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Listen 'n' Learn Spanish with Your Favorite Movies [Kindle Edition]

Gaby Thomas , Scott Thomas
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Book Description

It’s a thumbs-up for this movie-inspired guide to learning Spanish

  1. Pop in a movie in your DVD player
  2. Turn on the Spanish soundtrack in the DVD options menu
  3. Open up Listen ‘n’ Learn Spanish with Your Favorite Movies, and relax as you learn core Spanish vocabulary and phrases

It is as easy as that to learn thousands of essential Spanish terms and expressions. You follow along using the book to decipher difficult Spanish passages while watching (and listening!) to a movie’s Spanish soundtrack. Listen ‘n’ Learn Spanish with Your Favorite Movies features comprehensive language notes and translations for:

“The Fox and the Hound,” “March of the Penguins,” “The Absent-Minded Professor,” “Tarzan,” “Eight Below,” “Home Alone,” “Holes,” “Rocky III,” “Eragon,” “Hoosiers,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Princess Bride,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” and “Mary Poppins.”

These films are all family favorites and can be easily rented from Netflix or other rental stores.


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About the Author

Scott Thomas and Gaby Thomas are experienced teachers, translators, and interpreters of Spanish.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2643 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (20 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XLYOKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #856,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Eve M
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book only a few days ago, and I have to say that I really like it.

Today I've watched one of the suggested beginners' movie: "The fox and the Hound" with this book and it was great.

Thanks to this book I've concentrated on learning the most common expressions rather than getting overwhelmed by constantly looking up all the words in a dictionary - this can prove very frustrating very quickly. Also I had to concentrate on catching the characters saying particular words or phrases, which was great fun but also I believe it will help me enormously in developing listening and word recognition skills.

All in all, I find this book truly revolutionary. Beginners can use this book as indicated by the authors, however if you want to take it one step further - after you memorise all the words from this book and can easily recognise them while watching a movie, you can switch on subtitles and pick up all the remaining more advanced words and expressions.

I highly recommend this book to all of you starting to learn spanish and also intermediate level speakers. What a great idea - learning foreign language while watching movies!
!Buena suerte!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very much a beginer's book 12 Jan. 2011
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The title of the book is very misleading. It has nothing to do with the films but small extraction of the simple words and phrases from them.
I just gave it to a charity shop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a great concept! 12 Jan. 2010
By Senora Gose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I couldn't believe it when I saw this on the shelf. I use this method frequently in my Spanish classes - we study a list of words, change the language in the DVD menu to Spanish, and then watch the movie in Spanish and discuss it in Spanish. It's a WONDERFUL way to improve your understanding and ability to speak the language, in a fun, non-stressful way.

This book has a very exhaustive list of words for each chapter of the movies, and I believe has a great selection of movies to use for your benefit. There is no pronunciation guide, but I suppose you can watch the movie and hear the words. I do wish the phonetic spellings were next to each word, so that students could sound it out before they listen for it in the movie.

The book has a fairly well laid out plan to help you get the most out of your Movie time, and begins with a basic Core Vocabulary, if you have no Spanish background at all. I don't know if it's a good beginner book, but after even a month of study, I do believe the movies in the beginner section would help you. So here are my step-by step recommendations:

1) Choose a movie you have seen more than once already.(You already know what the actors are saying, so your comprehension level will be up, and you won't experience as much frustration)
2) Before you watch your first movie, study the listed words for at least a week before watching the movie - make flash cards, say them aloud, read them several times over. This will increase your chances of success, and therefore cause you to want to do it again sooner rather than later!
3) Watch one chapter at a time - or about 15 minutes - and then watch it again. See if you can jot down or check off some of the words you hear.
4) Look at your words again. Can you make a complete sentence using three or four of them together? If yes, watch the next chapter. If no, then watch the chapter again.
5) I would be sure to not to overwhelm yourself - keep it to an hour or so or less - too much more, and you'll end up just shutting down a bit unless you're already beyond the beginner stage.

If you have young kids in your house, having this on in the back ground is a GREAT way to facilitate the "immersion method" if they are already familiar with the movie that is playing.

This is a great tool for conversational classes, self-study, and just plain fun! Great job!

The only reason I deducted one star was because I do wish there were some questions for discussion for each movie - just to give the student a chance at forming some original sentences with a bit more direction. Otherwise, excellent!

Sra. Gose
Bilingual Mother of Five, Teacher, Author
Flip Flop Spanish
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen 'n' Learn Spanish with your Favorite Movies 7 May 2010
By Karel loves to read - Published on Amazon.com
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Listen 'n' Spanish with your Favorite Movies is an exciting way to increase your Spanish. It's great fun and with your rewind button very useful in learning new constructions and phrases. Even without alot of prior knowledge this is a very useful way to increase your Spanish language knowledge. It would be nice if they would have added a few more adult movies as rewatching children's films was somewhat boring.Their philosophy behind their movie choice had to do with simple language construction that is more common in children's movies. This was helpful for beginners but it did end up focusing more on the tuteyo form than many travelers or early learners (unless they are children) will use. Still, overall I found this to be an exciting and entertaining method of language acquistion and hope they do another one with more adult films.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious but hopeless 1 April 2012
By Philip A. Rylett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book has a nice cover. And the DVDs are all available for rent from Netflix. Now what happens when you pop in the DVD and turn to the book? First thing you notice is that the spanish words it gives you are the easier words including lots of cognates. Why would you give the translation for 'secreto','mapa','correcto','foto','local','hospital',etc., etc. The translation for 'simple' is included. For the curious they provide the translation, which is... 'simple'. Really? Same goes for 'cruel' - do I need to know it means...'cruel'? 'Pizza' is translated to 'pizza'. Muchas gracias.
If you need 'muy bien', 'por que', 'buenos dias' or 'por favor' to be translated (which it is repeatedly) then the dialog in these films are going to be waaay too difficult. If this is your level then the there is no point imagining you will get any understanding from these films. The majority of translations are words, not phrases - although there are quite a few idiomatic phrases provided (and repeated over and over). An example of the repetition: The Princess Bride #22...Phrases to listen for' at the top we have 'tenemos que':'we have to' then 7 phrase down in the same list we have 'tenemos que':'we have to'. 'Lo que' is repeated for the same film under 7 separate 'Phrases to listen for'. I got it the first time.
Simple phrases repeated over and over, while the most challenging dialog is overlooked. When you have to translate 'me llamo' in the advanced section, how do you deal with something like 'Debe haber habido siete de ellos'.
The translations follow the dialog and not the subtitles, which for some reason, in most films are different. If the dialog says 'Como estas?'. the subtitles will say 'Que tal?'. I tried to think of a useful way to use this book, but I couldn't. The back cover states optimistically 'It is easy to pick up Spanish words and phrases as you listen'. No it's not. It is hard and it is complicated. And this book is not going to make it any easier.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Experience, Entertaining and lot of fun 19 Jan. 2011
By C Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have used Listen & Learn Spanish peronally, and have benefitted greatly from it. I have had previous education in spanish and had hoped to enhance my listening comprehension. This book is perfect for this.. However, some of the movies are rather old, and finding an edition with the option to play and listen in spanish can be aggrivating, however, it is certainly possible. I have managed to find, after looking hard, most of the movies that are detailed in the book. Anyone interested, feel free to contact me, I will be glad to give you some direction in locating the movies.
apdofficer@charter.net
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique addition to any Spanish learning library 6 Dec. 2010
By westcoaster - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a few dozen books and CD sets that relate to Spanish learning, and this book is one of the most unique. The text is clear and very well-organized, which makes the book very easy to use. Most of the key words and phrases you might want to learn or review prior to watching a particular scene in any of the movies are included. Everything is broken down according to the "track" on the DVD, which makes it quick and simple to orient yourself if you don't watch the whole movie in one sitting, or if you want to go back and re-watch a particular scene to improve listening comprehension. Like another reviewer mentioned, I would have liked it better with more of an emphasis on movies that aren't primarily for kids, but that's really more just my personal preference and not a reflection on the quality, content or design of this book. If you're looking for a way to improve your Spanish, especially your listening comprehension, this is a unique addition for your library.
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