Copyright Infringement – Pimsleur transcripts (Simon & Schuster)

Seems that Pimsleur doesn’t like me providing transcripts for their Mandarin Chinese 1 Units and have asked for their removal.

Find the Notice of Copyright Infringement below.

So what are some Pimsleur alternatives for learning a language that are more than happy to provide transcripts.

  • Livemocha is a Social Language Learning resource.
  • The world’s number 1 in language learning software, Rosetta Stone is another alternative.
  • Instant Immersion produces a large collection of language learning programs, in the forms of computer software, audio and books.
  • FSI Language Courses is a free alternative with a large number of audio units in the public domain.

There are still plenty of sights that provide Pimsleur transcripts.

And don’t forgot you can freely download any of the Pimsleur audio books online

Update December 2009: I have made the transcripts available for download;

http://thydzik.com/pimsleur-mandarin-chinese-unit-1-transcripts/

  • Debbie Rogers

    Ouch…too bad about the Pimsleur transcripts. Slightly comical though…haha, sorry!

    Here are a few other places to learn a language online.

    Myngle – A marketplace for teachers and students for language learning through their virtual classroom. There’s a lively forum and a library of other resources as well.
    http://www.myngle.com/

    eduFire – like Myngle, but the focus is broader than just language learning. In addition, eduFire offers both 1 on 1 and group classes for up to 100 people. It also has its own forum, and aspects like flashcards and articles.
    http://edufire.com/

    The above are good for courses like the resources you listed, but some good supplements are smart.fm (an awesome flashcard service) and Lang-8 (an excellent journal writing service where native speakers correct your entries and you can correct theirs).
    http://smart.fm/
    http://lang-8.com/

    Good luck!

  • thydzik

    Debbie,

    Thanks for the links.

    and don’t worry, I think it is comical as well.

    Travis

  • Jenny Ho

    Because of this ruling I will NOT now buy the II and III lessons It is impossible to learn completely without a transcript.
    I will buy a different lessoin from somewhere else that DOES provide transcripts
    Jenny Ho

  • Jaime Garcia

    This is outrageous.

    Pimsleur Mandarin is difficult (and incomplete) enough to be studied without any transcripts. It lacks LOTS of basic grammar explanations and you end up figuring them out most of the time, which I consider a huge defect on itself.

    I certainly wasn’t expecting this… 4 months ago I printed myself all the first Lessons transcripsts. Right now I was gonna look for the next lessons and to my surprise, they’re all gone, I’m not able to find neither Pimsleur 2 or 3 online.

    I can’t believe it… I don’t know . . . I’d love to have them to keep on advancing on Pimsleur.

  • taryn

    this really sucks. my real site tarynstranscripts.com was deleted by weebly.com probably because of the same form letter.

    when i get time (whenever that is) i’ll try to recreate the site on awardspace since they’re not in the US.

    *sigh*

  • Lawal

    Guys
    I’m more than happy to share the transcripts i once found but never used, about 290 pages if i recall correctly. I finished Mandarin I and havent gotten far with II due to laziness, I stongly disagree that you need the transcrpts to use/learn with pimsleur.

    I am at present on lesson 9 of unit II and hope to finish III b4 i go to china this december. I will find the pdf file and will share with anyone that wants it – Debbie says it best.. Its comical.. jeje

    Then again i remember sony doing the same to a lyric of a song in an indian movie….. Wouldnt logic suggest if you learn the lyrics = become more fond of the song? Same for pimsleur transcripts? Ah well these cooperate pple someone needs to educate them some ;)

    What do i know…? Anyways I strongly recommend you try and push yourself to do it, Unit I was really piece of cake especially after lesson 8 but hey different folks different strokes. There is wisdom though in the way they did the program without the transcript. As they claim and I agree, babies learn to speak before they can read or write.

    Xianzai wo keyi shuo yidianr he wo yao qu zhonguo so when i get there, i improve my speaking but learn reading and writing. Goodluck everyone :)

    N.B Will check back weekly leave ur email addresses if u want it…

  • Sami

    I’d love to have those! samitakamaki[at]gmail.com

  • Jean-Marc

    Lawal,
    If you have them, I’d be happy to receive transcripsts for Pimsleur One.
    Thank you very much
    Jean-Marc, guepard_2001 at yahoo.fr

  • Max

    Hi Lawal,

    I just started Pimsleur Mandarin I two weeks ago and got frustrated for the lack of transcripts!

    Please help me!
    max.leopold [att] gmail.com

  • Bry

    Hi Lawal

    If you have them, I’d be happy to receive transcripsts for Pimsleur One.
    Thank you very much

    Find me at bryantaiwan (att) hotmail.com

    Thanks a ton

  • Bry

    In fact, If you have any 2,3 I would highly appreciate those too.

    ThaNKS AGAIN

  • Oliver

    Yes Please would love those transcripts!.

    oliver_roman (at) hotmail .com

  • Petia

    Please can I also get these transcripts at petenke (at) pisem . net !

    Thanks a lot a lot !!!

  • sam

    would love whatever transcripts you got (I, II, III)

    surfwhales at yahoo dot com

    thanks!!

  • Sami

    A google search for “Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese Companion” might prove fruitful you guys! ;)

  • thydzik

    All,

    I have made Taryn’s Transcripts available for download from here (for now)
    http://thydzik.com/pimsleur-mandarin-chinese-unit-1-transcripts/

  • http://t-hype2.blogspot.com taryn

    Thanks for doing that thydzik!

    I hate for all that work to go to waste! If there’s any updates, I’ll figure out a way to get the word out. ;)

  • Armin

    Lawal,
    I agree, babies learn to speak before they can read or write …
    BUT the european languages have NO TONES, so these babies usually don’t hear tones in the essential FIRST 9 MONTHS … and these people have their whole long life problems handling tones as easily and unconscious like native speakers.
    I think, if I don’t hear a spoken tone and don’t remember it from my books, it is bad, to repeat the phrase with *ANY* tone … I prefer to look it up quickly and pronounce the word right.

    I would love all transcripts you got (I, II, III) …
    Thanks for doing that!

    dream_mandarine (at) arcor.de

  • Dave D

    Second the, “would love to get more of the Level II transcripts”.

    Thanks for the hosting,

    Dave

  • Nathan-Shanghai

    Lawal

    AMAZING to read that someone out there has this very valuable information. If you still have them Lawel please send them my way.
    nathancontreras[at]gmail.com

    XIe xie ni Lawal. Ni fei chang hao! Zhen da!

  • Brian

    I got all the three levels of Pimsleur Mandarin some time ago and have only just managed to get into level 2 recently as I find it hard without some sort of hard copy. Even Rosetta Stone provides this if you are prepared to print it out. I would really appreciate it if you could forward me a copy of the transcripts of the three levels as Pimsleur is expensive and to provide no hard copy. Brian

  • yan en

    Ni Hao Lawal! I Must say Xie Xie Nin! This will be a big help and huge blessing!

    Ni Hen Bang!

    My email is ryanmwoolard@gmail.com

    If you have time and still come, it would be greatly greatly appreciated!

    Fei Chang Gan Xie!

    -yan en

  • yan en

    oh also sorry, if you could send me all 3, that would be awesome!
    truly appreicate your time and help!~

  • TopCat

    i would really appreciate if someone could send me all 3 sets of the transcripts.

    thanks a bunch!

  • TopCat

    i got them…please remove my email address, thanks!!

  • David

    I would really appreciate, if someone could send all 3 (especially 2 and 3) transcripts to me. My email is stylestatement123 at gmail dot com

    thanks

  • Alex

    >TopCat

    Can you tell us how (and where)you got them?

  • Frank

    Yes PLEASE the transcripts would be GREAT! Pimsleur Mandarin II and III.

    frank3ders at yahoo.com

    So very much appreciated!

    Frank

  • Tom

    If someone could also send me the transcripts for Pims Mandarin II and III I’d be very grateful.

    Cheers!

    Tom

  • Armin

    I think, Pimsleur should provide transcripts, BUT they do not.
    I respect their opinion & rights, so I will not send out anything under Copyright.

    For me it works great using still available pure WORDLISTS (just to be sure, I got the right spelling), so I can make my own transcript fragments while working through the lessons (on paper, no I will not scan that, neither send it anywhere).
    I think, that way the learning effect is even greater: not just repeat or formulate the sentences, but write some of them down and reflect the sound marks …

    Please remove my email address in the other post (15 posts above: dream_mandarine (at) … , thanks!!

  • Yaroslav

    LOL! Try to looking for in the google search. You can find Pimsleur Mandarin transcription 1 and 3. All free.
    I donloaded 90 mp3 lessons and transcription.

  • Morpheus

    Hi,

    I’d appreciate all the transcripts too if you could possibly take the trouble of sending them :)

    dream.morpheus@gmail.com

  • Josh

    Anyone have a copy of the transcripts? Would be appreciated.

    ussgtc@gmail.com

  • Giovanni

    Hi there.

    Has anyone the transcripts for mandarin II and III and want to share them?

    rajady@yahoo.com
    Thanks

  • John

    I would greatly appreciate transcripts for Mandarin II and III as well. Thanks in advance!!

    john_a_corbitt@hotmail.com

    John

  • http://rad.nowitworks.eu/ nad2000

    Hi there!
    I managed some time to download I and II transcript. Without them Pimsleaur Mandarin is useless. Thank you for the effort you have put into it. If you have for III transcript could you pleas share it with me – nad2000 _AT_ gmail _DOT_ com. Thanks.

  • Jacob

    Please send me a copy of the full transcripts as well please…

    jacobaud {att} gmail.com

  • Tina

    Please send me transcripts for Unit 2 and 3. I need all the help I can get. Many thans!

    tjstorck@hotmail.com

  • Davee

    Hi guys, could i have transcripts for all three units pimsleur mandarin please? zcapc64 AT ucl.ac.uk
    thanks a bunch

  • Isela Rocks

    Hi there,
    Hope someone can help. I need transcript 3 desperately. Please email it to me at: iselarocks@yahoo.com.

    Thanks So Much!
    -Isela

  • Robin

    Hi Lawal, thydzik or anyone,
    May I have a copy of Mandarin transcripts I to III sent to my email please? If the files are still there.

    Thanks a million times over.

    r0bin_ball (at) yahoo.com

  • Althena

    Hey,

    May I have a copy of the Mandarin transcripts I to III please? My e-mail is althena123 {at live} .com

    Thanks

  • stuart

    Please email me mandarin transcripts 2 and 3 .Thank you

  • Amy

    Please e-mail me the Mandarin 2 and 3 transcripts. Thank you!

  • stuart

    Anyone wants to share mandarin transcript 2 and 3 . Thank you in advance.

    R540driver@hotmail.com

  • http://redhotwords.com Thom Thibeault

    Pimsleur is shooting themselves in the foot by doing this. Also, I question whether they would prevail if they went to court on this. Pimsleur is based on conversations and you can’t copyright a conversation. You can copyright a recording of the conversation. And if you did publish the transcripts, you could not indicate overtly that they are Pimsleur transcripts. In any case, the responses here show that there is a demand for transcripts and grammar explanations.

    I’ve created a free hypermedia editor called FLAn (Foreign Language Annotator) at http://redhotwords.com. You can create your own materials with the editor. The editor lets you attach information to words or phrases in a foreign language text. Then when the learner clicks on a word, a translation (and/or image, video, audio, grammar explanation) appears. I have some demos in German in the Share Area of redhotwords.com. Creating learning materials with FLAn is also a good way to learn a language so it’s something the student can do to.

  • Willy Antomie

    Please e-mail me the Mandarin 2 and 3 transcripts. Thank you!

    willy@antomie.com

  • Tsar

    Could you please e-mail me the transcripts for Mandarin I, II, III. It would be helpful and greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    tsarist@indiatimes.com

  • jonny

    hi Lawal,

    Can you please email me the transcripts to techno.dummy@hotmail.com

  • xav

    Would love transcripts for II and III.

    xav858 (at) gmail.com

    Many thanks!

    Xav

  • angela

    hi, please send me the transcripts 1 – 3. thank you so much

    angiejh12@hotmail.co.uk

  • Michael

    Please send me all three transcripts.
    michael_12874563 (at) mailinator.com
    Thanks!

  • FROM CUBA

    please, can you send me transcripts for 2 and 3. I just can’t find them
    Thanks in advande,
    my best regards
    herifeliz@hotmail.com

  • Abe

    Can you please send me the transcripts for 2 and 3? I really appreciate it.

    Thanking you in advance,
    Abe

  • Richard Chang

    Hey Travis,

    Happy New Year 2012 !

    I’ve searched and can’t find the transcripts. Can you please send me transcripts for 1, 2 and 3. Especially 3.

    Thanks so much, Rich C

  • Gunawanagung

    hello, if someone have pimsleur transcript for 1, 2 and 3, please send to gunawanagung@yahoo.com

  • Dave

    I’d really appreciate if someone could email Pimsleur transcripts 2 and 3.  Thank you!!!
    davidlewis00@gmail.com

  • Helloyellowfellow

    Hi there
    I wish also to have the pimsleur transcripts 2 and 3. I am preparing for my trip to China. It would be very apreciated
    helloyellowfellow@hotma@hotmail:disqus il.com

    Pax

  • Remguy

    Travis, I am not asking for anything.  

    I’m just writing to express my appreciation for your hard work for the sake of other people’s happiness.  My God, that’s rare!  

    I hope you’re “blessed” in some way, not that there’s some cosmic tit-for-tat, but you deserve good things.  

    Good luck, man.

    - Remguy

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  • Rj32011

    I would like to get Pimsleur mandarin 2 and 3 transcripts
    thanks
    rj32011@hotmail.com

  • Bridgerangers

    I discovered this link on Pimsleur I:

    http://files.meetup.com/33232/Pimsleur%20Chinese%20I%20-%20A%20Pronunciation%20And%20Character%20Guide.pdf

    If anyone has transcripts for 2 and 3, I’d really welcome a copy.

    bridgerangers@aol.com

  • James

    I guess I am in the same boat as everyone else.  I am just about to finish Pimsleur I and I have the companion for it that a friend had provided, and I will be starting II soon but can not find a transcript for it, if anyone has II and III transcripts, please email them to me at jjamesevans@aol.com, thanks James

  • Govanhill Guy

    Could  someone email Pimsleur Transcript 3 I would apperciate, thanks very much
    Govanhill Guy     hughreed621@yahoo.co.uk

  • mellowshellowdalello

    could someone please email me the pimsleur mandarin transcripts for II and III???? my email is:
    gilshoham45@hotmail:disqus .com
    thanks, i am preparing for my trip to china and it is 
    really important! thanks! again

  • Jonathan Ames

    Same as the rest!   Mandarin transcripts for 2 and 3!  Thanks a bunch……. jonathan.ames@gmail.com

  • Rob B

    If you are willing to send them, I would also appreciate very much the Mandarin transcripts for 2 and 3.  Thanks so much for your help.  Please send them to brums22@gmail:disqus .com.  Thanks again.

    Rob

  • derek

    hi i would love the transcripts for level 3 thanks
    oyster1@charter.net

  • mikl c

    Would love transcripts for 2 and 3, I’m on a roll and the ones out there aren’t cutting it. colganmichael@hotmail.com thanks so much

  • Faraz

    Hi, i would love the transcripts for Leve 3.

    Faraz_Chelsea123@Hotmail.com, Farazmasood2@gmail.com and Robert_Ballack2@yahoo.com, thanks in advance.

  • Brandon

    Same here, would love the transcripts for level 2 and 3 if you wouldn’t mind sending them over.

    loong.brandon@gmail.com.
    Thanks so much

  • Arnie

    me too pls… i badly need the transcript for mandarin level 3!! Thanks in advance… pls send it to —– apanugaling2007@yahoo.com

  • shalom z

    hi i would love the transcripts for level 1 units 18 to 21
    shalom_zoh@walla.co.il

    thank you guys i think you’r great

  • ajm

    Please could you mail the transcripts of mandarin 3 to ajmc133@gmail.com

  • ioeluj

    need the mandarin level II and III please, if its still out there…. ioelujessen@gmail.com

  • Sharlie4

    anywhere we can get the German or Italian transcripts?