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    Pimsleur

    Guys,

    I recall seeing a thread about the Pimsleur method of learning. Some folk seemed to think it
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    It doesn't teach grammar. This course teaches you how to say common words and phrases by pure listening and repeating. Their method is something like this:

    Say:
    1. вет
    2. при
    3. привет = Hi

    or

    1. ла
    2. де
    3. дела
    4. как
    5. как дела = How are things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterAdmin
    It doesn't teach grammar. This course teaches you how to say common words and phrases by pure listening and repeating.
    I think I would disagree with this.

    True enough, there is no real formal presentation of clinical grammatical concepts, but the material is presented in a manner that allows a listener to "intuit" a great deal of grammatical information. It's not just a recitation of static and unrelated phrases; they build on previous information with "substitution", "negation", "expansion", etc. so that you can often anticipate and correctly come up with phrases you have not previously heard.
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    there have been raging debates here about the usefulness of pimsleur, you should have a look and see what came up
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    I have never seen any learning approach that hasn't been criticized. And I'm not a cheerleader for Pimsleur (there are several legitimate gripes about its approach -- but also lots of unfair ones). In short, it's just one tool in your arsenal; don't rely too heavily on it just as you wouldn't rely exclusively on any other resource. Tools are best used in concert to compliment each other.

    I will say one thing though: My Mandarin Chinese pronunciation is pretty dang good -- and I give Pimsleur a great deal of credit for putting me on the right path early on.
    —Ravin' Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavinDave
    I have never seen any learning approach that hasn't been criticized. And I'm not a cheerleader for Pimsleur (there are several legitimate gripes about its approach -- but also lots of unfair ones). In short, it's just one tool in your arsenal; don't rely too heavily on it just as you wouldn't rely exclusively on any other resource. Tools are best used in concert to compliment each other.

    I will say one thing though: My Mandarin Chinese pronunciation is pretty dang good -- and I give Pimsleur a great deal of credit for putting me on the right path early on.
    Thanks, guys!
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