Pimsleur Russian Levels 1-3 CD

Pimsleur Russian Levels 1-3 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 90
  • ISBN: 9780743557498
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  • List Price: $695.00

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Includes 90 lessons and reading instruction on 48 CDs (48 hrs), plus 3 Reading Booklets and a 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?
- 90, 30-minute audio lessons
- 3 hours of Russian reading instruction and practice
- In total, 48 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet for each level and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
This program includes all of Russian Levels 1, 2, and 3. With this program you start from zero, first learning survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Russian.

Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice for all vocabulary introduced. Emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension. By the end of the program, you’ll have gained experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semiprofessional topics. You’ll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and most importantly, you’ll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Lesson 30 for each Level. These lessons, which total about three hours, are designed to give you practice sounding out Russian and then to help you progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. Before you know it, you’ll be reading Russian with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker.

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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Pimsleur Russian Levels 1-3 MP3
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Portable (18)
  • It works (16)
  • Fun (13)
  • Perfects accent (12)

Cons

  • No writing component (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (18)
  • Travel (16)
  • Fun (12)
  • Business/work (9)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
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4.0

Excelent program but audio volume too low

By Pat

from Albuquerque, NM

About Me Age Late 50's, Not "gifted" At Languages, Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Audio Volume Too Low
  • Button Response Too Slow

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Russian Levels 1-3 MP3:

I use the program daily and I'm learning Russian!
The rate of introducing new words / phrases seems about right and the frequency and spacing of repetition seem very good.
The speakers and pronunciation of the words are excellent -I can hear / understand the sounds of the words!
However, the audio volume (on iPad) is lower than all other audio content I have downloaded, and I usually have to listen at max volume.
The progression of complexity and progression of speaking topics seems good.
The response time of the "play" / "pause" buttons on my iPad (iPad 3) is a bit slow.
The Bookmarks is also an excellent tool for marking where new words are introduced.
The written materials, e.g. the book by Dr. Pimsleur, are excellent! They give very good insights to learning language and are fun to read!

 
5.0

An Integral Part of Self-Study

By Running Linguist

from Portland, Oregon

About Me Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Russian Levels 1-3 MP3:

    I've had Russian 1-3 since 2006. I'm working through it for the 3rd time now. Second time was about 3 years ago, and it's all coming back to me very fast. I'll say my retention is north of 75%, 3 years after having completed it last and with no daily use of Russian. The first time through I did it while sitting at a desk, one lesson per day giving it my full attention. Now I'm able to listen in the car (iPhone-bluetooth link beats the pants off of the old bookchips which, btw, Pimsleur was nice enough to exchange for me when my chip player, long since obsolete, broke).
    What does the Pimsleur course do? It gives you some degree of fluency with a relatively small vocabulary. It forces not just words but phrases into your active, as opposed to passive, vocabulary. It makes you learn sentence structure without ever directly teaching sentence structure. That strong intuition of sentence structure will serve you well as you continue your language learning through immersion, class work, or other software.

    What doesn't it do? It doesn't give you a huge vocabulary to enable conversation on a wide variety of subjects. It doesn't give you a visual link between objects and words. I also have the software that does that. Given a choice of the two, I'd say go with Pimsleur.

    If you're serious about learning Russian, complete all of Pimsleur Russian 1-3 first. After that, use the other, image-heavy method to increase your vocabulary. The cost of both methods combined is comparable to the cost of one semester of college language study, with many times the benefit.

    Good luck!

     
    5.0

    Learning Russian

    By JB

    from New Jersey

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Russian Levels 1-3 MP3:

      I have completed 10 lessons so far and I'm happy with the progress I've made, and my purchase of the Pimsleur Russian courses. The learning is presented in a logical and organized manner. Many useful conversational sentences, phrases, and questions are given up front. And you build on each new piece learned. The spaced repetition does really help to move the information into long-term memory. But the material needs to be reviewed daily, or at least without missing more than a day or two here and there. The native speakers are great and they break down the pronunciation of the words clearly. Of course, it always helps to have a dictionary or other study materials to supplement if you are interested in reading and writing as well. I only wish there was a transcription of the audio lessons. There are some supplemental reading lessons included that are useful and overlap a bit. The best thing about this method is developing your ear for the language. You need to hear conversation regularly and practice the voicing of words. And this is all done while learning useful language structures, not just vocabulary. Learning a new language takes a great deal of time so you need to be sure that the instructional method you select is effective, and in my opinion this one really is.

       
      5.0

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      By Derrick

      from Providence

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Pimsleur Russian Levels 1-3 MP3:

        Addictive. Would like 10 more levels

         
        5.0

        I love languages, this is great.

        By David

        from Minneapolis, MN

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement

        Comments about Russian I-III:

        Use to and from work. Works great. The only thing I have a problem with is the native speakers have a tendency to lower their volume at times and it becomes a little difficult to catch the full pronunciation.

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