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This audiobook is very beginner friendly and as someone who is relatively new to the Spanish language, it is incredibly helpful. In high school, I took four years of Spanish but was never comfortable enough to engage in conversation. In this book, the realistic nature of each story helps me to learn phrases that I would commonly use on a daily basis, and feel comfortable using. The voices are clear and understandable, and I look forward to using this more as a roadmap to learning a second language.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
This is a good audiobook for people who know some Spanish and want to brush up and practice on the go. I studied Spanish in school but haven't used it in a few years, and this is a good refresher for me. The narrator speaks slowly and clearly, at a pace that makes it easy to understand and follow along but not too slow as to not sound conversational. What I like the most is the variety of stories. They aren't targeted at children - they're more about daily life. Overall a good way to practice your Spanish in a new way.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I really liked stories. Nice, short and quite easy, ideal for the beginners or people who maybe know a little bit more, but are just not very familiar with listening. I had this problem for a long time.
The thing is, that when the stories were great - I don't think there is anything that you can improve there - I just hate chapters with vocabulary. Really, they were just terrible to go through. I could understand if they were at the beginning of the audiobook, but, there are not! And it's was just listening for hours, trying to not to fall asleep and finding maybe one or two new words in the chapter.
Also, I understand that there's a difference between English 'handsome' and Spanish 'guapo/guapa' (just an example) but I don't see a point for doing 'guapo - handsome - guapo', 'guapa - handsome - guapa'. I know it's for the beginners, but even beginners should know that you change endings depending on gender and if they don't know that, I have no idea how they understand the whole thing either way.
On the other hand, the pace was good, so if you are not familiar with all that vocabulary you could catch it easily. I know that a lot of people don't have time and this is the best way for them to learn the language, but it just doesn't work for me.
But even with all of my problems with few chapters I still think it's good audiobook overall. Not for everyone, but if you know which way of learning is the best for you will be able to choose by yourself.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this audio book. I studied Spanish at school and have visited Spain many times on holiday and this is a really good and natural way to brush up on your spoken Spanish and general understanding of the language. I particularly like the fact you can slow the pace of the reading giving you more time to listen to and understand the words. Also the free PDF of the text really helps to follow the story and understand the more unusual words and phrases thus increasing your vocabulary.