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Very basic intro to Spanish - suited to complete beginners
on 27 August 2012
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.