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Pimsleur German Level 1 Lessons 1-5

Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs
By: Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Series: Pimsleur German, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Languages, German
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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!

Each lesson in German 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 German.

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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Easy to Use

I found Pimsleur's German Phase 1 very easy to use and understand. The format is excellent. It eases you into the language and through continuous repetition plants the language in your long term memory. The repetitiveness is by no means tedious and the course constantly challenges you to think for yourself by forming sentences from the vocabulary you have learned. It does not overload you either with information but instead gradually introduces additional vocabulary. The tutor goes back on previous units as a refresher every so often which ensures that earlier lessons are not forgotten. I would recommend this method of language learning and look forward to starting lessons 6-10.

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Good introduction

I liked Paul Nobles approach to teaching but it didn’t have a follow up program. I tried Michel Thomas but wasn’t impressed. Pimsleur seems to have a good balance introducing new vocabulary and reinforcing the old vocabulary. The only downside I can see so far is that it is American but the German speakers are native. Would recommend.

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An up to date method in learning any language.

This system of learning a language is very successful. It really works. Just do as the guide to lessons tells you and you will succeed in learning a new language. I did German at school, I am half German and only used German at summer times as a kid when we would visit Grandma (Omi) in Germany. I could understand and converse a lot less then. Now, due to the Pimsleur method of learning I have a confidence in really understanding and holding a conversation in German. Very, very highly recommended for all that wish to learn any language in the series of languages.

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Boring and old

The way the narrator speaks is very dull and unengaging. The size of the actually book for the price is also very limited.

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A great approach to teaching usable German

This is the 3rd language I've used the Pimsleur system for, and I find it works extremely well for me.
While these courses wont make you truly fluent, they aren't intended to; rather they equip you with an extremely useful basic vocabulary and overview of the language.
People learn and retain information in different ways, so I'm sure they're are some that may find the Pimsleur approach a struggle, but for me personally I love them, I often listen to them in the car and I always try to listen to each lesson at least twice before moving on to the next.
Thoroughly recommended.

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Great

An easy and effective way to learn a new language. I have already used Pimsleur to learn a new language and am now returning to German.

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Disappointing

Very short and mind boggling repetitive. For a very short audio book, the very basic German conversational examples are recycled within the short chapters. Thus, the book represents poor value, in my opinion.

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Great

I play these all the time and have come along way to speaking German, replaying them as you need really does mean you can learn at your own pace...

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Really good way to learn German

The constant repetition of the phrases makes them really stick in your head and by the time you've worked through 5 units you've picked up enough useful phrases to have a reasonable conversation.

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No book or text to follow

What did you like best about German Level 1 Lessons 1-5? What did you like least?

The approach is good, but without seeing the words in print, it is very difficult to understand what is being said.

Do you think German Level 1 Lessons 1-5 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes definitely

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  • Chrystal
  • 15-04-11

Excellent Learning Program

I will have to say that I was very skeptical about this program at first, but Pimsleur has definitely converted me! By unit 17 of phase 2, I was able to converse with a couple from Germany. Mind you, I do not have a
FULL vocabulary, but the couple said that my pronunciation was like that of a native speaker. Granted, I do spend more time than the program recommends per day and have had to repeat some units, but to be able to be understood by a non-English speaker after only roughly six months TOTAL (including this program and others) is impressive. Of these programs, I have used the Pimsleur program for about four of these months. I can speak better German than I can Spanish, of which I had four years of formal study.

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  • Audio Engineer
  • 17-10-18

I'm glad it wasn't my first German lesson

I got the Pimsler course after listening to Paul Noble's Learn German all the way through. The Pimsler course is already expanding my vocabulary within the first few lessons. However, I'm glad I did Paul Noble's book first, otherwise I would be lost with the Pimsler course.

Pimsler starts with one of the trickiest words in German - "excuse me" or "entshuldigen sie," which is a mouthful and doesn't sound like English. In comparison, Paul Noble's book starts with words that sound similar to English, like "I can camp" or "ich kann campen."

The Pimsler course also presents everything in a quick conversational tone, and rarely slows down to exaggerate pronunciation. I suppose that helps prepare listeners for a fluent German conversation, but it leaves beginners in the dust.

As with both books, Pimsler never tells you how to spell anything! I constantly have to go to Google Translate to learn the spelling. "Verstehen" sounds like it has an F at the beginning, and "Wol" sounds like "vol" to the English speaker. It's difficult to read German even after learning how to speak German without knowing the spelling.

The speakers are great. Sometimes the pronunciation between the two speakers varies a little ("nicht" for example) but I think that exposes listeners to natural variations between dialects.

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  • Ivette
  • 27-11-17

Not that great.

This program provides a few phrases and examples to commit to memory. If you want to memorize a few odd words and one or two phrases, this will do fine. There is no explanation of what you are saying, sentence, structure, ect. If you genuinely want ro learn the German language, so as to speak it on your own and not regurgitate cookie cutter sentences I would suggest another course.

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  • Byron Snapp
  • 04-10-18

Highly recommend with a couple caveats

Note: I am half way through German 2, so this review is really for all thirty lessons in German 1 and not just for lessons 1-5.

This worked very well for me, so I am going to rate it highly. I have been using several different methods and programs to help my German and I do believe that this program has helped me the most in getting my German speaking to a higher level. I do want to give a few caveats below.

I have been doing Duolingo every day (Memrise and Rosetta Stone some days if I have extra time) in addition to doing this on my commute to and from work each day. I feel this is a good combo. I usually get one lesson in the morning commute and one lesson in the afternoon commute. I would do five lessons in a row (Monday morning through Wednesday morning) and then go back and repeat the same five lessons (Wednesday evening through Friday evening). This was immensely beneficial to me as I often would still be struggling with things the first run through.

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I would not recommend it as a standalone product to learn German. I do not think I would have been very successful if this was the only program I was using. There are only two German speakers in the course so some new words that are introduced are difficult to understand the correct pronunciation. I feel they do a good job (better than most programs) but just having different programs also introducing those words helped a lot to improve my pronunciation as there were just more different voices pronouncing something. It also sometimes helped to see the word written, which isn’t really done in this program. The program's reading portion is very weak and the writing portion is nonexistent, so pairing with a program that is stronger in that areas helps as well.

Caveat 2:
This is really targeted for businesses and travel dealings and less for personal relationships. For me, I am mostly practicing my German with my partner and so I mostly needed the informal expressions. This was a bit frustrating as the informal you is not introduced in any of the lessons in Level 1 and is introduced about a 1/3 of the way through Level 2. Several times I wanted to say something but could only say it formally. That being said, if you partner this program with another program that tends to focus more on the informal you (like Duolingo), this evens out and you get practice with both.

I really enjoyed this and I believe it helped me with my German tremendously. Having something that I could practice while driving on my daily commute greatly increased the amount of time I could devote to learning German which alone makes this a great win and worth the price to me.

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  • Connie S.
  • 28-04-12

Introduction to the German Language

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This audiobook works great as a family foreign language project. We listen to it for a half hour a day.

What did you like best about this story?

It is realistic and simple and goes back to lesson 1.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

He sounds like he is German and is pretty clear.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. We just did it a little at a time.

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  • Mike Tecku
  • 05-01-15

Better than Rosetta Stone

WAY better than Rosetta Stone. AND I can put on my bluetooth headphones and walk around the house while I listen/practice/learn!

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  • David
  • 13-12-18

Too short

I love the system, however I think we should get way more modules by credit

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  • Shaka
  • 07-05-15

Worth the money

In five lessons I have certainly learned more than I would learn in several lectures in college for a fraction of the cost.

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  • Amanda N
  • 24-06-15

Great refresher

Great refresher after not using my German in almost 20 years. Can listen to in car or while cooking, etc. very easy to follow.

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  • hamza
  • 04-08-19

Very good, but very expensive!

Very good to start, but with time you find it much more expensive than other programs. I wish they have better offers for intensive learners! On Audible, they don't have similar features that they offer, yet it's much more expensive! As they force you to use their channels!!

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