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SmartSpanish - Introduction to Spanish, Vol.1 Audio CD – Audiobook, 26 Aug 2009

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  • Audio CD: 43 pages
  • Publisher: SmartLanguage (26 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193451912X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934519127
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful learning tool. After listening to this for the first time, I knew that this was exactly what I was looking for to begin learning Spanish. Just a few minutes in and I said to myself, This is just what I need!. You get the basics that you need to truly build a solid foundation for learning the language. The pacing of the lessons is just right, and they are very pleasant to listen to as well. You feel like you're in the hands of a good, smart, wise teacher. I love using it, and I recommend it strongly. --F. Gruszka, US

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maria A. Florentino on 7 Sept. 2009
This is an excellent program for learning to speak Spanish the way it's supposed to be spoken. School classes teaches the hard stuff, like grammar, etc., and not exactly how to speak/listen to the spanish language. We tried a few other programs and were fairly disappointed until we got Smart Spanish. This is an excellent program where you learn to speak, and as importantly, listen to Spanish the way it's supposed to be spoken at different speeds. This first set of CDs (Introduction Vol 1 and Vol 2) will give you an introduction to simple everyday words, as well as some fundamental Spanish language structure, and how to use them. Also, the 6 most used verbs are explained on their usage.

Finally, if you're an absolute beginner in the Spanish language, this Vol 1 and Vol 2 will get you started in the right direction. Afterwards, the next sets (SmartSpanish Beginner, Intermediate/Advanced) will get you further in developing the right speaking/listening skills. This spanish course focuses mainly on the speaking/listening aspect of the language and it does it extremely well. This SmartSpanish program should be used in conjunction with other spanish grammar programs if you want total fluency in the language. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Bentley on 21 Feb. 2010
Ive been using the whole range of SmartFrench products for some months now and am sure it is the best language course i have ever tried in book,cd or cd rom form.
I would recommend starting with the introduction cd's before tackling the beginner version.The introduction cd's need repeated listening ,usually this is where it all falls apart (i found repeated listening to Michael Thomas cd's extremely difficult due to his strange accent ,pompous manner and wierd exchanges between his two students )i have listened to the smartfrench cd's some 11 or 12 times and still find them quite fresh and Christian Aubert's accent easy to listen to .
Having worked on verbs,numbers and vocabulary from the introduction cd's i find i can express most of the things i want to say without a struggle.I have also used the Penguin Parallel French texts to suppliment my listening and ahve found these useful but not terribly relevent are much of the vocabulary is quite obscure , maybe Christian Aubert should write a Smart French parallel text book ,i would certainly buy that.
I am now working on the beginner conversations which are similarly fascinating (peopled by a wig maker ,a chef,a model and various other real french people ,boring it is'nt ) the emphasis being on listening and speaking rather than reading.
The cd rom is extremely easy to navigate around and as for reading smartfrench for travellers will be going with me when i go to Paris and the Dordogne this year as it is packed withvery useful phrases.
On the stregnth of Smartfrench i purchased SmartsSpanish and was delighted to find it followed the same format using a native Sanish speaker and real Spanish people ,the attention to detail is the same and i am looking forward to exploring the product in greater detail in the near future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachey B on 5 Aug. 2010
This is a clever logical way to learn the basics of understanding Spanish. Obviously can't speak it at this stage but understand more already and have learnt the alphabet and numbers. I have a Spanish colleague who was very impressed with my understanding of verbs and conjugation. I can't wait to start on the next volume and develop my understanding further. Excellent.
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