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Very helpful to for learning to converse with ease
I bought this audio program called Conversational Latin American Spanish 1. It is much better than a cd program I bought from another company years ago. It is not dry and boring like the first one tended to be. The speakers used on the program are easy to understand and copy when you are repeating what they are saying. That is the greatest thing about it for me. I appreciate the consideration that the developer of this program gives to the learner in explaining the details of Spanish and having the native Spanish speakers repeat at different speeds. The native Spanish speakers say things slowly and then at normal speed. That is such a great help in learning to speak correctly. You can’t learn to say things right if you can’t understand what is being said. You CAN understand with these speakers on this program. They teach a lot of words and phrases about a lot of different topics. The direct conversation practice really helps in learning to speak comfortably. It is all very useful if you go to any country where Spanish is spoken. As you learn the material you are also learning how to use it. That makes it fun to learn and makes you want to keep learning more.
23 of 25 people found this review helpful
Great native speakers from Mexico and Colombia. Interactive approach to Latin-American conversation.
No guessing. Instant English to Spanish. Great retrieval memory technique which greatly enhances learning retention. Very relevant vocabulary for travel, shopping, restaurants, and general purpose traveling or communicating. It’s called ‘Conversational’ for a reason. If you want a lot of grammatical explanations consult a college textbook. The “Conversational Latin American Spanish” audio program teaches talking, not reading. That’s why it’s an audio program. Nothing can take the place of repetition and challenging you to speak with natives when learning a foreign language. This program does much of the review for you. It drills you on previous material at the same time that it is presenting you with new words and phrases. So older material stays fresh in your mind. That is what causes it all to sink in. The more you listen to these lessons the more conversationally comfortable you will become. You're taught how to have real conversations about real things with real Spanish speakers.
26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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This book is NOT 8 hours worth of Spanish lessons. I agree repetition is one of the keys to learning a language, but this audiobook takes the proverbial. The entire first chapter of 55 minutes is taken up just learning “Hola, como se llarma usted. Me llamo Fred. Usted? Mucho gusto. El gusto es mio. De donde es usted. Soy de los estades unidos (columbia/mexico). Soy americano (columbiano/mexicano)” It’s ridiculous! A waste of money! DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The book used recordings,obviously because the authors use similar English language for multiple other languages, which does not work for the listener.
What will your next listen be?
Nothing by these Authors, Richard Noble's books are a better examples of online learning.