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I have tried lots of language programs, and Learn in Your Car Spanish is one of the better ones. The very best Spanish courses are created by a guy named Frobose, but before I get ahead of myself, here’s what I like and dislike about Learn in Your Car Spanish:
1. Clear speaking native Spanish speakers
2. Relevant vocabulary
3. Clear English speaking guide
Here’s what I don’t like about Learn in Your Car Spanish:
1. No memory technique at all
2. No contextual real life learning
3. No profound or amusing explanations like with Power Spanish.
4. A huge gong blast between each and every lesson that gets really annoying.
Frobose does the whole thing, meaning, his programs contain original sentence building, a periodic memory technique better than Pimsleurs, and he talks with you and teaches you with native Spanish speakers. It’s so much more enjoyable.
Pimsleur is also good, but very limited vocabulary.
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What did you love best about Learn in Your Car: Spanish, the Complete Language Course?
I originally purchased Learn-in-Your-Car Spanish back in 1997 when it came out on cassette tapes. The Audible version is a really nice improvement. You can slow it down, skip forward or back, or pause the playback. I was pleased to note that after almost 20 years, I can still respond to the English cues in passable Spanish. There’s something about the method of presentation that really helps the material stick in your head.
There are 2500+ entries, starting with simple words and phrases, and then sentences becoming progressively longer and more complex as you progress. Along the way, you cover all the basic verb tenses and moods, with practice sentences in the 6 person types for each tense and mood.
There are a number of other topic covered, such as direct and indirect object pronouns, reciprocal constructions, etc., etc. All these various constructions are used in sentences relating to topics such as eating, shopping, travel, computers & technology, etc., or just general conversational chit-chat.
I have to admit I didn’t follow the instructions about repeating a lesson several times before going on to the next lesson. Besides being boring, it was hard to find the beginning of the lesson on the cassette tape. Instead, I just plowed ahead, repeating the sentences as best I could. I actually did learn the sentences this way. Maybe that’s how a Spanish kid learns. When his mother yells, “Callate!” he knows to shut up without considering whether his mother is using the second person singular form of a reflexive AR verb in the imperative mood.
I highly recommend the accompanying PDF file. It’s rather lengthy, but invaluable as a resource. All the sample sentences are printed out. In addition, there are really great sections explaining the various grammar points illustrated, and presenting easy to understand charts of verb conjugations and other useful information. The PDF file makes a very nice book of Spanish vocabulary and grammar.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is perfect for me, having taken some short Spanish courses in South America a few years ago prior to listening to this course. This has tested me, and brought me back up to speed several years on. The Vocab, grammar, verbs, etc are perfect for what I need and just what you'd need to know to get around and for basic conversation.
If you are completely new to Spanish, you would probably be best to get some kind of a visual Spanish guide / have lessons / different Spanish course for as it's sometimes hard to hear how the words are being said / pronounced.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
if you want to learn Spanish don't buy this because it won't be enjoyable and you'll ultimately give up. Get a book buy a guy called Paul noble. it's a class beginner course and I actually remember what I learned.
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