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Daniel E. Gardner

Daniel E. Gardner Bloomington, IN
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  • "Power Spanish Accelerated: The Best..."

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Without reservation. Being able to form your own sentences to say what you want to say is obviously a major goal of the Power Spanish Accelerated audio program. In fact, the creator seems to be obsessed with that objective. In order to do that you have to remember what you learn. The Power Spanish method somehow gets you to quickly memorize large amounts of Spanish without your being fully aware that you are doing so. There is nothing mysterious about it. It is simply a matter of constantly presenting new material while at the same time reviewing previous material. You are moving forward even during those times that you are looking back. Sometimes you look backwards but you never move backwards. Power Spanish always keeps you charging ahead and learning to speak and understand Spanish quickly – more quickly, I believe, than either of two other programs that I have also used.


    What other book might you compare Power Spanish I Accelerated to and why?

    I have purchased and listened to beginning level Spanish audio programs produced by Pimsleur and Behind the Wheel. You'll learn a fair amount of Spanish using either of them. But the Power Spanish program using more native Spanish speakers than either of the other two. It also contains a lot of creative and unique drills and exercises, including one that is called "Audio Snapshot," that aren't found in either Behind the Wheel or Pimsleur. Power Spanish is very upbeat. It's easy to listen to. The others tend to get monotonous after awhile. Power Spanish just has more variety, which keeps you listening again and again. To get the full effect of a language audio program you have to listen to it again and again. If you get bored you won't do that.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Frobose – was your favorite?

    There are no 'characters' in the traditional sense because this is not fiction audio book. The narrator and native speakers function as 'characters,' so to speak. Power Spanish Accelerated has a variety of native speaking 'characters.' You don't have to listen to the same one or two speakers throughout the entire program. This variety makes Power Spanish Accelerated more fun to listen to than other language audio program that I have heard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A few of the lines might make you laugh. And being able to use what you learn to make some of your own sentences is nothing to cry about.


    Any additional comments?

    I found Power Spanish Accelerated to be quite fast and effective at teaching basic conversational Spanish. It teaches a lot of vocabulary words, it has what for me is a very effective memory retention technique, it uses several native speakers, and, as language audio courses go, it is simply fun to listen to.

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    Power Spanish I Accelerated - 8 One Hour Audio Lessons - Complete Transcript/Listening Guide (English and Spanish Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Frobose
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    Designed to teach you to speak Spanish while on the go, Power Spanish I Accelerated is a refreshingly intense, upbeat and positive audiobook language program whose 144 Study Units establish a challenging pace and friendly tone that are designed to keep you constantly motivated and learning to speak and understand Latin American Spanish at optimal speed. Expert language teacher Mark Frobose talks you through the program in English while several trained native female and male Latin American Spanish speakers teach you Spanish the way it is really spoken.

    Daniel E. Gardner says: "Power Spanish Accelerated: The Best Audio Program"
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    "Easy to follow"

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    Would you listen to Learn German with Paul Noble, Course Review again? Why?

    Yes, for review.


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    This is great introduction to German. It's like plunging into the baby end of a pool.

  • German Vocabulary for Beginners - Listen & Learn to Speak: Start talking, 1000 basic words & phrases in practice, 1000 basic words & phrases at work

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    Would you try another book from Dorota Guzik and/or Doris Wilma and Martin Brand ?

    No. The chapters gave you laundry lists of words, and a quiz at the end. There was no way to learn sentence structure or tenses or basically anything. You just memorize. They tell you once, so now you know the word.


    Has German Vocabulary for Beginners - Listen & Learn to Speak turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, because I've encountered a good method to learn German.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you want to, say, remember or listen to the word "American," for example, you would have to listen to the whole list until they got to your word. You can't learn German from this. It will tell you a word that you may want to know if you listen to the list long enough to get to it. This needs a workbook, or if you can already pronouce German letters, just buy the workbook. Otherwise, the only redeeming quality is that it teaches pronunciation of words.


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    Save your money.

  • Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 2: German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach

    "Good for traveling"

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    If you're going on a long trip but also really want to learn German, listening to these tapes makes the drive just slip by.

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I only review language programs that are easy, fast, effective, portable, inexpensive & teach you to really speak and understand languages.

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  • "Listen, Repeat, Recall, and Don't W..."

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    Power Italian 1 Accelerated – Listen, Repeat, Recall, and Don’t Worry About It.

    I am so impressed with myself (and, oh yeah, with the Power Italian Accelerated audio program, too) that I feel compelled to write a review. I like stuff that works and this Power Italian Accelerated audio program really works. The material may seem a little overwhelming at first because there are a whole lot of words and phrases that are thrown at you right off the bat. But there’s a reason for that.

    The narrator uses what he calls ‘audio snapshots’ to introduce new material. These are sections where the listener is instructed to simply listen without repeating. The first audio snapshot comes right after the program begins and lasts for several minutes. My first reaction was that this is way too much material and I’m never going to remember all of it. And that’s true. I didn’t remember hardly any of it at first. But I kept listening. It wasn’t until I was a couple of hours into the program that I realized that remembering all of it is not the point; at least not in the beginning. I, and probably most people, have always assumed that learning a new language was about memorizing words and sentences. And it is. But what I have come to realize, my own personal epiphany, is that listening is just as important and I think even more important than intentionally memorizing. I’m not saying that you don’t have to remember anything; of course you do. But one of the keys to remembering is just simply listening. You have to ‘tune in’ to a language, that is, to the peculiar sounds of a language, in order to be able to speak it and to understand it.

    The relatively short time that I have spent listening to Power Italian has given me a new perspective on learning languages and I have some advice that I’d like to pass along: Just do what the program narrator says to do and just keep listening and repeating. The words and phrases get easier and easier to remember as you go along and the correct pronunciation gets easier and easier the more you repeat the words and phrases. If you just follow along and don’t worry about what you know and what you don’t know you’ll soon be surprised at what you know - and equally surprised that you came to know it without a lot of mental or emotional sweating. Power Italian really works for me. No worries!

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    Power Italian I Accelerated - 8 One Hour Audio Lessons - 144 Study Units: English and Italian Edition

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    Expert language teacher Mark Frobose talks you through the program in English while a trained native Italian speaker teaches you to speak Italian the way it is really spoken. This highly acclaimed method is so easy and so fast that you'll be speaking Italian within minutes of receiving your program and enjoying the process!

    Language Dreamer says: "Listen, Repeat, Recall, and Don't Worry About It"

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