Pimsleur Spanish (Castilian) Level 1 Lessons  1-5 MP3

Pimsleur Spanish (Castilian) Level 1 Lessons 1-5 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Castilian Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: MP3
  • Lessons: 5
  • ISBN: 9781442355347
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  • List Price: $21.95

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Includes 5 lessons (150 minutes) as MP3 download

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

This course includes Lessons 1-5 from the Castilian Spanish Level 1 program featuring 2.5 hours of language instruction. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Castilian Spanish. A User’s Guide is included.

The Castilian Spanish Language
In the United States, the term “Castilian” or “Castilian Spanish” usually refers to the dialect that is the official language of Spain, where it’s used in television and radio broadcasts. It is understood throughout the country, although there are marked regional differences. The difference between Castilian Spanish as spoken in Spain and Spanish as spoken in the Americas (now called Latin American Spanish) is due to the diminishing contact between Spain and the Americas over the centuries and to the influence of local languages in the Americas. These two main variants of Spanish are mutually intelligible; the difference between them is comparable to that between British English and American English. Pimsleur’s “Castilian Spanish” teaches the official dialect as spoken by the majority of Spanish-speakers in Spain. Spanish is the official language of twenty-one countries and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Spanish is the first language of more than 350 million people, more than any other language except Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, Spanish is a common second language --- the most studied after English, and the third most commonly used on the Internet after English and Mandarin.

Tech Talk
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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PimsleurCastilian Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (7)
  • It works (7)
  • Fun (6)
  • Perfects accent (6)
  • Portable (5)

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  • Self-improvement (6)
  • Travel (6)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
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5.0

I wish I had had something like this years ago

By Ross

from Fort Collins, CO, USA

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

    Comments about Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05:

    I studied Spanish in high school and college, then lived in Madrid for three years, and rarely spoke anything but Spanish while I was there. Though I am fluent, I have an American English accent that I've never been able to do anything about. I originally got Pimsleur to learn French, and I was so impressed with it that I got the Castilian Spanish course to see if I could go back and figure out anything new about my accent in Spanish. I got the Castilian version because I already have a Castilian accent, in addition to my American one.

    I already know the grammar and vocabulary of the lessons, but even the first lessons have been really useful and interesting because of what they have taught me about how the sounds are put together, as opposed to how I thought they were put together all this time. I am amazed to hear a more authentic Castilian accent than I have ever heard coming out of my mouth. I know what it is supposed to sound like, I just didn't know how to do it myself.

    Once the recording breaks it down syllable-by-syllable, allows you to repeat and refine, duplicate the sounds, then put it together, you realize that we were born with the ability to make the sounds of any language, and that this is still true when we are adults. In retrospect, the other methods I learned with seem naive.

    It has had a practical benefit, because there were certain combinations of sounds that I always found awkward when I spoke and that required effort. Now I realize that it would be hard for a Spaniard to say it the way I thought they were saying it all this time. Tiny particles of spit used to escape my mouth when I spoke Spanish (I knew a girl who used to hold out an imaginary umbrella when I spoke) and I no longer do that. I speak faster, more clearly, and with much less effort.

    I have tried Pimsleur with languages I didn't already know, and it is a really natural way to internalize the grammar and vocabulary. I find it really pleasant and easy to use.

     
    5.0

    Too old ? Not me .

    By Joan

    from Victoria Australia

    About Me Traveler

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05:

      Well, who would have thought I could learn a new language ? I'm seventy nine years young and I love coming to the computer every day and doing my Castilian Spanish lesson .
      It is wonderful, interesting and very easy to do,
      ,My brain seems to absorb one days lesson to the next day, I try to continue speaking Spanish each day ready for the next lesson

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      Excellent

       
      5.0

      Learning so fast

      By Gram

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Mom

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05:

        I leave for work early when traffic is light. Then sit in my car for 1/2 hr and do my lesson.
        I cannot believe how fast I am learning. Each lesson builds apon the last one. So you are always reviewing.

         
        4.0

        Easiest Way to Learn a Language!

        By Shoshaunna

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Singersongwriter

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Family background/Heritage
          • Just for fun
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05:

          I researched all the different kinds of language programs so that I would find one that would fit my learning needs. I have used the free app kinds & an online program website. Although the online one one is pretty good, I didn't feel like I was retaining the language after a few days.

          I decided to try Pimsleur because it offered a different way to learn a language. Boy, I am really impressed! It is easy to use, easy to D/L on your computer and smart phone. If you run into problems, the staff is very efficient in helping you!

          I am learning the Spanish Castillian program. I bought lessons 1-5 to see if I would like the program. I am impressed at how fast I am learning Spanish & retaining what I have learned! If I feel I need to review a lesson, I can always go back. I have 2 friends that speak Spanish, & they were impressed at how I suddenly was able to have a conversation with them in their native language AND understand what they were saying! Last week I went to a Mexican restaurant & was able to order and speak to the waiter in Spanish! I was a little nervous at first, but I found that because this program has been so successful for me in learning a new language, I did great & it boosted my confidence to speak my new language more! This was so exciting for me!

          I struggled with language classes in high school & college, although I did learn German because I was married to a man who's father was from Germany & his family spoke no English. So it's the "immersion' that really helps you to learn a language. The program is just 30 min. a day & the time goes by fast when you do them. I went ahead and purchased programs 1-30 to become completely fluent in Castillian Spanish.

          I highly recommend you give Pimsleur a try if you want to learn a new language AND speak like a native speaker! (The programs teach you how to pronounce the words so you don't sound like an "American Tourist"! I love this part of the program!

          It's an great program that I will purchase again when I want to learn another language once I master this language I am learning.

          Thanks for making my world smaller yet enriched through the beauty of language!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great for learning to speak

          By lme

          from new york, ny

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Castilian Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01-05:

          This is a wonderful product for becoming comfortable at speaking in a new language, as opposed to the more traditional methods that stress reading and writing. However, it is extremely disappointing that there are only 30 lessons, compared to the other courses that have 4 times as many units. Please consider adding more phases to the Castilian Spanish....now that I'm nearing the end of the 30 unites I will have to continue learning with a different method.

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