I've used many programs to study languages, including (but not limited to):
- Living Language
- Rosetta Stone
- Teach Yourself
- It teaches you using the same methods you used to learn your first language as a baby. So the focus is on listening and speaking, and you learn the grammar intuitively. So no more studying charts, paradigms, conjugations, etc.
- The repetition is built-in. With other programs, I end up having to repeat the lessons over and over. I end up getting bored and don't retain much information at all. Not so with Pimsleur.
- Because the focus is on listening and speaking, you actually get comfortable speaking the language. I've used other programs that help me learn how to read a language, but that does little in helping me communicate with other people. With Pimsleur, you'll be speaking from day one (literally).
- Let's face it, I'm busy. I don't have time to sit in front of a computer and do Rosetta Stone for hours, or study a book for hours. Pimsleur's focus on listening and speaking means I can do the lessons during my commute, at the gym, folding clothes, whatever.
Where to get Pimsleur:
- Your local library
Many local libraries have Pimsleur available to check out for free. Can't hurt to check.
- Used online or locally
You might be able to find Pimsleur used on sites like ebay, amazon, or at a local used bookstore.
- Buy the digital version from pimsleur.com
Sometimes this can even be cheaper than a used copy of the CDs, and if you're like me and would rather listen to it on your phone/mp3 player than have to carry around a stack of CDs, it's win-win.
- Buy the CDs new
This is probably the most expensive option: buying the Pimsleur CDs new from pimsleur.com or another site like amazon.
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