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! Romanian Phase 1, Units 1-5 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson 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 Romanian.
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A great way to start learning Romanian
Not a bad general course, flawed method
The 'Pimsleur method' seems to be pseudoscientific nonsense, but once the narrator stops droning on about it and gets on with going through some basic conversations it's a fairly good course. It is well paced, covering useful beginners vocabulary and teaches pronunciation effectively. As a purely audio limited introductory course I would recommend it.
But, and it is a big but, the Pimsleur method is not a fan of any kind of text accompaniment, which seems strange to me. Babies learn language without it, but once we reach adulthood and invest a lot of the intervening time in developing the neural pathways to read and write, it's a little daft to ignore that avenue for learning. Personally I find it helpful to learn the written part of a language to aid with remembering and pronouncing words, so I had to invest some time trawling the internet for the words I was learning to say.
The language used tends to be rather formal, for example 'ce mai facet' for how are you, rather than the 'ce faci' Romanians abbreviate to in normal speech, though this is not necessarily a bad thing in a new language. Better formal than rude.
In summary a good introductory course to get you straight in to speaking words, suitable for tourists but probably not the best approach if you want a base for mastering the language - that really does require literacy and some basic skipped steps like the phonetic sounds.