December 7, 2017 | Review Period
2017: Bad for Politics, Good for Pimsleur
The company has introduced more lessons for many languages, and I am happy.
Dear Pimsleur-loving friends, I have noticed new and newish additions to the Pimsleur audio-language-lesson inventory that I feel merit mention.
Every time I look on the Pimsleur website, I see lessons that weren’t there before. I notice them right away, because I know their inventory by heart. Here are the latest developments:
- There are now 150 half-hour lessons each for Chinese and Japanese (60 new ones apiece), as well as 150 each for German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
- There are also 90 lessons for Modern Standard Arabic (60 more than when I first studied MSA, and now the exact same number that Pimsleur has for Levantine Arabic).
- For Iranian Persian (frequently referred to as Farsi), there are now 60 lessons, double what Pimsleur had before. Yay! There were already 60 lessons for Dari, which is the Persian spoken in Afghanistan.
- I see another 30 Brazilian Portuguese lessons, bringing the total to 120.
- Hindi lessons have doubled, from 30 to 60.
- There are 30 Icelandic lessons. Unfortunately I ran out of time to do more than two of them before I went to Iceland this fall! Oops.
- The 60 Korean lessons have been redone and improved to better match modern Korean speech.
- Norwegian lessons have doubled from 30 to 60.
- There are 30 more Russian lessons, bringing the total to 120.
- Tagalog has doubled too, from 30 to 60 lessons.
I am extremely excited about these developments. This means I will have company for a lot of long walks. In tough times, Pimsleur serves as excellent political-stress-reduction therapy.
Now, not to be greedy, but for 2018 I wish for 30 more Swedish lessons, 30 more Polish lessons, and one new American president.