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4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • It works (7)
  • Fun (5)
  • Perfects accent (5)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (7)
  • Travel (7)
  • Business/work (5)
  • Fun (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (5), Business person (3)

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4.0

Russian

By Russki

from Miami Florida

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Material For Alphabet
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Russian Phases 1-3:

This course is very helpful. I am really learning Russian from scratch and can carry on a simple conversation after the first 20 lessons.

 
4.0

Great But Not Perfect

By BDRussell

from Oklahoma City, OK

About Me Government employee

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No writing component

Best Uses

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

Comments about Russian Phases 1-3:

In my opinion Pimsleur is one of the most effective methods for learning a language there is, which is why it is such a shame that you guys just barely miss what I consider could be the PERFECT product.

I consider myself a visual learner, I don't listen to anything particularly well and remember it later. This is just the way I have been my entire life. So I tried softwares, I tried books, etc. and none of it really clicked. Then I tried Pimsleur Basic during my morning and afternoon commute and within a week I could actually remember useful words and phrases. I was perplexed, amazed, fascinated - you name it! Within that first week I purchased the entire program of this language.

I decided Pimsleur would be a better use of my drive time than audiobooks or music. Instead of just wasting the time, I actually get something out of the whole process of sitting in my car an hour every day.

But unfortunately, the product is incomplete. I can learn to speak it all day, but if I can't read it then I have only half the skill level. In addition, although the program itself has felt long, the amount of words I am actually learning is somewhat limited (I think it has been counted at about 500?). The last detractor is that there's virtually no explanation. While I'd like to believe I can learn as a child does, my brain is fundamentally different - I need some explanation and a supplementary book discussing each unit in detail would have been extraordinarily helpful.

 
5.0

AWESOMELY GREAT!!!

By Amira Ihsan

from Mahwah, NJ

About Me Business person, Customer Service, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Play If Phone Locked

Best Uses

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

Comments about Russian Phases 1-3:

I use it everyday! My Russian is coming along so great so quickly. I listen when I drive, while I stand on lines, when I shop, and when I shower! Regular use makes all the difference! You'll feel fluent

 
5.0

Polyglot

By Stevijo

from Bartlesville, OK

About Me Learner, Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Needs More Help Access

Best Uses

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

Comments about Russian Phases 1-3:

I began with Spanish I years ago. When Spanish II and III were available, I added those courses. I tried French, not knowing if I could do well with it and then I undertook Russian and became quite good with it. Everything I had was on cassette tape, so as my vehicles needed replaced and tape players became more difficult to find, I began to replace my programs with CDs. I am revisiting Russian now, after learning Polish, German, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and much more French and Spanish. I have been able to obtain jobs using Spanish on three occasions and I have taught Spanish in a Vo-Tech School. I was 43 when I learned Spanish, obviously older with the other languages. I love learning with the Pimsleur system; I recommend it always to people who are astounded at my language skills. I tell them that anyone can do it, with the right learning system. I have used other tapes, other systems, none work as well as Pimsleur.

 
4.0

Love and Learn!

By Joyous

from Broomfield, Colorado

About Me Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Russian Phases 1-3:

      I love this easy and fun program. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, but I just do the lesson over until I feel confident. As I look back on what I've learned, I am amazed at how phrases and words that initially were difficult are now easy.

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