Now improved with a complete transcript/listening guide, Power Spanish I Accelerated is where you will learn to speak and understand more Spanish from one audiobook than from 16 CDs from other more expensive and boring programs. Want to learn to speak Spanish quickly and easily and have fun in the process? Designed to teach you to speak Spanish while on the go, Power Spanish I Accelerated is a refreshingly intense, upbeat and positive audiobook language program whose 144 Study Units establish a challenging pace and friendly tone that are designed to keep you constantly motivated and learning to speak and understand Latin American Spanish at optimal speed. Expert language teacher Mark Frobose talks you through the program in English while several trained native female and male Latin American Spanish speakers teach you Spanish the way it is really spoken. This highly acclaimed method is so easy and so fast that you'll be speaking Spanish within minutes of receiving your program!
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Yes. Without reservation. Being able to form your own sentences to say what you want to say is obviously a major goal of the Power Spanish Accelerated audio program. In fact, the creator seems to be obsessed with that objective. In order to do that you have to remember what you learn. The Power Spanish method somehow gets you to quickly memorize large amounts of Spanish without your being fully aware that you are doing so. There is nothing mysterious about it. It is simply a matter of constantly presenting new material while at the same time reviewing previous material. You are moving forward even during those times that you are looking back. Sometimes you look backwards but you never move backwards. Power Spanish always keeps you charging ahead and learning to speak and understand Spanish quickly – more quickly, I believe, than either of two other programs that I have also used.
I have purchased and listened to beginning level Spanish audio programs produced by Pimsleur and Behind the Wheel. You'll learn a fair amount of Spanish using either of them. But the Power Spanish program using more native Spanish speakers than either of the other two. It also contains a lot of creative and unique drills and exercises, including one that is called "Audio Snapshot," that aren't found in either Behind the Wheel or Pimsleur. Power Spanish is very upbeat. It's easy to listen to. The others tend to get monotonous after awhile. Power Spanish just has more variety, which keeps you listening again and again. To get the full effect of a language audio program you have to listen to it again and again. If you get bored you won't do that.
There are no 'characters' in the traditional sense because this is not fiction audio book. The narrator and native speakers function as 'characters,' so to speak. Power Spanish Accelerated has a variety of native speaking 'characters.' You don't have to listen to the same one or two speakers throughout the entire program. This variety makes Power Spanish Accelerated more fun to listen to than other language audio program that I have heard.
A few of the lines might make you laugh. And being able to use what you learn to make some of your own sentences is nothing to cry about.
I found Power Spanish Accelerated to be quite fast and effective at teaching basic conversational Spanish. It teaches a lot of vocabulary words, it has what for me is a very effective memory retention technique, it uses several native speakers, and, as language audio courses go, it is simply fun to listen to.
Yes - I bought these CDs from Amazon and have been extremely happy with this purchase. Use it in my car and listen while driving. Am now more comfortable talking in Spanish or ordering in restaurants than I have ever been. I'd been trying to learn from books and Rosetta Stone, but none gave me the confidence to speak in Spanish like these tapes have.
Mark Frobose and the native speakers are all favorite characters of mine. They do a great job of keeping the tempo upbeat and me motivated. The "listen and repeat" exercises are simple and practical – they are not only helping me speak and pronounce correctly but have also increased my response time to answer in Spanish tremendously. There is a nice pace throughout and repetitive nature of the exercises makes it easy to recall and improve.
I have not listed to any of Mark Frobose's other tapes ..but now that I have listened to Part 1, I am looking forward to Part II of the series
I guess the biggest "aha" moment for me when I Mark broke up Spanish into simple usable high frequency phrases that I could begin to use immediately. This happened from the first CD itself.
If I had known these CD’s would help me so much, I'd have bought the set sooner. Thank you Mark - you are a great teacher and hopefully you will make more such audio books..as you are doing a great service helping adults like me learn new languages.
Good Spanish Program - don't be misled by some unfair reviews.
This Spanish language program allows you to actually understand and participate in authentic conversation in Spanish at native speed.
But to accomplish that feat, you need to begin slowly. You cannot rush comprehension and practice. Every farmer knows you can't "cram" for the harvest like you can cram for a college exam.
You can cram for a written vocabulary or verb test in Spanish class, but you can’t cram speaking fluency. Speaking fluency requires – demands – time and practice. And patience. This program gives you that valuable Practice along with lots of explanations, virtual interaction with Spanish speakers, help with memorizing, and you practice with common words and sentences. You are responsible to put in the time. Add some patience and you will get there. I know. I am getting there, partly thanks to this program for learning to speak Spanish.
I know that people all have different likes and dislikes and I respect that but I think that some of the criticalness about this program by some people is not right. I think its a good way to get speaking practice in my opinion.
I have tried all the major players in the Spanish instruction category. Living Language, Berlitz, Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone.
Power Spanish Accelerated is by far the fastest and easiest way I have yet found to speak Spanish. I think all the other competitors are just Mark Frobose 'wannabees' because they can't even scratch the surface of what Power Spanish has taught me.
Here are a few highlights:
1 The approach. Fun, easy to learn. Fast. Varied. Lots of Spanish speakers.
2. Tons of vocabulary and then they show you how to put it all together.
3. Tons of practice. Different angles. Never gets boring.
4. Tons of review and memory building.
Pimsleur is a rip-off. They teach you 5 words of vocabulary for one program.
Rosetta Stone cost a fortune and you're tied to your computer.
This Power Spanish is dirt-cheap and works like a charm.
Don't be fooled by negative reviews planted by the competition to keep you away from the best Spanish program ever made. It's obvious they didn't even care enough to listen to the program.
Buy it and use it. You'll learn to speak Spanish like I did.
The only program I could begin to compare with the excellent Power Spanish is Behind the Wheel Spanish by Macmillan Audio. Same author. Yep. Mark Frobose was even a consultant for Macmillan Audio and created all their language programs for them.
The difference is that Power Spanish is far better and more motivating.
Mark Frobose is a one-of-a-kind language teacher who has been in the language field for around 30 years. I have heard his radio interviews and read his ebooks. I was one of his earliest fans back in the 90's when he began teaching on audio. Now Language Audiobooks is the best and this Power Spanish is great.
It made me laugh to think that I spent only $19 bucks to really learn Spanish at last.
I cried when I thought of the small fortune I spent on garbage like Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone and all the other programs out there that just can't compare to this.
My advice is to realize that the competition in language programs is fierce and that you need to really "review the reviews" for truth. Whenever you see a fine program torpedoed, it's because it's too good for the competition to bear.
Look .... If you were selling language programs for a fortune and getting a bunch of dummies to buy from you, wouldn't you want to get rid of a fantastic program like Power Spanish that can get you really speaking good Spanish for just $19.00?
The introduction needs to be shortened! The content was mostly promotional, and it just kept going on and on, and was repeated ad nauseam, so I finally gave up on this audiobook before I ever got to hear the actual content. The author/narrator should remember that once someone begins listening to his audiobook he doesn't need to keep trying to convince them that they need to buy it, because chances are they already have!
It was too difficult to get past the introduction and listen to the content.
I doubt it.
This is repetitive in the extreme, teaching very very little in each hour. It gives equal emphasis to phrases that require almost no memorization like "no" and "si" and those that comprise full sentences. At the end of this you will be able to utter a few tourist questions but I doubt you will understand a single word of the responses.
I would have to listen to, and approve of, a section first before ever shelling out a dime for another one.
The writer repeats the promo for his program ad nauseum. It is one thing putting it in the intro but leave the rest of the time for doing what is advertised, that is, studying Spanish.
The whole thing could be condensed into 30 minutes.
Don't buy it.
I had to keep checking to see if I had Shuffle on, since words and phrases would appear in Review areas but I hadn't heard before; then, a lesson later, words and phrases introduced much earlier would be reintroduced. You spend a lot of time repeating "gracias" but no time understanding how to say "I get by in Spanish," a phrase which appears from time to time out of any context. Another reviewer mentioned that the tone is a bit irritating as well; for example, during a drill when you're supposed to provide the correct response, the narrator says, "You SHOULD have said..." After hearing that a few dozen times, and checking again to see if shuffle was on, and then repeating "gracias" a few more times, I had to stop.
Possibly Pimsleur Spanish.
Frustration at the glacial pace, confusion by the seemingly haphazard construction of the lessons, irritation by the tone, and more irritation by the useless grammar points ("Here's how to use subject pronouns. But don't use them unless you want to sound like a gringo.")
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