Pimsleur Hebrew Level 2 CD

Pimsleur Hebrew Level 2 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Hebrew with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743552547
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  • List Price: $345.00

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Description

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 Hebrew
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 Hebrew 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 practice reading Hebrew
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur’s Hebrew Level 1.

In the first 10 lessons you’ll begin using the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Soon you’ll take part in conversations about ordering meals, shopping, and local tourist attractions. As you progress, your fluency will increase as your vocabulary expands.

The next 10 lessons will allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You’ll be discussing business and social activities, expressing your interests, and talking about the weather.

In the final 10 lessons you’ll double your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll learn to express yourself with relative structures – faster, slower, etc. You’ll be able to ask for assistance in many situations and to ask for directions to various locations. You’ll explore sports and leisure activities, manage changing money and banking, and discuss travel plans. By the end of the program, you’ll be speaking at a mid-intermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you’ll be comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading Lessons, which build upon the language skills acquired in Level 1, are included at the end of Lesson 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading Hebrew.

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 Hebrew Language
Hebrew, a Semitic language, is the official language of Israel. It was once considered a dead language with no native speakers, although it remained in use for liturgical purposes. Hebrew was revived as a spoken language in the mid-19th century and today is spoken by over 5 million in Israel.

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 Hebrew Level 2 MP3
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

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    (1)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (11)
  • Portable (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Perfects accent (8)
  • Fun (3)

Cons

  • No writing component (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (9)
  • Self-improvement (8)
  • Family background/heritage (6)
  • Business/work (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (8), Business person (3), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not perfect, but almost

The short version: Pimsleur courses are by far the best spoken-language tutorials on the market. They're not cheap, but it's better to spend a little more than to spend less and get something...Read complete review

The short version: Pimsleur courses are by far the best spoken-language tutorials on the market. They're not cheap, but it's better to spend a little more than to spend less and get something that doesn't teach effectively.

Though I come from a multilingual family, I live in the United States and seldom get a chance to practice other languages. I have used Pimsleur courses to learn Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Ukrainian, and Swiss German, as well as to review French. I am now using the Hebrew series to learn modern conversational Hebrew. It goes without saying that I am a very satisfied (paying) customer.

The Pimsleur courses all follow the same format. Each half-hour lesson begins with a short conversation that uses the language features in the lesson. The lesson teaches the new material one word, phrase, or short sentence at a time, giving the listener a chance to practice repeating the material. A few minutes later, after some intervening material, it challenges the listener to recall and repeat what he/she learned earlier. In addition, each lesson includes a review of material from earlier lessons. This process of learning followed by later challenges to recall learned material is very effective but not unique to Pimsleur: it's Pimsleur's application of classic learning theory based on hundreds of experiments over the last 100 years.

Pimsleur is particularly good at going beyond simple rote memorization and repetition. After teaching a language element (such as a word or inflection) in a specific context, it challenges the listener not merely to repeat it, but to apply it in a different context. That requires the listener to think about what the element means and how it works instead of just memorizing it and spitting it back (a la Berlitz). As a result, the listener not only learns the material in the course, but also learns how to apply it in situations not covered by the course.

So far, so good. Now for some nitpicks. I emphasize that these are minor shortcomings in spectacularly good language course. But shortcomings they are.

First, Pimsleur courses teach primarily spoken language. They occasionally (as with the Hebrew course) make a gesture in the direction of reading and writing, but it's an afterthought. If you need to learn how to read and write a language, or need to learn about its grammar, Pimsleur is still an excellent starting point but it won't take you all the way.

Second, Pimsleur courses all have the same structure. That structure is based on Pimsleur's experience teaching European languages. It doesn't always work as well for teaching non-European languages such as Hebrew or Mandarin Chinese. It's still light-years better than the competition, but it could be better.

Third, and related to the second point, the spoken language elements aren't always clear, especially for non-European languages. The Mandarin Chinese course goes too fast for me in some places. A slower approach, with slower pronunciation of the words and a bit more explanation, would help with totally unfamiliar languages. Likewise, in the Hebrew (and in other courses), speakers in the lessons sometimes swallow the final consonants of words. Is the Hebrew word for a city square "kirar" with a final "r," "kikal" with a final "l," or "kikow" with a final "ow"? It's hard to tell. A printed or downloadable word list would help a lot. In languages such as Hebrew, it would also be an opportunity to teach more of the written language.

But as I said, these are minor nitpicks about what are otherwise spectacularly effective language courses. I will recommend Pimsleur courses to anyone who will listen (in any language), and I continue to use them with benefit and enjoyment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good product

Used Hebrew 1 and loved it Hebrew 2 goes at a much quicker pace and doesn't give you time to grasp the new vocabulary

Used Hebrew 1 and loved it Hebrew 2 goes at a much quicker pace and doesn't give you time to grasp the new vocabulary

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5.0

Hebrew Level 1

By Steve Pollack

from NJ

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • It Works

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Family background/Heritage
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Hebrew Level 2 MP3:

    Absolutely love it! The kids can start having conversations after only 10-13 lessons. Great product. We already bought the next level.

    Thank you!

     
    5.0

    It is absolutely worth the effort and investment.

    By Dylan

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me 1-year Internship Israel, Student, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Half-hour Fits Schedule
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Family background/Heritage
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Hebrew Level 2 MP3:

    I usually double up and do a new lesson each evening, then repeat it the following morning.

    Stick to the recommended schedule and don't add more than one new lesson per 24 hour period. Also, find a spot where you're not distracted or embarrassed to say the words *out loud*.

    The reading lessons are good, but this is an extremely well done spoken/conversational language course. I found it easier to start here, and then move on to reading/writing in Hebrew. This is especially true when so much of the reading skill relies on context (since there are often no vowels).

    Also, the iOS app works well. I prefer the Pimsleur Course Manager app to the Audible app, which I used for Hebrew Unit 1.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Please allow Audible.com customers a way to download their Audible course purchases into the Pimsleur Course Manager app. You guys have done a great job with the course manager, and should offer that option to Audible.com customers.

    Rarely, I find that the pauses in Unit 2 are not long enough for me to repeat an entire phrase. I know that the pace needs to increase with proficiency, but sometimes I need a bit more time to practice the native pronunciation.

     
    5.0

    Worth the investment

    By Scott

    from Kelso, WA

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Hebrew Level 2 MP3:

    This program if followed is great! I have tried other systems but this by far is the best. It pushes you but in a way that works. Great product. Worth the money and time!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good product

    By Making aliyah

    from Nj

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family background/Heritage
      • Self-improvement

      Comments about Pimsleur Hebrew Level 2 MP3:

      Used Hebrew 1 and loved it Hebrew 2 goes at a much quicker pace and doesn't give you time to grasp the new vocabulary

       
      5.0

      Best way to learn conversational Hebrew

      By Sara

      from Worcester, MA

      About Me Traveler

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      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Hebrew Level 2 MP3:

      Before starting Pimsleur, I already had a large reading vocabulary and some knowledge of Hebrew grammar through religious studies. But on a trip to Israel, I struggled to understand basic speech, and was totally tongue-tied in responding. Pimsleur, with its repetitive drills, and real-time speech seems to be is exactly what I need to be able to converse effectively on my next trip.

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