Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30

Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Croatian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442318021
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  • List Price: $119.95

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

Croatian, the official language of Croatia, is spoken by approximately 4.5 million speakers in Croatia, plus 1 million speakers in other parts of Europe, the US, and Canada. There are 3 main dialects: kajkavski, cakavski, and štokavski (official dialect). Pimsleur's Croatian teaches štokavski.

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! Croatian 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 begin in Unit 11, and are included at the end of Unit 30, to provide you with an introduction to reading the Croatian 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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PimsleurCroatian Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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  • It works (23)
  • Portable (23)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Fun (18)
  • Perfects accent (16)

Cons

  • No writing component (5)

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  • Travel (21)
  • Self-improvement (15)
  • Family background/heritage (12)
  • Fun (12)
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5.0

Fantastic - still using 2 years later

By HRlearner

from DC

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I purchased this 2 years ago for a visit to Croatia. I enjoy the Pimsleur products and they do the best job with getting you speaking and really know what to explain and native talker tips. It covers formal speaking and introduces past, future tenses. I have Croatian ancestry and love learning about the culture. I listen mostly while driving in the car and find I periodically want to repeat the lessons to keep it fresh. Since it is only one level the vocabulary is limited. Would love to see a Croatian 2 to learn even more!!

     
    4.0

    Great start but not enough

    By ricejw

    from New York, NY

    About Me Student

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Vocab

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I have a long commute to and from work. I would listen to a unit in my car on the way to work and repeat it again on the way home. This was a very convenient way to get the basic concepts of the language. However, 30 lessons is barely enough to hold a semi-intelligent conversation with a native speaker. The main thing this will teach you is pronunciation, some grammar and a select amount of vocabulary. Both of my in-laws are native speakers and although they are impressed with my pronunciation, my vocabulary is still dreadfully insufficient. I plan on continuing self-study but I wish there was a Level 2 so that I can continue to expand my knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in a convenient and portable way.

    Service and delivery comments:

    The reading lessons were fine to grasp the knowledge of the written language but I think they could be more productive if they included translations. This way, we could understand what we are saying and help expand the vocabulary that can not be properly taught in only 30 listening units.

     
    5.0

    Outstanding Product Has Helped Me Immensely

    By Matt the Lawyer

    from England

    About Me Traveler

    Pros

    • Convenient
    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • Great Results
    • Helps Get Chores Done
    • It Works
    • Portable
    • Relaxing

    Cons

    • The Reading Lessons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I have used this product via CDs both in the car on long journeys and while doing chores in the kitchen (cooking, washing up). Especially for chores in the kitchen I have found that having this course to go through has made me enjoy activities I would normally find unbearably tedious and even put off or avoid! Lessons 1 through 14 I did only once each before progressing. Lessons 15 through 30 I did twice each. With gaps of a week or two here or there I have since repeated lessons 1 through 28 and have been able to pre-empt the tutor when new expressions were introduced (recalling them from the previous time despite the time gap).

    I do have some minor previous experience of attempting to learn Croatian by solo book-learning, which ended in complete failure many years ago, and then with slightly better results more recently (though only a couple of chapters of a textbook on that occasion), so I am not a completely new learner. However I have also had very positive experiences so far with the Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese course, in which I was a complete beginner before Pimsleur (currently I am only up to lesson 12 in Mandarin), though I have had to repeat Pimsleur lessons rather more for Mandarin (4 to 6 repetitions for the first ten lessons or so, and currently, it seems, about 3 for the subsequent lessons now that I am more familiar with the tones). So I would think that with no prior background in Croatian I might have had to repeat the Pimsleur lessons once extra each to get to a similar level (Mandarin is much harder than Croatian for native speakers of English).

    Pimsleur Croatian being so far only a 30-lesson course, the vocabulary is necessarily narrow. I see that as a feature rather than a bug; my experience of learning other languages without Pimsleur has definitely left me with the belief that the key thing at the beginning is to practice with a narrow vocabulary so you can just concentrate on getting the basics right until it becomes second nature to you.

    I personally think that learning via a Pimsleur CD or MP3 offers a far better language-learning experience than classroom-based learning can (even with an excellent teacher), because the user can participate intensely without having to hear the mistakes other non-native speakers would make, and because the CD can be timed, scripted and edited to be just right. For new learners, I think that a Pimsleur course is probably the absolute best thing available. As someone with a good deal of experience of learning and attempting to learn various languages, some successfully and others less so, I was really taken by surprise by how well Pimsleur Croatian worked for me, especially given that I had tried and failed to learn it before.

    I would definitely recommend using a portable MP3 player (iPod or whatever) and the digitally downloaded version, rather than the CDs, and now that I have the Mandarin Chinese course on MP3, I find using it convenient, easy and reasonably fun, and above all it gives really amazing results. You do need to make sure you have the megabytes for the course, but an MP3 player is a lot less bulky than 18 CDs, and these days an MP3 player can be cheap enough that it is literally cheaper to just buy a new MP3 player for a new Pimsleur course rather than getting the CD version.

    Service and delivery comments:

    I personally do not see much need for the reading lessons. Pimsleur's unique selling point is never going to be the reading lessons and I have not seen the need to use them myself. The only languages that I would say need reading lessons are ones with difficult, irregular spelling (English!) or which use Chinese characters or other non-phonetic characters. For those languages, what you need to provide is a computer program which gives the vocabulary in the same order as the main audio course, broken up according to the same units, with the spelling/character for each word (including what order to do the strokes in for Chinese or Japanese), the basic translation and an audio of the pronunciation. So, for a 150-lesson Mandarin course, you would have 150 computer-based writing lessons too. For Croatian or other regularly spelt languages however this is simply not necessary. People can easily learn from books. On the other hand for French or something like that, which is semi-regularly spelt, it might or might not be worthwhile.

    It would be wonderful to have more audio lessons available for Croatian (and Polish!), and (especially for French or Spanish) a children's version without references to alcohol or dating, and (in the children's version) with such references as there are to grammatical ideas being done in a more child-friendly way. I am aware that Pimsleur products are recommended for 14+ (according to your Customer Service personnel) but personally I think that that is under-ambitious. If you could provide these products in a child-friendly version running to 150 lessons and maybe 150 "revision lessons" as well, I think you could give children near-native command of a language, meaning you could dominate the languages education market at middle-school and high-school level, with a bit of luck. I think Pimsleur methods are inherently far better than ordinary classroom instruction can be, such as I have experienced (though my teachers were, many of them, excellent), because the user's language-learning experience is not contaminated with hearing the mistakes of other non-natives, and the user participates much more intensely than in many classroom settings.

    By "revision lessons" I mean that for each lesson in the regular course there would be a parallel revision lesson which contains no new linguistic content whatsoever (new in the sense of not having been previously encountered in the main series up to that point), but which mixes up reminders of language from the previous and current units of the main series, all jumbled in together. So for instance Revision Lesson 79 would have a mix of content from main lessons 1 through 79, all jumbled up, but no new vocabulary, no new inflections and no entirely new constructions (very minor variation of constructions would be OK).

    Regarding Polish, please check out how many Polish immigrants there are in the United Kingdom nowadays. If there isn't yet high demand for learning Polish in the UK, there may be in the future.

     
    5.0

    Excellent!

    By Em

    from Chicopee, MA

    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
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I had been learning Bosnian/Croatian for a few months prior to Pimsleur and was having a hard time catching on. This really did the trick! I spent a whole month in Croatia and BiH which also helped immensely in speaking the language. I have to say, Pimsleur helped get me on my feet to start speaking comfortably. I wish so much they would add more phases to Croatian since I have finished the first!

     
    5.0

    I love this product

    By Sam

    from Melbourne

    About Me Student

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Croatian Phase 2
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Croatian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I listen to it everywhere, even in the shower

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