Russian I-III

Russian I-III

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, plus 3 reading booklets

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This Russian course includes all of Levels I, II, and III – 45 hours of spoken language practice and 3 hours of reading instruction. With this product you start from zero, learning first 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 of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Russian. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 for each Level. These lessons, which total about three hours, are designed to first give you practice sounding out Russian, then to 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. A PDF file containing the combined Reading Booklets to be used with the audio lessons is included.  

About the Russian Language

Russian is the official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Krygystan. Pimsleur's Russian uses speakers from Moscow and St. Petersburg, which accounts for slight pronunciation differences between speakers, but accurately depicts contemporary spoken Russian.

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PimsleurRussian Phases 1-3
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • It works (15)
  • Fun (12)
  • Perfects accent (11)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (18)
  • Travel (15)
  • Fun (12)
  • Business/work (9)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (13), Business person (6), Government employee (4), Student (4)

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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 Russian Phases 1-3:

    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 Russian Phases 1-3:

      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

      Russian3

      By Derrick

      from Providence

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Russian Phases 1-3:

        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.

         
        4.0

        I wish Pimsleur would add levels IV & V

        By Sam

        from Northern VA

        About Me Government employee, Traveler

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • App Is Very Convenient
        • Great Audio
        • Great Customer Service
        • Helps Pick Native's Accen
        • Unlimited Software Coming

        Cons

        • No Levels Iv-v
        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Russian Phases 1-3:

        I'm giving it 4 stars only because it doesn't help with the writing (has to be suplemented in that area) and because they only have levels I-III. Other than that, it would have been 5 stars.

        The main thing with Pimsleur is that it helps you with the accent and the conversational aspect. For a language like Russian, the pace is just fine. The main thing about this program is the quality of the audio: Russian has sounds that for English speakers are almost inaudible. The audio is crisp and clear. And the app makes it is very portable. Worth the money.

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