I just finished Pimsleur Spanish phases 1-3 which I bought on audible.com. In short, I thought they were fantastic!
Each phase consists of 30 units, each about 30 minutes long. Hence, I did 90 units altogether. That sounds like a lot, but I did almost all of them while driving to and from work when I worked in Mountain View. I streamed them from my phone through my stereo using bluetooth.
Before I started, I already had a decent grasp of Spanish. However, I started Pimsleur Spanish from scratch. I'm normally a very visual learner, and Spanish is a pretty easy language to learn visually since it's so phonetic. However, I needed something to do while driving upwards of three hours a day, and this fit the bill. I really like how conversational it is. It constantly pushes you to say new things in new situations using your existing knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
I know that some people have said that they thought Pimsleur Spanish was a little boring compared to Rosetta Stone. However, Rosetta Stone requires you to be in front of a computer, and I needed something that I could do while driving. By the way, I recommend only attempting this on long, fairly boring freeway trips. It takes up a little too much mental bandwidth to attempt on city streets.
After studying Spanish for several months, I was able to give a technical talk in Spanish in Mexico City. Doing the talk live was terrifying, and I'll admit that my voice was shaking quite a bit. However, later I did a screencast of it, Esto es Dart. That went pretty well.
I've just done the first book but its giving me the confidence to speak Spanish....the back and force repetition is great as it really ensures you learn how to say and remember the Spanish words. I use it on my commute and because its audio its great! I'm planning on buy the whole thing. Ofcourse do find a Spanish person to practice with....
the repetitions and the pace
Lessons 01-05 were quite easy and I was able to remember everything I learned and apply it to the real world. I shared some of what I learned with a native speaker and I was told that my accent was almost perfect.
My most memorable moment was when the words just rolled off my tongue when ask a question where I had to respond in Spanish.
Expeditious and succinct.
It is good to improve thinking in Spanish
Very helpful in understanding and thinking in Spanish! The pronunciations are very accurate and is enjoyable to listen too! Makes the commute entertaining and educational at the same time!
I should have none, but this is for beginner, beginners. If you aren't a beginner spanish speaker skip ahead to a different phase (not sure which one to suggest) but don't start with phase 1.
old fart that loves audiobooks mostly classic novels and fiction/war novels
someone that doesnt live in the south
good voices slow pace but im sorry i live in texas i know more about off hand spanish than this audiobook told me
all of them