NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pimsleur Language Programs is proud to announce that its Spanish and French courses are now available in 5 Levels, bringing learners to new levels of proficiency and fluency. Levels 1 through 3 build foundational knowledge: learners get core vocabulary and functional tools develop spoken language skills incrementally. Starting in Level 4 and exploding in Level 5, they learn to truly live in the language and culture. Learners can express shades of opinion using colloquial, freewheeling expressions; they can disagree and describe, haggle and romance, and truly communicate in their own voice, not relying on canned phrases.
Latin American Spanish and French are the company's most popular languages. The new courses add a large dose of cultural reality, with topics that span a wide range of real-world conversations, including:
- Navigating a strike
- Dealing with a recalcitrant teen
- Setting up in a new apartment
- Haggling with a mechanic over car repairs
- Divorce discussions
- Dealing with a bully
- Debating political policies
"Level 5 really elevates what's possible, bringing a learner close to near-fluency and far beyond the survival situations encountered by travelers," said Robert Riger, Vice President & Director, Pimsleur Language Programs. "Being able to go from talking about the weather to making a joke about the weather is true fluency."
The Level 5 courses contain more fluid expressions and complex, modern conversations where true understanding is most critical. Topics range from the intricate to the everyday. Colloquial expressions provide an insider's view of the culture, and add a lot of fun and sparkle into the mix.
All Pimsleur courses are based on the Pimsleur Method of spoken language proficiency. Learners complete a 30-minute lesson daily and internalize vocabulary, grammar, and the unique rhythms of speech that define a native speaker. Level 5 adds another 30 lessons to the already existing 120 lessons of Levels 1 through 4, and as with all Pimsleur Comprehensive courses, contains a reading component to further increase vocabulary and style. The Level 5 Reading Lessons are a short story, which will set the stage for those who are ready to begin reading Spanish or French for pleasure.
Available digitally or on CD, learners can level-up their language proficiency anytime and anywhere - while on a run, commuting to work, or whenever free time allows. Pimsleur's Course Manager App makes learning a breeze using a smartphone, computer, or tablet. Lessons can be downloaded 30 at a time or as needed - a real perk when traveling to regions with spotty data coverage. A free sample of Lesson 1 of all of Pimsleur's 50 languages is available at Pimsleur.com.
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Pimsleur® is an audio-based language-learning program that follows the Pimsleur Method™ developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur 50 years ago. The Pimsleur Method teaches foreign languages the same way you learned your first language as a child, acquiring the vocabulary of the new language, along with the melody, rhythm, and intonation as used in everyday conversation. Pimsleur offers audio-based language learning programs in 50 languages, ranging from Albanian to Vietnamese. Part of Simon & Schuster Audio, a division of CBS, Pimsleur has its Editorial and Production group based in Concord, Mass. with management in New York City.
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