Puedo hablar español (a little)! I am an aspiring Guidance Counselor, and want to learn spanish to communicate better with parents and students. I learned so much. Listened to it on my 40 minute commute to and from work. Only gripe is sometimes I wished that I could have gotten a spelling of what was being spoken (as I am a visual learner). However, not seeing the spelling beforehand helped with more accurate pronunciation. I will recommend this system. About to buy next lesson now..
It can come back fairly quickly, but it does take some concentration. However, Paul Noble DOES keep reviewing & adding new phrases in both Spain's dialect & South American Spanish, which means you don't memorize exactly...it is more natural. I did both French & German first parts also, which I had not studied, and did find that they were natural & I was encouraged. Now if I could only make my mouth pronounce as well as I can hear... (Review by Rick)
Boring, dry, and weird ways of saying things. I'm pretty sure this guy doesn't speak the language he's attempting to teach. The format is weird and the phrases are weird. First part spent a lit of time asking if stuff was romantic...it isn't now...it isn't now.
Nice easy to grasp program. The last cd moves kinda fast but useful overall. By the end, you should have several phrases stuck in your head. Im going to continue on to the next!
The book teaches you in a fashion that's far more natural than traditional education. It slowly scaffolds and gets you speaking complex sentences without even noticing. It also spirals back to words and phrases, making it easier to remember but without teaching it like vocabulary.
I took three years of Spanish in high school, over 30 years ago. Most of the beginner Spanish audio books I listen to or to Elimentary, but the intermediate ones were too difficult. Paul's purports to be for beginners, but quickly covers what I consider more advanced material, including preterite, past perfect, and even a subjunctive verb tense. The way he covers it, you don't have to realize what these tenses are, but if you've been exposed to it before it is a wonderful review. I just wish his speaking rate was faster; he sounds in urgent need of a coffee.