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 CD
- Publisher: Pimsleur (January 1, 1999)
- ISBN: 0671315943
- Product Dimensions: 13.0 x 11.5 x 2.0 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 21 reviews.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful:
fine continuation for those with reasonable expectations, June
The negative reviews here kept me from ordering this for a while,
but ultimately it comes down to whether you can afford it, and
whether you want to stay in the nest a little longer before being
kicked out of the tree. Don't worry about about being confused
because you don't know two commonly used tenses. You are going to be
confused because even small children know a few thousand more words
than you do.
Spanish III reviews the old and adds the use of the imperfect
tense (used to), the past perfect tense (had..., or would have...),
and the past tense in the plural and informal forms. In fairness to
the critics, it is wrong to ask you to say something in the future
tense (will ...) and then give the translation in the near future
(going to ...). But you are going to have to learn a lot on your own
anyway, and the future tense not very hard. I learned more Spanish
than I ever thought possible, and I can express myself comfortably
within my vocabulary without going through English. Pimsleur made
learning a language a wonderful experience, but the learning doesn't
end with the course.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
good, February 15, 2002
(Russellville, AR. United States)
i have gone through all three levels of pimsleur spanish and
found them quite effective in helping me lock away in my memory what
is probably the core of the language. i can converse with native
speakers at work in ordinary chit chat and am complemented upon my
pronounciation. i have no doubt i would be ok in an area where
nothing but spanish is spoken. what undoudtedly helped was the fact
that i had for severl months before starting this series studied
grammar books and bilingual reading books. if not for that i
probably would have had some problems with this series if i had
started it with no previous knowlege of the spanish as i am one of
those visual learners...hence the 4 stars and not 5. no one source
can make you fluent. but attacking it with several differnt types of
sets including fsi, vocabulearn, slang sets, verb sets, and
practicing with native speakers can bring you very close. do you
have to have formal instruction? no not really...i knew someone who
took three years of spanish in high school and still could not order
dinner. what you really need is a huge appetite for what you are
attempting to master and some logical common sense planning!
pimsleur is a great place to start!
Avg. Customer Review:
57 of 67 people found the following review helpful:
to be called level III, but nice basic review., September 28,
You know you're in trouble when a level III Spanish listening
course begins with lessons on how to introduce yourself. What should
be a thorough review of conversational Spanish coupled with an
intensive introduction to future, conditional and subjunctive tenses
is nothing more than a cursory review of first semester Spanish.
Granted, listening to all the conversations on these 24 CDs will
undoubtedly help your pronunciation and ease with common
conversational situations, however, why should you or anyone shell
out nearly three C-notes when you can get the same and more from the
Barron's Institute "Mastering Spanish Level 2" for less than a
Franklin. Of all the audio-language learning courses I have taken in
French and Spanish, Barron's is by far the best course and the best
value for the money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Program to begin learning Spanish, October 27, 2004
By the time you're done with this program you'll be able to
communicate confidently, but you'll also have only a handful of
words at your disposal.
There are many other books and programs out there to help you
continue where you left off, but above all of them I recommend
Platiquemos - it will help you to go all the way to fluency if you
stick with it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Tres Estrellas , October 14, 2004
I finished all 3 levels of Pimsleur Spanish. The course is
satisfactory. Perhaps a little better than satisfactory. Pimselur's
question/answer method is very effective in helping you think in
Spanish. And the audio is very sharp. I also like the fact that the
speakers are native Speakers of Spanish unlike courses such as
Michel Thomas which uses non-natives. Also repeating my answers
before and after the native speakers really helped in my
pronunciation and developing a real Spanish sounding accent. So why
do I only give it three stars?
After finishing all three levels and spending the money that I
spent, I still cannot understand native Spanish speakers or
"Latinos" when they are speaking among themselves. Pimsleur Spanish
also equips you with a rather limited vocabulary. For the last three
months, I have been studying with the lessons from Learning Spanish Like Crazy ( http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=217396 ). The Learning Spanish Like Crazy course has a teaching
method very similar to Pimsleur's Spanish. In fact, I remember
reading somewhere on the Net that Learning Spanish Like Crazy was
started by a disgruntled Pimsleur Spanish customer who finished all
3 levels of the course and felt that the Pimsluer Spanish that he
had learned was so "formal" that it screamed "GRINGO."
In my opinion, completing all three levels of Pimsleur Spanish can
leave someone disillusioned into believing that they will really be
able to understand native Spanish speakers when they speak among
themselves. The Learning Spanish Like Crazy lessons start out with
the native Speakers speaking at about the same pace as the Pimsluer
Spanish speakers. But as the course progresses, the speakers in
Learning Spanish Like Crazy tend to speak quicker or more at the
same pace that natives actually speak. I think that's a more
realistic approach because native Spanish speakers tend to speak
Spanish very fast.
I also noticed that the narrator in Learning Spanish Like Crazy ( http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=217396 ) tends to
speak less and less English as the course progresses. Unlike the
narrator in Pimsleur Spanish who speaks an excessive amount of
English. In fact, the narrator in Pimsluer Spanish apparently does
not speak any Spanish. And that certainly did not help in my
comprehension of rapidly Spanish speaking natives.
To sum it all up, Pimsluer Spanish is a good course. But don't
expect to finish all three levels and be able to understand natives
when they speak among themselves. It's not going to happen. If you
want to not only speak Spanish fluently, but also understand it
fluently, I think that Learning Spanish Like Crazy ( http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=217396 ) is the better of the two.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
ridiculous how easy it is., October 1, 2004
I love learning languages. For 8 years, I've studied Russian with
private tutors. I think I speak decently for never having lived in
that country; however, I do struggle a bit with native speakers, and
I'm not sure if it is because it is such a tough language, or
perhaps my method of learning it wasn't so effective, or maybe I
just need to live there.
I also took Spanish in high school for two years, and didn't learn
how to say anything, just pass some exams.
For a laugh, I started with Pimsleur Spanish I just to see what
would happen. I'd read so much about it. I thought I might impress
my Spanish speaking boyfriend. My goal wasn't really to learn it or
anything, but to have some fun. The first lesson made us both laugh
pretty hard. He rolled his eyes in the kitchen as I began listening
to and repeating my first words. But the lessons were fun and so I
Three months later, I have twenty more lessons to go in Level III.
It's shocking how much I've learned in such a short period of time,
and it has not been painful; rather, it has been a complete joy. Now
we speak Spanish on a daily basis, and every day I can speak just a
little bit better than the day before. Every time I attend one of
his many family gatherings, I understand better than I did before.
And I can never wait for the next lesson.
People think learning languages has to be difficult. Granted,
Russian is hard, but I'm tempted to start over using Pimsleur just
to see what would happen. Learning Spanish has been such a pleasant
surprise. For some reason, a half-hour a day is a enough for me,
although sometimes I have to play a small section again. I don't
tend to worry about perfection, because it's always repeated in some
way later on. And with every word I learn, there's always this sense
of discovery, like, "Oh! So that's how you say it!"
As a supplement, I by accident found a copy of "Spanish for Reading"
at a local bookstore. I highly recommend it. It actually explains
what the tenses are. I don't stress over this either: just an
exercise a day and my vocabularly gradually increases.
And I've also just signed up at a local Spanish language school now
that I think I've got a decent base. The ability test was conducted
on my cell phone with a really weak connection, and still I tested
as an Intermediate. After three months? I think that's pretty good.
It took me five years to reach that level in Russian with classes
and private tutors, and I STILL can't say, "Te dije, ?uedes traerme