Spanish Phases 1-2

Spanish Phases 1-2

Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 60
  • ISBN: 9781442346734
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  • List Price: $230.00

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Description

Includes 60 lessons and reading instruction (32 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 2 reading booklets


Surprise your friends! Astonish your family! With Pimsleur, you’ll be speaking and understanding like a native in no time. 30 minutes a day is all it takes. This Spanish course includes all of Phases 1 and 2 -- 30 hours of spoken language practice and two hours of Reading Lessons providing background on the Spanish language and culture. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a mid-intermediate level of speaking, understanding and reading Spanish.

Every lesson contains an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice for all vocabulary introduced. Emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world.

Reading Lessons are included to provide you with an introduction to reading Spanish. These lessons, which total about one hour for each Level, 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.

About the Spanish Language

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.

Description

Includes 60 lessons and reading instruction (32 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 2 reading booklets


Surprise your friends! Astonish your family! With Pimsleur, you’ll be speaking and understanding like a native in no time. 30 minutes a day is all it takes. This Spanish course includes all of Phases 1 and 2 -- 30 hours of spoken language practice and two hours of Reading Lessons providing background on the Spanish language and culture. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a mid-intermediate level of speaking, understanding and reading Spanish.

Every lesson contains an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice for all vocabulary introduced. Emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world.

Reading Lessons are included to provide you with an introduction to reading Spanish. These lessons, which total about one hour for each Level, 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.

About the Spanish Language

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.

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4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • It works (15)
  • Portable (15)
  • Fun (10)
  • Perfects accent (7)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (13)
  • Travel (12)
  • Fun (8)
  • Business/work (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (8), Business person (7)

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This One Works

I have tried Rocket Spanish, Rosetta Stone and Study Spanish in my quest to learn the Spanish language. I've also taken classes. My biggest problem was to actually understand a conversation. I had...Read complete review

I have tried Rocket Spanish, Rosetta Stone and Study Spanish in my quest to learn the Spanish language. I've also taken classes. My biggest problem was to actually understand a conversation. I had all the grammar basics, but just couldn't put it together. No one seems to teach Spanish, the way we learned English as children. I have found that Pimsleur is the best resource for understanding Spanish. The constant repetition in each of the lessons has helped me immensely. I only bought Phases 1 and 2 because I wasn't sure if this system would work, but I look forward to buying the rest of it in the near future.

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Spanish I

the lessons start off well but soon the overall problem of the approach becomes evident: it is not obvious how the spoken word is in writing i.e. a written compendium is essential to...Read complete review

the lessons start off well but soon the overall problem of the approach becomes evident: it is not obvious how the spoken word is in writing i.e. a written compendium is essential to include. Also the conjugation of verbs should be explained, while they are being used. The P-approach may be useful for those who do not understand the structure of languages and learn them by just listening to them. Also th ereading book is useless as it lacks any explanations or translations.

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5.0

Brilliantly crafted

By Mumbleshy

from Bellingham, WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Spanish Phases 1-2:

      If your goal is to begin to speak and understand the spoken foreign language almost as automatically as a child does, Pimselur is brilliantly crafted, never mind the plain brown wrapper. If your goal is translating the written language into written English, then maybe the grammars and dictionaries I learned from years back would be OK. Trouble was, I couldn't speak even rudimentary survival Spanish to save myself -- even though I could decode a newspaper article into English in an hour or two. "Knowing" vocabulary and rules didn't allow me to speak. The Pimsleur method does -- just as claimed. It feels more like getting the knack of riding a bicycle or swimming -- minus the fear, because the guidance is at once shrewd and almost invisible. Bravo!

      Service and delivery comments:

      I would buy supplemental audio or video dialogs (in the target language) for every 5 lessons (using same vocabulary and structures) that show how many permutations there can be of what you just learned.

      I'm glad Pimsleur in my course has resisted the understandable clamor for written materials. My experience is that when I see writing in the alphabet I know, my brain automatically switches to English, my ears go deaf, and my mouth goes back to English sounds or mute -- that is, I stop learning the new system and revert to English (Spanglish, Germanglish, Japanglish) Maybe you could offer a license-to-read (and materials to read) AFTER a student can pass a pronunciation test in the language. :-)

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Spanish App

      By Spence

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • It Works

      Cons

      • Integrate With Car Audio

      Best Uses

        Comments about Spanish Phases 1-2:

        Product seems OK as I'm just brushing up. However, it is the only app on my device that will not play through my Mazda's audio. I only bought this expensive app to listen to in the car, and instead I have to listen to it through the iPhone speaker, which is not ideal.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This One Works

        By Beth G.

        from Chandler, AZ

        About Me Retired

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable
        • The Constant Repetition

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Spanish Phases 1-2:

        I have tried Rocket Spanish, Rosetta Stone and Study Spanish in my quest to learn the Spanish language. I've also taken classes. My biggest problem was to actually understand a conversation. I had all the grammar basics, but just couldn't put it together. No one seems to teach Spanish, the way we learned English as children. I have found that Pimsleur is the best resource for understanding Spanish. The constant repetition in each of the lessons has helped me immensely. I only bought Phases 1 and 2 because I wasn't sure if this system would work, but I look forward to buying the rest of it in the near future.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I don't have any suggestions.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pimsleur 1

        By gypsy

        from Providence, RI, USA

        About Me Traveler

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        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Spanish Phases 1-2:

        Great way to spend a commute!

        Service and delivery comments:

        The lessons instruct you to say norte americano indicating you are from the United States. Mexicans and Canadians are also North American and estadounidense would be more accurate and sensitive.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Reviewing on just the audio

        By Junior

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Business person

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Just for fun
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Spanish Phases 1-2:

          I commute 1 hour each way to/from work. Listening to the Pimsleur lessons has been a GREAT use of my time. My Spanish-speaking friends are impressed with my pronunciation and grammar. I absolutely love this style of teaching. The only down side I've found is I still have a hard time understanding Spanish, but it could be because I've only completed Spanish I & II and I have not done any of the reading portion. Not sure if that would make a difference.

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