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Pimsleur Comprehensive Spanish I on Cassettes
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- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Pimsleur; 2nd Rev edition (April 1, 2002)
- ISBN: 0743523563
- Product Dimensions: 13.0 x 10.5 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 21 reviews.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
Castilian - What Happened ?, March 1, 2004
My CDs arrived and I was very excited and happy to start out.
However, my Spanish wife had a listen and said "That's South
American, not Spanish" -- eg. Gra-See-Ahs instead of Gra-thi-ahs.
Now, I understand that there is a huge market for South American
Spanish, but I bought this series based on the fact that they are
supposed to be Castillian Spanish (from Spain). I love South
America, hell I even like the southern drawl from the US, but I
wanted to study the spanish accent from Spain, and I have been
highly disappointed with this product's representation. Perhaps
Pimsleur should sell more than one Spanish edition, as the language
is too rich -- and it is localized whether they want to hear that or
not. These are not cheap, and you'd better know what you're getting
-- definitely try this before you buy, do not buy sight unseen off
this site like I did.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
Best Language Program - Don't Look Further....., March 28, 2004
This is the best language program I have found. I run on
treadmill daily and have been trying all sorts of language program
during my workout. Without naming Pimsleur's competitors by names, I
found Pimsleur's instruction perfect for language challenged people
like me. Prior to Spanish I, I completed Pimsleur's Brasilian
Portugues I and II (in cassette tapes) and have no problem roaming
around Brasil with my Pimsleur's Portugues (constantly got
complimented by Brsailian of my "good" Portugese). I've just
completed this Spanish I program. Pimsleur's standard of excellence
continues and I enjoyed the program thoroughly and learned a lot.
I humbly disagree with some reviewers who stated that Pimsleur's
Spanish program only offers "general" Spanish and not culture
specific. I actually consider this as Pimsleur's strength. Firstly,
I am planning trips to Argentina and Colombia. Never had interest to
visit Mexico. If this program is Mexican specific, it will certainly
be a big turn off for me. Secondly, if my experience with Pimsleur's
Brasilian Portuguese is any good reference, even Brasilian Portugese
has its regional differences, so the opportunity is tremendous that
one can pick up more culture specific expressions when visiting the
country. Thirdly, I did try the "Encantada" with my Mexican friends.
Instead of laughing at me, they are extremely appreciated and
impressed that I take the effort to learn their language, albeit a
bit gringo stype. So, Castellano de Gringo actually wins points.
Again, bottomline, go buy this program. This is the best
investment you can do for your social life. -:)
Avg. Customer Review:
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
great way to learn Spanish, May 28, 2003
To be sure, you'll need more than this 30-lesson set to speak
Spanish fluently. However, in terms of laying the foundation quickly
and easily, I don't think Pimsleur can be beat. I found I had to
listen to each lesson from 2 to 5 times before moving on. These CDs
really allow you to focus on your pronunciation, accent, and rhythm.
I have already received compliments from native speakers and I owe
it completely to Pimsleur! This set is especially good for
178 of 181 people found the following review helpful:
Here Before Spending the Big $$$, July 10, 2003
There is little doubt that The Pimsleur CDs for Spanish I will
get you off the ground and learning Spanish painlessly (if not
exactly rapidly). If the thought of learning Spanish while being
stuck in rush hour traffic, or driving across country, is appealing
to you, then Pimsleur is the good stuff.
Having said that, I think it pays to be aware of a few things
before making the Big Purchase.
Because the price tag for these CDs is high, you might find it
helpful, as I did, to try Pimsleur's "Quick and Simple" set of CDs
for Spanish first. Those CDs duplicate (with minor differences) the
first 8 lessons of the Spanish I collection. So if you wish to be
cautious, that is probably the best way to get started with Pimsleur
products, rather than buying the more expensive, more comprehensive
products right away. You'll get a sense of whether this is the route
you want to go if you want to learn more Spanish.
Whether you start with the Spanish I package, or the Quick and
Easy CDs, you will be exposed you to the heart of what makes the
Pimsleur method unique and painless. The approach is based on (1)
The Principle of Anticipation (a mastery technique that is different
than rote recall), (2) Graduated Interval Recall (an approach that
provides new stuff to memorize at optimal intervals), (3) Core
Vocabulary (an efficient, optimal selection of a small number of key
words that you need to know, as opposed to an extensive vocabulary),
(4) and "Organic Learning" (learn speech, eg sound, rhythm,
intonations, as opposed to a bunch of textbook gramatical rules). I
should add that there's something subtly humorous about the content
of the CDs, so if you have a sarcastic or wicked sense of humor, you
won't be totally bored.
Like many, I found the approach efficient and useful, and I had
lots of fun with the CDs as I drove around town blathering away in
But it is worth emphasizing that Pimsler is not the only game in
town. There are other very high-quality competing approaches (e.g.
Platiquemos Spanish), that are generally less expensive. On
Platequemos, for instance, the speakers sound like they are from
Central and South America, and one gets the impression that they are
teaching a version of Spanish that is useful in the Americas.
I think it pays to be aware that with Pimsleur you are learning a
very general form of Spanish that does not always play well in some
Spanish-speaking counries. In the lessons, for instance, you are
quickly instructed to say "Encantado" (pleased to meet you) after
meeting someone. When I mentioned this to some Mexican friends, they
just laughed and said "you probably won't get killed for saying
that, but from know on just say 'mucho gusto' and nobody will get
hurt!" A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing!
The culture-specific meaning of some words is a big issue. Take
words like "familia," "confianza," "amigo," "amor," and "tu." We may
think we understand the implications of these familiar words,
especially after learning a little Spanish, but newcomers are
unlikely to understand their deep and subtle meanings within the
context of (for example) Mexican culture.
So, I think it pays to learn phrases and code words from a
specific culture or country that most strongly interests you
(something you'll never get from plodding through the simple and
general Pimsleur approach). To this end, there are books that often
discuss a specific country's idiomatic expressions or slang. For
instance, I've been interested in learning more about Mexico's
version of Spanish, as well as its culture. I benefitted greatly
from Boye Lafayette De Mente's book, "There's a Word For It In
Mexico" (also marketed as "The NTC's Dictionary of Mexican Cultural
Code Words"). In the case of Mexican Spanish and culture, Octavio
Paz' "The Labyrinth of Solitude" is excellent, too. Travel guides
for specific countries, such as the Insight Guides, often provide a
few words of slang that are unique to specific regions.
It pays to have a fluent spanish speaker as a co-worker, friend
and/or lover while you are learning from the CDs, as they might, on
a good day, rescue you from whatever linguistic cliff Pimsleur sends
you over. If you don't yet have a Spanish speaking lover, you may
need to purchase some additional resourses, e.g. "Wicked Spanish",
"The Lover's Dictionary," or "Hot International Phrases" to help you
get into/out of trouble. And don't forget to buy every Shakira CD
that has ever been recorded!
Don't be fooled by the $$ coupon that comes with the Pimsleur
CDs. In my experience, a much better price can be found using
the Best, December 7, 2004
Pimsleur's the best for learning to converse in a foreign
language quickly. I had 2 1/2 years of Spanish in high school and 2
more semesters in college, but I could barely read and I could speak
even less-- I spent too much time learning what a past-participle
was or memorizing the vocabulary for every relative in my extended
family. Pimsleur focuses on conversation.
I should mention, in an effort to try different things, I've also
attempted to learn Spanish through Berlitz, Michel Thomas, Teach
Yourself, Lonely Planet, and Living Language. All of these methods
would have taught me more vocabulary than Pimsleur (Pimsleur's main
weakness) had any of it actually stuck in my head... but it didn't.
The Pimsleur method is superior to any of those competitors for
learning to speak a foreign language.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
to get the boot/script?, November 14, 2004
My only complaint is there's no book or script. Many times i
cannot remember what they are saying in CD until I look up a
dictionary. I think it would be much more effective if it comes with
book or script so that I can read through the conversation before
and after listening to the CDs.
For those who said it comes with manual/book/script, where did you
guys get them?
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