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The Pimsleur Approach is a unique audio-only method for quickly learning a new language. Compare our unique methodology to these other language learning programs — we're convinced you'll find us the most effective for you to rapidly start speaking a new language.

 
In-person
Classes
College
Classes
Private
Language
Tutor
Study
Abroad
Immediate focus
on Conversation
Convenient Learn on the Go Teaching Method Allows You to Learn in Your Car, Gym, Home, or Anywhere
Quick and Effective Lessons that Let you Learn in 30 minutes at a time
Lessons Taught by a Native
Speaker of the Language
Adventure-Ready, Basic
Conversation in 10 Days
Full 30 Day Money
Back Guarantee
Teaches you Grammar, Vocabulary and Conjugation the Way Humans Naturally Learn
Has a Built-in
Testing Mechanism
Available on MP3-compatible
Audio CD
Requires Expensive Hardware
Offers Live Help
Has Over 25 Million Customers
More than 20 Years of
Proven Success
Based on Over 50 Years of
Research and Development
Purchased by the FBI
Based on a Revolutionary Scientific System that Lets you Teach Yourself
Forces you to Memorize
Complicated Grammar Rules
Attempts to Teach You to Speak
a Language by Forcing You to
Endure Repeated Verb Drills
Focuses on the Core Vocabulary
of the Language
Can be Used by Anyone Over
the Age of 12

No

(immediate focus on
vocabulary with no
English explanations)

No

(supplemental materials
only; iPod and MP3 on
latest version only)

iPod and MP3
versions only

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

(supplemental
materials only)

Yes

Limited

(only for latest version "4E")

No

("over 5 million users")

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

(focuses on immersion)

Yes

(secondary school and
above; Rosetta Stone
Classroom for
primary grades)

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

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Yes

Yes

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No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Varies

Varies

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Yes

Yes

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Yes

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Yes

No

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