Now learn to converse at an even higher and faster level than with our popular Conversational Latin American Spanish I, and enjoy the process. Here are just a few of the outstanding features of this amazingly effective program:
No Boring Grammar. Grammar is presented by a trained and certified English speaking American Spanish instructor who guides you through the program while the educated Colombian and Mexican native speakers teach you authentic Latin-American Spanish the way it's really spoken!
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Complicated sentences are said more slowly at first and then speeded up to normal talking speed. That makes it much easier to learn and remember the words and say them in the right order.
It's not necessary to listen all at once. You can decide for yourself to listen a little or a lot at one time.
I am minoring in Spanish in college. Next summer I am going to Mexico City for two months. Part of the program will include Spanish classes at the university there. I can’t wait! I have made good grades in Spanish classes but I know I can’t really speak it yet so I got this Conversational Latin American Spanish audio course. This course takes the head knowledge that I gained from Spanish classes and puts it to use in actual speaking scenarios.
Right into the first section I was sure that I was in over my head. Then after giving several sentences at normal speed the speakers slowed it down, saying the longer more difficult sentences slowly and then speeding it back up. That’s the way it was throughout the program and I found it a perfect way to learn. You hear how it is said and then it is slowed down for you so that you can learn it and then it is gradually speeded back up to normal talking speed. It’s the perfect way to learn! I’m lovin’ it!
I listen for a few minutes while I am walking to class and sometimes when I have an hour or so between classes. I listen on the bus when I go downtown to shop. Sometimes I listen at night for fifteen or twenty minutes after I get into bed. I have found that I can listen for five minutes or for forty-five minutes. Sometimes I listen to three or four minutes several times in a row and other times I do a whole section non-stop. It doesn’t matter. You can jump around as much as you want, although I personally recommend that you listen to the entire program from beginning to end the first time through, but you don’t have to do it the first time through all in the same sitting. After you’ve heard it all you can go back and forth and jump around. I have found that a good technique is to blindly run the audio up for a few minutes and then stop it and just start there.
I know I’m obsessed. But I know that this course will really give me a jump on being able to converse with people while I am learning Spanish in Mexico this coming summer. These great portable audio lessons have taken my Spanish from my brain and put it onto my tongue. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I want them to do a conversational Spanish level 3 so that I can continue to improve after I return.
You don't listen all in one sitting.You listen to as little or to as much as you want to at one time. You can skip around in the lessons, too.
I learned quite a bit of useful Spanish from this program. Some words I already knew but what was most valuable to me about these lessons was the way the speakers said sentences kind of slow at first and then said them again faster at a regular speaking rate. I don’t have much trouble learning new vocabulary words in Spanish but I get tongue tied when I try to speak them, especially several words fast one right after the others. But when the Spanish is all said at a slowed down pace like with this program, and then speeded up, it makes it a lot easier to get used to speaking Spanish like it is really spoken. This teaching process really worked for me and I learned to speak much better Spanish from it.
A lot more than one hour of dialog is given, and the conversation that is presented is long and multi-faceted, but it is fortunately, broken down into digestible bits that can be practiced and understood. This is extremely helpful to the learner who comes in from nowhere and hears a lot of Spanish spoken at native speed that sounds like unintelligible "gibberish" unless it is deciphered and explained.
It might be a little hard for a complete beginner but if you have some Spanish experience in your background, like a semester or two back in school, then you’re probably at the right level for this audio program. Your ability to speak in Spanish will definitely get better fast.
I liked the first program so much (Conversational Latin American Spanish 1) that I decided to move up to Conversational Latin American Spanish 2. I'm so glad I did.Awesome memory technique. Great detailed timed repetition that never gets boring.Super good native Spanish speakers from Mexico, Colombia and so forth.Warning: This program is designed for people who really want to converse in authentic Latin American Spanish. It's not just another "feel good" program with a few catchy phrases.It requires practice - which is enjoyable and fun but still requires some discipline.The good news is that it really gets you conversing in Spanish fast.
I received and used Level One Conversational Latin American Spanish by Language Audiobooks Mark Frobose and loved it. I received as a gift Conversational Latin American Spanish 2 at the same time and am using both to learn Spanish for my trip to Peru and Ecuador this summer. I want to totally immerse myself in the Spanish language so I can carry on a decent conversation with my South American friends when I get there.
So far, I would say that Conversational Latin American Spanish 2 is as least as good and maybe better than Conversational Latin American Spanish 1. It's more advanced, obviously. It moves somewhat faster. The native speakers are great (that's what I like the most - real accents back and forth). The best part of the program is where you get to interact with the native speakers in Spanish. You participate as if you were there. Awesome programs.
I learned to speak a lot of "real" Spanish with this program and the Conversational Latin American Spanish 1 combined. I tried Pimsleur programs and liked them but didn't feel like I was getting enough vocabulary. Frobose's (or Language Audiobook's - whatever) Conversational Latin American Spanish really pushes you to learn, speak, comprehend. Warning: There is repetition. So what? What can you learn without practice? Nothing. I will say that Mark did a great job making the repetition part interesting and fun, and the best part is that it really works.
The content and method used in this program are excellent. Several conversations are used and taught for mastery in Spanish conversation.
To dabble in a language is to listen to a lot of material once or twice, and then quit.
To master Spanish conversation, one needs the method used in Conversational Latin American Spanish 2.
Here are what I consider to be the highlights of this program:
1. Great method with memory recall.
2. Great native speaking voices from all over the Spanish-speaking world.
3. Different rates of speed. This is a stroke of genius. Like in English when you hear
"Did you ever go?" sounds one way slow, but when spoken quickly it sounds like
"Jever go?". Same thing in Spanish. This stuff takes real practice, and this program gives it to you.
Bottom Line: If you want a real "let's get down to work and really learn how to speak Spanish" program, then Conversational Latin American Spanish 2 is for you.
If you only want fluff, you don't like to practice, and you don't really care, then please try a different approach, because this one will not appeal to you.
I listened to this for a couple hours before getting so annoyed I wanted to punch whoever made it. Literally, they play the same short conversation for about an hour. Over. And over. And over. Fast, then slow, then fast, then slow again... I get that repetition is good for learning, but really, this is ridiculous.
This entire volume consists of a few short conversions broken up and repeated endlessly. Material that was milked dry in 10-12 minutes was repeated for an hour. The final chapter/hour consists of simply more repetition of the prior 3 hours of repetitive material.
Virtually no thought went into the development of the content. I can't use the word "lessons" because there is really no teaching involved. The short conversions are repeated over and over without any variation in the words. There is no instruction or explanation of any kind. There is no variation of vocabulary, verb tenses or subjects as one would find in a real exercise actually designed to improve your Spanish.
About the only positives I can note is that the recordings are professionally made, the Spanish is repeated clearly and at different speeds (albeit ad nauseum) and the root conversions themselves would have been satisfactory as a starting point.
I certainly wouldn't buy anything else from this company.
More thought probably went into the cover design than the content.
I would add more Spanish phrases, and delete much of the English repetition such as, "You should have said." Also, don't need to hear Mark explain the purpose of the course more than once. I understood that the course's purpose was to get the English speaker up to speed on a few sentences.
A couple of the sentences include some nonsense situations. So much repetition is tedious. More sentences and a little less speed. It is doubtful that anyone could become fluent if this much time was necessary to be spent on every Spanish sentence.
See what I would change in this book above.
It was somewhat interesting to get up to speed on a few phrases, since Spanish speakers hablan muy rapido, but the learner is also trying to build vocabulary. It's one tool for the intermediate Spanish student.
I do not think this is the way to learn Spanish except for the speed drills. Spanish can be learned by studying courses that give a grammar and vocabulary foundation along with conversation. But, it is ok for demonstrating how speed can be increased with repetition. I think speed can also be increased by practicing all the Spanish that is learned, and the student becomes faster that way rather than just concentrating on a few phrases. I'm now listening to a Speak to Me Book with more vocabulary.
If you want to hear just four short dialogues repeated again, and again, and again...then this audiobook is for you. Unlike the far better Pimsleur or Learning Spanish Like Crazy programs, Frobose assumes listeners don't have enough sense to rewind to listen to a section until they master it. Instead he repeats sections---endlessly. The overall effect was so tedious, it took all the joy out of learning the language and made it difficult to listen to. Most frustrating is that I only learned four relatively short and only somewhat useful dialogues after suffering through all the repetition and bland delivery.
Include four hours of intensive dialogue as promised instead of repeating four short dialogues again, and again, and again to get to four hours. You get four times more valuable and instructive content from a Pimsleur or Learning Spanish Like Crazy audio than you do from this one.
Robotic delivery and poor editing -- clearly a cut and paste job sticking pieces together. Frobose lacks warmth. The stilted notes of encouragement lacked sincerity. Overall, the effort pailed in comparison to Pimsleur -- less learned, less enjoyable to listen to, less encouraging.
It was nice to hear the conversations by native speakers and have a chance to practice them. Would have been happier if there were more than four short dialogues in the entire program.
Many of the other reviews for Frobose's audios appear highly suspect. Most of the comments were posted by people who have never reviewed anything else. And it is surprising how similar their reviews are. Particularly surprising is the reviewer who made the exact same comments for Frobose's programs for Spanish and French ("This really worth the money") awarding five stars to Frobose and far fewer to competitors. Final bit of advice: Buyer beware!
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