Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442313583
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Description

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

Spanish is the official language of Spain and 21 Latin American countries, and is an official language of the U.N. Pimsleur's Spanish teaches an educated Latin American Spanish, with speakers from Colombia and Argentina in levels I-III, and from Mexico in level IV.

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! 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 nearnative 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 are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading Spanish. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. 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

Spanish is the official language of Spain and 21 Latin American countries, and is an official language of the U.N. Pimsleur's Spanish teaches an educated Latin American Spanish, with speakers from Colombia and Argentina in levels I-III, and from Mexico in level IV.

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! 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 nearnative 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 are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading Spanish. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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4.4

(based on 85 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (76)
  • Portable (72)
  • It works (70)
  • Perfects accent (51)
  • Fun (39)

Cons

  • No writing component (17)
  • Too fast (17)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • Time commitment (3)

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  • Travel (63)
  • Self-improvement (62)
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  • Fun (33)
  • Family background/heritage (16)
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    • Traveler (47), Business person (43), Student (7), Government employee (6), Older / senior (4)

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Never too old

I had two years of Spanish in high school more than 50 years ago. I received high marks, although I never was able to engage in the most basic conversation. Years later, when...Read complete review

I had two years of Spanish in high school more than 50 years ago. I received high marks, although I never was able to engage in the most basic conversation. Years later, when I realized how rewarding it would be to speak a second language, I tried to take up where I left off. It didn't work. In fact, I have tried everything possible to regain my limited proficiency without success. I studied books, videos, vocabularies, verb conjugations, flash cards, you name it. None of these tools worked for me.

I had to swallow a lot of pride, but I finally decided that the only way I was going to really learn Spanish was to start over and learn the way my grandchildren are learning English. I am now on lesson 28 in the Pimsleur program and it's working for me.

I am using an MP3 player and I can stop it whenever I want to "think through" and answer before the voice tells me the answer. I can repeat a lesson as often as necessary to really learn the material too. Some lessons are more difficult than others, but I can usually move on to the next lesson after repeating a lesson three to six times. I do all of this in the privacy of my car or on a leisurely walk without the embarrassment of other people watching or listening and commenting on my mistakes.

My criticisms of the program are few. I believe they could do a better job of timing the length of the pauses following the instructions. Sometimes there is not enough time to say an entire phrase and sometimes you could say it three or four times before the next instruction. Another challenge is listening to instructions in Spanish. Listening skills are just as important as speaking skills, so I appreciate the process, but sometimes the Spanish instructions use vocabulary that has not been taught yet. I also think it would be good to have a basic grammar text to supplement the other reading materials.

The bottom line is this: I am a very satisfied customer. I am already dreaming of my next trip to a Latin American country where I can try out my newly acquired skills.

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Very difficult , but probably learning

I am right in the middle of Latin America Spanish. Finding it very difficult to keep up. Maybe some of it is soaking in , in some mysterious way. Always thought that I...Read complete review

I am right in the middle of Latin America Spanish. Finding it very difficult to keep up. Maybe some of it is soaking in , in some mysterious way. Always thought that I was above average in intelligence, but now not sure.
I am traveling to a South American country in about a month. Not a big English speaking country so I wanted to get some of the basics. Also want to use it as a volunteer with a well known humanitarian/ disaster relief organization.
My concern about Pimsleur is that once one gets frustrated , its hard to get feedback. After 15 sessions, I went back and reviewed the previous 14. Now I hope I am on track to do a lot better and am able to use what I learned.

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4.0

I like this product as I did the Hebrew

By Nancy

from Maldonado, Uruguay

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • We Moved To Uruguay

Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

We use it for an hour every day because we have to learn Spanish in order to communicate here.

 
4.0

I'm amazed!

By jemimap

from KS

About Me Life Long Learner

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Pros

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

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement

Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I have used this product for the past 2 1/2 months pretty consistently on a daily basis. I have listened to each lesson at least twice and some as much as 6 times in order to make sure I understood the concepts. Often I would listen to an old lesson and then a new lesson.

I am truly amazed at how much I have learned and what conversations I could potentially have.

What I would like to see is a list of new words for each lesson as well as a bit more grammatical information and the dialog written in Spanish so I could see the words. Sometimes I was hazy on a word until I looked it up on the web. Along with this, the reading lessons which accompany this are very strange. There are words that I am sure never show up at all in the listening portion and words in the listening portion which I would really have liked to see in print. Some people may not need this, but it would have helped me.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this method of language learning.

 
5.0

Time Consuming yet So Simple

By The Health Guy

from McKinney, TX.

About Me Business person

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

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      Comments about Spanish I, Comprehensive:

      I blasted thru the first 16 Cds and am starting the the second session. The program is quite easy. All it takes is desire, commitment and time. You can do this. My entire family speaks spanish and I am proud to say that soon I will join them. Real spanish. Not spanglish... LOL

      Best of luck,
      Marco

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      5.0

      Truly teaching you how to speak a langua

      By Martine

      from Tucson AZ

      About Me Traveler

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      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works

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        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        60 y old, motivated, learnt the Spanish bases in 30 days, truly amazing.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Easy to use and provides the basics.4

        By jaba

        from Atlanta, GA

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        Pros

        • Perfects Accent

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        It was easy to use and did provide the basics but for someone who wants to see the words it fell short. I feel it would have been more helpful if there had been a course book included.

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