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Russian Level 1 Lessons 1-5

Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs
Written by: Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Series: Pimsleur Russian, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
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The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

Each lesson in Russian Level 1 Lessons 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Russian.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Great for beginners and useful conversation

Does a good job of building on each previous lesson and teaching you useful key words and phrases.

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Great for practising your Russian out loud

A good system for practising Russian pronounciation but limited in vocabulary. I've become a lot more comfortable hearing myself speak Russian working through this audio book with the narrator. Looking forward to the next.

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Useful and Relatable Lesson Structure

This language series is more than just memorizing phrases or words. This series teaches you how to interact through different situations, like addressing someone you bump into. It pieces together different scenarios, so you learn the context of the language, not just the translation. #Audible1

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  • Justin
  • 2013-03-28

Effective

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Make it a bit less repetitive and give more time to answer back.

Would you be willing to try another book from Pimsleur? Why or why not?

Yes! I have tried other learning tools but only Pimsleur teaches me the language to a point where I can impress native speakers and have functional conversations. Russian is the 3rd language I'm learning using these audiobooks!

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Consistent

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-01-28

Not consistent

What aspect of Pimsleur’s performance would you have changed?

I find that the Russian speakers are not consistent in their pronunciations. A word will be broken down, the last syllable being a "oo" sound, and then when the word is put back together, the ending is "oh" or "ah". A question is intoned differently in Russian, but one example sounds much more like the way an English question would be pronounced than the previous examples had demonstrated. I like the way the course is structured, but the speakers just don't seem precise. If there is some reason the pronunciation changes, I'd like to know why. I'm not sure that I am going to buy the next set of lessons.

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  • Justin Latva
  • 2019-04-18

Only because there are few

my fiance and her family speak Russian and Ukrainian obviously I wanted to learn. this course is good in theory but poorly presented. the individuals speaking the native tongue do not enunciate properly nor slowly enough. Luckily for me I do have my fiance and she can correct any mistakes this book may have taught me. unfortunately for anyone wanting to learn Russian there are very few audible books available so choose wisely.

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  • Insomniac
  • 2014-09-24

Wow, I really picked up Russian quickly!

What made the experience of listening to Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 the most enjoyable?

I do not consider myself good at language acquisition but Pimsleur changed my mind. I was able to learn the most important words and phrases quickly and retain them during a 3 month stay in Moscow for work. I plan to re-learn Spanish with Pimsleur and I think it will be fun and easy.

Has Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 turned you off from other books in this genre?

Rosetta Stone was not helpful for learning Russian and was a total waste of money.

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  • Daniel Weaver
  • 2017-07-02

Great for learning to speak and listen!!

I've always enjoyed dabbling in foreign languages, and this series is simply fantastic! It's very repetitious and allows you to learn phrases in a way that becomes second nature to anyone who actively listens to these lessons, and that is something that is rather difficult when studying languages on your own without the guidance of a fluent speaker.
Though, I will say that in Russian the spelling of a lot of words isn't very intuitive, and this series doesn't really help with that on its own since it's strictly audio, so I use Google Translate a lot to help out with that (which I highly recommend since sometimes it's difficult to hear the sounds they're making. Sometimes "n" sounds like "m," or "guh" sounds like "duh").
My own method (which may or may not work for you) is to listen to each lesson twice (once one day, then again the next day), take plenty of notes the first time through, and then let the info really sink in during the second play-through. And I've made it a part of my daily routine.
I've learned so much more with this series in a few months than I had with years of studying any other language!

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  • serg
  • 2019-09-21

narrator talks and talks and talks in English

I will cancel and return the free book I want to learn Russian no listening for hours a English speaker

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  • John Newquist
  • 2017-06-24

the woman speaks cleat

the guy mumbles at times. this could be better. the pace was slow on chapter 1-4. too fat on chapter 5.

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  • RS.
  • 2015-07-06

Good technique

Would you listen to Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 again? Why?

I have purchased several Russian language programs including the R* S*, I found the approached use in this audio book most beneficial for "listening" I am also using a CBT based language program by Mango. As a solo learner the varied repetition and revisiting of phrases helps with the memorization. I plan on sticking with this program and using others to supplement.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A but I will say the Russian ladies voice is very pleasant to hear.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

N/A

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Only when I tried some pronunciations... :)

Any additional comments?

A bit pricy but you get what you pay for.

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  • Tyler
  • 2015-07-02

Pretty good!

I recommend getting the whole 1-30 lessons in one go but if you go this route, it's a pretty good introduction.

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  • Elwood J. Bergman
  • 2017-01-18

Get the free sample or all of Level 1, not this.

Any additional comments?

If you just want to try this, there is a free lesson available. If you decide to go for it, save up and buy the whole Level 1, Lessons 1-30. I bought this first, then I bought Level 1, thinking I could just get a refund for Lessons 1-5, since I have also paid for them in Level 1. Unfortunately, Audible doesn't allow this. I don't know why this is an exception to their return policy, but I feel much less comfortable buying from Audible now.

As it is, Lessons 1-5 won't give you enough Russian to get very far, and it's more expensive to buy them 5 at a time. It's a great method, and a great recording. The problem is really with the way it's sold.

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