Pimsleur Russian Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Russian Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743506205
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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 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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PimsleurRussian Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • It works (18)
  • Portable (18)
  • Fun (12)
  • Perfects accent (12)

Cons

  • No writing component (6)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (14)
  • Travel (14)
  • Fun (12)
  • Business/work (9)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (10), Business person (6), Student (6), 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.

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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's about mastery

By Neo137

from Alexandria, MN

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I once used Pimsleur a long time ago in the past. I thought it was good then, and now it's even better. With tablets and apps, it is easy to keep track of progress and to practice the language more. The "back" or rewind button in the app allows me to skip backward 10 seconds with each tap in order to repeat a section I might need to practice more with the native speaker...as many times as needed. The strenghth of this course is in its focus on MASTERY of basic structures of language via the unique method of its sequencing. The mind can only take in so much at a time, so phrase cassettes which list one after another after another phrases, but don't pause to repeat and to prompt the listener for a RESPONSE fail to teach the student mastery. This course is about mastery of all the content presented, not simply an I-think-I-know aquaintence or smattering of knowledge.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Best product for learning a new language

      By Steve

      from NYC

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • No writing component

      Best Uses

        Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I love how the Pimsleur courses jump right in to real world conversations - the stuff languages are useful for, unlike some other products out there. Nothing will enable fluency short of complete immersion, but the Pimsleur courses get me to the point I can have basic conversations. I also love the portability of the courses. I'm a Linux guy, and with Pimsleur I don't have to worry about which OS is supported or installing extra software to use Pimsleur products (I can live with installing mp3 codecs). About the only complaint I have presently is one specific instance where a hard to pronounce word in Russian is not broken down as meticulously as most new words in the course are. It would have to be the word for "hello"...

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Yes even you can learn....RUSSIAN!

        By From Frustrated to Fluent!

        from San Ramon, CA

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Family background/Heritage
          • Travel

          Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

          We all have our stories about why we didn't think we could learn a new language, so I won't bore you with my story. Russian is a hard language and we are going to meet the family of my wife this fall, so I couldn't put it off any longer.

          The Pimsluer Method works great! Most importantly you can fit it into your life without restructuring your life. Here is how I approached it. I listen to each lesson 4 times a day. Once on my way to work in the commute (preview divided attention). Twice during my lunch hour (focused attention). Once again on the way home from work (review).

          My wife (моя жена) was very surprised to see how much I learned in Russian Phase 1.

          I would advise you to keep up the routine over the weekend. I take a morning walk and evening walk and get the lessons in on the weekend to keep the contact up.

          You will be amazed that you can order food, ask for direction, make plans, tell time and count.

          To those bloggers who said they do not cover the various personal voices, they must not have actually taken the program. First second formal and third person are all covered, with an intro to personal you.

          I get compliments on my pronunciation from native speakers, so the method works if you repeat the sounds and partial words when prompted to.

          If I can do it, so can you. Give it 30 days and you too will be surprised what you can learn: ... RUSSIAN!

          Service and delivery comments:

          It would be awesome if the reading included a page or two with the vocabulary of the 30 lessons.

          Some words like far are hard to determine if you are using a P sound or a B sound. Put it at the end if yo uare worried about pronunciation.

          Overall awesome. I am already in my Russian Phase 2.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Review of Russian 1, Units 1-30

          By Patricchio's Prototypes

          from Spokane, WA

          About Me Business person

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No writing component

          Best Uses

          • Self-improvement

          Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

          I plan to be fluent in Russian and this is an excellent way to start since it provides one the ability to use the language for its primary use which is speaking and listening. The method Pimsleur uses allows one to remember not only essential vocabulary, but also the base for grammar instruction. It would be nice to an additional course in reading and writing to reinforce the lessons. In my case I plan to use the Penguin Russian Course to fill that need for now.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Russian Harder Than French and Spanish

          By George Webb

          from Chicago IL

          About Me Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • It Works
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Too Fast

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Russian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

          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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