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 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.
404 ‘Pimsleur Approach’ Reviews
THIS COMPANY NEEDS TO BE TURNED IN FOR STEALING
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.
SCAM.....Stop!!! Don't Order!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Pimsleur Approach A Total Scam
.@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
DOES IT WORK
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.
Stop - do not order from this company
You pay $67 for the 30 CD's, however they do not tell you that each box of 30 CD's is over $200. Thinking of sending them back? They still bill you.
Please stay far away. Learn to speak a different language in any other way but this one.
Not only do they make it impossible to cancel without making payment, but they also over-billed my credit card from the amount due on the account. The payment due was $192 and they billed me $256, now no one takes my call when calling in.
NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM THIS COMPANY OR THEIR PARENT COMPANY, STROLL, LLC.
They scammed me---but only for $16.95. I cancelled my debit card making it obsolete and had Bank of America issue me a new card. It is a small inconvience(approximately 4-5 days) but saved myself from alot of hassle. Now I have the cd's and I'll still get to see if their scamgam works.
Company is decietful and unethical.
The company offers a Free Trial for $9.95 shipping and then sends products not ordered and threatens to bill your credit card for four payments of $64.99. You then have to pay to return the product to avoid the charge. This is a scam at best and very manipulative. They require the shipping payment on the initial order so they can get your credit card information. I had hoped such scams and companies were a thing of the past. I was wrong. Before purchasing, I carefully read all over their website, looking for fine print. I did not see anywhere where it stated I would be receiving additional material. They did not list, nor inform their customers of the "gold" products that would be sent to them month after month where they'd have to pay 4 "easy" payments of $64. I am in the process of trying to rid myself of them and the threats they make.
Even if the product was a quality product the hassle and manipulative methods they use will prevent me from ever ordering from them again.
I wonder that since this company has such bad reviews why this review site posts an add for them???
I think 'Pimsleur Approach' is a fake
'Pimsleur Language Programs' are the guys who sell the real stuff, it seems to be...
I am paying for a program which I returned. Billing Scam!!!!
This is a SCAM!
I returned the set of tapes but the return was not recorded at the warehouse. I faxed my receipt from the post office and the billing department never received the fax!
Do not deal with these people!!!!
Best SCAM Ever
This SCAM is so great and well organized that it makes millions of dollars and got it's creator Dan Roitman into Forbes. Just google him.
To keep the scam going and not be sued with fraud, they will cancel so those of you who got scammed, just fight it and it will get cancelled.
Scam fraudulent charges
These guys advertise a language program for $9.95 then start charging 67 a month and shipping additional CDs. These charges are billed to your credit card even though the additional CDs were not ordered. Do not deal with these guys this is a scam
Don't do it!!
This would be fine if they didn't automatically enroll you in the gold product. Go to the library!
Bad Approach to Marketing
I haven't even tried the $10 CD I ordered yet - but not long after I received it - I got sent some Delux set of CD's for that language that I didn't order. When I went to send it back - it turns out that on my original order there is FINE PRINT that says that I agree to 'try it out' and if I don't like it - then I pay to ship it back.
Naturally, I didn't read the fine print - because I had good faith which is gone.
If they had a good product, they'd let me try my CD first - and then contact me about the Delux set offer.
Very Bad Approach Pimsleur - Very Disappointed
Think a little harder
Got the CDs and copied them and send them right back with in the first ten day and got my money back. Got a set for free by ripping them off. You people should think a little harder. :) ;p
Almost took the bait.
Thank you for this site, so gald I was smart enough to check this out before ordering. U saved me $400.00 it sound like, just wanting to learn a little spanish.....
This is unfortunate. The Cd's are great, however they are going to take your money. Not just the 9.95$, but 64$ mo. forever!!!
Anyone interested in collaborating with a group type lawyer?
Bad, Bad Business!
I can't even pass beyond the first disc of my $9.95 first French package, because I got totally disgusted with this business! We cannot say it's a scam because the small print is there - buyer, beware! I was not careful and I didn't notice the small print saying I would receive a new package every month and be charged $ 64.00 for each. If this is not deceitful business, it's at least misleading.
We, consumers, may be silly at times, but when a company needs to use misleading strategies to win us it's because they cannot be good just by what they are. And this is bad, bad business!
I wrote an email to Customer Support asking for info about returning the unsolicited package I received. No answer.
I called the cancellation #, and the lady who answered the phone... oh, my, I think she needs a course: an English course! She could pronounce the numbers clearly! How they can hire people to talk to customers if they cannot be clear? Maybe that's another strategy, huh? :\
She asked "why" I wanted to learn French!!! That's none of their dang business! They should ask why I don't want to learn with their programs, anymore! Oh, I would give her a well-deserved answer! But the poor lady was just working... not her fault anyway! (But she could enunciate her words better!)
I should have known better when that silly cartoon-type of ad talked ironically about the "yellow box" (Rosetta Stone). Those guys have no ethics at Pimsleur - they have to mislead the customers and talk bad about the competition. That proves how good they really are!
If the course in itself is good or not, it's hard to say, because that could also be a subjective opinion. I wanted to try it because I don't believe that a 100% audio course is effective. So, I wanted to check it. I listened only to the 1st lesson and I thought it was terrible because I am the kind of learner who needs to use the four language skills: writing, reading, speaking, and listening. And all what we do with the CDs is listening, and repeating (if we can understand what the heck they are saying). I miss reading and writing, I miss exercises and corrections.
I am an English as Second Language coach, that's why I was checking other learning modalities, to help my trainees in different ways. But I've confirmed now that to have only audio lessons is like trying to lean on a table with only one leg. So, in my opinion, it's not a good method for those who really like languages (like me) and want to learn them well (like me, too).
I am happy for all of you who are reading the reviews before buying the product! Smart guys! ;-)
Peace and Love to all!