The First 10 Conversations

A look at the first 10 conversations in a Pimsleur Comprehensive I course

Some people may ask what exactly they will learn in a Pimsleur language course.† With several hundred hours of experience listening to Pimsleur tapes, Cateeís Language World will shed some light on this opaque subject. †Weíve written out for you the conversations at the beginning of the first 10 lessons of a Pimsleur Comprehensive course.† †These lessons come from Comprehensive Japanese I, but the content is very similar for other languages.† These conversations are important proficiency benchmarks because you should be able to engage in that particular conversation by the end of each lesson. The reader should note that each lesson teaches much more than the content in the conversations.† The conversations are only a subset of a much larger lesson plan.


Lesson 1:

Excuse me, do you understand English?

No, I donít understand English.

I understand a little Japanese.

Are you an American?

Yes, I am an American.


I know a little Japanese.

Do you know a little English?

You speak Japanese well.

No, I am not skilled yet.


Cateeís Commentary:† As any person who has visited a foreign country and has had a random person approach and speak to them would know, knowing how to say, ďI canít speak [insert language here],Ē is an important skill.† Sometimes Iíve used that phrase more than any other phrase Iíve learned (except perhaps for ďThank youĒ).


Lesson 2:

Excuse me, do you understand Japanese?

A little.

Are you an American?

Yes, do you understand English?

No, I donít understand English.


Cateeís Commentary:† Lesson 2 reinforces what was learned in Lesson 1 and adds a little more vocabulary.


Lesson 3:

Good morning.† How are you?

Good.† Thank you.

Ah, you understand Japanese, donít you.

Yes, a little, but I am still not skilled yet.

Are you an American?


But you understand Japanese well, donít you.


Lesson 4:

Excuse me, are you a Japanese person?

Yes, I am a Japanese person, and you?

I am an American person.

But you understand Japanese well, donít you.

Yes, a little, but I am still not skilled yet.

No, you speak well.

Thank you very much.


Lesson 5:

Excuse me!† Excuse me!


Yes, where is Ibira avenue?

Itís over there.

And Shinjuku avenue?

Itís here.

Thank you very much.


Cateeís Commentary:† Asking for where things are is a very important skill. †One cannot fully appreciate knowing how to ask where something is until one needs to find a restroom.


Lesson 6:

Good day.

Good day.† Are you good?

Yes, Iím good.† And you?

Yes, I am good too.

I want to eat something.

Yes, where?

Ibira street?

Yes, thatís good, isnít it.


Cateeís Commentary:† Pimsleur spends a lot of time going over eating and drinking.† Sometimes it might be too much, but at the same time, the acts eating and drinking serves as a framework for learning many other words and phrases.


Lesson 7:

Now, do you want to eat something?

No, later.† But now I want to drink something.

Where at?

I donít know.

My place?

Yes, thatís good.


Lesson 8:

Miss Tanaka, now do you want to eat?

No, Iím fine.† But I would like to drink something.

What do you want to drink?

I donít know.† Saki?† No, beer.

I too would like to drink beer.

Excuse me!

Yes, saki?

No, beer.


Lesson 9:

Good day, Miss Sato, how are you?

Good.† Thanks.† Miss Sato, now what are you doing?

Me?† I now want to eat lunch.

Mr. Suzuki, too, do you want to eat?

Yes, I want to eat at Surohito restaurant.† Is that good?

Where is Surohito restaurant?

Over there, itís Ibera avenue.

Ah, I know.

Then, I want to drink a little saki too.† Is that ok?

Yes, ok.


Lesson 10:

Satosan, do you want to eat lunch with me?

Yes, but at what time?† One oíclock?

No, no, later.

Oh, I understand, two oíclock?

Yes, at two oíclock.

Yes, understood.


Cateeís Commentary:† With lesson 10 and beyond, one starts to master the numbers and telling time.


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