The Pimsleur Approach

The Pimsleur approach to foreign language acquisition was created in 1963 by Dr Paul Pimsleur, a New Yorker and son of a French immigrant. Pimsleur founded the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and much of his work had a profound influence on the way language is taught. Today, in collaboration with the publisher Simon & Schuster Inc, the Pimsleur approach is distributed all over the world, teaching over fifty different languages, ranging from French and Japanese to Urdu and Twi.

The main element of the Pimsleur approach – and perhaps the key to its success – is something called Spaced Repetition. This technique involves the language learner listening to a foreign phrase and being asked to repeat it. The learner must then memorize the phrase and say it out loud over and over again, with increasingly long intervals between repetitions, which will range from one minute to (eventually) several days and even weeks. Dr Pimsleur did not invent spaced repetition – this was done by Professer C.A. Mace in 1932 – but it remains a central part of the Pimsleur approach.

Pros

Undoubtedly the biggest positive of the Pimsleur method is that it does genuinely seem to work. Users have reported that fairly quickly they have found themselves able to understand the conversations between two language speakers which are provided at the beginning and end of every Pimsleur lesson. Perhaps this is because the interactive element of spaced repetition means you put pressure on yourself to correctly absorb the language to enable yourself to move forward to the next lesson. The provided lessons are all short but effective, so you won’t waste hours each day with superfluous content, and can instead focus on the essential elements of learning a language.

Cons

There have been some criticisms of the Pimsleur system, for instance many have found the lessons to be overly repetitive, and it seems that whilst the approach is definitely effective, there are other systems out there which provide a quicker and snappier learning environment. The method has also been criticized for containing a large amount of English rather than the target language. Obviously, this is not necessarily a negative point as some people might prefer to learn this way, even if it might seem counterproductive to some. In addition to this, most of the course involves listening and speaking rather than reading and writing, though again whether this is a problem or not will be a personal choice.

Conclusion

There can be no doubt that the Pimsleur approach works, but due to the methods used, it may not be the ideal way for everyone to learn a language. However, if it is suited to you, you can be sure that you will get a solid grip of your chosen language in a fairly quick amount of time.

Tour with Zac Brown Band 2015 and get the time of your life!

Zac Brown Band is musical band that has eight talented members. The American band is based at Atlanta, Georgia. The Zac Brown Band produces different genres of music which include; country, country rock, Southern rock, reggae, folk and jam band. The band has been active for about fifteen years and has since risen to fame and worldwide success. The band has produced many albums which have been widely accepted and have won many awards.
Well you are probably rolling your eyes wondering when I will get straight to the point. I won’t talk more about this amazing band, who knows I might talk about it and forget what I meant to tell you. Here is what I wanted to inform you.
Zac Brown band is on tour! The band has been on tour this year and is still touring the world. The country music producers have shows and concerts distributed throughout the year. If you didn’t know about the concerts your lack of knowledge has been put aside. There is nothing that beats a weekend away to a new town where your favourite band happens to be performing.
The rock music stars will explicitly rock your world so hard that it will be a tale to tell. Watching a live performance is always much better than watching a clip online. Attending a concert is also another good way to socialize and you might end up meeting your prince charming there. The vocals and instrumentals used while performing on stage are a win. The previous concerts have been successful and so much fun and it always gets better in time.
The band is set to tour the major cities in USA. The tour around USA is set to start at April to the end of September. In March the band explored Australia and you can check the reviews on their website, they definitely killed it! 
For more information on the tour dates, location, and the time of the concert check on their websites. Since the band is performing in major states like Chicago, New York city, Washington DC and Hollywood you obviously have a chance to attend at least one of their concerts. To attend the concert all you need is a ticket which is very easy to get. The Zac Brown Band 2015 concert tour tickets are purchased through Ticketmaster US. Also the tickets can be available by other concert partners. Grab your ticket now and get something to live for. Another advantage of attending a concert is that you can get to dress however you want and no one will judge you. The tour’s aim is to promote the Jekyll+ Hyde studio album which has the most record breaking songs of all time and you can’t afford to miss this!

4 Ways to Choose the Best European Packages

European vacation packages can be the perfect way to plan a European vacation. European packages vary greatly, as the possibilities for vacations in Europe are endless. This gives you an incredible amount of packages to choose from. If you want to find the best package possible, you need to do a little bit of work. These four tips will help you to find the best European vacation packages for your vacation.

Location, Location, Location

The location of the vacation package is the most important aspect of the vacation. This is what will help you enjoy your vacation as much as possible. You need to pick out a location that you are going to enjoy as much as possible. Some people will need to choose multiple locations to have that enjoyment. Others will be fine with one singular location. List the locations that you are interested in. This will help you to find the best package possible.

Price

It is important to set, and stick to, a budget for your vacation. Before you choose a package, consider your finances. You need to take your financial situation into account when choosing your package. Set a specific budget for the amount of money that you are willing to spend on your vacation. Then, set a specific limit for the amount of money you will spend on the package. Remember, the cost of the package is not the only cost you will have on your trip.

Length of Stay

There are certain locations and packages that are perfect for long vacations. There are also certain locations and packages that are perfect for shorter stays. Consider your length of stay when looking for European packages. Talk to the package provider to understand the best cities for your length of stay. This will help you to find the best vacation for the amount of time that you have in Europe.

Research

If you are looking into European vacation packages, do some research. Use the Internet as your ultimate resource for that research. The Internet will help you to find reviews for specific packages, and for general destinations. The information that you find on the Internet may lead you away from one vacation, and lead you to another.

The best way to choose between multiple European vacation packages is to think about your wants and needs. You need to be able to separate between these wants (location), and needs (price), to find the perfect vacation. While your location may lead you to specific European packages, your budget may lead you to others. The goal is to find the packages that meet all of your wants and needs. By focusing on these different facets of your vacation, you can find the best package available.

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