to – based on past learning sessions – speak the subject language. After you have had your opportunity the program speaks the sentence you verbalized or should have spoken. Often, the program will give you new words or idioms in advance but for the most part one is expected to learn the words from their conversational context. It works! One’s mind begins thinking in the subject language. Each lesson is repetitive but not annoyingly, rather in a supportive fashion. Each successive lesson builds on prior lessons and are almost always referring back to much earlier lesson content.
It is not only instructive but fun. Of course, just abstract learning in not enough. One must find himself/herself in conversational context with the language in everyday life. Short of that opportunity the product is exceptionally good.
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i listen to these often and repetition is so helpful. I can actually carry a beginning conversation with native speakers.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The intensity has picked up, and I am having to listen to each lesson twice, which is good. The sound is still poor, with the instructions so much louder than the actors' voices, which kind of put my brain in meltdown
Would you ever listen to anything by Pimsleur again?
What aspect of Pimsleur’s performance might you have changed?
Expensive product, with sub-standard production - not acceptable really
Could you see Spanish Level 2 Lessons 21-25 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Unlikely Simon & Schulter need to re-master these recordings for the personal digital revolution
Any additional comments?