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Christine

Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Las Puertas Retorcidas [The Twisted Doors]: The Scariest Way in the World to Learn Spanish!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Kathie Dior
    • Narrated By Nalda Baez Smith, Rosa-Maria Boisset-Brindle
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
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    (3)

    Las Puertas Retorcidas (The Twisted Doors): The Scariest Way in the World to Learn Spanish! is an exciting audiobook that teaches Spanish by capturing and immersing students into a mystery adventure. Listen to the intriguing mystery as it is dramatically narrated by native Spanish-speaking university professors. And to enhance your Spanish-learning experience, be sure to get the companion bilingual Spanish/English book by the same name, which will allow you to read and follow the audiobook’s Spanish narration with a word-for-word English translation.

    Christine says: "Needs to be accompanied with a book!"
    "Needs to be accompanied with a book!"
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    What would have made Las Puertas Retorcidas [The Twisted Doors] better?

    It would have been better if it had been accompanied with a book, PDF, notes or something. I am new at learning Spanish and I could not understand what was going on. I noticed that the chapters were extremely short. I cannot imagine something interesting going that fast.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathie Dior again?

    Maybe after I have more experience in Spanish.


    What aspect of Nalda Baez Smith and Rosa-Maria Boisset-Brindle ’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance seemed fine with my limited knowledge of Spanish.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (61)

    The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

    Sam says: "Great Program for Busy Professionals. Drive & Lean"
    "Amazing! This is the only way to learn Spanish!"
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    What did you love best about Spanish Phase 1, Units 1-30?

    I cannot believe how simply this course is broken down. This course is so clear and concise that I am speaking and understanding already before completing the course. The course does not let you forget words that you have already learned.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think that the unique thing about this course is that the narrator questions you. This questioning forces you to think and respond because you want to do well. I usually cannot respond in the time allotted so I stop the tape. Also my goal is to respond faster.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    First, I love the narrator's voice. Second, I like how he phrases his questions to you. I like the reminders.


    Any additional comments?

    I live in Miami and want to learn Spanish so badly. I have a southern accent which does not help because I drag my words out. I am ashamed to say how long I have owned and used Rosetta Stone and how many Spanish classes that I have quit, including one last month. In other words, I have gotten no where with Spanish until now. I was in class with a guy who swore by the Pimsleur Method and I saw his progress and the lack of mine. My main comment is: Thanks, Paul Pimsleur. I did not believe that learning Spanish was a possibility for me. I also want to add that I am 64 years old - "old dog - new tricks!"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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