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Format: Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
If you speak absolutely no Spanish and are looking to pick up a few basics for a summer holiday or trip abroad, then for the money you can't go wrong with this course.

It lacks the depth of other 'Flag Ship' language courses and you're not going to end up speaking fluent Spanish in 10 days, but then again it comes in at 100s and 100s of pounds cheaper.

It lacks the tools and gadgetry like voice recognition software and the high production values that the big boys offer, but put bluntly, with the money you save buying this course you can fund a trip to Spain and learn the language first hand!

It works well enough if you want to dip your toe in and get talking Spanish, and for the money I think it offers very good value. Like all learn-it-yourself or home courses, it works best when used in conjunction with some proper lessons though.
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This little course arrived just at the right time for me, as I'm off to Barcelona next month.

I studied Spanish as a third language at college many many years ago, and was hoping this would be sufficiently in-depth to serve as a refresher. In that respect, it doesn't quite meet my expectations, as it is obviously aimed at the complete beginner, who doesn't even know their 'hola' from their 'adios'. Perhaps it's a little unfair to mark it down because of that, as the blurb on the back of the box does state it is beginner level. In that respect, I will happily acknowledge that it does what it claims - to get the user actually speaking a few simple words and phrases in Spanish. It's divided into convenient chapters, covering areas like Meeting and Greeting, At The Hotel and several chapters devoted to eating and drinking, so top marks if you're a gastronome! Also, the woman who introduces and hosts the exercises is very jolly and heaps praise upon you for answering even the simplest of questions, which I suppose may give a beginner sufficient ego boost to persevere with learning a language.

It comes with a CD-ROM, which you'll need to play via i-Tunes or Media Player to do the exercises (will not play in a CD or BD/DVD player), and a very basic pamphlet, although a more comprehensive coursebook can be downloaded as a 24-page PDF.

To summarise, this is a reasonable enough introduction to spoken Spanish, which should help a complete beginner to speak some fairly rudimentary sentences within a short time. At under a fiver, it's certainly worth a try. If you already know some Spanish and wish to improve or refresh your language skills though, then you'd be better off looking elsewhere.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 17 December 2012
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At a tenner, I was frankly not expecting too much from this course. However, it is not a bad way of getting the basics of the Spanish language, although it cannot realistically be compared with courses which cost several hundred pounds and which include sophisticated aspects such as voice recognition software.

If you are planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country, this will enable you to pick up the basics of the language so that you can make yourself understood with straight forward situations such as obtaining a hotel room, ordering food in a restaurant etc. However, if you want to take your knowledge to the next stage you will require additional learning resources.

Interestingly this course uses English to teach you Spanish, unlike other courses such as Rosetta Stone, which relies purely on the foreign language and pictorial support with no English whatsoever. Personally I prefer the latter approach as it forces you to think in the target language almost from the word go. If you are a beginner, this is an interesting and effective way of learning the basics, but if you already have some grounding in the language you will probably do better with something which is a bit more sophisticated.
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The Get Talking Spanish In 10 Days Audio Course is a one disc CD-ROM that includes 62 audio MP3's that can be played on your PC/Laptop or uploaded onto an MP3 player such as an iPod. Being an MP3, the CD will only work in an MP3 compatible CD player (otherwise you'd have to rip it onto two or three CDs after uploading it onto your PC if you wanted it in CD format), so this is something to bear in mind.

The supposed 10 Day course takes the listener through ten different basic scenarios / settings, with a number of MP3's within each section. The various sections (covered in days) are clearly chosen to help a tourist in Spain who has very little to no skill with the language. If all ten days are completed and the knowledge retained, then the user could certainly get about quite comfortably in Spain on a holiday. The 10 days covered by this audio course are:

- Meeting and Greeting
- Introductions
- Having a Mid-Morning Drink
- Aperitivo Time
- Ordering the First Two Courses of a Meal
- Ordering Dessert
- Picking Up the Hire Car
- Booking Into the Hotel
- Asking the Way
- Getting Directions

As the audio course is aimed at beginners, the audio tracks really cover the absolute basics of the language without getting into any real technicalities. Furthermore, the listener can easily learn the various phrases parrot fashion, and get by okay in Spain.

The pace of the lessons is quite fast (or I'm just a bit slow!) so it's the sort of thing you'd really have to listen to over and over and over again in order to really get to grips with each part.

Whilst going through the various MP3 tracks the listener is supposed to stop each track and practice the phrases before continuing on. If playing this on an iPod or the like, then you'd need to have your finger on the 'Stop' or 'Pause' button throughout. A little annoying.

All in all I've been moderately happy with the audio course. It's very basic - which is what I needed. And it covers a lot of the handy phrases that you will need when travelling to Spain for a holiday. However, the construction of the audio course and the general pace made the lessons seem a bit to taxing and like a real chore to get through. I can't say that I particularly enjoyed many of the 'Day courses', but then again, that might just be me!

The audio course also allows the user to download a free coursebook to practice your reading and writing with from their website. You also get a very short travel phrasebook that goes alongside much of what you've learnt.
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This is not a bad learning audio CD at all - it has 62 13 minute tracks and 10 conversations which are explored over several tracks, covering the kind of areas that adults are likely to want to cover if travelling to a Spanish speaking country, such as eating out, reserving a car or asking directions.

I think, objectively, you would have to be pretty determined to use this as your sole method of learning, and the vocabulary covered is not all encompassing, but that said the tracks are engaging and interesting with a pleasant English voice and authentic sounding Spanish voices for the conversation. Grammar points are explained in English (eg the difference between masculine and feminine nouns), and the key phrases are repeated and always translated into English too with a gap left for the listener to repeat and questions in English being asked about the conversation. It's all pleasant enough to listen to, though sometimes the gaps for repeating or answering to yourself are a little optimistically short and it does seem a bit funny to hear "well done" when, really the "teacher" has no idea if you have answered or not! There is a booklet with the CD that has the vocabulary written down - probably essential if, like me you are a visual learner who needs to "see" words as well as hear them.

Overall I think this is not too bad - I'm probably a harsh critic as I am a languages teacher, but have been learning Spanish for two years myself. Having some basics I've found this useful to listen to in the car and good for reinforcing pronunciation and listening skills - as I said at the start though as a stand alone resource it won't teach you everything but it might teach you enough to at least have a go at speaking. There is a free downloadable booklet with the CD - I didn't download this as you had to register, however I've made full use of the CD, and quite enjoyed it. Recommended just don't expect to be fluent from just using this.
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A kind of phrase book plus, prepares you for perhaps a holiday or slightly longer stay to be able to make the most of your trip. Certainly not however for being able to have proper conversational spanish.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 20 September 2012
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This is a good language tool for beginners like me who have no knowledge of the Spanish language. It is the teach yourself series, so very practical and elementary in its approach to language learning. The only inconvenience is that it is a cd-rom rather than a cd, so you need a computer and cannot use it on the go. However you can download files on the disc from the computer to an MP3 player, also the disc is playable in an MP3 compatible CD player. Being a cd-rom has its advantages as it affords you an interactive practice on the computer. There is a course booklet that comes with it and it is divided into 10 days - starting with meeting and greeting on Day 1 , then introductions on Day 2, having a mid morning drink on day 3, Aperitivo time on day 4, on day 5 we have the ordering of the first two courses of a meal, and on day 6 it is ordering a desert, day 7 pick up the hire car, day 8 booking into the hotel, day 9 is asking the way and day 10 is getting directions. So Spanish in 10 days is possible, the interactive nature of the programme allows practice, repetitions of commonly used phrases and role plays. It is a very good introduction to learning Spanish and very easy to follow with clear pronunciations. I love it and heartily recommend it.
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VINE VOICEon 1 September 2012
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This is the second of the Teach Yourself Get Talking courses that I have tried and again I found it very useful. It does not pretend to be a comprehensive language course but rather an easy introduction to the basics of Spanish. It will be of use to those who visit the country now and again or as a taster for those going on to study Spanish in greater depth.

The modules, they call them conversations, while being basic will put the student on the correct path to mastering simple situations. As with all language courses there is repartition and building on what has gone before but there are also snippets of very useful information dropped in from time to time. The cover says do it all in 10 days and I expect you could but I'm not sure that the retention level would be that high, so to get the best out of the course I think little and often is the way to go.

In a lifetime of global travel I have come across very few places where the local people did not appreciate it when a visitor tries to speak them in their own language no matter how faltering that may be. So why not give yourself a head start with this useful course.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 24 September 2012
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10 days may well be pushing it, but that's not to say Get Talking Spanish doesn't work or isn't worth your money.

I know a little Spanish myself already, but it was still an interesting test of my knowledge and a chance to brush off the cobwebs before I went back to Spain during the summer. The package is not on traditional CDs but on MP3 CDs, so won't play in an old CD player. Instead, you can play this on a computer or take the MP3s and pop them on to a player or your smartphone to listen to on the move.

There are also supplimentary materials on the CDs, a small book to work through alongside the course and some flash cards, which really help to hammer home the language skills here.

The course is very easy to follow with plenty of repetition and great hosts who are clear and easy to understand. For the money, this is a great beginner's guide to the language and certainly very useful if you plan to go on holiday to Spain and wish to speak a little of the lingo there.
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VINE VOICEon 3 December 2012
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I'll be honest and say I probably didn't put as much effort in that I really should and didn't give it 10 days as I was supposed to do. For me it was more like 5 days and only when I was driving in the car or (much to the amusement of my other half) when I was cooking in the kitchen. Consequently, I was always distracted when I was supposedly learning. However, that was probably a good thing as when I had to use the Spanish I had picked up it was in circumstances when I was distracted. I found this course easy to follow logical and probably at the right pace for me. Previously I could say hello, goodbye, yes, no, please, thank you and two beers please. After my half-hearted attempt at this I can order food, requests a table, pass judgement on things, ask directions and generally seem less like an ignorant tourist. In turn, that made my trip a lot more fun so for that it's worth the investment of money and time.
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