Croatian, Comprehensive

Croatian, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Croatian with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743562041
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Croatian, the official language of Croatia, is spoken by approximately 4.5 million speakers in Croatia, plus 1 million speakers in other parts of Europe, the US, and Canada. There are 3 main dialects: kajkavski, cakavski, and štokavski (official dialect). Pimsleur's Croatian teaches štokavski.


Comprehensive Croatian includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus an introduction to reading.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you'll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You'll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you'll build on what you've learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You'll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.


Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11, and are included at the end of Unit 30, to provide you with an introduction to reading the Croatian alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Croatian, the official language of Croatia, is spoken by approximately 4.5 million speakers in Croatia, plus 1 million speakers in other parts of Europe, the US, and Canada. There are 3 main dialects: kajkavski, cakavski, and štokavski (official dialect). Pimsleur's Croatian teaches štokavski.


Comprehensive Croatian includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus an introduction to reading.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you'll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You'll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you'll build on what you've learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You'll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.


Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11, and are included at the end of Unit 30, to provide you with an introduction to reading the Croatian alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurCroatian Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • It works (13)
  • Portable (13)
  • Fun (10)
  • Perfects accent (8)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (12)
  • Self-improvement (9)
  • Fun (7)
  • Business/work (6)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
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5.0

Pimsleur Really Works!

By Reasonius

from Bronx, New York

About Me Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I've had such a hard time with languages. Instead of learning a language, usually I feel like I'm memorizing a bunch of phrases and repeating them but it never feels automatized. But with Pimsleur, it's different. Somehow the lessons are constructed so that I start "getting it" and I've noticed that I am able to react to a situation with the proper words instead of calling to mind the words I want and then translating them. I now have high hopes of becoming fluent in Croatian. My Croatian friends are even a little surprised how well I can speak. All I do is practice each day while walking to and from work. Over time, I learn.

    The only problem is that there isn't a Phase 2! When will Pimsleur put out another Phase? I will buy it right now.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Learn how to speak, not just words!

    By Vida

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Not Enough Vocabulary

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Have been learning in the car and the program is great way to get you to speak the language, learn many phrases and use them in different ways. We absolutely need additional programs though, I am only half way through and all I got is, "I speak Croatian", a few directions, and a few drinks, but I think I'm going to need a bit more to actually become comfortable in conversation.

    Service and delivery comments:

    I think it needs more extensive vocabulary. I have learned just a little Croatian throughout my life, so I already knew some (but very little) and maybe that skews my opinion, but it seems like you get a few phrases and just repeat them again and again, then change it up (but with the same words) and repeat it again and again. I think the same lessons could teach more by mixing it up with different vocabulary. Like when you talk about getting something to eat, rather than just talking about "something to eat" and then "lunch" and "dinner", once in awhile throw in, "steak, potatoes, broccoli" so the learners can learn a few more useful words in the process. But then again, who am I to question Pimsleur's method? ;)

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    CROATIAN

    By Angie

    from Vancouver BC Canada

    About Me Business person

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      After purchasing many language courses for the Croatian language and going to a private tutor, this course has advanced my use of Croatian, both in proper pronunciation and my understanding of the language. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my learning once you produce further chapters.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Please produce more advanced chapters so that I can move forward with my knowledge of the Croatian language

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Croatian lessons

      By Caroline

      from Redwood City, CA

      About Me Retired

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I am really enjoying learning Croatian using this method for the first time. It works very well. So far I have gone through 15 lessons at about a lesson a day and will complete the course I expect in the next two weeks. I was VERY disappointed to learn that there aren't higher levels as this is truly working for me. (And I'm a teacher of English as a foreign language.) Actually, I wanted to learn Serbian as I'm going there next month but Croatian should be close enough. I usually listen in the car when doing errands. The pace is perfect for me and the repetition is well thought out. Thanks so much!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Introduction to Croatian!!!

        By Benjammin

        from Melbourne, Australia

        Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        This product has been a great way for me to gain the basic skills I. Speaking Croatian. I only knew English, and now I feel like I could go to Croatia and get by on my own. My wife was born in Banja Luka, and she was nicely surprised with how I progressed throughout the course!

        Thanks Pimsleur! I am looking forward to Phase 2!

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