Pimsleur Approach Review

Learn A New Language In 10 Days? Is It Possible?
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Summary

Can you really learn a new language in 10 days by utilizing Pimsleur Approach method? Keep reading this review so you can get the facts about how this program really works!

If you’ve ever searched online for a course that teaches foreign languages, odds are you’ve come across the “Pimsleur Approach.” In case you haven’t, Pimsleur approach is a popular website that promises to teach you any foreign language of your choice in just 10 days and I quote, “Use the Pimsleur Approach to start speaking a new language in only 10 days.” If true, that would be a dream come true for anyone aspiring to be a polyglot.

It’s a popular website with lots of mixed reviews because no one can actually resist the temptation of learning a foreign language, for that matter in just 10 days. At $10 most people are thinking there’s no better deal than that! I was one of their fired up customers after I got tired playing whack-a-mole with their pop ups and decided to give in to the offer.

Their website looks good, with a couple of mentions from PBS and Forbes. The only red flag is the hyped language and the heightened sales pitch on the website.

According to the advertisement placed on their website, the human brain is naturally wired to learn a foreign language in just 10 days; a discovery they claim was created by a doctor named Pimsleur many years ago. So in all you only cough up $10. Then wait for 10 days. And Tada! You’d be speaking a foreign language like a native speaker of the language.

As part of their 10 day learning course, they’ll send you a CD that you have to listen to for 30 minutes a day until the 10-day stint is over. No reading. Then there’s the 100 percent guarantee for anyone who fails to speak a foreign language within the stipulated 10 day. This is obviously setup to silence all the naysayers of course. That’s to say if their approach fails to work, you can return their CD and receive a full refund.

That’s how they work, according to them and the hyped adverts they have sprinkled all over the net. But if you send the $10 you’ll have a different story to tell.

Here’s the real story:

When you place the $10 order for a CD, you automatically get enrolled for another sneaky upgrade that will cost you a further $256 without your prior consent, of course. So one month after you received their Quick and Simple tutorial CD, you’ll start receiving a series of 30 day trial courses in the language you chose every 60 days.

For every course sent, you’ll be billed $256 that you’re supposed to pay in 4 equal monthly installments. That is $64 per month for 4 months. So, if on the off-chance they end up sending you four courses, you’ll be required to cough up more than $1,000 for the four packages received.

Though in their terms and conditions they promise to STOP sending the packages once you call and instruct them to, as well as have the first package returned within 30 days, users on ripoff report have an entirely different story. According to them, getting them to STOP is not as simple as they make it appear. You make the call; an arrogant, overconfident woman by the name of Tara receives the call on the other end. Then without even listening to you, throws in some rebuttals before hanging up.

Convinced the inadvertent deal has at least been shut down, you breathe a sight of relief and proceed with your daily routine. Thirty days rolls by, and much to your dismay, you have another package from Pimsleur Approach. Again! But this time round, you have to pay $512 or more for the two courses received.

Let’s take a different approach:

The Pimsleur approach basically spins around one concept which is that our brain is wired to learn a foreign language in 10 days only. A conjecture they’re quick to link with the ability children have in absorbing a foreign language.

Of course, children have the ability to absorb a new language faster and without putting in too much effort than adults. But none of that ability is in any way chained to the “magical” part of the brain they claim; if it exists that is. Speaking of which, the only acceptable account for this ability is that a child’s brain is always ready to accept new linguistic information than an adult’s, because that part of the brain that stores linguistic information is not fully developed.

A child’s brain will therefore absorb a new language without putting in any resistance. But for adults, the resistance our brain puts on the absorption of a foreign language is so huge to make the learning process as easy and as fast as it is with children. Even if we were to learn a foreign language as quickly as children, 10 days would still be too short a period for us to even grasp the basics.