With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you
learn it -- the same way you mastered English! And because the technique
relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language
Programs are totally audio -- no book is needed!
The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert
teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the
way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components
of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned
together without rote memorization and drills. Using a unique method of
memory recall developed by renowned linguist, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the
programs teach listeners to combine words and phrases to express themselves
the way native speakers do. By listening and responding to thirty minute
recorded lessons, students easily and effectively achieve spoken
No other language program or school is as quick, convenient, and
effective as the Pimsleur Language Programs.
The Comprehensive Program is the ultimate in spoken language learning.
For those who want to become proficient in the language of their choice, the
Comprehensive programs go beyond the Basic Programs to offer spoken-language
fluency. Using the same simple method of interactive self-practice with
native speakers, these comprehensive programs provide a complete language
learning course. The Comprehensive Program is available in a wide variety of
languages and runs through three levels (thirty lessons each) in French,
German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. At the end of a full
Comprehensive Program listeners will be conducting complete conversations
and be well on their way to mastering the language. The Comprehensive
Programs are all available on cassettes and are also on CD in the six
languages in which we offer the Basic Program on CD.
- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Pimsleur; 2nd edition (September 1, 1997)
- ISBN: 0671572865
- Product Dimensions: 13.0 x 10.6 x 2.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 12 reviews.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful:
Portuguese (Pimsleur), February 12, 2000
I ordered this course because I married a brazilian girl and knew
that I would be vacationing in Brasil with her, etc. After receiving
the tapes, I think I listened to the complete course 2 or 3 times in
about a 3 month period. Since then, I have been to Brasil, and have
had many opportunities to speak portuguese with my brazilian
in-laws. They've all asked why I am the only gringo in the family
that can speak portuguese! My "Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese Part I"
tapes are now sitting on the shelf collecting dust, because I have
moved onto "Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese Part II", which is the
follow-up course to Part I. Part II builds on everything that you
learn in Part I. I went to Brasil about 2 months after I finished
listening to Part I. I was able to practice my portuguese in Brasil
for 3 weeks. I called cabs, ordered food in restaurants, talked to
the brazilians about os Estados Unidos (the United States), etc. I
am very pleased with both Pimsleur products that I've purchased. I
have to go now and listen to my tapes......I am going to Rio de
Janeiro in 2 months!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
worked for me!!, July 27, 2002
I bought these tapes about 10 months before I went to Brazil and
slowly, at my own pace, went through the entire 30 lessons. I looked
forward to doing them which I managed to do about 3X a week. I have
a hard time learning new languages, but I thought this program was
excellent. They forced you to think and repeat what you learned back
in different ways. It was also a lot of fun. There are no real
Portuguese classes around here, so this was great. One thing though,
is that it helps to have some backround in Spanish to figure out how
the language is put together. They don't really explain those
details very well.
In Brazil, I was able to read things and pronounce them correctly,
even though I may not have known what they meant. I was able to get
my point across, although perhaps crudely. But I was not afraid to
try to talk to people. And they really appreciated the effort. A
Brazilian woman at the airport even told me I had "no accent" when I
told someone the time, but she just didn't hear me talk enough....
One time I was able to call to the tour bus driver to slow down (in
Portuguese) as he screeched around corners in the tour van scaring
us gringos to death. It worked! All the people in the van thanked me
later! I wish I'd had time to do the 2nd group of lessons and will
do so if I go back. My advice is - go for it! ...
Avg. Customer Review:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Outstanding Approach to Language Acquisition, September 11, 2004
If you are serious about communicating orally in a foreign
language, you'll want to consider the Pimsleur Language Program. My
own experience with the program has far exceeded my expectations:
after learning two foreign languages in high school and college
classroom settings, I decided to tackle Portuguese on my own, and
was told to purchase the first "course," which consists of sixteen
CDs and a short reading booklet. After having completed it, my
feeling is that I've made more progress speaking the language over
the course of a month just by listening and responding to the thirty
hours of recorded conversations than I made in a year of formal
The premise is simple: each thirty-minute lesson consists of a
series of conversations between a man and a woman, and occasionally
you're asked to anticipate the response of one or the other and in
that way participate in the conversations. By introducing new
vocabulary and sentence structures slowly, and reiterating old
material in each subsequent lesson - and above all, by frequently
asking you to REPEAT ALOUD the native speakers in order to make the
physiological connections required to reproduce the language and
make sense of it by yourself - you are supposed to feel comfortable
speaking in a range of more-or-less basic social situations by the
end of the first level. Granted, the program may not work for
everyone, although one of the advantages it has over a classroom is
that you are able to set your own pace, revisiting older lessons for
review ("live," rather than from notes) as many times as necessary
until you feel ready to proceed. Thus even the linguistically
impaired can feel comfortable learning an admittedly daunting
I believe that the most significant and effective aspect of the
program's innovation is that it introduces the written word only
after several lessons of introduction to the pure articulated sounds
of the language. The idea behind this method seems is to give
primacy to what is said and heard, so that learners in difficult
speaking situations are prevented from trying to translate the
written word instead of generating sentences from actual prior
conversations. It makes sense given that speakers of language all
over the world, including the United States, begin to speak well
before learning to read and write (if in fact they do the latter at
all). For me, the approach has worked brilliantly.
That said, if learning composition or trying to read in a foreign
language rather than communicating with other Portuguese speakers is
your primary concern, you should know that this program may not be
for you, or at the very least you would want to consider a good
textbook for written exercises to complement the Pimsleur program. I
can say without hesitation, however, that Pimsleur beats hands down
the other audio programs currently on the market - Living Language
and Teach Yourself don't touch it. Especially for a language where
books of verbs, good dictionaries, and even decent textbooks are few
and far between, it's fortunate that Pimsleur has included Portugues
in its growing library of audio courses. Best of luck speaking!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
O Same O Very Good!, September 29, 2003
I am a gringo now living in Brazil. I use most everything I
learned from these tapes. If you want to sample it, buy the 8
lessons first. If you learn from it....jump right up to the big
ones. You can get them cheaper off ebay. Pimsleur is the absolute
best course for me. I tried alot of other audio courses and they
didnt do what Pimsleur did. I would get a Portuguese/English
dictionary or the Portuguese in 10 minutes a day book as a help
tool. Same as all the other reviews...its awesome and works.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
very easy way to learn to speak Portuguese., March 17, 2003
This series is the best way I have found to learn a language. It
runs through a scenario, breaks down the sentences for verb tense,
gender, etc. and will sound out difficult words syllable by
syllable. When a phrase is used that the meaning is not what the
words literally mean, they explain it in an easy to understand
While it's always helpful to speak with a native, this course
will help you accelerate your learning process so you can make the
most of you conversations with your amigos brasilieros.
I would buy a book to use along with the course. It's mainly an
audio course and having a grammar book, or a "Portuguese in 10
Minutes a Day" type book will help greatly.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
System; Clarification re: Level I, March 10, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
The Pimsleur system is really wonderful. It is enjoyable,
well-paced, and because you can tell you're making progress, it is
self-reinforcing. I highly recommend it. Today I am on Portuguese II
lesson 22, and already have Port III on my shelf ready to go. A few
(1) The "30-min per day" claim is misleading. I do cover one lesson
per day as Pimsleur advises, but I need to listen to each lesson
about 3 times to really feel that I've mastered it.
(2) I also sometimes review the previous day's lesson.
(3) For myself, it has helped to "cheat" on Pimsleur's audio-lingual
approach (with a small Dover publications $. grammar book and a
Port-English dictionary). In total, I probably spend about 2 hours
per day on Portuguese.
(4) My neighbors probably question my mental stability, as I talk to
myself while jogging or walking the dog!
(5) NOTE: A mistake I made was starting w the older Pimsleur
comprehensive Portuguese tape set (16 tapes) for about $... created
before they had the whole 3-level series. Nothing wrong w it, but it
isn't quite consistent with I-II-III (that is, it's not the same as
Portuguese I). If you think you want to do I-II-III, that is what
you should buy.
Some reviewers have complained about the price. But really, when
compared to the value of the time you'll invest, or the cost of a
reasonable alternative (like college tuition) the price isn't bad.
If you put in the effort, this product works.