Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Castilian Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

Castilian Spanish

  • In the United States, the term “Castilian” or “Castilian Spanish” usually refers to the dialect that is the official language of Spain, where it’s used in television and radio broadcasts. It is understood throughout the country, although there are marked regional differences.
  • The difference between Castilian Spanish as spoken in Spain and Spanish as spoken in the Americas (now called Latin American Spanish) is due to the diminishing contact between Spain and the Americas over the centuries and to the influence of local languages in the Americas. These two main variants of Spanish are mutually intelligible; the difference between them is comparable to that between British English and American English.
  • Pimsleur’s “Castilian Spanish” teaches the official dialect as spoken by the majority of Spanish-speakers in Spain.
  • Spanish is the official language of twenty-one countries and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Spanish is the first language of more than 350 million people, more than any other language except Mandarin Chinese.
  • Furthermore, Spanish is a common second language --- the most studied after English, and the third most commonly used on the Internet after English and Mandarin.


The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.
  • 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 of Phase 1, 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 provide you with an introduction to reading Castilian Spanish. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

Castilian Spanish

  • In the United States, the term “Castilian” or “Castilian Spanish” usually refers to the dialect that is the official language of Spain, where it’s used in television and radio broadcasts. It is understood throughout the country, although there are marked regional differences.
  • The difference between Castilian Spanish as spoken in Spain and Spanish as spoken in the Americas (now called Latin American Spanish) is due to the diminishing contact between Spain and the Americas over the centuries and to the influence of local languages in the Americas. These two main variants of Spanish are mutually intelligible; the difference between them is comparable to that between British English and American English.
  • Pimsleur’s “Castilian Spanish” teaches the official dialect as spoken by the majority of Spanish-speakers in Spain.
  • Spanish is the official language of twenty-one countries and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Spanish is the first language of more than 350 million people, more than any other language except Mandarin Chinese.
  • Furthermore, Spanish is a common second language --- the most studied after English, and the third most commonly used on the Internet after English and Mandarin.


The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.
  • 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 of Phase 1, 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 provide you with an introduction to reading Castilian Spanish. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurCastilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (6)
    • Business/work (5)
    • Self-improvement (4)
    • Family background/heritage (3)
    • Fun (3)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very useful

    By Vince

    from Florida

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I bought this product a few weeks before a trip to Spain. I had to rush it and only got to lesson 20 before the trip. But it proved really useful during everyday communication at the hotel, at restaurants, and all over. It really made a big difference.
    I had no prior knowledge of Spanish, apart from a few very common words. But I was able to make small conversations with people in Spain.
    I listen to the lessons in my car while commuting. That's the perfect place for me. The lessons are fun and generally easy to follow. Though I needed to repeat a few lessons a couple of times. But that's no problem.
    The themes/situations are quite useful in real life.
    About Castilian Spanish, the pronunciation is really quite different from American Spanish, it is worth purchasing this version just for the pronunciation. Although I'm sure they would have equally understood me with a Mexican accent.

    Service and delivery comments:

    The Spanish lessons were a little bit too fast for me. The Spanish can speak very fast, and it shows in these lessons, as well. Maybe a little bit more repetition of new words/phrases would be good. But then there would be less new information. I understand there has to be a compromise. One can just listen to the same lesson a couple of times and then the problem is solved.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A+ for Pimsleur Castilian Spanish

    By Jonathan in DC

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun

      Comments about Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      The thoughtful repetition and the way these courses force you to speak constantly are the best features. No way to do this course passively, which is a fault of some other courses.

      The varying regional accents are a great touch!

      Service and delivery comments:

      Add more! Phase 1 is great but not enough!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Unsatisfactory

      By Me

      from Here

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I have always been a fan of Pimsleur, having done three programs. This one should not have been released, because it is incomplete. I never dreamed Pimsleur would sell a product that barely teaches you more than What's your name? and Where are you going? This is called resting on one's laurels and I feel cheated. Pimsleur, take this product off the market until you can produce a complete course. We're not talking about some obscure language! It's Spanish, for heaven's sake!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Best (and Worst) Castilian Method

      By Joshua MG

      from Clearwater, FL

      About Me Student, Traveler

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Best Program Available
      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Incomplete
      • Not Comprehensive
      • Not Comprehensive At All
      • Too Short

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Castilian Spanish, Comprehensive:

      This is, by far, the best language learning program I've come across (and I've tried lots). Not only does it work, it's also very enjoyable to use. I found myself looking forward to the half hour I'd spend each day listening to my daily language lessons; and that's honestly all it takes, only 30 minutes per day. The Graduated Interval Recall system utilized by Pimsleur works. It absolutely, positively works. If you listen to these tapes everyday and use them as directed, you WILL learn your new language. But, unfortunately for me, I plan on moving to Spain eventually and hoped to learn Castilian Spanish, not the Latin American variation. Pimsleur's Castilian version stops after the first 30 lessons. I was unaware of this and would not have purchased the set if I had. I just assumed the the lessons would continue after stage 1, I didn't even consider the possibility that I wouldn't even have the option to continue my studies after the first 30 days (this is the only advantage other programs have over Pimsleur: the option to continue learning the language all the way to fluency). There is simply no point in stopping after lesson 30, you'll have barely scratched the surface of the language after 30 lessons. What I've learned so far has been incredible, like I said, the best, most effective method I've tried but there simply isn't enough content available to warrant a purchase. Pimsleur offers a full set for the Latin American Spanish variation but not for Castilian. If you'd like to learn Latin American Spanish, by all means, buy these tapes right now, do not hesitate, it will be well worth your money and you will not regret it. But the Castilian is worthless, it works great but falls drastically short. I truly feel this is a shame, I was so excited to finally come across a program that worked for me only to discover that, after one month of learning, my studies would come to a screeching halt. Great product but incomplete and, therefore, inadequate. There is absolutely no point in paying for a product that gets you started and then stops after 30 days. Would you pay full price for a car that stops working after the first year? Neither would I. No one would. Hence, the best (and worst) Castilian language learning product on the market.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Please make more Castilian tapes. Please. Please. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please. I love your product. I really, truly do, I think it's incredible. But I'm very disappointed that I'm able to go no further in my studies. This is my only complaint, everything else is great. Thank you for listening. -Josh

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I wish the program were longer

      By Mary

      from Ohio

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Wish There More Lessons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Travel

      Comments about Castilian Spanish, Comprehensive:

      I liked that this product could travel with me and that I was not tied down to using a computer. I would listen to the CDs in my car each day. Each lesson was an appropriate length of time and would include terms from the prior lesson which was good for reinforcement. When I was in Spain, I was able to communicate in Spanish, especially to make purchases because I understood the amount of money needed. I also was able to ask directions and order in a restaurant. I liked that the speakers were native Spanish as the vocabulary/pronunciation in Spain is different than in Latin America.

      Service and delivery comments:

      This version seemed very oriented to the business traveler. It would be helpful to have a version for non-business travelers with more phrases for restaurants (ordering food), checking into a hotel, etc.

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