Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand European Portuguese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442381674
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • 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 European Portuguese
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 European Portuguese 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
- 83 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading European Portuguese designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
- in total, 18 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 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 Lesson 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading European Portuguese. In addition, the combined Reading Lessons are included after Lesson 30. These Reading Lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent.

A User's Guide is also included.

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 European Portuguese Language
Portuguese is spoken by about 170 million people, mainly in Portugal and the Portuguese Atlantic islands, Brazil, and Portugal's former overseas provinces in Africa and Asia. Pimsleur's European Portuguese teaches Portuguese as spoken in and around Lisbon. Learn European Portuguese today with Pimsleur.

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

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • It works (12)
  • Perfects accent (12)
  • Portable (11)
  • Fun (6)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (10)
  • Fun (7)
  • Self-improvement (7)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
  • Business/work (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (7), Business person (4), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent way to start speaking from the day one!

I really love this approach, trying to perfect your pronuncation from the very beginning. At least for me, improving my verbal skills was the priority number one. I didn't have any experience in...Read complete review

I really love this approach, trying to perfect your pronuncation from the very beginning. At least for me, improving my verbal skills was the priority number one. I didn't have any experience in Portuguese language before the course (and neither in similar languages such as Spanish or Italian for that matter) but now that I'm finishing the last couple of lessons, I'm already capable of speaking Portuguese a fair bit! I've also suprised a lot of locals with my language skills and pronuncation during my visits here in Lisbon, Portugal.

I just really wish there was more levels after this initial one that I'm about to finish. The level 1 will definitely get you started in a good way, but I'm already worried about my next step from here on, because I will probably need to continue learning with another product/approach. So please Pimsleur, help me out with a level 2 of this course! :)

All in all, this course is highly recommended. It works, it's fun (I always do it eyes closed visualizing the conversations) and you can take it anywhere with you. Just invest a half an hour of your time on a daily basis and you'll on your way to become a Portuguese speaker!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

European Portuguese

Ok up to about lesson 7 or 8 but really starting to get too fast. Not enough time to construct sentences before the answer is spoken. Silent time only allows you to say the...Read complete review

Ok up to about lesson 7 or 8 but really starting to get too fast. Not enough time to construct sentences before the answer is spoken. Silent time only allows you to say the sentence at top speed instantly. No thinking time and no allowance for speaking slower than a native speaker.
The only way to deal with this has been to pause playback and I feel this is not helpful to the learning experience.

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5.0

I would buy this product again and recommend it to anyone

By Morgan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

I am using this product to learn European portuguese and I use it whenever I can while I'm driving or at home with nothing to do. I really enjoy the teaching method and it makes it easy for me to keep up.

 
5.0

Pit that it is only basic level...

By Artur

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

Great learning tool. I really recomend it.

 
4.0

Best Yet

By Malc

from Spain

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Family background/Heritage
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

The product was great but has lost me on lesson 6 which I just cannot get into my head sufficiently to continue on.

Service and delivery comments:

Very prompt immediate download

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent way to start speaking from the day one!

By Peter

from Lisbon, Portugal

About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

I really love this approach, trying to perfect your pronuncation from the very beginning. At least for me, improving my verbal skills was the priority number one. I didn't have any experience in Portuguese language before the course (and neither in similar languages such as Spanish or Italian for that matter) but now that I'm finishing the last couple of lessons, I'm already capable of speaking Portuguese a fair bit! I've also suprised a lot of locals with my language skills and pronuncation during my visits here in Lisbon, Portugal.

I just really wish there was more levels after this initial one that I'm about to finish. The level 1 will definitely get you started in a good way, but I'm already worried about my next step from here on, because I will probably need to continue learning with another product/approach. So please Pimsleur, help me out with a level 2 of this course! :)

All in all, this course is highly recommended. It works, it's fun (I always do it eyes closed visualizing the conversations) and you can take it anywhere with you. Just invest a half an hour of your time on a daily basis and you'll on your way to become a Portuguese speaker!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An excellent introductory course

By Nick

from Switzerland

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Probably the best starting course available

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

    This is an excellent course - as far as it goes. Unfortunately, only Level 1 is available; this is why I gave a rating of 4 stars instead of 5.
    As far as I know, this is the best starting course anywhere for European Portuguese, but its weakness is that it's just a starting course.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Not applicable, because I bought the downloadable version.

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