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.
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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