Rating Pimsleur - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 16+
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About Pimsleur

Pimsleur is a high-quality language app that focuses on making you conversational from the first lesson. Pimsleur is available for free to download on iOS and Android devices.

Pimsleur Review

What is Pimsleur?

Pimsleur is one of the most accurate and effective programs for learning to speak and understand a new language. Pimsleur is a very well-known learning method that focuses mostly on audio. 

Pimsleur is entirely audio based and is specifically designed to develop your conversational skills. They use a unique and effective question/recall/respond technique to get you on your feet in your new foreign language.

Pimsleur is an app that offers 51 languages to learn, but delivers the information in what is basically the form of a podcast. Essentially, you'll choose the language you want to learn and begin a 30-minute auditory lesson (which are downloadable and Alexa-compatible). 

If you want to learn how to speak and understand a new language, Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur is one of the best language-learning apps

How does it work?

With a focus on conversational language skills, Pimsleur has traditionally been the audio course people listen to on the go.
Each lesson starts with a short audio dialogue that the whole lesson will revolve around. Each sentence gets dissected to the point of teaching you how to pronounce syllables. You’re prompted to listen, repeat, listen and repeat again during the whole lesson. 
Apart from the audio of the lessons, you also get exercises in the form of reading (to improve your pronunciation), flashcards (for review) and quizzes.

The app also has a driving mode, so you can improve your skills during long commutes without looking at a screen. 

Is Pimsleur free?

Pimsleur is available for free to download on iOS and Android devices. Pimsleur offers a 7-day free trial which you sign up for when you download the app. 

How much does Pimsleur cost?

After the free trial, Pimsleur costs $19.95 per month that gives you access to all of the Pimsleur audio lessons for one language. Pimsleur costs $20.95 per month that gives you access to all of the Pimsleur audio lessons for all languages.

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Audio courses like Pimsleur can help you speak any foreign language with greater fluency. 

But what if you find that they just don’t work for you? 

There’s nothing to worry about since Pimsleur gives you a whole month to try it out to see if you like it or not. If you don’t, you can get a full refund within 30 days of your initial purchase.

Is Pimsleur worth it?

Pimsleur is definitely worth it if you want to become conversational in another language quickly. The audio lessons teach you useful words and phrases, and they help you communicate effectively with native speakers. However, if you’re learning a less common language like Egyptian Arabic, Pimsleur may not be the best choice because its course is not very comprehensive.

Do I need to be connected to the Internet to play my Pimsleur lessons?

You’ll need a connection to access the App from Apple or Google Play, and to download lessons to your mobile device for offline use. Once those are downloaded, they will be available offline inside the app, otherwise, courses are streaming and you need an internet connection.

Overall, Pimsleur is a strong language app that can help you build a solid foundation in your target language.

To get a complete language learning experience, we recommend pairing it with one of our Editors' Choices, Rosetta Stone ($36 for three months) or Duolingo (free). Those programs are better at teaching reading, writing, spelling, and grammar.

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Additional Information

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Android, iPad, iPhone





Communication Skills


In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No


Simon & Schuster

Download Pimsleur

You can download Pimsleur on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the Pimsleur app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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