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Summary

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! Romanian Phase 1, Units 1-5 build on material taught in prior units. 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 Romanian.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 Simon & Schuster (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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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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Not a bad general course, flawed method

Where does Romanian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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Who was your favorite character and why?

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The 'Pimsleur method' seems to be pseudoscientific nonsense, but once the narrator stops droning on about it and gets on with going through some basic conversations it's a fairly good course. It is well paced, covering useful beginners vocabulary and teaches pronunciation effectively. As a purely audio limited introductory course I would recommend it.

But, and it is a big but, the Pimsleur method is not a fan of any kind of text accompaniment, which seems strange to me. Babies learn language without it, but once we reach adulthood and invest a lot of the intervening time in developing the neural pathways to read and write, it's a little daft to ignore that avenue for learning. Personally I find it helpful to learn the written part of a language to aid with remembering and pronouncing words, so I had to invest some time trawling the internet for the words I was learning to say.

The language used tends to be rather formal, for example 'ce mai facet' for how are you, rather than the 'ce faci' Romanians abbreviate to in normal speech, though this is not necessarily a bad thing in a new language. Better formal than rude.

In summary a good introductory course to get you straight in to speaking words, suitable for tourists but probably not the best approach if you want a base for mastering the language - that really does require literacy and some basic skipped steps like the phonetic sounds.

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Creepy stalker dude

Apart from the creepy stalker dude vibe Pimsleur has going on I enjoyed this course. The content is a product of its time, and the course's assumption that I am a straight American man intent on picking up girls is a little annoying. However, I work with Romanians who are very impressed with my accent and rapid progress, so the course is doing something right. And if I say 'Ma'am' or 'Sir' or use the formal 'ypu' a little more often than the average Romanian they just laugh and put me right.

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A great way to start learning Romanian

This is a good introduction to conversational Romanian and I felt pleased with my progress. I look forward to downloading the next set of units.

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I cud learn romanian a bit

Would you listen to Romanian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 again? Why?

Yes
Its simpl and good way to teach
I learnt

Any additional comments?

It made me buy another language book plus advanc coursee in romanian

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  • Kate Whitely
  • 19-05-14

Good way to learn the language

Where does Romanian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked all of the Pimsleur audiobooks I have listened to so far. Other language learning audiobooks don't measure up.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There really weren't any characters. You went from being a man talking to a woman to a woman talking to a man and back to being a man again quite often. It was good for practice and learning, but no storyline, so some people might get bored.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

As before, there weren't any real characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This book does not lend itself to making a film.

Any additional comments?

Unlike many other language learning programs, it lets you practice putting the words in context from the beginning. This makes it easier to learn.

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  • John Newquist
  • 25-03-17

good verbal training

I have tried Duolingo and got so tired of practicing verb tense. this was a welcome companion to ankidtoid

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  • Brett
  • 14-12-16

Good basic lessons

Good pace, aid in pronunciation and comprehension. I would like the option of following a text sometimes.