The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Spanish Level 2 Lessons 1-5builds on material taught in prior lessons. Each lesson 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 Spanish.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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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)
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"I'd rate it higher but materials are missing ....."
I've been through all of the Phase 1 and found them quite useful. The only problem I've had in buying these courses (I buy the 5 units at a time) is that Audible doesn't provide the PDF reading exercises that are part of the lessons. I tried calling Pimsleur and they said that it was Audible's responsibility to provide the PDFs that are part of the course. In contacting Audible, all the customer service staff will do is give me links to the reference guide (a general description of how the 'Pimsleur Method' works) which are NOT the reading exercises that are supposed to be included with the lessons.
So Pimsleur won't help me because they say Audible (the one I bought all the courses from) *should* have the PDF reading and vocabulary exercises - between a 'rock and a hard place' on this one. My only suggestion is maybe one has to order directly from Pimsleur to actually get everything that is *supposed* to be included with these lessons.
"pdf there, but without information on lessons"
To the reviewer who noted that the pdf is now included in the downloads, I just downloaded this because of this review, only to discover that the pdf is just 14 pages stating the method of teaching philosophy and contains nothing about the notes for the lesson.
Even though I am disappointed that there are no notes, in the past I have purchased and used this method of language acquisition and it is absolutely the best method! I owe the amount of Spanish I can now speak fluently to this method. I just got my hopes up that there might be additional materials that would help me to visualize the spelling that could be printed out. Overall, the way in which the method helps you to think in the language is superior, but it's still nice to have some written material at times.
"Reference guides are available"
I noticed where other Pimsleur purchasers complained about the reference guide materials not being available. I struggled with this also initially, but found that Audible has in fact made them available in pdf downloads. I purchase the lessons 5 at a time, and have found that the last 5 in a phase have the download link available (the earlier lessons in a phase seem to only include the general use guide link without the reference material). Hope this helps.
"Needs a workbook and consistent pronunciation"
I am enjoying the conversations, but would have appreciated a grammar book or workbook to go along with the audible book. Also, I find the male Spanish speaker easier to understand than the female Spanish speaker. Also there are two pronunciations throughout all the lessons – one is the Latin American and the other is the Castilian.
"Quick and easy"
This is so much easier than Rosetta Stone and quicker. I have to repeat most of the lessons but I retain it much better this way. I cheat a little because I write words down in a journal but it still works for me just fine. I don't mean to bash Rosetta Stone...it's just that I get bored with it after about 10 minutes.
I'm studying SPANISH and I do well with listening, reading, and writing, but I get in my own way when I speak. I can already tell that this will help speaking become more natural to me.
still on 5th lesson, I suddenly started answering to my husband in Spanish! I couldn't say any of it just a week ago!
"Surprisingly effective way to learn"
I have a long commute everyday and so I thought it'd be wise to utilize the time better. Enter Pimsleur. I was very, very skeptical after disliking Rosetta Stone and only using Duolingo to keep me "streak" alive.
After finishing the first course of Pimsleur I'm actually surprised how much my Spanish has improved and my confidence in speaking with native speakers. Don't get me wrong, my Spanish still sucks and I use the wrong words all the time, but I'm getting better.
I find that looking up words and expressions after the course and listening to a slow Spanish talk radio station also help digesting the info.
Give it a shot, just stick it out, it takes time.
I listen in the car everyday. it is so helpful for my spanish class in college. It is an excellent supplement.
"For The Skeptics"
I've used Rosetta Stone (so far, 85% complete), Duolingo (95% complete) and Pimsleur. I can't say that Pimsleur is a silver bullet, but it's definitely brought my studies to the next level. Worth a purchase, for sure. One of the best features is the ability to slow it down and speed it up (so far, I'm just at the normal speed...). Fully recommend it as one important part of an arsenal.
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