I've read probably a dozen books / audiobooks trying to learn Spanish on my own. I'd developed a lot of vocabulary, but still couldn't SPEAK!
This is by far one of my favorite Spanish instruction products ever (more so than Rosetta Stone and all the rest) because somehow, without writing notes, or struggling with memorization, Paul Noble's book gave me the confidence to "create" my own vocabulary using simple, easy-to-remember rules and sentence structures. Now I can more easily figure out who's talking, and who they're talking ABOUT!
He does a lot of repetition, but not TOO much to where it gets boring.
Hi voice is pleasant, and smooth and his jokes are just dorky enough to be memorable.
I listened to it twice in a row! The details that I missed in the beginning because I didn't know what was happening were still interesting enough to hear again. Also, I listened on an international flight and spaced out during some of it. It was good enough to hear again!
Hard to talk about without spoilers. So... SPOILER ALERT!
Dr. Gloria was my favorite character. Is she real or imaginary? Is she God, an Angel, or a figment of the imagination?
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a great thought-experiment to wonder if the hallucinations COULD be, in fact, a doorway to divine as many human traditions have long-believed, or just human construct.The only thing I would have changed about the book is hard to discuss without spoilers. I'll just say this. The author overlooked some interesting psychological "coming to terms" in the end when the main character finds out something she believed for so long about people she cared deeply about was untrue. I would have liked to have had that resolved, in at least a few sentences. Otherwise, AWESOME read!
I keep listening to it over and over. Because 1) it's a bit boring at times and I'm such an airhead, I keep spacing out so I have to read it over and over to absorb it all, and 2) because it has helped me more than any self-help book to-date.The strategies of just tackling 30 minutes at a time, and repeatedly deciding when is the next time I can START on this project have taken some of the pressure off. Determining what KIND of procrastinator I am (one who becomes easily overwhelmed) has helped me rise above my unspoken, unacknowledged feeling of "if I can't do it all - perfectly - I might as well not even try" mindset.Other small tips, like never ending at the end of a chapter (which goes against my entire being) and not ending at a frustrating part have really made my life better. I highly recommend this book, even if the author does take it a bit too slow at times (like maybe he's multi-tasking in the background in order to complete more work in the same amount of time and forgets that he's reading to us! Ha!)
Great tips, useful strategies
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