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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PimsleurSpanish Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.4

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  • Easy to use (72)
  • Portable (69)
  • It works (66)
  • Perfects accent (47)
  • Fun (38)

Cons

  • Too fast (17)
  • No writing component (14)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Time commitment (3)

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  • Self-improvement (60)
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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

Very effective

By Bill

from Auburn WA

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Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • I Can Learn In Workouts
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I like to listen while I work out, and in this fashion have worked my way through 15 of 30 lessons, and am very happy with the result. I take my time, listening to each of the lessons two or even three times, sometimes going back two or three and listening again. I am building a vocabulary and am beginning to read a little Spanish as well. I have no experience with the courses of other companies, so I cannot say this is the best Spanish course around, but I can say I am quite satisfied with price and result. I am looking forward to a South American trip in the Spring.

     
    4.0

    So far, so good

    By Don

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Business person, Traveler

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    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Portable

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

      Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I'm trying to use the lessons as prescribed, one lesson a day. I am gaining a vocabulary and admit that it is fun to try to say the sentence before the host! It does work it you put the time in. I've tried using it while driving, LA traffic you know, however I believe I get more out of it by using it at my computer where I can focus a little more. Due to schedule I have had a couple of times when I had to skip a couple of days and the session messages are right, this method is best used daily. I'm on lesson 13 out of thirty! I love the fact that I can play it from my iPhone from my car or from my computer and I don't need to purchase an additional product!

       
      4.0

      This is fun.

      By Wdogmx

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Traveler

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No writing component

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Living in LA, I'd been wanting to pick up some Spanish for practical reasons, but I recently decided to visit Ecuador on a vacation and realized that now was the time to dive in. I've much enjoyed Phase 1 and plan to continue with the second phase. Some of the lessons are harder than others (a good thing) but I wouldn't call them so challenging so as to be defeating. Whether I can manage in Ecuador, we'll see, but I think I will be able to, given the amount I am now picking up listening to Spanish radio on the way to work. Good timing, too. Listening to the World Cup broadcasts in Spanish is fun. Vamos America!

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      further at 50

      By tech dad

      from memphis

      About Me Business person

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      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Less Time Than Other Met
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

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        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        As a Christian you always look for opportunities to show Christ's love to others. This can be difficult when you can't even understand someone's language. I spend a fair amount of time commuting and just doing the MP3 version in the car has allowed me to learn more Spanish than I dreamed I could in 2 months. I can communicate on a simple level and am confident that I will be able to carry conversations within 6 months, all just using the time I spend driving! I recently. Was near a man and his wife when he had a health issue and I asked if I could help, in Spanish. You could immediately see the appreciation that I had put in the effort to learn their language. Also, I am enjoying brief conversations with my daughter who took Spanish in high school. I am so thankful that I found your method.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        long term results

        By Matt the pilot

        from Decatur, Indiana

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        • Easy to use
        • Format Is Convenient
        • Progress Comes Naturally

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            Comments about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30:

            My first experience with the Pimsleur audio course came over 10 yrs ago when my wife bought me the 1st 10 lessons on cassette (yes cassettes were still around in 2004) to listen to on my drive to work. It was a good start to learning a language, but finding more lessons at the time was difficult. Now I know what you are thinking. "Why didn't you just go online to find them?" To which I respond, "did you miss the part where I was still listening to cassettes in 2004?" So for the time, I put learning a new language on the back burner and only dabbled in my goal until about a year ago. I tried many free apps as I had recently discovered something called a smart phone. Nifty little contraption, but I digress. I tried many apps, both free and paid. I listened to Latina music and watched Spanish t.v. shows and YouTube videos. While my vocabulary steadily increased, my ability to speak remained nil. So I decided to stop half stepping my efforts and pay for a professionally produced course of which my first thought was the highly advertised one whose name cannot be mentioned by the rules of posting a review. I demoed it and a few others as well, but nothing struck me as exceptional. Then when I came came across a reference to Pimsleur in a review, I remembered those archaic cassettes. And it struck me. After 10 years, that's right folks one whole decade, I was still able to speak and understand the content of those tapes. I demoed lesson 1 which hadn't changed much, and purchased the digital edition. I'm 21 lessons in and am very impressed. I've noticed two styles of lessons so far, vocabulary building and grammatical. Both are masked in everyday speaking exercises and you won't notice unless you are looking for them. I've found myself being able to form and express my own thoughts, albeit simple ones. But after all, speaking and understanding are my primary goals, so it is encouraging to see progress towards that goal rather than focussing on rote translations and grammar rules. The only criticism I have is one of the first things you learn is how to order a beer. Don't get me wrong! I want a beer as much as the next guy, but a more practical beverage would have been a better choice. If it weren't for that, I could let my 5 yr old use it too. The little guy wants to learn Spanish also, but something feels fundamentally wrong with allowing him to learn how to order a beer. Other than that, it's the best learning tool I've tried and I would recommend it to everyone of legal drinking age. And just in case you are wondering, I wasn't paid for this review, but I'm defiantly not opposed to being compensated. .. hint hint

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