goRussian: Speak and Read the goPimsleur Way


The Pimsleur® Method teaches speaking and understanding right from the start

For almost 50 years, in over 50 languages, the Pimsleur® Method has been recognized by experts worldwide as one of the fastest and most effective ways to learn to speak another language. With Pimsleur you will learn Russian in the...

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The Pimsleur® Method teaches speaking and understanding right from the start

For almost 50 years, in over 50 languages, the Pimsleur® Method has been recognized by experts worldwide as one of the fastest and most effective ways to learn to speak another language. With Pimsleur you will learn Russian in the same way you learned your first language as a child, acquiring the vocabulary of the new language, along with the melody, rhythm, and intonation of Russian as used in everyday conversation.

The Science of Memory

Dr. Paul Pimsleur's research on memory was one of his most significant achievements: he discovered that if reminded of new words and information at gradually increasing intervals of time, the learners would remember the words or information for increasingly longer periods. Dr. Pimsleur documented that the acquisitions would actually move from short-term into long-term, or permanent, memory.

The Reading Program

Pimsleur Language Programs use the same revolutionary learning Method to teach you to read, as well as to speak. You will start by sounding out Russian, learning to associate the new sound system to the English alphabet you know. Gradually you will learn to look at the words and see them with "Russian eyes." And you will learn to read Russian without an English accent.

Learn on the Go!

goRussian makes it easier than ever to use the Pimsleur programs by including the spoken lessons in two audio formats. Now you can listen anytime, anywhere: in your car or at home and on your MP3 player.

This package contains:
• Eight 30-minute language lessons on four audio CDs
• A reading book with more than 50 Reading Lessons

An iPod-ready MP3 CD that has:
• MP3 audio files of the eight 30-minute spoken language lessons
• An MP3 file containing three hours of reading lessons
• A printable PDF file of the companion Reading Book (Please Note: MP3 disc will not play on a regular CD player)

On the MP3 CD you'll also find a link to:
An Instant Credit of $100
towards the purchase of the Pimsleur Comprehensive Level 1 program directly from Simon & Schuster, with 30 lessons on 16 Audio CDs. Please see www.pimsleur.com/goRussian for details.

Note: The purchase of this product alone does not qualify for an Instant Credit, or for the Proficiency Guarantee.

Pimsleur’s Proficiency Guarantee. We believe so strongly in the effectiveness of the Pimsleur Method that we will guarantee your spoken proficiency if you continue and complete the Level 1 Pimsleur program. For more details visit www.pimsleur.com/Proficiency-Guarantee.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743596589
  • Publisher: Pimsleur
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: go Pimsleur Series, #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: 8 Lessons + Reading
  • Sales rank: 1,449,207
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.” This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Superb leaning method - but different than you may expect

    Though I understand the reaction of the previous reviewer, I disagree with their assessment.

    I was introduced to the Pimsleur language learning method via Barry Farber's book "How To Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and on Your Own" (available as a free download from Scribd - it is the BEST book on language learning I've ever read or even heard of!). This introduction meant I was expecting something different, and more effective, than other language programs. Both are true.

    The Pimsleur method does not rely on repetition and lists of vocabulary like the previous reviewer was expecting. It is also not designed for a traveler to learn phrases before a trip. Instead the Pimsleur method uses 'graduated-interval recall' to push words from your short-term to long-term memory. Instead of 'listen and repeat', questions are used to constantly keep your attention, and test your knowledge. The lessons are focused on the most common words in the target language and are great for pronunciation and listening skills.

    Like the other reviewer, I found the 'book' to be a little disappointing. Still, I was not worried about that because I already knew that this is supposed to be an 'auditory only' course. The book is included to explain the method to the user, and to introduce reading and vocabulary. But these must be accomplished by use of another course - after becoming competent in pronunciation and familiar with common words.

    The only downside I see to this method is that it rely's so heavily on listening skills (like the real world, ugh!). This is hard for me, since I respond better to visual cues. However, because the system requires listening carefully, I'm learning to distinguish between sounds in a way I would not by any other program. If you're serious about leaning Russian get Pimsleur... and a few other courses, too.

    Please be aware: the 'go Russian' title only includes the first part of the Pimsleur Russian I. If you get this title, you'll find out whether or not the system will work for you. If so, you can spring for the full courses (Russian I, II, and III are available)... Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Not very helpful

    I had expected the CD to match the book. Unfortunately, the CD dialogue is not printed in the book (so the student can read/write), and the vocabulary and phrases/sentences that ARE in the book are not on the CD!

    The dialogue on the CD also was not what one would expect for learning. It initially focused on asking people if they were American or Russian (who cares!) and if they understood Russian or English (that makes sense). Then it focused on asking where Red Square and a certain street were located.

    I would have thought that key words/phrases would have been drilled, like Good morning/day/evening, how are you, I'm fine, where is the bathroom/metro/taxi. I have been studying now with a tutor, and I realize that what is taught when learning other languages does not apply to Russian...the rules for every word changes with every use, but still I would think there could have been more basics.

    Despite not having the CD and book match, it was fairly helpful to hear the language spoken, The male and female speakers did not pronounce the words the same, nor give the same inflections...but, I guess that's true with all people..we do not speak the same. It was confusing, tho', for a learning CD cuz I didn't always know which sounds I was supposed to say, or where the emphasis was (example: when the woman asked a question, she had an interrogatory inflection--I didn't care if it matched English intonation. When the man asked a question, he sounded like he was giving a harsh command). Also, the man had the Moscow dialect, so for example, words with "tye" were pronounced "tsye", so I didn't know if I was really supposed to use the "ts" or not because "ts" is a specific Russian sound.

    The vocabulary and phrases in the book were arranged in a great learning order, focusing on certain sound patterns in short words, then increasing in length. This version has the English translation on the back of each page. Keep in mind the words are in order of ease of pronunciation and are not grouped according to categories(questions, food, colors, etc). It is too bad that these were not on the CD...I was only able to pronounce the words because I have a tutor.

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