Pimsleur Basic is a good choice if you wish to sample the full Comprehensive course before purchasing, or if you are traveling for a brief stay to a foreign country and would simply like to feel more comfortable while your traveling.
After only 10 lessons, you start to get a good feel for the Pimsleur method and are able to hold basic conversations in your native language!.
Pimsleur Compact courses are your choice for languages where there is currently no Comprehensive level course available. The Compact courses, while consisting of 10 lessons, provide an excellent start in developing conversational skills in your chosen language. Please note that nany of the Comprehensive level courses began with the Compact version. Your language may be next!
Pimsleur Comprehensive level courses are designed to teach you speaking skills at an intermediate to advanced-intermediate level (see this graphic(courtesy American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) to get a good picture.
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