Yes - I bought these CDs from Amazon and have been extremely happy with this purchase. Use it in my car and listen while driving. Am now more comfortable talking in Spanish or ordering in restaurants than I have ever been. I'd been trying to learn from books and Rosetta Stone, but none gave me the confidence to speak in Spanish like these tapes have.
Mark Frobose and the native speakers are all favorite characters of mine. They do a great job of keeping the tempo upbeat and me motivated. The "listen and repeat" exercises are simple and practical – they are not only helping me speak and pronounce correctly but have also increased my response time to answer in Spanish tremendously. There is a nice pace throughout and repetitive nature of the exercises makes it easy to recall and improve.
I have not listed to any of Mark Frobose's other tapes ..but now that I have listened to Part 1, I am looking forward to Part II of the series
I guess the biggest "aha" moment for me when I Mark broke up Spanish into simple usable high frequency phrases that I could begin to use immediately. This happened from the first CD itself.
If I had known these CD’s would help me so much, I'd have bought the set sooner. Thank you Mark - you are a great teacher and hopefully you will make more such audio books..as you are doing a great service helping adults like me learn new languages.
Took a college french class and no one could understand a work I said in French at the end of the class. This helped me say the words and not worry about spelling or grammar. The french have an annoying way of not pronouncing the end of most words and conjugated verbs all sound alike to me. Pimsleur just put them in sentences I could understand then reviewed them often. This worked out so well I eventually bought Phase 1, 2 and 3. Now I can actually carry on a very basic conversation and understand a fair amount of conversation in french. I did listen to each section every day and sometimes repeated the section. French does not sink into your head automatically, but if you just listen and repeat lessons each day it is pretty amazing what sticks. I did dishes, laundry, went to the market or ran errands while listening. Made boring chores more interesting and learned basic French.