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Pimsleur Comprehensive Spanish II on CDs

Title: Pimsleur Comprehensive Spanish II on CDs

Author: Pimsleur
Format: Audio CD
List Price: $345.00
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Pimsleur Comprehensive Spanish II on CDs

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Product Details:
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; 3rd edition (May 1, 2003)
  • ISBN: 074352893X
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 10.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 5 reviews.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

Worth the money, October 22, 2003

Reviewer: Jon R. Schlueter (Grand Terrace, CA USA)

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:

Pimsleur Method Has its Flaws, November 9, 2004

Reviewer: Sean (Raleigh, NC)

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 enough vocabulary.

I also agree with the other reviewer and believe that FSI Programmatic Spanish is a better course than Pimsluer because they give you the written word to go with the audio lessons. If FSI Programmatic Spanish is good enough for the U.S. Department of State to use to teach diplomats how to speak Spanish, then it's good enough for me. The bad part about FSI is that it's about as expensive as Pimsleur.

Since everyone else seems to be doing that new Spanish course, Learning Spanish Like Crazy (http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=217396 ), and making progress with it, a couple of days ago, I decided to buy it as well. I was very pleased to find out that both FSI Programmatic Spanish I and II come as bonus gifts with the Learning Spanish Like Crazy (http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=217396 ).

I have one more complaint about Pimsleur. It just scratches the surface on the topic of the subjunctive verb tense. The subjunctive verb tense is perhaps the most difficult verb tense for English speakers learning Spanish. It should be covered very thoroughly in any "comprehensive" Spanish course. In my opinion, that's something that Pimsleur fails to do. FSI Programmatic Spanish spends nearly the whole Level Two teaching the subjunctive, and it does an excellent job covering the subjunctive.

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful:

Don't buy it, rent it, February 12, 2004

Reviewer: R. Cusolito "bob_c_03865" (Plaistow, NH USA)

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:

excellent as usual, December 21, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
Continues on the excellent track from the first series of CD's. You may have to listen a few times to the CD's, but if it was too easy, you'd probably regret the high price tag. This is my third Pimsleur series and I continue to be impressed.

Might want to pick this one up used to make this on a bit more affordable.

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