July 30, 2009 | Russian
The Limits of Pimsleur Multitasking
There are certain things one shouldn't attempt while doing Pimsleur.
I have learned two things about Pimsleur since yesterday afternoon:
- I cannot run with Pimsleur. It is too hard physically, and I don’t do well mentally. Half-assedly repeating vocabulary words with VocabuLearn is very different from trying to construct and enunciate full-blown grammatical sentences with Dr. P.
- Nor can I can clean while doing Pimsleur. I thought, well, so I can’t run; I can clean! Since I began Russian, cleaning has descended on my list of priorities, and I am feeling the consequences. So I tried cleaning the bathroom cabinets. I got everything in Pimsleur wrong and became very crabby. And the cabinets didn’t get all that clean, either.
Strangely, through Pimsleur I have learned to say things as complicated as “My husband, Sasha, and I would like to go to Moscow tomorrow morning, but today I have a lot of work, and yesterday he traveled to St. Petersburg.” Before even learning how to say “My name is Ellen. How are you? I am fine.”