Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-2 CD

Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-2 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 60
  • ISBN: 9780743557658
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • List Price: $495.00

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Description

Includes 60 lessons and reading instruction on 32 CDs (32 hrs), plus 2 Reading Booklets and User’s Guide.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Spanish
Did you know that Spanish is the world’s second most commonly spoken language? For Americans, it’s one of the easiest to learn, and you won’t find anything faster or easier than the Pimsleur® Method. Even knowing a little bit of Spanish will make travel to Latin America or Spanish-speaking countries a breeze. 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 Spanish 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?
- 60, 30-minute audio lessons
- 2 hours of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Spanish
- in total, 32 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet for each Level and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
This Spanish program includes all of Pimsleur's Spanish Levels 1 & 2. With this program you start from zero, first learning survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a mid-intermediate level of speaking, understanding, and reading Spanish.

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. At the completion of this course, you’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future; you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the Spanish language and culture with a deepening insight.

Reading Lessons are included to provide you with an introduction to reading Spanish. These lessons, which total about one hour for each level, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent.

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 Spanish Language
Spanish is the official language of 19 Latin American nations, as well as Spain, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. Further, it’s one of the six official languages recognized by the United Nations. Pimsleur's Spanish programs teach an educated Latin American Spanish, featuring speakers from Colombia and Mexico. Students can expect to understand the lessons clearly and to be understood by Spanish speakers everywhere.

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 Spanish Levels 1-2 MP3
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (17)
  • It works (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • Fun (10)
  • Perfects accent (7)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (14)
  • Travel (13)
  • Fun (8)
  • Business/work (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (9), Business person (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This One Works

I have tried Rocket Spanish, Rosetta Stone and Study Spanish in my quest to learn the Spanish language. I've also taken classes. My biggest problem was to actually understand a conversation. I had...Read complete review

I have tried Rocket Spanish, Rosetta Stone and Study Spanish in my quest to learn the Spanish language. I've also taken classes. My biggest problem was to actually understand a conversation. I had all the grammar basics, but just couldn't put it together. No one seems to teach Spanish, the way we learned English as children. I have found that Pimsleur is the best resource for understanding Spanish. The constant repetition in each of the lessons has helped me immensely. I only bought Phases 1 and 2 because I wasn't sure if this system would work, but I look forward to buying the rest of it in the near future.

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Spanish I

the lessons start off well but soon the overall problem of the approach becomes evident: it is not obvious how the spoken word is in writing i.e. a written compendium is essential to...Read complete review

the lessons start off well but soon the overall problem of the approach becomes evident: it is not obvious how the spoken word is in writing i.e. a written compendium is essential to include. Also the conjugation of verbs should be explained, while they are being used. The P-approach may be useful for those who do not understand the structure of languages and learn them by just listening to them. Also th ereading book is useless as it lacks any explanations or translations.

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5.0

Buying this was a "no brainer".

By N/A

from Port Townsend, Wa.

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Boy Does This Ever Help
  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-2 MP3:

    I use the CD version at home and in the car. I just had to buy the "download" version for travel. This is so much better than carrying CD's around different countries and airports. I wouldn't travel w/out it.

     
    5.0

    Really Effective

    By Nathan

    from Elverson, PA

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-2 MP3:

        I'd gotten a previous CD version from Pimsleur of another language, and realized the value of the program and teaching strategy, but CDs got lost and scratched. This time, using the mp3 version and the app on my phone has been so much more valuable, primarily because it is portable and always with me - I've been able to work through the lessons in the car, or while working outside, etc. so I've been able to keep up better. Additionally, the app interface keeps track of my progress and allows easy pausing and picking up of the program. Highly reccommended!

         
        5.0

        Brilliantly crafted

        By Mumbleshy

        from Bellingham, WA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-2 MP3:

            If your goal is to begin to speak and understand the spoken foreign language almost as automatically as a child does, Pimselur is brilliantly crafted, never mind the plain brown wrapper. If your goal is translating the written language into written English, then maybe the grammars and dictionaries I learned from years back would be OK. Trouble was, I couldn't speak even rudimentary survival Spanish to save myself -- even though I could decode a newspaper article into English in an hour or two. "Knowing" vocabulary and rules didn't allow me to speak. The Pimsleur method does -- just as claimed. It feels more like getting the knack of riding a bicycle or swimming -- minus the fear, because the guidance is at once shrewd and almost invisible. Bravo!

            Service and delivery comments:

            I would buy supplemental audio or video dialogs (in the target language) for every 5 lessons (using same vocabulary and structures) that show how many permutations there can be of what you just learned.

            I'm glad Pimsleur in my course has resisted the understandable clamor for written materials. My experience is that when I see writing in the alphabet I know, my brain automatically switches to English, my ears go deaf, and my mouth goes back to English sounds or mute -- that is, I stop learning the new system and revert to English (Spanglish, Germanglish, Japanglish) Maybe you could offer a license-to-read (and materials to read) AFTER a student can pass a pronunciation test in the language. :-)

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Spanish App

            By Spence

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Business person

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • It Works

            Cons

            • Integrate With Car Audio

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-2 MP3:

              Product seems OK as I'm just brushing up. However, it is the only app on my device that will not play through my Mazda's audio. I only bought this expensive app to listen to in the car, and instead I have to listen to it through the iPhone speaker, which is not ideal.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This One Works

              By Beth G.

              from Chandler, AZ

              About Me Retired

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Fun
              • It Works
              • Perfects Accent
              • Portable
              • The Constant Repetition

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Just for fun
              • Self-improvement
              • Travel

              Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-2 MP3:

              I have tried Rocket Spanish, Rosetta Stone and Study Spanish in my quest to learn the Spanish language. I've also taken classes. My biggest problem was to actually understand a conversation. I had all the grammar basics, but just couldn't put it together. No one seems to teach Spanish, the way we learned English as children. I have found that Pimsleur is the best resource for understanding Spanish. The constant repetition in each of the lessons has helped me immensely. I only bought Phases 1 and 2 because I wasn't sure if this system would work, but I look forward to buying the rest of it in the near future.

              Service and delivery comments:

              I don't have any suggestions.

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