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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; MP3/Bklt B edition (1 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071637206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071637206
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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The Instant Recall Spanish Courses teach VOCABULARY like this: Picture each image below in your mind's eye as vividly as you can for 10 seconds, to make the images stick
The Spanish for RICE is ARROZ
Imagine an ARROW landing in your bowl of RICE

The Spanish for COW is VACA
Imagine a COW with a VACUUM cleaner, cleaning a field

The Spanish for BED is CAMA
Imagine a CAMEL in your BED

The Spanish for BREAD is PAN
Imagine putting BREAD in a PAN

What is the English for PAN, CAMA, VACA, ARROZ.?

If this has worked for you the whole course is likely to work for you.
The Instant Recall Spanish Courses teach both VOCABULARY and simple step by step GRAMMAR and test your progress by getting the learner to translate words and sentences. Over 60 scientific studies have shown that for the vast majority of people, this method of learning vocabulary increases speed of learning by up to 3 times normal learnng methods.What is more, such learning benefits have been shown to be long lasting.
By teaching in this way, within 10-12 hours of learning, you will have
an extensive vocbulary and enough basic grammar to communicate effectively in many situations you will meet abroad.
One unique feature of this course is that the European and the Latin American versions of the course
are recorded separately and both full length versions are included in this package.
This present Instant recall course differs from the Shorter Instant Recall Vocabulary course in having twice as much vocabulary
and includes grammar and sentence transations.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2009
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It got annoying with the word associations, but I have to admit that the unusual approach of this language course actually seems to work. After the first five minutes of this course, I was convinced that when I came to review it, it would be a negative review. But when I started the course again a few days later and had accurately remembered a lot of the words due to the "Monkey : Mono - imagine a monkey wearing a monocle" approach, I was mildly more impressed.

Don't get me wrong, I certainly didn't remember the words by picturing the animals jumping through hoops or anything like that, but probably more because it was such a bizarre way to form word associations it is their oddness that took root.
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This is certainly a novel approach to learning a language. It's based on a system of word association with a provided image. So, to remember then word for Monkey (mono), then 'think of a monkey wearing a monacle', soup (sopa) 'soup that tastes of soap' and so on.

This approach I found to be a little hit and miss. While some of the images seem to stick (the cat eating the gateau) others don't and there's no real pattern to it either. Sometimes they stick BECAUSE they are so outlandish, and other time they're too outlandish to stick!

I have only listened to it all the way through a couple of times and, in doing so, HAVE learnt some new words but wouldn't say I felt anymore confident were I to engage a Spaniard in conversation! As such I would say it was more of a vocabulary builder that a language course per se - although notes on grammar are provided along the way.

The first CD consists of 260+ audio files split into different categories. These can be easily downloaded to an mp3 player and listened to on the move. There is no book to accompany the course, so it's ideal for this purpose!

The second CD consists of a spoken Grammar lesson and some demos of the other languages available.

I think I would have to spend some real time with this to get the real benefits and, being an impatient sort, am not sure that I will! It's success, I would say, is largely down to the individual listeners ability to recall images - even ones that are a little 'random'!

If you have a good visual memory, an some people do, then this is a fun way to expand your Spanish vocab. If you just want a basic language course then this may seem a little arbitrary in its presentation - i.e. it starts with animals rather than the more traditional 'greetings' section you may expect!

So, if you like the sounds of it, then it may work for you. If you have reservations then it quite possibly won't!
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I've dipped in and out of this for quite a long time and have to say that the learning by association technique has for me proven particularly effective in remembering key words in comparison to some of the more traditional and slightly uninspiring methods commonly used in the teaching of foreign languages. It is not a particularly new method of learning, variations of which can technically be applied to other academic subjects. It involves in this instance learning the Spanish for cat (gato) by imagining a cat eating a 'gateau' You have in principle made the connection between English and Spanish via the association of this image. A crude description but it works, think of the cat example for 10 seconds and it's unlikely you will ever easily forget it's Spanish equivalent.
The discs cover to an intermediate level words you would use in restaurants, hospitals, travelling etc as well as numbers, days and months etc.
Coming on 2 discs the first of which has 200+ MP3 Files covering both 'Spanish' and Latin American Spanish; the second disc is a CD ROM consisting of a summary, a helpful printed glossary of the first discs words and phrases and review and revision aides. There is something like 6 hours worth of running time though goodness knows how long it would actually take to wholly complete this due to the amount of mental processing involved in learning the words. It is a strange process; after a while my brain did begin to speed up once you get used to the style, if nothing else it was a good mental exercise and is a bit more interesting than the others I have used really. If you can get over any initial scepticism like I did then there's a lot worse out there than this. Definately worth a go if other approaches have failed for you in the past.
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By simon gurney HALL OF FAME on 17 Dec 2009
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Instant Recall Spanish is a audio based spanish vocabulary builder which uses a system called link words whereby the listener makes a mental picture relating the spanish vocabulary words to their english translation. This is a very useful method of putting things in your memory, and a slightly unusual way of approaching learning.
Having used mind mapping or linkwords before to learn foreign language vocabulary it is definately a great memory aid, but where i found the course falls down is that it is forming your own memory associations (linkwords) which really stick in the mind, whereas i found after working through most of this course that i was not really taking to the suggested associations or linkwords, this method is very concentration intensive, and requires a great deal of attention from the listener, without really taking the time to form the pictures in your mind very little of the content will stick.
There is an impressive selection of vocabulary and a run through of basic grammar points, but some of the choices of association are quite bizarre and as the course some of the sentences become quite bizarre often involving angry goats and peacful chickens. it could have been made a little more real world useful.
The second cd is next to useless containing a very basic course outline and very little else, an almost pointless recap of the grammar sections and links to other instant recall courses, more useful would have been a pdf or likewise of the audio content in print form to avoid the constant rewinding to try and work out exactly what the narrator is saying, access to a spanish english dictionary while listening is also essential to make the assoctaion with the correct spelling, and sometimes the pronunciation can be very misleading as to the actual spelling.
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