I've listened to quite a few but from a learning standpoint this one is top notch
Very user friendly
All narrators are exceptional and easy to follow.
I have tried Rosetta Stone, apps on my phone, downloading pdf's of lessons, borrowed my wife's Spanish textbook from college amongst other ways of learning Spanish! My extreme reaction is that I am THRILLED with this program! All of those other programs are very cumbersome. They all seem very forced and you really don't know why you are saying and doing what you are doing. I was not conversational at all with those programs. Now I can understand much more when people talk. There conversations have "slowed down" enough that I am beginning to follow and participate in them. Also, those other programs took away from my precious family time. This one does not. I do the lessons when in my car, cleaning the house, doing dishes, going on walks. There are so many different opportunities to learn this language that not only is this program substantially better than the others BUT it has the added benefit of being exponentially more practical. To compare to other programs is, as cliche as it sounds, like comparing apples and oranges. They're really is no comparison. I have a co-worker that is fluent in Spanish (it's his first language) and when I speak to him after using this program he just answers naturally without really even paying attention to the fact that I just spoke Spanish to him. When I tried out what I had learned previously he was very confused, he would laugh because it was ridiculous. Bottom line is the improvement was dramatic. I will be getting all four levels and I am excited about now knowing that I will learn this language, where before, I wasn't so sure. There wasn't really much hope and I knew it was going to be a long, arduous process ( I was willing to do it so I can teach my toddler and infant) if I was going to learn it. This is "effortless" meaning, you have to put in the time of course but it's not a struggle. If the words don't stick I just listen to the lesson over & over until they do. Several times early on I thought "wow, how am I going to remember that!" but I just kept listening and now those words/phrases come right out of my mouth without even thinking about them. I've been surprised after struggling with some things that I will just say them, I didn't even know I knew them!
I think you get the point if you're still reading. You will not be disappointed. Oh! I forgot to mention that my pronunciation has also improved substantialy! I'm so grateful that I found this program when I did before I frustrated my self to the point of possibly giving up.
I read and listen to personal development books constantly and am always looking to expand my knowledge and ability to connect with people. I know I've read on here that people think all/many of the things in this book are common sense and to them, they may be. I must live in an extremely uncommon area and know some uncommon people and I myself must be terribly uncommon then if this book is loaded full of common sense. I learned quite a bit and realized that those around me could stop beating their heads against the same walls over and over again if they had these tools. I will say that it absolutely MAKES sense. The level of connection I am able to have with people has increased dramatically. My marriage is better than it has ever been (It's been less than 2 weeks since I first listened to it, also). I see much more clearly what is going on with people and myself. I understand myself better after this. The author gives you useable tools that you can put into action immediately. A lot of books talk about subjects and what is going on with people but often translating it from ideas on a page to practical application can be quite challenging, if not impossible for most, but not with this book. He gives you optional tasks, action guides and the confidence to put these practices into action. I am very grateful to this author and the information in here. I know I've always had an issue with my heart racing and losing my train of thought during confrontations with people and feeling intimidated by people. I now know how to effective and efficiently counter those "fight or flight" feelings that always seem to sabotage me and leave me feeling helpless. I can already notice that I feel less "emotionally hijacked" in situations what would have gotten the best of me in the past, even in such a short period of time. It takes work and is a process but I am looking forward to getting better and being able to connect with people and making all of our lives more fulfilling. I also like how the techniques in this book are not manipulative. They are not designed to take advantage of people, rather to connect with them for mutual gain. It gives you the tools to help other people feel like they matter and thus you feel like you matter. Study after study show that our levelx of happiness are directly proportionate to the quality of the relationships in our life. Knowing that, picking up a resource that can have a dramatic impact on the area in life that contributes the most to our happiness is invaluable. I wish you the same growth and connection with people that I have gained. Also, if you're trying to influence someone (and we all are all of the time to some degree or another be it our spouse, children, relatives, customer service rep...), until we have some form of connection with them, we have no influence. Thank you Dr. Goulston.
This book demystifies what we think of when we think of as amazing memories. I learned things about myself and my memory capability that I never dreamed possible...plus I've had fun with friends and family dazzling them with seeming amazing feats of memory. This can be one of the best things you ever do for yourself if you're willing to invest in you. There is some work to be done on the front end, but once you have this skill (and yes, memory is a skill, not an incredible innate ability as I and many others once thought), you have it forever. I remember names better than ever before in my life! I go to the grocery store w/o lists and no for certain that I didn't miss anything. I don't forget things in the morning before work. Here is a promise, you WILL astound yourself with your memory if you follow the instructions laid out in this book. This has been so much fun to learn and I WISH I knew this in school. I cannot wait to teach these SKILLS to my children. Any of us can learn them and memory champions do not have any better "memory" than us. It may seem hard to believe BUT that will be quite impressive to others that do not know how simple your little memory secrets are :). Enjoy the new world that is about to unfold for you!
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