Romanian Phase 1, Unit 11-15
Learn to Speak and Understand Romanian with Pimsleur Language Programs
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Includes 5 lessons and reading instruction (150 minutes) as MP3 download, plus PDF reading booklet
Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program. Romanian Phase 1, Units 11-15 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Romanian. Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Romanian. These lessons 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.
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Comments about Romanian Phase 1, Unit 11-15:
Pimsleur is probably the most effective audio-based learning tool for English speakers. I am preparing to go to Moldova to teach English, and am using Pimsleur for my introductory lessons in Romanian. I use my iPod Touch on the bus (sitting in the back and whispering.) Learning while driving a car is probably too distracting and dangerous. Also, I always need to stop the audio in order to have time to respond to the prompts: this wouldn't work in a car. (While there is not enough time between the prompt and the response to retrieve the words from my brain, I suspect that adding extra time would make it necessary to cut down on content. So: adding my own time with the "Pause" button works fine.)
Working at home with your computer is probably the best way to go (be sure to devote at least 1/2 hour per day in order to make progress!)
The content introduces you to words and phrases you would use while traveling for business or pleasure. The script in the beginning lessons seems a bit too much like a man trying to pick up women (very politely) but eventually we learn how to address a woman who is not young, or married. The female voice on the lessons is fun to listen to because she puts some feeling and humor into the phrases. This is useful because it conveys intonation and expression that are similar to English - good to know that these are transferable.
One thing I like a lot is that the lessons force you to create new sentences out of the words and phrases you're learning: you are asked to retrieve words and phrases, often randomly or unexpectedly. This is very effective and not boring: it makes you think the same way you will need to do when you're trying to speak with real people. This method leads you into comfortably constructing more complicated sentences, something that's essential to becoming conversational.
The content drills you in some useful but rather complicated Romanian verb forms, which provides a good foundation for further study. You'll get a good feel for how verbs are conjugated (learning with phrases is much more pleasant than memorizing verb tables.)
Lessons 11-15, and the next five after that, do a lot of work with numbers. As a traveller I know that numbers are extremely useful to know. My tip: print out the numbers, take them to the gym, and count your reps with them until you have them memorized. 1,2,3...100,200,300... 121, 122, 123, 10,9,8 etc. Seems to take about three workouts to get them down - I've used this with many languages.
The reading lessons are essential, since there are some vowels and consonants in the Romanian alphabet that English speakers will need to "reprogram" in their brains. I recently discovered that if I copy the reading lesson phrases into Google Translate, very nice translations come up. These provide supplemental vocabulary and phrases: I'll be adding them to flashcards for further study.