Spanish Phases 1-4

Spanish Phases 1-4

Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 120
  • ISBN: 9781442338951
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  • List Price: $450.00

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Description

Includes 120 lessons and reading instruction (64 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 4 reading booklets

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This complete Spanish course includes all of Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4 – 60 hours of spoken language practice and 4 hours of reading instruction. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Spanish. By Phase 4 you will be confidently using a broad range of conversational language skills with near-native pronunciation. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Spanish.

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 at the end of Unit 30 for each Phase. These lessons, which total about four hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out Spanish, then to progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. You’ll be reading Spanish with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. A PDF file containing the combined Reading Booklets to be used with the audio lessons is included.

Spanish Phases 1-4 includes the new Spanish IV, 30-unit course, that replaces the Spanish Plus 10-unit course.

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 120 lessons and reading instruction (64 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 4 reading booklets

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This complete Spanish course includes all of Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4 – 60 hours of spoken language practice and 4 hours of reading instruction. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Spanish. By Phase 4 you will be confidently using a broad range of conversational language skills with near-native pronunciation. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Spanish.

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 at the end of Unit 30 for each Phase. These lessons, which total about four hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out Spanish, then to progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. You’ll be reading Spanish with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker. A PDF file containing the combined Reading Booklets to be used with the audio lessons is included.

Spanish Phases 1-4 includes the new Spanish IV, 30-unit course, that replaces the Spanish Plus 10-unit course.

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.

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurSpanish I-IV
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (26)
  • It works (26)
  • Portable (26)
  • Perfects accent (19)
  • Fun (18)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (6)
  • No writing component (4)
  • Time commitment (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (23)
  • Travel (22)
  • Business/work (13)
  • Fun (12)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (18), Business person (14), Student (8), Government employee (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Program....left me wanting more.

I purchased Pimsleur simply because I wanted to learn Spanish for my own benefit. I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and 2 years in college, with great success. It's also...Read complete review

I purchased Pimsleur simply because I wanted to learn Spanish for my own benefit. I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and 2 years in college, with great success. It's also been 10 years since college for me. I chose Pimsleur because it was almost entirely audio. I do a half hour lesson every morning on my way to work. I don't have time to sit in front of a computer and take lessons, so this is a perfect format for me.

While Spanish 1 and 2 were a great deal of review, it was still worthwhile. The one criticism I'd note is that structure and conjugation isn't discussed much. The learning is based more on repetition.

By the end of Spanish 2 and through the end of Spanish 4, I was doing each lesson twice. I really wanted to own the material before moving to the next. I liked the pace of the instructors. While it sped up a little, it never got unreasonable. It also did a good job of tying back to things previously learned. I can say with complete certainty that my Spanish has improved 100%.

My biggest criticism is that I was hoping to be fluent in Spanish by the end of Unit 4. However, I'm not. I would honestly say that I can communicate in full sentences, but I wouldn't call myself fluent. I would greatly welcome a unit 5 and 6. I want to get even better, but it seems that I'm at the end of the line.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent language course, mediocre app

I've studied Italian and now Spanish on my iphone as I commute to and from work -- which takes at least 30 minutes, so the course is perfect for me. I was amazed...Read complete review

I've studied Italian and now Spanish on my iphone as I commute to and from work -- which takes at least 30 minutes, so the course is perfect for me. I was amazed after taking 90 Italian lessons that I could chat with folks in Italy -- slowly, yes, but with substance.

I'm now taking the full Spanish course, and sadly, hesitate to recommend the app. It freezes frequently, so I have to reboot the iphone (the next to latest model), or it kicks out of the lesson and returns to the Library for no apparent reason -- and this happens @ a half dozen times during each 30 minute lesson. Pimsleur, your software developers need help ...

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SPANISH

By JERRY

from WI

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Friends
    • Travel

    Comments about Spanish I-IV:

    BEING A NON DRINKER ,I THOUGHT Their was way too much time spent on repeating the word for beer... Coffee , tea. or soda would would have been a nice alternative.However, I found the the Spanish ONE TOO BE EXCELLENT. I'M HOPING the rest of the course is as good.

     
    5.0

    very satisfied

    By peace keeper

    from miami fl

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work

      Comments about Spanish Phases 1-4:

      after picking up some basic Haitian creole from pimsleur I decided to give Spanish a try. Same great result. the secret, as they say at the end of every lesson, is consistancy

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Excellent language course, mediocre app

      By Daniel

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Journalist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Spanish Phases 1-4:

          I've studied Italian and now Spanish on my iphone as I commute to and from work -- which takes at least 30 minutes, so the course is perfect for me. I was amazed after taking 90 Italian lessons that I could chat with folks in Italy -- slowly, yes, but with substance.

          I'm now taking the full Spanish course, and sadly, hesitate to recommend the app. It freezes frequently, so I have to reboot the iphone (the next to latest model), or it kicks out of the lesson and returns to the Library for no apparent reason -- and this happens @ a half dozen times during each 30 minute lesson. Pimsleur, your software developers need help ...

           
          5.0

          Performs as promised

          By El Señor J. B.

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Retired 82, Retired Prof Aged 82, Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • No writing component

          Best Uses

          • Local Cultural Contacts
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Spanish Phases 1-4:

          To save mucho denario I downloaded the MP3 files and then copied them all onto CDs so I can listen to them while driving (hopefully not as distracting as texting!). Both the copies and originals are flawless technically, to my relief. I live in a distant semi-rural suburb of Atlanta, so almost every trip to the city or to church or to events take over 30 minutes--just right for each complete lesson. I find the progression about right, each lesson buildilng on and partially repeating portions of previous ones. The pronunciation helps me catch the "flavor" and tone of the spoken language. The English-speaking commentator has, for me, just the right warmth and clarity and tone for comfortable friendly listening. THe Spanish speakers and their scripted conversations help put the language in a living context--for real-world application. The advantage of CDs is that I can do one or two lessons or repeats almost every day as I drive, mostly long-distance and high-speed routes (not intense tangled traffic); which means I can keep at this program progressing consistently, unlike a competing computer-bound program. -- A few less positive items: Occasionally I cannot distinguish some parts of spoken words and especially the woman's final "s". Having only the verbal makes it challenging at times to get a better hold on the word. I have a Spanish-English dictionery that helps solve these uncertainties, along with the comuter-based language program which shows the printed words for better grasping them. (E.g., "I know" in Español sounds like "say" but quite different later when seen spelled out in print.). -- I need slightly longer silence before the Spanish speakers' say the phrases; often my mind needs a moment to come up with the Spanish words but as I am half way throuigh the phrase, the speaker override my voice and I don't hear their correct verbalizing. Ironically, the silent breaks seem almost the same length whether for only several words or for a lengthy sentence (too much empty silence, then not enough).

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I can't wait for number V to be released

          By None

          from St. Louis, Missouri

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Just for fun

            Comments about Spanish I-IV:

            I love the C.D. and I am looking forward to number V to be released.
            And hoping that the Spanish/Latin American will continue past V.
            What an easy and convenient way to learn Spanish.

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