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 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.
I ordered without reading the fine print and thought "yay $10" Well then as usual I became too busy to remember to use it daily and low and behold if I didn't receive another package and my cc was charged. I called and they were very nice on the phone and explained the charges to me. I was then informed of the return policy and I was able to return the 2nd one I had received and at that time I cancelled my account. I found this VERY VERY ANNOYING but I have to admit that the program is really helpful. So much so..that I recommended it to a friend but told him how the pricing works upfront. He purchased it in full (since he could) and he is now able to have speak with French guests at the hotel where we work. So..for anyone thinking of buying into this..have the money up front or be prepared to pay the monthly fees and understand that you will receive more boxes of cds and you must return then ASAP if you want the refund. Do not forget it!
I ordered the 9.95 program and they charged me a lot more. I didn't pay cause I'm a gangster. Called them. Idk what's gonna happen next. Shut them down
Here's the real deal with the Pimsleur Approach. They have an affiliate account with Pimsleur and, like many affiliate programs, they aren't heavily supervised by the actual seller. Anyone can be an affiliate. It's surprising to me that the parent company (Simon & Shuster) hasn't banned their account.
At the bottom of their sales page is a box labelled "Rapid Learning Program" and a link in blue anchor text "See Key Details." It is here where they tell you about receiving more programs, each one needing 4 payments of $64.
The key to their scam is complete lack of customer service. Even though you supposedly can return the program within 30 days for a refund, you have to call their 877 number first to get an RA. Good luck getting through on that line or talking with anyone who cares.
If you still want to try it, I agree with another reviewer who suggested using a dedicated debit account with a low balance, enough to cover the first $10 loss leader. Then reject future shipments, call and cancel your subscription, file a claim with the BBB.
Better yet, just go to the source at pimsleur.com and avoid these asshats altogether.
Don't give them your credit card number! Don't accept anything that comes from "Internet Order LLC, ....Southampton Rd. Philadelphia,..." If you signed up for their limited quantity special offer $9.95 Quick and Simple CD's, just realize that you've been duped, even if you see now that you should have known better - somehow they duped you and me too! Missed the faint tiny print floating below all the BAIT and now they have your financial information and they're going to suck you dry! You better cancel your credit card. You must TRY to cancel your "order" that you had no idea you were making (and by the way they only answer during "business hours" and then expect plenty of wait time and no cooperation) which may stop the subsequent shipments, but you will still have to cancel your card or stop payment somehow or they will continue to charge your card $64/mo for the shipment you sent back (at your own expense!). Contact your local Better Business Bureau. I can't believe they haven't been shut down yet! This can't be legal. It is a stealthy bait and switch. Shame on United Airlines! I received this "offer" through my mileage program! Shame on PBS and Forbes for endorsing such a business ethic (if they really did, as Pimsleur claims) and shame on me and you for falling for it. All we can really do now is try to warn others.
After I tried out the $10.00 thing and was completely unimpressed with how effective it was in comparison with Rosetta Stone, I received an expensive package in the mail that I was completely uninterested in, and never opened. I immediately emailed the company complaining and asking for a return box so I could send it back. They never sent one. Instead they only sent emails that said that I needed to call during their business hours. I have a job that makes it hard to do this, so after numerous email and messages left, the short story is they're now telling me I owe them $256.00 and can no longer return the package.
Sorry, it's 2013. A company like this needs to be able to communicate over email. Talking to their customer service people made me feel like I was back in the 90's. The fact that it's so difficult to get ahold of them, and that they sneakily send packages that you didn't mean to ask for is why I feel like I've been scammed:(
The initial $10 is worth it, but if you don't cancel the subscription, they start charging you credit card hundreds of dollars.
They rely on you to forget about cancelling!!!
If you are looking to do a language with the Pimsleur method go to their official site Pimsleur.com (NOT Pimsleur Approach). This site is through Simon and Schuester (you know, the major educational publishing house). The are legit. Prices are clearly set out and there are more languages available. In addition, you are able to listen to a free lesson in the language you chose. The Pimsleur Approach is a scam. Please look at the legit site. Before, anyone makes the statement - I have nothing to do with either company and make no money from this. I have examined both Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone. Both are good in their own way. Pimsleur is probably the most effective.
This $9.95 dollar course ends up cost well over $1000.00 dollars. Beware its a trick to suck you in and you cannot get out of it!
This product is misleading and its bussiness practices are without morals and substandard at best....Watch your pocket book!!!
Just don't do this. Save yourself from a headache that will never leave your credit card account alone. It is just a scam - they just want to take over your credit card with unwanted charges. It is not that great of a product - move on - don't make the same mistake I made I wish I would have NEVER purchased the simple series - seemed so simple, but it is
Keep looking there is nothing wrong with wanting to learn Spanish, but this scam trick is not the place.
There should be room for negative stars I would give them a negative 10.
Make sure you read the fine print. They automatically enroll you in the highest level product and keep sending you a set of CDs. Each set of CDs is automatically deducted from whatever payment method you selected originally. 4 payments of $64 each month. They keep sending sets of CDs and you are obligated for another 4 months of payments.
VERY EXPENSIVE and not very forthcoming. Poor model.
Buy direct from Simon and Shuster or try Rosetta stone.
I purchased the $9.95 cd and although I don't remember entering any long term agreement, I received the first pack of cd's. I listened to the first few. They were way too basic for my level and there was no way that I would be able to learn from them.
I called customer service and they told me to "just send them back if they don't work out." In this conversation, they never told me of any required shipping procedures. The packing slip in which it came with had no required shipping procedures. They just said, "just send them back, no obligation!" So, I sent them back in the exact same box with the exact same packing slip with all of my information. I also included a letter explaining my decision and a phone number if there were any concerns.
Four months later, a $64 charge appeared on my credit card (the one I authorized for $9.95). I called Pimsleur and was told that my account was in collections for another $128. I was irate. I had not received any notice from them for over four months and my account was in collections? I told them that I mailed the cd's back. They said they didn't have any record of it. Their question, "Do you have the tracking number with UPS?" I told them that I had a receipt from the U.S.P.S. They said they were unable to refund my money and that there was no way of proving that I sent the cd's back in.
Total scam. Charged w/o ordering. Misrepresented 100%.
DO NOT sign up for their "free" anything.
I just convinced my dad to buy this for me. and now i am reading these reviews and i am scared that i just costed my dad $400.00 for no reason. It better work OR ELSE!!!!!...................................
They billed me the $9.95 four times, for just the intial order. When I called to receive a refund, they told me they gave it to me. A month later I still have the charges, four calls and five emails later I still have no refund. When you call in they act like they can't find your account, they say they never billed you anything. What a joke...they should get their business license taken away!! DON'T EVER USE THIS COMPANY.
Like many have mentioned, they start sending you a bunch of other stuff, then you are stuck repackaging, and PAYING to send it back otherwise they charge you rediculous chargers for the garbage they sent you without asking. Perfect example of a company trying to scam people to get money for something they know is not worth anything.
This fraudulent company is smart....it sucks you in with a well put together video on how to learn a new language quick and easy. You have to put your info in (name, credit card #, etc.) first and then it brings you to another advertisement page.
Like everyone else stated, you get sent a bunch of other shit you didn't order or want. My advise, start a claim for dispute with your bank ASAP!! Contact the shitty fraudulent company via email or phone to get the process started of cancellation.
www.Stroll.com is the culprit of this scam....give them a friendly call @ 866-204-7139, 8:30am-8:00pm m-f, or email them @ customer email@example.com
Watch out getting the 9.95 "suck-you-in" special - you automatically get the deluxe version sent and your credit card gets billed. If you don't return the deluxe package within 30 days you're stuck with it!
.@PimsleurTweets is a total scheme. I ordered one set of CD's, only to be charged for an entire course, 20x the cost. Don't use this service
Everyone is complaining about the charges, but did it actually work for anyone?
Also, in today's economy, everyone should have a separate debit card for online purchases only. (this will save you from billing scams like this one, and hackers getting your information)
I was going to use mine and put 10.00 on there and order this, but does it work? They cannot bill me for the extras or the gold set, if i dont transfer the money.