Pimsleur Czech Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Czech Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Czech with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743544818
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  • List Price: $345.00

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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Czech
Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Czech will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.
The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Czech designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
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, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the Czech 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 Lesson 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading Czech. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Czech pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The Czech Language
Czech is the official language of the Czech Republic. There are approximately 12 million native speakers. The two largest dialect groups in the Czech Republic are Bohemian (most widely spoken) and Hanak Moravian, spoken in the southeast. Pimsleur's Czech teaches the Bohemian dialect.

Tech Talk
- CDs are formatted for playing in all CD players, including car players, and users can copy files for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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Pimsleur Czech Level 1 MP3
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (23)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Portable (20)
  • Fun (12)
  • Perfects accent (12)

Cons

  • Too fast (8)
  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (20)
  • Self-improvement (19)
  • Business/work (12)
  • Fun (11)
  • Family background/heritage (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (21), Business person (10), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Challenging

I am preparing for a trip to Prague and am almost done with the 30 lessons. Thanks to this course, I am confident I will be able to communicate in Czech in life's basic...Read complete review

I am preparing for a trip to Prague and am almost done with the 30 lessons. Thanks to this course, I am confident I will be able to communicate in Czech in life's basic situations. I highly recommend the Pimsleur lessons to anyone. This is my 4th language through Pimsleur, and I will hopefully continue learning many more.

Besides all the positive, I do have a few issues with this course specifically. And I can see I am in agreement with other reviewers in some of my points:

- Speed and repetition. Some extremely long phrases are introduced very fast and with few repetitions. This is the case specifically in lesson 6 where the "kde byste si chtel dat neco k piti" rapid-fire sentence is first heard (sorry, spelling is probably not correct). Well, I spent several hours with that lesson, plus some serious digging on the internet. Finally I nailed it.

- Breaking up of phrases. It is hard to determine just by listening where one word ends and the other begins. And when a phrase like the one above is suddenly broken into pieces (even at points that the listener thought were the middle of a word), then reshuffled and mixed in with some additional new words, repeated maybe twice (very fast), not to be heard again until several minutes later, well, that's when the student just throws up his or her hands, has a drink, takes a deep breath, and starts again. Suggestion: please make sure to indicate the individual words within a phrase, especially a long one like the ones we are up against in this Czech course. Sometimes very simple words and phrases are repeated many more times than these really long ones. If a little more care were taken to properly introduce them in the beginning, one would not need to spend countless extra hours on one lesson. We could just easily move on to the next one. BTW, this point applies to other languages I encountered, as well. But it is more pronounced here.

- Tone and pronunciation. First of all, the lessons are spoken in a very low voice. Many times I can hardly hear the end of the words. Then the voice, especially the male voice, is very monotonous, unemotional, shall I say boring. Good bedtime listening. Also, he has this habit of making those phantom sounds before/after saying a word. I happily practiced the word "hano" as "yes", until I heard it from the female voice and realized it was "ano", without the "H" in front. Or he says "korun-uh" when the word is simply "korun". This was very confusing and a big problem for me throughout the course. I learned not to trust his pronunciation, waiting for the female voice instead to say it before committing to a pronunciation.

- Czech pronunciation. I did not have a very hard time mastering the special Czech sounds (I do have some background). However, I did mistake some letters for others in the audio. I only realized my mistake after I saw and recognized those words in the reading lessons. Thus, "něco k piKí" turned out to be "něco k piTí", and "pojďte dáO" proved to be "pojďte dáL". Oh, well. But this is where a transcript of the lessons would prove really useful. Or at least if the reading lessons contained more of the words that come up in the audio lessons.

- Other problems. I forgot which lesson it was, it was about numbers. And suddenly she says the word "jsou" in a sentence, without any explanation or further reference. This is not in the initial conversation but deep inside the lesson where one is supposed to repeat everything one hears. It is several lessons later that we are officially introduced to the word that is the plural form of "to be": jsou - are.
At another time, the narrator suddenly says "second"; it clearly does not belong there. The lesson continues without any reference to it. It must be some editing issue.

There are other minor issues but these were my main ones. All in all, I think this course needs some thorough quality assurance review, hopefully a more accurate (and livelier!!!) male voice, and a slight re-balancing of the time spent on easy vs really difficult words/phrases, and it would be perfect.

Other than the above, this is still a very good introducion into Czech, I highly recommend it to anyone. It is especially good for businessmen travelling to a conference with family who want to rent a car. Others may be left wanting to learn different words and phrases but it is still a good first step into a new language. It gives you the tools to strike up a conversaion with any native speaker and, from then on, only the sky is the limit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

the speakers speak too quickly

I finished the course and I learned a lot. The main drawback is that many of the new words and phrases are spoken too rapidly. The Czech sound system is quite complex, so...Read complete review

I finished the course and I learned a lot. The main drawback is that many of the new words and phrases are spoken too rapidly. The Czech sound system is quite complex, so the native speakers really need to slow down when introducing new words and phrases. With the help of a separate phrase book and a lot of repetiion, I was able to figure out most of the phrases.

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3.0

A bit quick for me.

By Chris

from Houston,TX

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • It Works

Cons

  • No writing component
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Czech Level 1 MP3:

As a beginner who has a hard time making the sounds of the Czech language, the verbal presentations are too fast in the beginning. I know it is realistic, but while learning I have to constantly repeat the audio.

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Fine

 
5.0

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By none

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Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Czech Level 1 MP3:

ok

Service and delivery comments:

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5.0

I wish there were more than 30 lessons!

By Kat

from Las Vegas

About Me Business person, Traveler

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Pimsleur Czech Level 1 MP3:

    First I was learning French and I liked it a lot but them I heard a sample of the Czech lessons and I really wanted to try, so I shifted.
    I felt confident in speaking Czech to people I meet here in Vegas, they are FULLY SHOCKED to hear an American girl speaking very polite and professional Czech.
    In the hospitality field it comes in handy with tourists.
    A lot of Czech is similar to Polish and serbian etc so my ear picks up important words people are using. Surprisingly a lot of Czechs don't know English so I'm very thankful to be able to communicate in return.
    Please make more lessons so I can be awesome.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Instant with downloads

     
    4.0

    Yes will get next set of lessons.

    By Working Mule

    from Lincoln, Ne

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Czech Level 1 MP3:

    Very good method but could be slower in pronouncing words and presenting sentences.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Hard to damage a download but was prompt.

     
    5.0

    My Czech vacation

    By Scott

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Pimsleur Czech Level 1 MP3:

      The first time I visited Prague I could not speak a word of Czech. I went to visit a young couple who had stopped into my family's restaurant on their holidays. While visiting with them during my weeklong vacation I resolved to return for longer and to learn as much of the language as I could before my return.

      I had known about the Pimsleur language program before but had never used it. I purchased the level one Czech about two months before my next visit the following year. From the moment I arrived it was a different experience from my first visit. I could read and understand the local signs, understand parts of conversations around me, and most shocking was to actually speak with my new friends in their own language. I still needed that trusty pocket dictionary and the oh-so-important phrase "how do you say…" but, the difference turned a tour of architecture into a tour of another culture and the people that make it up.

      I travel much more now that I've "caught the travel bug". My method is simple; wake up, make coffee, and listen to a half hour of the latest Pimsleur language I'm working on. Without the local language I was limited in my travel and my awareness of other peoples and different ways of living. With the ability to learn the basics in a month or two I can go just about anywhere and get around. My Czech friends actually complement me on my accent even when I'm learning a new word or phrase from a dictionary. I'll be one of the first to buy the next level when it comes out.

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