Learn Spanish (Castilian) with The Pimsleur Method

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Spanish is the official language of Spain and 21 Latin American countries and an official language of the U.N. Pimsleur’s Castilian Spanish teaches the dialect that is the official language of Spain as spoken by the majority of Spanish-speakers in Spain. Learn Castilian Spanish today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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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)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (5), Student (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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