Listeners learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of Spanish without the need of a textbook.
©2005 Henry N. Raymond (P)2014 Penton Overseas, Inc.
I have tried lots of language programs, and Learn in Your Car Spanish is one of the better ones. The very best Spanish courses are created by a guy named Frobose, but before I get ahead of myself, here’s what I like and dislike about Learn in Your Car Spanish:
1. Clear speaking native Spanish speakers
2. Relevant vocabulary
3. Clear English speaking guide
Here’s what I don’t like about Learn in Your Car Spanish:
1. No memory technique at all
2. No contextual real life learning
3. No profound or amusing explanations like with Power Spanish.
4. A huge gong blast between each and every lesson that gets really annoying.
Frobose does the whole thing, meaning, his programs contain original sentence building, a periodic memory technique better than Pimsleurs, and he talks with you and teaches you with native Spanish speakers. It’s so much more enjoyable.
Pimsleur is also good, but very limited vocabulary.
I actually downloaded this on a whim, because I had several Audible credits available and I've been wanting to learn Spanish for a while. I typically just let this play while I am working throughout the day. At times I may pay more or less attention to it. Each time I turn it on I start back at an earlier lesson so that I am getting a lot of repetition. So essentially I haven't really even been giving it a huge amount of focus or effort. However, I now find myself thinking of the Spanish translation for things I see. Also, just yesterday I was working with a Spanish family in a volunteer organization I work for. The daughter was translating what I said into Spanish for her parents. They also were carrying on conversations in Spanish among themselves. While I couldn't follow their conversation 100%, I did find that I understood a lot of what they were saying. Like anything else in life, the extent to which this helps you or not likely depends on your own expectations, perspective and motivation. If you try to listen all the way through without repeating any lessons, and think you'll know Spanish at the end....well good luck to you. If you take their suggestions and go back to review lessons you've already listened to, and give yourself reasonable time expectations, I think this is a good tool for learning at least basic Spanish.
Multiple speakers and translations
for me, this has been the best learning tool I've ever used. It requires an intermediate level of pronunciation and vocabulary which is where I am. this may not be for everybody but this is absolutely the best money I've ever spent on a Spanish learning course book audio or video
I attempted listening to this Language Course in my car; however, I could not stay alert enough to grasp what the narrator was relaying. The narration was too fast and I became instantly sleepy while driving. This book is definitely not for beginners or commuters.
Something more action-packed! Maybe a Stieg Larsson novel.
The narrator's voice was so soft, he nearly fell asleep while driving.
I would not listen to this book again.
I originally purchased Learn-in-Your-Car Spanish back in 1997 when it came out on cassette tapes. The Audible version is a really nice improvement. You can slow it down, skip forward or back, or pause the playback. I was pleased to note that after almost 20 years, I can still respond to the English cues in passable Spanish. There’s something about the method of presentation that really helps the material stick in your head.
There are 2500+ entries, starting with simple words and phrases, and then sentences becoming progressively longer and more complex as you progress. Along the way, you cover all the basic verb tenses and moods, with practice sentences in the 6 person types for each tense and mood.
There are a number of other topic covered, such as direct and indirect object pronouns, reciprocal constructions, etc., etc. All these various constructions are used in sentences relating to topics such as eating, shopping, travel, computers & technology, etc., or just general conversational chit-chat.
I have to admit I didn’t follow the instructions about repeating a lesson several times before going on to the next lesson. Besides being boring, it was hard to find the beginning of the lesson on the cassette tape. Instead, I just plowed ahead, repeating the sentences as best I could. I actually did learn the sentences this way. Maybe that’s how a Spanish kid learns. When his mother yells, “Callate!” he knows to shut up without considering whether his mother is using the second person singular form of a reflexive AR verb in the imperative mood.
I highly recommend the accompanying PDF file. It’s rather lengthy, but invaluable as a resource. All the sample sentences are printed out. In addition, there are really great sections explaining the various grammar points illustrated, and presenting easy to understand charts of verb conjugations and other useful information. The PDF file makes a very nice book of Spanish vocabulary and grammar.
This is the best audible program by far.
I have no idea what people are talking about when they complain about this program. I've used Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, Frobose and numerous others. And those are good. BUT this is by far the best. IT actually goes through grammar WITHOUT explaining everything in English. Catch on to it or simply go online to get a look at conjugation. I LOVE that that they don't spend the whole time explaining when to use SER vs ESTAR. This isn't your only resource to learn Spanish, but it's a very good one!!!
Here's what I recommend.
( BTW this audible course works much better as a study tool than just listening in the car. You want to be able to pause...think...and then respond)
1. Get a notebook and a blue pen and a red pen.
2. Listen to the English then hit PAUSE
3. In BLUE ink write down quickly your best guess at the correct translation
4. Listen to the correct Spanish translation
5. With RED ink correct your initial translation and add in RED any important notes about the sentence. BUT limit your use of English words and translation..if you know "puerta"is door...no need to write "door".
6. Start each new chapter on a new page. This will make studying the areas you need more work (the pages with more RED) easier to find.
7. Periodically go through your notebook, reviewing any sentence that has RED ink in it.
This technique helps with LISTENING, SPEAKING, WRITING and READING. Just try it!!! FWIW I have a lot of red "para"and "por"in my notebook. Obviously I need to study those more. For that I'll go to the web or other book.
Yikes! What a waste of time and a book credit. For the first hour it's just a list of vocabulary words-- not even in context. A whole hour of a spoken word and then you repeat. I didn't learn poop! It was all gone the moment I moved onto the next word.
Nope, but made me more selective.
Just a list of words without any attempt to build a conversation or make it interesting. It was just like someone is reading out load one of these small translation books.
if you want to learn Spanish don't buy this because it won't be enjoyable and you'll ultimately give up. Get a book buy a guy called Paul noble. it's a class beginner course and I actually remember what I learned.
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