Ukrainian Phase 1, Units 1-30

Ukrainian Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Ukrainian with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442324558
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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

Ukrainian, a Slavic language, is the mother tongue of more than 50 million people. There are 3 major dialects of Ukrainian -- Northwest, Southwest, and East; they are mutually intelligible. Pimsleur's Ukrainian teaches Standard Ukrainian, the official state language.

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! Ukrainian 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 near-native 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 the Ukrainian alphabet. 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

Ukrainian, a Slavic language, is the mother tongue of more than 50 million people. There are 3 major dialects of Ukrainian -- Northwest, Southwest, and East; they are mutually intelligible. Pimsleur's Ukrainian teaches Standard Ukrainian, the official state language.

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! Ukrainian 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 near-native 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 the Ukrainian alphabet. 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

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • It works (5)
  • Fun (4)
  • Perfects accent (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Self-improvement (4)
    • Travel (3)
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    4.0

    learning by repetition

    By phil

    from dallas

    About Me Traveler

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Ukrainian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Very good training. Need to repeat almost every lesson, but learning to speak and listen. Would recommend to a friend. May try another language too, later

     
    4.0

    Great language learning software

    By Andy

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage

    Comments about Ukrainian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I use this product on my way to work. It's a great 30 min lesson. I like that I'm put in a situation where I converse with someone. I wish there where visual aids.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disappointing

    By Dupii

    from CA

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Portable

    Cons

    • Irrelevant Subjects
    • Limited vocabulary
    • Not what I expected
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ukrainian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      First off, everyone who writes a review is coming from their own personal perspective. Second, I consider myself "linguistically challenged" so take that into consideration when reading my review. NOTE: This is the second attempt at a review. My previous review, which was nearly identical to this one, was deleted after a day or so.

      I found the program to be disappointing for several reasons. The main reason is the subject material of the dialogs. The dialogs appear to be written to target business travelers who will find themselves in bars or clubs. Much of the dialog is geared around formal conversation with strangers or casual acquaintances. In contrast, as we each learn our own native language, the structure begins as informal dialog usually between parent and child. Nouns and verbs form the basic building blocks of language. Grammar and sentence structure are added then tenses, adjectives, adverbs, etc. follow. I wish that the material had worked toward learning more vocabulary and focused less on phrases and irrelevant dialog during the beginning units. A broader vocabulary, even with no sentence structure at all, will allow for a wider degree of communication with a native speaker. Structure and grammar can be learned after obtaining a strong vocabulary.

      In many cases there was a lot of time spent on learning how to say street names and geographical locations that may not be relevant to the student. I have been to Ukraine four times in the last four years and have never needed to know how to fluently pronounce street names. Signs are clear and directions easy to find on a map. If a traveler does need to ask for directions, street names can be sounded out and a native speaker would understand even if the pronunciation was not perfect.

      I also found that a lot of time was spent going over fairly simple words and phrases while more complex words and phrases were passed over quickly and with little repetition. This left me feeling frustrated and not wanting to proceed. The material was also spoken quickly as a native speaker would speak, making it difficult at times to hear the words concisely. The vast majority of students will not be speaking like a native speaker after 16 hours of lessons. They may think they have perfected the accent but a native speaker will know immediately that the student is not a native speaker. The fact is, even total immersion in a new language doesn't guarantee that the student will speak fluently and with perfect accent. There should be less emphasis put on trying to speak exactly like a native speaker and more emphasis put on expanding relevant vocabulary for better communication.

      After 4 hours of lessons I have decided to stop the program. In 4 hours, the material has covered a few greetings, how to ask if someone can speak or understand Ukrainian or English, how to ask for directions to a few specific streets or restaurants, how to ask if someone wants to eat or drink something or have lunch, how to order beer or wine, and how to tell someone you would like to buy a CD. Other than the greetings and being able to tell someone I don't understand Ukrainian very well, the rest of the material is completely irrelevant to me. I don't go to bars, I don't drink alcohol and I know how to get to Khreshchatyk. I had hoped that this program would have given more vocabulary to enable the student to communicate more subjects. Perhaps later lessons do this but I have found I am able to learn more on my own just by focusing on words and subjects that most people use every day. My pronunciation may not be perfect but at least I will be able to do more than buy a CD or a beer when I am in Ukraine.

       
      5.0

      Wow, is the only way to describe this...

      By A Human

      from NJ

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • No memorization
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Wheres's The Next Phase

      Best Uses

      • Coversations
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Self-improvement

      Comments about Ukrainian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I use it for conversation. It is so cool. I wish they would ask you how to say "How are you?" before they teach you how to order alcohol. Still, it's a great product and is highly recommended.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Where's the next phases??????

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Product

      By Eric

      from Los Angeles

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Ukrainian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I decided to learn Ukrainian because my brother's wife is Ukrainian, I went to Ukraine once, I plan to go again, and my new nephew (their son) will be learning it. I'm through 20 of the 30 units and so far it is really good. I am surprised at how well the retention is. I'm impressed, and I'll echo the other people who say that Pimsleur should prepare more courses (beyond the 30 units).

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