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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Dec 31, 2005

Does anybody have any experience with the Pimsleur method? How good is it? (www.pimsleur.com)

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Ricki Farn
Germany
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It depends on the person Dec 31, 2005

It doesn't work for me, I absolutely need grammar tables and systematic learning. It works great for some other people I know, who are more of the intuitive kind.

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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Skeleton Dec 31, 2005

Same here. By staying in Ukraine with a friend of mine for a month, I learned a lot of Russian vocabulary and some Ukranian vocabulary, but the structure of the language is something I will have to learn by studying a grammar.
After all, semantics and syntax are the skeleton of a language.


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Steven Sidore  Identity Verified
Germany
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excellent results Dec 31, 2005

I learned Italian using the Pimsleur method, doing a 1/2 hour lesson when I walked the dog in the morning. Taken for what it is -- making a good tourist out of you, capable of chatting up the locals a bit -- it's excellent and easy.

Cheap it's not though, unless your local library has it for loan.


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Maciej Pomorski  Identity Verified
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Great method! Jan 3, 2006

Learning foreign languages is my hobby and Pimsleur turned out to be a very efficient method to me. The point is that you use the language instead of learning about it, and you use it in situations that you can easily find in a foreign country.

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