Learn Russian with The Pimsleur Method

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It’s now possible to speak and understand a foreign language effortlessly. The world-famous Pimsleur Method™ combines well-established research, most-useful vocabulary and a completely intuitive process to get you speaking right from the first day. All Pimsleur® courses feature real-world context and flexible vocabulary enabling you to learn your new language in a fluid, natural way. It’s the simplest way to start speaking a new language today.

Russian is the official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Pimsleur's Russian uses speakers from Moscow & St. Petersburg, which accounts for slight pronunciation differences between speakers, but accurately depicts contemporary spoken Russian. Learn Russian today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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PimsleurRussian Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • It works (15)
  • Portable (15)
  • Fun (11)
  • Perfects accent (10)

Cons

  • No writing component (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (14)
  • Travel (13)
  • Fun (12)
  • Business/work (8)
  • Family background/heritage (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (8), Student (6), Business person (5), Government employee (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I absolutely loved this

I have to say that I am absolutely amazed at how much russian I accumulated over the course of this program. The level 1 program builds a very solid foundation of the language. I...Read complete review

I have to say that I am absolutely amazed at how much russian I accumulated over the course of this program. The level 1 program builds a very solid foundation of the language. I went from barely even being able to say "hello", to being confident and able to communicate many things in a variety of topics. In my opinion, this program is better than taking a 101 class.

It allowed me to develop my speaking abilities without an accent to an amazing extent. It also gave me the flexibility to study on my own time and at my own pace. I personally went through the program at a slower and more thorough rate. I really wanted to be sure that I was able to sink in everything I was learning and to maintain it long-term.

The reading lessons familiarize you with the alphabet as well as teach you how to pronounce them in combinations using a variety of words. At first, learning all of this looked overwhelming. I spent a fair amount of time writing out letters of the alphabet and pronouncing the sounds of the letters as I did so. Now I am able to pronounce (and understand if its part of my existing vocabulary) just about any word that I read in russian.

Of course, the program only works as well as the user does. If you commit and do the work you will find that there is a lot of value to be gained. I am ready to move on to level 2 and I can't help but be excited to see how much further it takes me. Without taking any classes, Pimsleur is hands down the best learning program out there. It is fun to use as well. It often times feels more like a game than work. I would not have been so enthusiastic about learning russian if it were not for Pimsleur.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Russian Harder Than French and Spanish

I have been very happy with my purchase of French 1,2,3, and 4, and Spanish 1,2, and 3. Russian is much more difficult with the alphabet and hanging grammar endings. The pronunciations...Read complete review

I have been very happy with my purchase of French 1,2,3, and 4, and Spanish 1,2, and 3. Russian is much more difficult with the alphabet and hanging grammar endings. The pronunciations were very fast and hard to parse I found, even when I rewound frequently.

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5.0

Review of Russian 1, Units 1-30

By Patricchio's Prototypes

from Spokane, WA

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement

Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I plan to be fluent in Russian and this is an excellent way to start since it provides one the ability to use the language for its primary use which is speaking and listening. The method Pimsleur uses allows one to remember not only essential vocabulary, but also the base for grammar instruction. It would be nice to an additional course in reading and writing to reinforce the lessons. In my case I plan to use the Penguin Russian Course to fill that need for now.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Russian Harder Than French and Spanish

By George Webb

from Chicago IL

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I have been very happy with my purchase of French 1,2,3, and 4, and Spanish 1,2, and 3. Russian is much more difficult with the alphabet and hanging grammar endings. The pronunciations were very fast and hard to parse I found, even when I rewound frequently.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best language program I've tried

By Tj

from Missoula, MT

About Me Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No writing component

Best Uses

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

Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I've tried all the major language learning programs and this the only one I will continue to use. I have used it for Japanese and now Russian. The best part is after only a few weeks I'm getting compliments from friends fluent in Russian and Japanese on how quickly I'm learning and on how well my accent is coming along. I wish more languages, like Russian, had a fourth level and hopefully that is in the works. I suggest thi program to all my friends and it's the only one I'm willing to pay these prices for. The only negative is slowing my progress waiting to save the money for new levels. Anyone interested in learning a foreign language should give the introductory levels a try, it's worth the time and money.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Intuitive and easy

By Pete

from Aotearoa

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I have dabbled in several languages over the years, some more than others. For 2013 I decided to learn Russian and checked out a number of courses. Pimsleur is a stand out favourite.

    I love the way I can plug in my ear-buds, jump on my bike for my morning commute and learn Russian on the way. It has taken me most of 2013 to cover the first course because like a lot of others I keep repeating a unit until I am confident about it. I am about to buy the second level course for 2014.

    I have learned languages in formal and informal settings and at high school and university level and I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending these Pimsleur course for anyone, for any language. They really are that good.

    All it takes is consistently listening to the tapes. If you can do that - you can speak Russian with Pimsleur.

    I agree with some of the comments about Russian pronunciation - it is unique! Esp. the "T" versus "K" versus 'D" question. I have found that using google translate to check the spelling of words is very useful where the ear cannot quite pick up what the speaker might be saying.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's awesome

    By Language learner

    from Sacramento

    About Me Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I bought this program to get myself prepared for a russian flagship program and out of curiosity of whether I could learn what's considered to be a very difficult language on my own. So far so great. I'm only on lesson 12 because I personally like to repeat the lessons until I have about 90% of the previous lesson down. I am amazed at how well I am able to remember all that I have learned to this point. I listen to lessons when working out, on my way to and from school, during breaks, and I go through them at least twice at home so I can recite aloud. I also listen to Russian talk radio and music and try to listen for the words and phrases that I've learned and then define them. It helps me with memory. Because I am so submerged on a daily bases, I do take a day off and rest in an effort to avoid burnout. This is the best language learning program the I have come across. It motivating to continually see progress being made. It is easy to follow along with and you can go at your own pace. Some of the pronunciations are a little difficult to get but if you look up the word you can easily clarify if that was a certain sound verses another. Overall, fantastic program!

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