Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3

Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Swahili with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442350786
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  • List Price: $119.95

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Swahili

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 Swahili 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?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Swahili designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the Swahili language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included beginning in Lesson 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Swahili alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Swahili pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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 Swahili Language
Swahili, or Kiswahili, the most widely-spoken African language, is a Bantu language spoken by approximately 5 million native-speakers living mainly along the East African coast from Somalia to the North Africa coastline of Madagascar. Up to an additional 150 million people speak Swahili as a second language. It is recognized as an official national language in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Pimsleur's Swahili teaches Standard Swahili as spoken in and around Nairobi, Kenya.
Written Swahili uses 24 letters from the Roman alphabet, excepting C, Q, and X, and including an additional letter “CH."

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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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurSwahili Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • It works (23)
  • Portable (21)
  • Perfects accent (18)
  • Fun (17)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (17)
  • Self-improvement (12)
  • Business/work (11)
  • Fun (11)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (16), Business person (8), Student (3)

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4.0

Pimsleur Swahili Course

By Jeff

from Hampton, Va

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Family background/Heritage
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Pimsleur's Swahili is a very easy way to speak and understand conversational Swahili enough so that you can actually engage with others who speak the language in East Africa or other parts of the world. When finished, I could comprehend a lot of what people were saying as could articulate back to them in Swahili. My only wish is that Pimsleur should come out with Swahili Level 2. A more in depth Level 2 Swahili course will solidify one's Swahili proficiency and help one go beyond basic level conversation.

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Jess

from Winnipeg

About Me Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun

    Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Use it evey day

     
    5.0

    Swahili

    By Chris

    from NY

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    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 Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      This is the best language course I have come across and the Swahili course is excellent. Highly recommended!

       
      5.0

      fast! easy! effective!

      By Jesse

      from MN/Tanzania

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Learn While Drivinghouse
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable
      • Short Lessons 30 Min

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Swahili, Comprehensive:

          Very good! Fast! You hear it, speak it, pronounce it, and reply conversationally. I thought I would struggle learning a language but all it takes is a bit of time and you learn naturally (by listening and speaking) the same way you learned your native language. I couldn't be any happier..... And I'm very busy and learning.... It works great! Stop researching and get pimsleur!

           
          5.0

          Outstanding

          By Rita

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

          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 Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

            I am amazed by how easily and fast I am learning Swahili with this course. Incredibly, I can recall most of the things learned in previous lessons while managing to add new vocabulary and grammar every day. I am only half way through it and I am excited to see what the final result will be by the end of this level. I only wish Pimsleur produced more levels to continue getting better! The program is fun and so easy to use. It is a pleasure to learn a language this way. If you are interested in Pimsleur adding levels to the Swahili language, please let them know!

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