Has anyone tried Pimsleur for learning basic language skills for travel to Europe? If so, how did it work for you and what was your experience when using the language in Europe?
I've been using Pimsleur Italian for several years, and for my learning style it has worked well. I have Levels I - IV and try to go through them on a regular basis to keep the material "fresh" in my mind. While I'm certainly not fluent, I find that I can manage fairly well.
Thanks Ken! I purchased a basic German course but have not started in yet. I hope it works well enough. I don't expect to be fluent, but passable.
One other point to mention. As Pimsleur uses an audio-based approach, I find it very convenient as I can listen to the lessons where ever convenient, such as at the gym. Some of the other programs use computer-based instruction, and that method is nowhere near as convenient (at least for me). I also like the fact that each lesson reinforces some of the words and grammar from the previous lesson.
I used to use Pimsleur but have started using Michel Thomas. It's also audio only based but it seems to work faster than Pimsleur--at least for me. See if your local library has it to try out.
I used Pimsleur for Turkish for survival phrases and to learn proper pronunciation in combination with a Lonely Planet phrasebook that I carried everywhere. I was very pleased with the approach and pace. I didn't buy the full course but as I recall spent about $50 for the first 24 lessons. Also check the library. Good luck!
I started with Pimsleur for Italian, then took classes at our local university for a year. I was amazed at the intelligent progression of Pimsleur (1 and 2). I had the chance to review it because it was still on my iPod.
Since I bought the classes, I've noticed many, many discounts and coupon codes on the internet. Good luck!