Pimsleur Russian 1
This is a review of Pimsleur Russian 1, the first level of the
comprehensive Russian courses from Pimsleur.
For the full review of Pimsleur
For more information about the Pimsleur
Pimsleur Russian Comprehensive 1
grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of
real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus an introduction to reading.
Upon completion of this
Level I program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the
most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.
- Initiate and maintain face-to-face conversations
- Deal with every day situations - asking for information,
directions, and giving basic information about yourself and family
- Communicate basic information on informal topics and participate
in casual conversations
- Avoid basic cultural errors and handle minimum courtesy and
- Satisfy personal needs and limited social demands
- Establish rapport with strangers in foreign countries
- Begin reading and sounding out items with native-like
Our Review of Pimsleur Russian
We found the Pimsleur format to be very effective. The lessons go into
a lot of detail on important aspects of the language, including correct
pronunciation, word stress and typical sentence structures. The lesson
contains a lot of repetition, although not in a boring "rote-learning"
style, and by the end of the 30 minutes, learners should be very
comfortable with that topic.
The lesson format may not be to everyone's liking as there is a lot of
emphasis on correct pronunciation. However, the format will be very
attractive to those of you who like to have a clear focus on each
syllable of words. We certainly found it effective for learning in a
way that will lock the vocabulary into your memory.
** Pimsleur now offer all their courses on either CD or MP3 download.
You can also download the courses in sections, for example lessons 1-5,
5-10 and so on. This makes it much cheaper to start out and get used to
the Pimsleur method before committing to a more comprehensive course.