Last week, I was sent Pimsleur Spanish 1. Pimsleur is one of the most popular language learning courses. There is no software, just 30 minute audio lessons that each how to hold conversations. The Spanish 1 set has 16 discs with 30 lessons. You listen to one lesson a day and participate with the audio.
In high school, I only had on good Spanish teacher. She didn’t use the textbooks, with are usually geared toward proper Spanish that is used in Spain. Instead, she gave use a crash course in ‘kindergarden’ (ABC’s & basic sentence structure), and then pretty much used Spanish for the majority of the classes after that. Doing that got us used to hearing it and memorizing all of the conjugations. It was like we had been dropped off in the middle of Mexico and left to fend for ourselves…which was how she learned as an exchange student herself in college.
The Pimsleur course does that exact same thing. So far, it’s been like a refresher course for me. I already know a lot of what is being said, but I like that it gives me a chance to hear someone speaking it that is pronouncing everything correctly. They also review everything from the previous lessons and incorporate it in, so if helps keep everything fresh in your memory. It has really helped me brush up on what I already knew and remember stuff I had forgotten.
Overall, I think that the Pimsleur approach to learning a language is great. You will definitely be able to understand the basics quickly and easily pick up the rest as you go. The set is available on Amazon for $115 (+ shipping).
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