Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pimsleur Spanish 1 Language Learning course

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have always wanted to learn a second language but never had the right tools. My mom loved shopping in Mexico so she would take annual trips. I never got to with her so one day I hope to go on my own.
She would always talk about the language barrier so I think it would be great to know the language.

I tried learning a computer program but it only had the capabilities to teach me a few words. Like basics colors, numbers, and "where is the bank?" I imagine that could come up in conversation but if you can't understand the response... useless.  Not to mention it was very hard to learn by hearing a word one time and see the word. If can't speak Spanish what makes you think I can read it?

When I was chosen to review the Pimsleur Spanish 1 Language learning course  I was over the moon excited. When I received the package I was impressed with the extensive amount of CDs tucked very neatly into 2 folders.

It is very important to listen to the first CD it gives you a little bit of history and explains how the Pimsleur Spanish course came about. It also explains how to use the CDs effectively and learn as much as possible. It also tells you why this course may be effective for you even if you have tried to learn a second language unsuccessfully in the past. 

The course will teach you how to carry on a conversation and be the basis for extended learning. One day you can eventually become fluent in the language.  Imagine learning how to be conversational in a second language in only 30 minutes a day. That is all that is needed for the Pimsleur course 1 CD which is 30 minutes. You can listen to that same lesson more than once throughout the day but it is not recommended to listen to more than 1 lesson per day. 

The course is not based on repetition but practicing the words in a conversation like lesson. I put in the first lesson, blaring in the living room. If my children learn Spanish with me, even better. The lesson was very interesting, it was not boring or repetitious. I found myself leaning closer to the speaker to understand better.  I am very impressed with how many words I picked up. Other lessons feel that basic words are things like colors, numbers, and good morning. But Pimsleur goes way beyond that in the first lesson I feel that I could easily communicate to someone that I do not speak Spanish.  Which would have come in handy at a few of my past jobs. Not to mention that's a lot more effective than counting to them or spouting off colors!

I'm impressed with what I have retained even being a day later so I know if I go over the lesson one or two more times I will be ready to move on to lesson 2.  I can't wait to see what that brings. Keep in mind I mentioned how extensive the CD collection is so who knows what I will learn next. 

I'm so excited to continue learning a second language with the Pimsleur course .Bilingual looks great on a resume' and hopefully one day I will make it to Mexico. 

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  1. I've always wanted to learn another language (besides by very rusty college French!)

  2. I took French in High School, but I've always wanted to really speak another language fluently. This sounds interesting.