Pimsleur Dutch Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Dutch Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Dutch with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780671047795
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • List Price: $345.00

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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs (16 hrs), plus a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Dutch
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 Dutch 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 Dutch 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 Dutch 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 Lesson 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading Dutch. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Dutch 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 Dutch Language
Dutch is an Indo-European language that belongs to the North Germanic branch of the Germanic languages, all of which derive from Old Norse. This course teaches rikssvenska (sometimes referred to as Standard Dutch) as spoken in and around the capital region of Stockholm. Dutch is spoken by approximately 10 million people, mostly in Holland and parts of Finland. Norwegian and Dutch are considered mutually intelligible, with Danish also being very similar.

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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Pimsleur Dutch Level 1 MP3

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


  • Easy to use (27)
  • It works (24)
  • Portable (23)
  • Perfects accent (22)
  • Fun (19)


  • No writing component (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Too fast (3)

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  • Travel (22)
  • Self-improvement (17)
  • Fun (15)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
  • Business/work (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (18), Business person (13), Student (6)

Most Liked Positive Review


It Really Works!

I speak and read French fairly fluently (school, time in France) and have tried at various times to learn other languages, specifically Spanish and German, but the lessons didn't take and I...Read complete review

I speak and read French fairly fluently (school, time in France) and have tried at various times to learn other languages, specifically Spanish and German, but the lessons didn't take and I was neither persistent not consistent in my efforts.
I decided to try again with Pimsleur's Dutch I, and that is working like a charm. The lessons are specifically only 30 minutes long, and one is discouraged from trying to cram in more. The lessons themselves adroitly weave in materials from earlier ones so that you are repeating and imprinting while learning new material. I'm on the 16th of 30 lessons and am very pleased with my progress. I like that I can listen while I walk.
I personally learn best while also visualizing, but there is some reading material after the first basic lessons, and today, thanks to the Internet, one can readily look up words in your language and see them right away.
Enjoy! Tot ziens!



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pretty good, but leaves you hanging.

I have completed all 30 lessons and am going back through a few of them to refresh and refine. I listen to it on walks, in the car, and while I am working...Read complete review

I have completed all 30 lessons and am going back through a few of them to refresh and refine. I listen to it on walks, in the car, and while I am working at home. It is fairly easy to follow and the repeat process is very useful in bringing back earlier phrases and grammar combinations for memory sake.

It stops at lesson 30 - why???? I am ready to move on to a new lesson, but this is all I can find. This does not make sense for a serious language company. Also, it is way too expensive for the depth of language you get, with no grammar guides or phrase book (the reading lessons are really worthless, other than to learn how to spell certain words), and it does not really follow the lessons, making it more worthless.

It is give it an overall 3.5 out of 5. It was actually the best to help me learn and memorize the language, compared to other courses that I have studies, which focused on the grammar.

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By Cris

from Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

About Me Missionary



    • Expensive
    • Not what I expected

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work

    Comments about Pimsleur Dutch Level 1 MP3:

    I am disappointed that only level one is available.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    You should think twice

    By Manuel Laurent

    from Brussels, Belgium

    About Me Business person


    • Easy to use


    • Not what I expected

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun

    Comments about Pimsleur Dutch Level 1 MP3:

    I think the lessons are well designed. The BIG problem is there is no follow up to that 1st level. So once you will be done with this 30 lessons and you will be able to say hello and just ask your way around, PIMSLEUR will let you down because they are not offering any extra level as they do for her languages. This is really disappointing as it is not clearly stated on the website: "ATTENTION : LEVEL 1 ONLY"

    Service and delivery comments:

    Customer service was not helpful. When I told them I was disappointed they don't offer extra levels and it should be clearly stated on their website, they told me to go and found someone to practice the language with... Is it what you call customer service?


    excellent product

    By Ziga

    from Klagenfurt (Austria)

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer


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


      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Dutch Level 1 MP3:

      very suitable for drive-time learning


      The best

      By Liz

      from NYC

      About Me Traveler


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


        Best Uses

        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Pimsleur Dutch Level 1 MP3:

        It is hard work learning a new language, but Pimsleur makes it so enjoyable. My accent is far better after using Pimsleur. I can carry on a very basic conversation after 7 lessons. I have to listen to some of the harder lesson several times before I am ready to graduate to the next lesson.


        Really enjoying it

        By Tj Davis

        from salt lake city

        About Me Student, Traveler

        Verified Buyer


        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Portable


        • No writing component
        • Too Fast

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement

        Comments about Pimsleur Dutch Level 1 MP3:

        so far im 6 lessons through it. i have to do the same lesson 3 or 4 times and review with my mom because shes fluent in the language. its hard to hear yourself without a tape recorder. i wish they could program in a hotkey during playback to enable me to stop and start the recording. the timings are so quick. i have to pause between many sections to try and let myself come up with the answer before its blurted out 1 second later.

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        To be honest, I didn't think that I would be able to learn a foreign language at 59 years old I was wrong. With the Pimsleur system, you can't help but learn. It's easy, it's fun and it's simple.
        Kathy Lowrey from Louisville, Kentucky