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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4.4

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Pros

  • Portable (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • It works (8)
  • Fun (7)
  • Perfects accent (7)

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    Best Uses

    • Travel (8)
    • Business/work (5)
    • Self-improvement (4)
    • Family background/heritage (3)
    • Fun (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (7), Business person (3), Student (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Best (and Worst) Castilian Method

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    Unsatisfactory

    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...Read complete review

    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!

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    4.0

    Very helpful, but a bit tedious

    By Traveler

    from New York City

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    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

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

      I used the Pimsleur Castilian Spanish Lessons 1 - 30 to prepare for a trip to Spain. Each lesson is ca 25 minutes, and I did one a day for 20 days -- in other words,I didn't make it all the way through.

      Vocabulary was everyday and applicable, covering things like meeting people, checking into a hotel, and ordering a meal. Grammar wasn't taught explicitly, but I found that it made sense because I'd taken French in school. I don't know if the grammar would have "taken" if I hadn't previously taken a romance language.

      On the minus side: the lessons aren't particularly lively; there isn't much attempt at humor, and the voices are kind of monotonous. So taking my daily dose of Pimsleur was sometimes a tad grim.

      Despite that, I persisted, and I am glad that I did -- when I arrived in Spain, I had a handle on some basic langague.

      Finally: the price was fair, given the amount of material that was offered.

       
      4.0

      so far so good

      By la senora

      from NY

      About Me Business person, Traveler

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      Pros

      • Learn While You Commute
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

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

        I'm only up to lesson 17 but I can communicate with shop owners and have simple conversations.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very useful

        By Vince

        from Florida

        About Me Business person, Traveler

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        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.

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        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.

        (2 of 2 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!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Unsatisfactory

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          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!

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