15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
the money, October 22, 2003
I used the previous edition of Pimsleur Spanish II, but I'm sure this edition is only improved.
Pimsleur's level two Spanish lessons continue the excellence of level one. Each lesson begins with a dialogue in Spanish to sharpen your listening comprehension. Then it proceeds to a combination of techniques. You are given a sentence in English to recite in Spanish, or instructed in Spanish to say something in Spanish, changing the verbs to fit your response. When new words or phrases are introduced, they are repeated and used in different contexts so you can remember them. The tapes give you time to repeat out loud to fix the words, sentences or phrases in your mind. The pauses aren't long enough for you to translate from English to Spanish in your mind; you have to respond somewhat quickly in Spanish, as you would in a conversation with a Spanish speaker.
These lessons make adroit use of repetition. If a word or phrase is introduced at the beginning of a lesson, it will pop up again toward the end. Grammatical points and vocabulary introduced in earlier lessons will come up again in later lessons, to give you a chance to recall them. These techniques make Pimsleur superior to other language self-study programs.
This is a wonderful program, and I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Method Has its Flaws, November 9, 2004
I agree with the reviewer that said the Pimsleur method is
flawed. I did Pimsleur I and II (I almost finished with III now), I
am disappointed with the amount of vocabulary that I have learned.
At work, when I try to assist people, very often I find myself
standing there looking dumbfounded while searching for the right
words to say in Spanish when communicating with Latinos. In part, I
blame this on Pimsleur's method which did not provide text with the
audio which would have enabled me to remember more vocabulary. I
also blame it on the fact that Pimsleur simply does not give you
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful:
buy it, rent it, February 12, 2004
You can rent the cassette or CD at recordedbooks dot-com for less than a tenth of the purchase price.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
as usual, December 21, 2003
Might want to pick this one up used to make this on a bit more