Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-4 CD

Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-4 CD

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

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 120
  • ISBN: 9780743557634
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  • List Price: $970.00

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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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Includes 120 lessons and reading instruction on 64 CDs (64 hrs), plus 4 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?
- 120, 30-minute audio lessons
- over 4 hours of Spanish reading instruction and practice.
- in total, over 64 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 Spanish Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 – 60 hours of spoken language practice and 4 hours of reading instruction and practice. 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 Spanish. 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 to promote proficiency in spoken Spanish. At the completion of this program, you’ll be speaking and understanding Spanish with near-fluency and with impressive conversational skills.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 for each level. These lessons, which total about four hours, are designed to give you practice sounding out Spanish and then to help you progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. You’ll be reading Spanish 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 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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  • Easy to use (32)
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  • Portable (31)
  • Perfects accent (24)
  • Fun (22)


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  • Travel (25)
  • Business/work (18)
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    • Traveler (22), Business person (17), Student (10), Government employee (5), Older / senior (3)

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Great Program....left me wanting more.

I purchased Pimsleur simply because I wanted to learn Spanish for my own benefit. I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and 2 years in college, with great success. It's also...Read complete review

I purchased Pimsleur simply because I wanted to learn Spanish for my own benefit. I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and 2 years in college, with great success. It's also been 10 years since college for me. I chose Pimsleur because it was almost entirely audio. I do a half hour lesson every morning on my way to work. I don't have time to sit in front of a computer and take lessons, so this is a perfect format for me.

While Spanish 1 and 2 were a great deal of review, it was still worthwhile. The one criticism I'd note is that structure and conjugation isn't discussed much. The learning is based more on repetition.

By the end of Spanish 2 and through the end of Spanish 4, I was doing each lesson twice. I really wanted to own the material before moving to the next. I liked the pace of the instructors. While it sped up a little, it never got unreasonable. It also did a good job of tying back to things previously learned. I can say with complete certainty that my Spanish has improved 100%.

My biggest criticism is that I was hoping to be fluent in Spanish by the end of Unit 4. However, I'm not. I would honestly say that I can communicate in full sentences, but I wouldn't call myself fluent. I would greatly welcome a unit 5 and 6. I want to get even better, but it seems that I'm at the end of the line.


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Excellent language course, mediocre app

I've studied Italian and now Spanish on my iphone as I commute to and from work -- which takes at least 30 minutes, so the course is perfect for me. I was amazed...Read complete review

I've studied Italian and now Spanish on my iphone as I commute to and from work -- which takes at least 30 minutes, so the course is perfect for me. I was amazed after taking 90 Italian lessons that I could chat with folks in Italy -- slowly, yes, but with substance.

I'm now taking the full Spanish course, and sadly, hesitate to recommend the app. It freezes frequently, so I have to reboot the iphone (the next to latest model), or it kicks out of the lesson and returns to the Library for no apparent reason -- and this happens @ a half dozen times during each 30 minute lesson. Pimsleur, your software developers need help ...

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This is the Recipe

By Al

from Minnesota

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  • Amusing
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  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable


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      Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-4 CD:

      I tried Rosetta Stone and Berlitz but got nowhere. Now I'm Pimsleur's biggest fan. Here's the recipe:

      1. Do at least the first 3 levels of Pimsleur. I did each lesson twice, rarely 3 times.
      2. Simultaneously start doing workbooks. First I completed Easy Spanish Step-by-Step by Barbara Bregstein. Then I did Dorothy Richmond's incredibly fun books in this order: Verbs, Prepositions, Vocabulary.
      3. After the 3 levels of Pimsleur and the workbooks, you will be able to converse with sympathetic native speakers. So do it! Lose any fear and just do it. Talk and listen as much as you can!
      4. Simultaneously, start reading real books. I started with kids'chapter books like the Magic Treehouse series (La Casa del Arbol) and moved on to young adult fiction. Romance novels are also at a nice basic level.

      p.s. don't worry about the Latin American vs Castilian Spanish distinction. I did Latin American, but had no trouble at all when I traveled through Spain.

      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


      Not for minors!

      By Average Joe

      from Farmington, MO

      Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-4 CD:

      The sad downside to Spanish 1 is the incredible over-use of "beer". By lesson 13 you just want to yell, "give it a rest". I thought it was poor judgment. This is certainly not a product for minors or anyone who doesn't drink. While this is perfect for anyone preparing for a Spanish Frat-party, if your buying for a minor, you will probably be disappointed.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



      By Jeaninekey

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

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


      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-4 MP3:

      I use the MP3 Spanish files on my way to work (at best, 30 minutes each way every day), and it is perfect!

      I love the pronunciation help, and the way they slowly integrate Spanish into the training.

      The only thing is, they teach you only the formal greetings at first, and I would like to know all of the verb forms. But, other than that, great!

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      Very helpful

      By Quiero saber

      from Arkansas

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      Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-4 MP3:

      I wanted to learn how to speak Spanish for travel purposes. I like the conversation-style teaching Pimsleur does, even though the conversations don't always make sense. However, I do wish that it didn't use beer in the lessons so frequently. I wanted my children to be able to use the lessons as well, but I don't want my nine year old learning how to say "I want a beer" in Spanish.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      I can speak Spanish!

      By Larry B

      from Roseville, CA

      About Me Government employee

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


        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement

        Comments about Pimsleur Spanish Levels 1-4 CD:

        Love the Pimsleur Course. The only thing that could make learning Spanish easier would be a full time instructor.

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