Pimsleur Spanish Reviews
Learning Spanish fast is not impossible. You can do it with Pimsleur Spanish. Guaranteed to help you learn Spanish fast, the Pimsleur Approach will get you speaking Spanish comfortably in just 10 days. Developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur, one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics, this language learning course uses the Pimsleur Method to teach Spanish. There are four underlying principles in the Pimsleur Method: Graduated Interval Recall, Principle of Anticipation, Core Vocabulary, and Organic Learning.
Graduated Interval Recall refers to the transfer of new words from short-term memory to long-term memory when the new words and information have been presented at gradually increasing intervals within a set amount of time. The Principle of Anticipation states that people learn more when they meaningfully interact during the learning process. With the input-output system of interaction in Pimsleur Spanish, you can anticipate answers to questions promoting active thinking/suitable response. Organic Learning establishes the idea that auditory learning is the first step before reading or writing. The Principle of Core Vocabulary points out that in learning a new language you only need to learn the most commonly used words and phrases.
The complete course is an audio-based learning product containing 90 lessons divided into three different levels. It is advisable to go through one lesson each day. You can listen to each lesson several times for even faster learning. The 30-minute long lessons are perfect for retention and best for learners’ concentration. The lessons come in CDs with an instructional manual. You can play the lessons at home or in your car, you can even download it to your iPod or mp3 player. For visual style learners, there are transcripts of the lessons which you can use as you listen.
The program's Level 1 teaches you how to establish rapport with other Spanish speakers. You are taught to participate in simple and direct Spanish conversations about usual topics. Level 2 teaches you to combine more words and phrases to come up with more complex sentences. Level 3 teaches you to communicate with ease and confidence. You will be able to narrate and describe using different terms and tenses. In addition to the 90 lessons, a Spanish Plus program has been designed for Spanish language practice.
In this program's lessons, the learner is required to listen and actively participate in thinking and speaking carefully following the tutor’s instructions. A native speaker then speaks phrases in both the Spanish and English language. Explanations follow after the phrases or words. At different points of the lesson, the learner is prompted to repeat a phrase after the speaker. New phrases are then introduced and explained. After several repetitions, the learner is asked to repeat previous phrases along with using other vocabulary from the newly learned phrases. More new phrases are presented while old phrases are recalled. This efficient system is what makes the learning of Spanish simple and fast.
Apparently, according to a review, this learning course does not focus on too much grammar rules nor does it provide more than the necessary number of words for vocabulary. It is much more expensive than other products and is not as entertaining and fun as other programs. Also, with this product, you will not learn how to write in Spanish. But one thing that this program does is to help you gain confidence in speaking the language fast. For conversational purposes, this is a good choice. However, if you want to learn Spanish and know how to communicate in all areas, then you can try a more complete and interactive program from a different language learning software.
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