Pimsleur Russian Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Russian Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743506205
  • 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 Russian
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 Russian 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 Russian 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 Russian 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 Russian alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Russian 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 Russian Language
Russian, one of the six official languages of the United Nations, is the official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Krygystan, with an estimated 150 million native speakers around the world. Pimsleur's Russian uses speakers from Moscow and St. Petersburg, which accounts for slight pronunciation differences between speakers, but accurately depicts contemporary spoken Russian.

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 Russian Level 1 MP3

(based on 36 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


  • It works (29)
  • Portable (28)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Perfects accent (20)
  • Fun (18)


  • No writing component (8)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Too fast (4)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (24)
  • Travel (22)
  • Fun (19)
  • Business/work (14)
  • Family background/heritage (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (15), Student (12), Business person (11), Government employee (3)

Most Liked Positive Review


I absolutely loved this

I have to say that I am absolutely amazed at how much russian I accumulated over the course of this program. The level 1 program builds a very solid foundation of the language. I...Read complete review

I have to say that I am absolutely amazed at how much russian I accumulated over the course of this program. The level 1 program builds a very solid foundation of the language. I went from barely even being able to say "hello", to being confident and able to communicate many things in a variety of topics. In my opinion, this program is better than taking a 101 class.

It allowed me to develop my speaking abilities without an accent to an amazing extent. It also gave me the flexibility to study on my own time and at my own pace. I personally went through the program at a slower and more thorough rate. I really wanted to be sure that I was able to sink in everything I was learning and to maintain it long-term.

The reading lessons familiarize you with the alphabet as well as teach you how to pronounce them in combinations using a variety of words. At first, learning all of this looked overwhelming. I spent a fair amount of time writing out letters of the alphabet and pronouncing the sounds of the letters as I did so. Now I am able to pronounce (and understand if its part of my existing vocabulary) just about any word that I read in russian.

Of course, the program only works as well as the user does. If you commit and do the work you will find that there is a lot of value to be gained. I am ready to move on to level 2 and I can't help but be excited to see how much further it takes me. Without taking any classes, Pimsleur is hands down the best learning program out there. It is fun to use as well. It often times feels more like a game than work. I would not have been so enthusiastic about learning russian if it were not for Pimsleur.


Most Liked Negative Review


Russian Harder Than French and Spanish

I have been very happy with my purchase of French 1,2,3, and 4, and Spanish 1,2, and 3. Russian is much more difficult with the alphabet and hanging grammar endings. The pronunciations...Read complete review

I have been very happy with my purchase of French 1,2,3, and 4, and Spanish 1,2, and 3. Russian is much more difficult with the alphabet and hanging grammar endings. The pronunciations were very fast and hard to parse I found, even when I rewound frequently.

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Pim is greater than Rosetta

By Daniel A McKeever iii

from Auburn, Alabama

About Me Business person, Military personnel, Student, Traveler


  • It Works


  • Time commitment

Best Uses

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

Comments about Pimsleur Russian Level 1 MP3:

Pim is greater than Rosetta Stone



By Alan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pimsleur Russian Level 1 MP3:

I purchased this course in preparation for a 10 day visit to Russia.

I studied conversational Russian in college 50 years ago. I was not very good in that endeavor but I hoped this course would help me 'brush up' and expand my vocabulary.

My only complaint is that when the instructor speaks a longer phrase, he often speaks it too fast for me to follow and I find I continually need to go back to previous lessons to understand exactly what he is saying.


It's a well thought out program.

By Eric

from Marlton, NJ

About Me Business person


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


  • No writing component
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Russian Level 1 MP3:

It seemed to go smoothly but quickly.

Service and delivery comments:

I downloaded the program to the cell phone
And it works well.


You owe it to yourself to try Pimsleur.

By Paul

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pimsleur Russian Level 1 MP3:

Pimsleur is hands down the best language learning tool out there. I've been able to speak clearly and confidently with my wife's family in Russian in a short period of time. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to tackle a new language.



By Shane

from Brisbane, Australia

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer


  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable


  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Russian Level 1 MP3:

Very impressed with the structure and sequencing of this course. The reinforcement of words and phrases is quite well done. Furthermore, the building out of a logical and highly practical conversation further embeds what is being learned. I find I have to focus when I am doing it because Russian has challenging pronunciation for an English speaker. Nevertheless, the 30 minute per day routine (whilst hard to stick to daily) is finely tuned for optimum learning. Very much enjoying it

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