Pimsleur Hindi Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Hindi Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Hindi with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743552585
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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 Hindi
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 Hindi 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 Hindi 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 Hindi 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 the Hindi alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Hindi 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 Hindi Language
Hindi, an official language of India as well as the primary language of the Bollywood film industry, is spoken by more than 500 million people. Pimsleur's Hindi teaches Standard Hindi as spoken in New Delhi.

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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PimsleurHindi Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Portable (18)
  • Perfects accent (17)
  • Fun (13)

Cons

  • No writing component (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (17)
  • Self-improvement (15)
  • Fun (10)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
  • Business/work (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (12), Business person (8), Student (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid so far

I grew up in a household where Hindi and Punjabi were commonly spoken. Unfortunately, at the time, conventional wisdom was that a child could not learn two languages at the same time and...Read complete review

I grew up in a household where Hindi and Punjabi were commonly spoken. Unfortunately, at the time, conventional wisdom was that a child could not learn two languages at the same time and that it would be confusing. As such, I only learned English, and when I got into grade school, the only language courses that were offered were the usual suspects (Spanish, French, etc.). I always felt guilty about not knowing my own language, so all these years later (I'm 28 now), I decided to rectify the situation.

Enter Pimsleur. I'm only four lessons deep so far, but I already feel some of my comprehension coming back. Actually having to speak is making me conscious of my accent and I feel that it's getting pretty decent. I'm slightly advantaged having some familiarity with the language already, but the program is really bringing it back to the fore of my mind. I look forward to completing Phase I, but I can already tell I'm going to be wishing there was further instruction beyond that. Fortunately, I have my parents with whom I can practice, and hopefully become conversationally proficient in time for my next trip to India in December 2015.

I imagine for someone coming in fresh, the pace would still be manageable, but having additional resources would probably be helpful. Visual aids, or a real live person to correct accent and practice with (though only the former could be considered a shortcoming of the program). Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone seeking introductory knowledge of the Hindi language.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Tourist Hindi

I'm often frustrated by poor subtitles on Bollywood movies, and thought I'd try learning some Hindi in order to be less reliant on them.

I did some research and the Pimsleur...Read complete review

I'm often frustrated by poor subtitles on Bollywood movies, and thought I'd try learning some Hindi in order to be less reliant on them.

I did some research and the Pimsleur sounded like the best course for what I wanted. I had high hopes when I tried out the demo lesson before buying - it seemed simple enough, you just try the same lesson repeatedly till you get most of the phrases correct. But after 2 weeks I was only on lesson 4, and then actually got so frustrated I pretty much gave up on the course, because the phrases started getting so long there was no way I'd be able to memorize them. (Plus the phrases were just getting more and more tourist oriented, which wasn't what I wanted to learn from the course.)

Also -- although I had chosen this program because of lack of a written course in favor on sound-based learning -- I started trying to find out how to spell some of these words and phrases (in Roman letters) and I was often way off. Like there's a term I heard as Tori Tori but which actually seems to be Todi Todi, and there's another word I cannot figure out the final sound of at all (it's something like Mugub or Mugur or Muguv.) Unfortunately I just can't seem to even identify a lot of the sounds.

I will say, I've sat around listening to my Bollywood CDs and occasionally recognized a disembodied word like "Nahin" or "Atcha" from the lesson, so it did teach me something.

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4.0

Excellent, but disappointed that there is no second level!

By Sam

from Chicago, IL

About Me Student, Traveler

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Effective and fun, but it doesn't help speak with native speakers after only one course level. I am hoping they develop levels 2-4 for Hindi.

Service and delivery comments:

MP3 downloads with the Pimsleur interface are easy to use.

 
4.0

Great Pronunciation Guide, a bit short on vocabulary

By Timmy

from Shelby, NC

About Me Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I am studying to go to India as a missionary, so I am learning as much Hindi as possible. I currently own both Hindi in Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone; so I have had the chance to first hand compare both of them. I find that I prefer Pimsleur for the following reasons.

1. Great way of learning vocabulary! I find that I can remember the simple phrases easily even weeks after the initial lesson.
2. Great pronunciation guide! This program helps you not only learn the words as vocab, but stresses the proper pronunciation quite well (something I found to be superior to Rosetta Stone).
3. Systematic and easy to schedule. Marking off thirty minutes a day is doable!

Cons:

1. Limited vocabulary listed. It does not present a whole lot of vocabulary at a time. In some cases, this is nice because you are not overwhelmed and you walk away knowing what you did get; at the same time, it makes your progress in the language feel rather slow.
2. Mentions specific streets and resturaunts as vocab. To me this is not a very good idea. They may be a popular street or resturuant in New Dehli, but this assumes that I would be in downtown New Dehli while India is the second most populated place in the world with thousands of cities (I am not going to New Dehli for any amount of time). I feel that general vocab is better than mentioning specific places unless those resturants/streets are common in most cities across the country.

Overall, the program is great and I use it more than Rosetta Stone. It has helped me a lot thus far. I have had the chance to practice it to Indian strangers whom I have met, and they have understood me well!

 
5.0

Love it. Very easy to follow and recall!

By Hindi1

from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

About Me Business person, Traveler

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Perfect for beginners because you actually get to a basic level of conversation after just a few lessons. It is quite impressive how detailed they are with the pronunciation. You end up speaking like a true local rather than sounding like a foreigner with an accent. Great course, I just want level 2 now!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Please, please, please make level 2 (and more) like you do for other languages. Thank you!

     
    4.0

    So much fun!

    By Ellen

    from Jamestown, NC

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I used the course everyday when walking my dog and I quickly learned enough Hindi to surprise my daughter's boyfriend from India by being able to speak about ordinary things. I enjoyed my "HIndi walks" very much.
      The only bad thing was that I still can't understand Hindi very well and that there is no advanced course.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Maybe include a story, poem or song to listen to.
      I wished it was longer! I was sad to have come to the end...

       
      4.0

      Really gets you going

      By Language lover

      from New York City, NY

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      This was a great starting point for Hindi, I just wish there were more advanced lessons! The lessons really push you to become functional first, which means you can start conversing with locals/fluents immediately.

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