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About Pimsleur Approach

The Pimsleur Approach (PimsleurApproach.com) is a foreign language course that promises to teach you the basics of your chosen language within 10 days using proven methods created by Dr. Paul Pimsleur and used by the FBI.

When you order the Quick & Simple program, you will receive 4 audio CDs with 8 lessons, each 30 minutes in length, and you are scheduled to listen to only one lesson per day.

The entire program is 100% audio based so it can be listened to in the car, the home, or downloaded and played on an MP3 player. The Quick & Simple program is currently priced at $10.00, with free Shipping & Handling.

What is “The Pimsleur Approach”?

The Pimsleur Approach to learning a foreign language is to teach adults a language the same way babies learn language – orally. According to them, learning language begins with learning sounds and pronunciations, not with grammar rules or vocab lessons.

The Pimsleur Approach works on the idea that you should absorb grammar rules through understanding how conversation works orally, just like you did when you were learning your first language.

The website says that while there are over 1 million words and phrase in the English language, there are only 2500 that we use consistently and that we need in order to communicate with the average American.

The Pimsleur Approach identifies these same language building blocks for foreign languages and only concentrates on teaching you those, so that you can quickly be conversational in your chosen language.

The Cost

The Quick & Simple program does cost $10.00 and comes with a 30 day trial, where you can receive a refund if you return the program in excellent condition. However, you are automatically enrolled to get subsequent programs sent to you.

These subsequent programs, if not returned with 30 days, will cost you 4 payments of $64, or $256, and depending on the language you have chosen, you can receive up to 4 additional shipments.

With each additional shipment, you have 30 days to return those and cancel the charges. You can also call 1-877-802-5283 to cancel future shipments in advance at any time.

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Stroll is a SCAM

Reviewed By Hardy Cook on September 10, 2013, Athens, GA

This is a SCAM. Do not order.

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joe
September 23, 2013

Stroll definitely is not above board. They continue to charge me for cds that I sent back on time. When I call, they say that there is nothing that they can do. I need to call my credit card company.

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method works great, just buy the CDs on ebay or bigredbarn

Reviewed By David on August 29, 2013, Asheville, NC

I've learned several languages well enough to travel on my own in foreign countries and speak pidgin. Easy ones like Spanish and German, as well as hard ones like Russian and Thai. The method is NOT old-fashioned, it blows the computer lessons like Rosetta Stone out of the water. Rosetta Stone will teach you some basic vocabulary and phrases but Pimsleur really does teach you to think in the language and speak with a decent accent.

I listen to the lessons to and from work and work through several lessons a week, usually listening to each lesson twice or three times.

Don't buy the CD's from some website that forces you into some sort of marketing scheme, just buy the whole set new from bigredbarn, or used from ebay. After you're done with them (and have them ripped onto your iPod) you can sell them on ebay yourself and get some of that cash back. And nobody has your credit card number to keep on charging it!

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Momentum
September 03, 2013

He/She is absolutely right on the credit card autocharged when you don't return their materials after 30 days. It's very annoying. I really dislike this merchandising strategy.

joe
September 23, 2013

Even after I returned mine on time, they continue to charge me. Every month I have to dispute it with my credit card company

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Even better then it appears

Reviewed By Kerry on August 26, 2013, Chattanooga, TN

First, one really needs the complete set, not the introductory program. The imperfections or flaws are not accidental, they are purposely designed to build up additional vocabulary and to help prepare one for the more advance lessons. Despite what any source claims, learning a foreign language require a long term commitment. Those 10 minutes a day programs simply do not work. If they did, every high school graduate should know at least two foreign language!

I completed Level 1 Russian, and now on lesson #9 level 2. By the time I finish level 3, I will be able to converse rather well.

Rosetta Stone is almost worthless. I might use it to help learn some random vocabulary and listen to a different native speaker. At best, Rosetta Stone might be an acceptable supplement.

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support pimsleur method

Reviewed By emily on August 15, 2013

Its very much true that the $10 deal is just a scam to make u pay more than u wanted to. Dont buy from pimsleur approach THEYRE JUST TRYING TO TRICK U! but DO buy from pimsleur.com becuz theyre more open and honest and wont charge u extra for their products. Pimsleur is a very well respected name in the linguistic community. The product is rlly really proven to work so dont pass up on the amazing opportunity! Jus dont make the mistake of buying it from the wrong website. Pimsleurapproach are the resellers that r trying to forcefully take money out of ur pocket but pimsleur.com is more "approachable" and less dishonest about their products. Also approach is the one.that advertises that "learn in ten days" pitch whereas pimsleur.com does not at alll. Its gonna take u a two wks to a month to finish one lvl of a course wich is 30 lessons.
So do not support "pimsleur approach" but do support "pimsleur method"! I even unfollowed pimsleur approach on twitter becuz i was so displeased with how theirbilling system works. And yes i kno to read the fine print but some companies even violate their own rules.

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Eileen
August 27, 2013

Thank you for your review. I ordered the $10 trial offer from PimsleurApproach and wanted to know the difference between "Pimsleur" and "PimsleurApproach". I'm thinking I don't want anybody taking $59 x 4 installments out of my account. I'd rather just buy the program I want upfront. Makes me nervous to have anything deducted.

Fantom
September 03, 2013

I wish I could read your review earlier. Thanks for pointing out the difference between the two pimsleurs. I will check the honest pimsleur to see how it works.
Thanks again !!!

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Pimsleur Works - if you do!

Reviewed By Dan T on August 12, 2013, Lehi, UT

Several years ago, I moved to Las Vegas. Recognizing that speaking Spanish would be very helpful with the increasing Hispanic population in Vegas, I considered my options. Since I was spending a lot of time in my car, I liked the Pimsleur approach through CDs. Now - to be honest - I checked out the large Pimsleur system FREE through the public libraries, and long before I finished the 70 CDs, I was conducting business in Spanish. I was also getting compliments on my accent. Again - to be honest - most of the complaints I'm reading here deal with the marketing practices, not the actual results. So - I'm recommending that you find a way to get the CDs, because Pimsleur works, if YOU DO. My next foray - Mandarin Chinese, and yes, I'll use Pimsleur!

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