Topic | Pimsleur Approach

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  • CindyS
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    Does anyone know anything about this foreign language program? I saw the website and thought it would be interesting but I’m wondering now if it’s a rip-off.

    Thanks,

    Cindy

    Leanne
    Member

    I have borrowed it from our public library.  Maybe you could too.  I liked using it.

    Mamasong
    Member

    My husband uses it for his job in the US Army, it’s one of the best language programs out there but it is pricey. 

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    CindyS
    Participant

    Well, they have an offer of one for $10 and it sounds so complete. But then (as you are checking out) you are offered an opportunity to take part in the Gold-Elite (or something like that) and each level of that is over $200. So, I’m curious as to what the deal is with this first course; does it or does it not work as a stand alone course? Is it just a hook? Ew, I sound suspicious! Sorry.

    Thanks for helping me!

    Cindy

    CindyS
    Participant

    Leanne, I just looked at the library and they have the Italian; that will be helpful! Thanks!

    Mamasong
    Member

    I wouldn’t think that $10 would be a complete course so you’re right to be suspicious. 

    Rebekahy
    Participant

    What’s it like?  What ages is it for?  Our library has lots of different languages, but looks like there’s a waiting list for Spanish.  Thanks for the tip!

    CindyS
    Participant
    Polly
    Participant

    I noticed it only has 8 lessons.  Is there a “full version” that has more lessons.  I know Rosetta Stone, years ago, had a demo they sold for $10 and it only had so many lessons on it.  

    CindyS
    Participant

    Here is the response I received from customer service:

    “The $9.95 course is designed for people who are looking to learn just a little bit of the language. It is designed for people going on a trip or on business to another country, to help you survive there. The more expensive Gold courses are designed for full fluency in the language and might be served best for someone who is homeschooling. We have a 30 day return policy on both products, so even if you try it and don’t like it, you can return it for a refund.”

    So, apparently, when you look at the advertisement for the $9.95 course, the endorsements are for the full Gold-Elite (or whatever). That was the part that threw me. As far as I can see there is no mention of the full course until you are well on your way to purchasing the $9.95 course. I got all the way to putting in my payment option when I got a pop-up or something of the sort (so I deleted my info). But maybe I missed something.

    The next level is about $240 and then I know there is at least one more level after that. So, it may be an excellent course, but if someone is looking for a less expensive alternative to Rosetta, this isn’t it. I just really do not like that sort of salesmanship; it sours me on a product if I’m feeling tricked into purchasing something.

    gr8tfulCMmom
    Participant

    For those that have used it, what about the writing/reading aspect?  I have heard nothing but rave reviews of this program for almost instant speaking fluency, but I’m just curious if it covers reading & writing.  This is a strong contender in my choice for foreign language next year, but I do want them writing and reading the other languages as well. 

    I tried Rosetta, wasn’t too impressed.  Auralog (Tell Me More) was a bit better.  This name keeps coming up, though.  If anyone has more information, I’d love to hear it…good and bad!

    Thanks!

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