Pimsleur Russian: Lesson 1
As part of a brief series I’ll be doing on learning Russian, I decided it was time to cover Pimsleur - one of the most famous and ball-bustlingly expensive language tools out there.
Many other reviews out there are from language companies or polyglots that talk about the software in general. Well, in my case, the only language I know truly fluently (apart from my native English of course) is Russian so I will talk about how good it is for Russian only.
I first used Pimsleur years ago, when I was looking for any extra materials to help me with Russian. This was before the days of torrents and I actually used Limewire to download whatever lessons I could (price tag was just too high). I enjoyed it as a supplementary tool, but I was because I didn’t have the lessons back to back.
BBC Radio 4: In Our Time - Lenin
Melvyn Bragg investigates what drove the Soviet leader Lenin, and enabled his successes. With Robert Service and Vitali Vitaliev.
For some time, in some intellectual quarters in the West, Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov - also known as Lenin - was regarded as an understandable revolutionary, perhaps a necessary revolutionary given the actions of the Tsars, certainly a sympathetic revolutionary compared with his successor - Stalin. He became an icon in Russia - his body unburied, lying in Red Square in a state of permanent, imminent resurrection. The Russian Presidential Elections take place at the end of the month, and the Acting President, Vladimir Putin, promised that if he won he would finally take the body of Lenin from Red Square and bury him. But whether the country will be able to escape the extraordinary influence of the man, his ideas and his machinery of oppression is another matter. In his short period in power between 1917 and 1924 Vladimir Illyich Lenin invented the one party state, developed a model to export communism around the world and built a completely original political system that remained intact for over seventy years. What drove him and enabled him to achieve success? (x)
Ps. I was unable to upload the mp3 file but you can download it easily at the BBC’s IOT website (which has great podcasts by the way).
That wonderful “I feel like I might vomit” feeling when you send a resume off for a potential job.