Instant Recall Spanish, 6-Hour MP3 Audio Program Paperback – MP3 Audio, 1 Dec 2009
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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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This has a selection of some useful everyday words such as time,days of the week etc & some not so useful words such as animals & furniture. it has some basic grammer * becuase they put it very simply & plainly it is very good for a beginner introduction.
They give you hints on howe to remember the words but I find the pronounciation is not easy & I have difficulty recognising if she is saying "g" or "c" (pronounaced K).
It is short & precise which I like & doesn't confuse or intimidate. However, it needs to be more for everyday language & it has unclear pronounciation & there's no book to read the words to learn the pronounciation/spelling either. You'd need to purchase that separately.
Note: you do NOT need the internet to use this CD, you can use it on your laptop.
I therefore would only buy this as a basic introduction.
Learning a language is a different process for different people and doubtless, if you have the sort of cryptic crossword memory then this method may be great for you. For me, it just didn't work and it left me more frustrated than bi-lingual. It's an interesting listen but that was about it. Back to the books for me.
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.
I'm big enough to admit I was wrong, even though this was pretty much the same formula I found it much better than the French version, I retained more words, phrases and grammar than I expected. Maybe if I hadn't studied French before I'd have found the other one more useful.
In short, I think if you're coming into a language 'blind' then this isn't a bad place to start, if you already have a basic grasp of Spanish then this may conflict with your prior learning.
There are frequent tests say a every ten words or so to assess your grasp thus far, for both English->Spanish and Spanish->English so testing your knowledge quite comprehensively. The authors claim to give you a solid grasp of the language with about 10 to 12 hours study, while that is certainly achievable does require the effort on your part to achieve this.
Whilst this will most certainly not make you an expert by any means it is certainly worth a look if you want to quickly learn the basics of a language for say holiday or basic work communication purposes perhaps. As with any of these types of courses practice makes perfect. There are two main versions a European and an American one to account for slightly differing vocabularies in each region. The ten key topic areas are divided up into various handy mp3 audio format chunks several minutes each in length, you can load them onto your favourite audio player and listen to snatches as and when you choose. The pack comes as a 2 cd pack with Disc 1 holding all the mp3 audio data, and Disc 2 contains various additional support material such as a glossary for printing.
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