• Russian Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (441 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

Each lesson in Russian Level 1 Lessons 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Russian.

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Critic Reviews

"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." ( AudioFile magazine)

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Effective

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Make it a bit less repetitive and give more time to answer back.

Would you be willing to try another book from Pimsleur? Why or why not?

Yes! I have tried other learning tools but only Pimsleur teaches me the language to a point where I can impress native speakers and have functional conversations. Russian is the 3rd language I'm learning using these audiobooks!

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Consistent

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What aspect of Pimsleur’s performance would you have changed?

I find that the Russian speakers are not consistent in their pronunciations. A word will be broken down, the last syllable being a "oo" sound, and then when the word is put back together, the ending is "oh" or "ah". A question is intoned differently in Russian, but one example sounds much more like the way an English question would be pronounced than the previous examples had demonstrated. I like the way the course is structured, but the speakers just don't seem precise. If there is some reason the pronunciation changes, I'd like to know why. I'm not sure that I am going to buy the next set of lessons.

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Only because there are few

my fiance and her family speak Russian and Ukrainian obviously I wanted to learn. this course is good in theory but poorly presented. the individuals speaking the native tongue do not enunciate properly nor slowly enough. Luckily for me I do have my fiance and she can correct any mistakes this book may have taught me.
unfortunately for anyone wanting to learn Russian there are very few audible books available so choose wisely.

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narrator talks and talks and talks in English

I will cancel and return the free book
I want to learn Russian no listening for hours a English speaker

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Get the free sample or all of Level 1, not this.

Any additional comments?

If you just want to try this, there is a free lesson available. If you decide to go for it, save up and buy the whole Level 1, Lessons 1-30. I bought this first, then I bought Level 1, thinking I could just get a refund for Lessons 1-5, since I have also paid for them in Level 1. Unfortunately, Audible doesn't allow this. I don't know why this is an exception to their return policy, but I feel much less comfortable buying from Audible now.

As it is, Lessons 1-5 won't give you enough Russian to get very far, and it's more expensive to buy them 5 at a time. It's a great method, and a great recording. The problem is really with the way it's sold.

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Wow, I really picked up Russian quickly!

What made the experience of listening to Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 the most enjoyable?

I do not consider myself good at language acquisition but Pimsleur changed my mind. I was able to learn the most important words and phrases quickly and retain them during a 3 month stay in Moscow for work. I plan to re-learn Spanish with Pimsleur and I think it will be fun and easy.

Has Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 turned you off from other books in this genre?

Rosetta Stone was not helpful for learning Russian and was a total waste of money.

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Great for learning to speak and listen!!

I've always enjoyed dabbling in foreign languages, and this series is simply fantastic! It's very repetitious and allows you to learn phrases in a way that becomes second nature to anyone who actively listens to these lessons, and that is something that is rather difficult when studying languages on your own without the guidance of a fluent speaker.
Though, I will say that in Russian the spelling of a lot of words isn't very intuitive, and this series doesn't really help with that on its own since it's strictly audio, so I use Google Translate a lot to help out with that (which I highly recommend since sometimes it's difficult to hear the sounds they're making. Sometimes "n" sounds like "m," or "guh" sounds like "duh").
My own method (which may or may not work for you) is to listen to each lesson twice (once one day, then again the next day), take plenty of notes the first time through, and then let the info really sink in during the second play-through. And I've made it a part of my daily routine.
I've learned so much more with this series in a few months than I had with years of studying any other language!

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Okay for a brush up

This is okay for a brush up if you are a little familiar with Russian. what would make this guide solid is if there was a booklet or PDF outlining what the speakers are saying so you can follow along. At times it can be overwhelming and back-and-forth with the phrases they drop on you

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Not worth it

Just listen to the free stuff on YouTube. It just isn't worth the price in my opinion.

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No voice

What would have made Russian Level 1 Lessons 1-5 better?

I couldn't listen to it. I lost my credit

Would you ever listen to anything by Pimsleur again?

only if I get a free audiobook of Russian language

How did the narrator detract from the book?

no voice

What character would you cut from Russian Level 1 Lessons 1-5?

no voice

Any additional comments?

no voice

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  • Jake
  • 07-24-19

Pretty good

Nice for an initial confidence boost but one should read outside of this. And for the price, there's not enough content.

Sometimes I find it too slow, sometimes too fast, which probably means it's about right for me. However, the male speaker speaks far too quickly sometimes, even when introducing a sentence, which can be quite frustrating.

My only other complaint, though one might see it as significant, is that they don't give me long enough to respond. When I'm asked to speak, my instinctive thought wanders to how little time I might have to conjure up a response, and then when I start speaking I fall over myself trying to get it out before I'm cut off and/or I talk over the initial model response. Apart from having longer to respond in many cases, it would be nice to have something like a little wooden "tick" just before the model response so that I know to stop and listen again.

But again, it's overall decent.

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  • Richard P. Kahn
  • 11-08-15

Great

Intetesting and at just the right pace.Would revommend. This tape is for beginners though. Having said that, it is a good introduction.

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  • Mr
  • 12-23-12

A slow but thorough way to learn a language

As someone who usually struggles learning languages I found the Pimsleur method very much suited my learning style. Each lesson starts with an overview of material covered in the previous unit before learning a new conversation meaning that phrases are well and truly drilled into your mind. Furthermore the focus is very much on conversational Russian rather than grammar. My only complaint is that clearer definition of when a word is male or female is needed.

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  • KIM_ISLA
  • 01-26-20

great

I'm learning Russian slowly,
and I've done this section (1 -5) over the course of a month.
I've replay each session daily, (so maybe a little over a month)
my russian friends can understand everything I've learned in this course.
(I found a friend on facebook who wants to exchange russian for English lessons, and we send each other voice messages and correct each other on words and pronouncements)
and I can't wait to move onto the next section.
I use this audio course in conjunction with the new penguin Russian course,(book) as it helps you learn to read the cyrillic alphabet also,
I highly recommend this audio course to anyone wanting to learn the russian language!

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  • Matt
  • 07-20-18

Not bad but not good either

I found the teaching method quite effective although I wished that new words were introduced more slowly, rather than in large batches. Also if you hesitate at all when giving a response, you'll be interrupted by the instructor as the pauses are not very long. Lastly, when I tried conversing what I had learned with a friend who is a fluent speaker, they found that the material I had been taught to be unrealistically formal for everyday conversation.

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  • Magnamus
  • 10-25-17

Easiest but most expensive way to learn Russian

This is very expensive when you consider it's only 2.5 hours of listening.
But, it's also very good. It works for me and I'm usually bad at learning languages.

The only other minor point I would point out is that the 2 Russian speakers seem to sometimes pronounce the words in completely different ways; maybe this is intentional but it is never explained.
e.g. when the man says "ch" the woman seems to say a "ts" sound, and when the man says a "v" sound the woman sounds more like "b". the man says "Ya", the woman says "Ee-a", etc. I just assume that both are acceptable or are different regional pronunciations or similar.

Anyway I'm still going to buy the next one...

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  • Guy
  • 03-12-22

Pimsleur is the best start..

... in any new language. Including Russian, which I imagine is seeing a massive uptick in interest right now.

My personal experience...

1) Start with Pimsleur 1... get the pronunciation of the language in your head, the music of it... if you follow Pimsleur, those initially impossible words and phrases gradually lose their mystery and become embedded.

2) When you're halfway through Pimsleur 1, start Duolingo in parallel... it's great for learning to read (important!) and for vocabulary expansion.

3) Once you've gained some basics (month or two?), start conversation classes on Italki... no English, force yourself to struggle in Russian.

4) After a while, start attempting comprehension of real language: news (written or spoken) is generally the easiest way in.

Well, that's my strategy (based on other languages: I'm starting Russian now).

In other words: Pimsleur's just the start, but it's a brilliant start.

PS in disagreement with other reviewers: it's really not expensive for what it is.

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  • Mr RM Davies
  • 08-14-20

Not for me

As a multilingual myself, I find it hard to believe that anyone could learn through this style of learning

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  • Accounts
  • 03-30-20

The jury is out

Pace is a little slow but will take the next one to see if its worthwhile

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  • Kate Lissauer
  • 10-19-18

Best language course.....

I've ever experienced. It works. I love it! Very systematic, and you experience success right from the start.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-20

Good start!

Really good and much more affordable on audible rather than buying the mp3 download from the website
Sets up a very basic vocabulary and sentence structure however by the end of these 5 units you will know this very well
I suggest having other supplements of Russian elsewhere, I use Youtube, Hellotalk and Busuu but use whatever is best for you

This would not be a good audiobook for intermediate level learners