I am fascinated with different languages. I am especially fascinated with people who speak multiple languages. I never thought that I would be one of those people, but that was before I was introduced to Pimsleur. I have already reviewed the Pimsleur Spanish level I. Now, I am on to reviewing Pimsleur German Level I.
Pimsleur is awesome for helping someone brand new to a language. Seriously, I knew no German when I first got this course. The great thing about Pimsleur is that it encourages you so speak aloud. If you are trying to do it all in your head, you are probably shortchanging yourself. You are encouraged to repeat what the teacher says and even answer questions posed by the teacher. If you are not able to respond in the allotted time, you can always repeat the lesson you are on before moving on. If I’m remembering correctly, it advises that you are able to master 80% of the material in a given lesson before you move on for retention. That means that you don’t have to remember every single thing, but you should know most of what you learned. In future lessons you will get the chance to practice what you learned so you can keep it fresh in your memory.
I have found that there is sufficient time for me to respond to questions asked by the teacher. If you really focus and pay attention to the lesson as it is being delivered, you should be able to pick up the language. I don’t consider myself a super fast learner. In fact, my memory is rubbish (I said that with a British accent in my head btw). If I can do it, you can do it!!
I am hoping that in a year from now, I will be able to speak two new languages. The two I’m going to focus on for now are Spanish and French, but I wanted to see what the German was like just for fun. Who knows? In a year from now I might be speaking Spanish and French and will be ready to master German as well :).
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