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Each lesson in Russian Level 1 Lessons 1-5 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. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Russian.
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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
As someone who usually struggles learning languages I found the Pimsleur method very much suited my learning style. Each lesson starts with an overview of material covered in the previous unit before learning a new conversation meaning that phrases are well and truly drilled into your mind. Furthermore the focus is very much on conversational Russian rather than grammar. My only complaint is that clearer definition of when a word is male or female is needed.
The class is a bit repetitive but this helps learning everything well and being able to recall what you learned later. it's easy to do a class a day, they are short and interesting.
Make it a bit less repetitive and give more time to answer back.
Yes! I have tried other learning tools but only Pimsleur teaches me the language to a point where I can impress native speakers and have functional conversations. Russian is the 3rd language I'm learning using these audiobooks!
I find that the Russian speakers are not consistent in their pronunciations. A word will be broken down, the last syllable being a "oo" sound, and then when the word is put back together, the ending is "oh" or "ah". A question is intoned differently in Russian, but one example sounds much more like the way an English question would be pronounced than the previous examples had demonstrated. I like the way the course is structured, but the speakers just don't seem precise. If there is some reason the pronunciation changes, I'd like to know why. I'm not sure that I am going to buy the next set of lessons.
I have purchased several Russian language programs including the R* S*, I found the approached use in this audio book most beneficial for "listening" I am also using a CBT based language program by Mango. As a solo learner the varied repetition and revisiting of phrases helps with the memorization. I plan on sticking with this program and using others to supplement.
N/A but I will say the Russian ladies voice is very pleasant to hear.
Only when I tried some pronunciations... :)
A bit pricy but you get what you pay for.
"Wow, I really picked up Russian quickly!"
I do not consider myself good at language acquisition but Pimsleur changed my mind. I was able to learn the most important words and phrases quickly and retain them during a 3 month stay in Moscow for work. I plan to re-learn Spanish with Pimsleur and I think it will be fun and easy.
Rosetta Stone was not helpful for learning Russian and was a total waste of money.
"Get the free sample or all of Level 1, not this."
If you just want to try this, there is a free lesson available. If you decide to go for it, save up and buy the whole Level 1, Lessons 1-30. I bought this first, then I bought Level 1, thinking I could just get a refund for Lessons 1-5, since I have also paid for them in Level 1. Unfortunately, Audible doesn't allow this. I don't know why this is an exception to their return policy, but I feel much less comfortable buying from Audible now.
As it is, Lessons 1-5 won't give you enough Russian to get very far, and it's more expensive to buy them 5 at a time. It's a great method, and a great recording. The problem is really with the way it's sold.
Loved it. Very practical. A user friendly way to learn a new language from scratch.
"I actually know 50 Russian words now!!!!"
usually it's almost impossible for me to learn a foreign language this method really breaks it down and audible lets you slow the speaker down also so now I actually know around 50 Russian work very excited can't wait until next months book credit comes I'll do level 2!
"I good way to learn a new language"
I bought these because they were on sale on Audible one day and I’d always wanted to learn Russian. I listened to these on the train and though at times I napped while listening I still learned. I’ve listened to this book several times and I can understand individuals speaking Russian the news. Give it a go and see what results you get.
"great tool, but expensive"
Good material, good exercises, very short. I use it as a review of Russian that I took 25 years ago. I was done with level 1, lessons 1-5 in one day.
I recommend getting the whole 1-30 lessons in one go but if you go this route, it's a pretty good introduction.
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