Speaking a foreign language is like getting dressed in the morning: if you don’t do it carefully, you risk offending the locals. Don a verbal vestment with today’s Groupon: for $145, you get any level of comprehensive language program from Pimsleur (a $345 value).
Through the use of repetition and a core vocabulary, Dr. Paul Pimsleur’s revolutionary language courses guarantee proficiency in one of 36 languages – including Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, German, Arabic, Japanese, and French – through one of the 48 available programs. Embark on a linguistic odyssey with a level-one comprehensive program, which divides 16 hours of intensive spoken language instruction into 30 manageable half-hour lessons. For portability, the audio lessons can easily be uploaded to MP3 players and listened to while commuting to work or during a dinner date. Native speakers utter the dulcet tones heard in each lesson, ensuring that students absorb practical vocabulary, correct pronunciations, and a certain je ne sais quoi. By the close of the first level of the series, parlance practitioners will have mastered several hundred sentence structures and the ability to initiate conversations without committing cultural blunders such as stumbling over fragile fricatives or misplacing valuable phonemes.
For more advanced syllable-slingers, levels two and three impart additional knowledge to bolster fuller conversational skills, reading ability, and more appropriate dinner-party humor. Vocabularies grow with the addition of 400–500 new words, while lessons on more complicated sentence structure help chats move beyond “How are you?” and “Is that bathroom a library?”