According to the Pimsleur website, this language product is “a scientifically proven set of principles designed to take a learner directly to the heart of the language, eliminating noise, confusion, and information overload.” These are bold claims. So do the Pimsleur courses live up to their marketing claims?
I have personally used the Pimsleur product when I first started learning German, Russian and Spanish. Overall, I found them effective even if relatively expensive compared to other language learning products. I also used the Michel Thomas courses (Michel Thomas article) before starting with Pimsleur. The two courses complemented each other and certainly were effective in my early language learning.
Please click here if you like the article so far:
With Pimsleur, every lesson starts with a short dialogue, after which the listener is prompted to say something in the target language. After a brief pause on the recording, a native speaker will state the ‘correct’ answer in the target language. The recordings then periodically ask the listener to repeat content that has already been covered which is a method also known as ‘spaced repetition’.
So would I recommend using Pimsleur?
Yes, Pimsleur was worth the investment for me as it helped reach a basic communicative level in the languages that I used it for. However, it comes with the following qualifications:
If you would like to purchase a Pimsleur course as a result of or in spite of my review, you can do so here by clicking on the Pimsleur icon:
If you are looking to find language tutors or connect with native speakers of the language that you are learning, I recommend using iTalki as I have done for the last few years. Click here for more!