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The first unit of this course was a barrage of new words. I had to play it 4 times before I could do it all. The format is to give short phrases, then have you repeat them back. All the new words are broken down into syllables and pronounced slowly initially to make sure you get the pronunciation correct. This is a big plus. You are then asked to say the phrases over and over in different order so you have to mentally switch between them fairly rapidly. You are only given a minimum time to say them. This is quite a challenge but does ensure that you memorise them properly. In the end it becomes quite addictive. The phrases collectively make up a conversation
The subsequent units always start off with a refresher on the previous units, so a lot of the words are familiar, and there are fewer new words and phrases to learn. This makes subsequent units much easier, so I generally only had to do them twice.
I am very confident I could learn all the language given in the units if I carry on with the whole course. As I am only doing this for a holiday I will probably stop after units 6 to 10. I am also doing BBC get by in Turkish which has a lot more vocabulary that you would need on holiday, and Collins 40 minute Turkish, which also has a lot of vocabulary, but no conversation at all.
I would definitely recommend this course. I did not like the fact it assumes you are an American male talking to a young Turkish female, since I am in fact a middle aged English female. Saying "I am American" loads of times really grated. The Collins 40 minute Turkish tells you how to say "I am English" and also has the most important phrase you need on holiday which is "where are the toilets please?" Phonetically this is "tuvalet nerreday lutfan".
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Would you try another book from Pimsleur and/or the narrator?
If you're a visual learner, you can probably find a better language learning series than Pimsleur, but if you do buy this, you will learn, although perhaps not as fast as you could.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The words and phrases that it starts off with are not really the one's I'd tend to start with in a new country. THANK YOU is one of the most important phrases one can know. People appreciate when you can say that even if you can say nothing else. And you'll find you'll use that a LOT!! Additionally, although challenging in a audio-only book, another skill that is vital in Turkey is being able to say the words that one sees spelled out. It helps you learn even when you're not plugged in to the audio book. Obviously Pimsleur's audio-only approach can't help with that.
Do you think Turkish Phase 1, Unit 01-05 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes. It's inspired me to see if I can find a language learning system that is more aligned with the way I learn and use language. I don't mean that in a disparaging way. I just don't think Pimsleur is a good match for me. I'm glad Audible has this and I was able to pick it up in Turkey and listen to it discretely on the tour bus even if I wasn't learning as fast as I might have with another system.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I used Pimsleur to help me master Spanish initially, before arriving in country. Now using Turkish and it is excellent. Definitely worth it!
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