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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Earworms (mbt) Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Jun. 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ39Z2
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Rapid Spanish: Volume 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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In a nutshell, this is basic everyday stuff that will help you get by for a relatively short period. It won't have you discussing the ins and outs of politics or rocket science, but you will be able to order a cup of coffee, a bottle of wine or several and a bottle of water (for the hangover). You will be able to ask for directions to the supermercado, the Picasso museum (even if there isn't one) and tell everyone that your suitcase is in the room upstairs (or downstairs). You will be able to order something to eat and a taxi to the airport (when you have maxed out your tarjeta de credito and skip out without paying la cuenta). If, como yo, you are a shoe fanatic, you will confidently be able to order a pair of sandals. (As a bonus, here's two words you won't find in this tutorial - discuento (discount) and rabajas (sale reduction)). You will know what day of the week it is, unless you have bebir'd too much vino, in which case you will be able to ask directions to a farmacia for those all important aspirinas and tiritas (plasters) when you fall over. It will not turn you into Penelope Cruz or Antonio Banderas, but you will feel less like an innocent abroad and when you are approached by the persistent street vendors selling dodgy jewellery and wooden elephants nobody wants, you will confidently be able to order a couple of dogs to send them on their way.
A word, I bought mine at half-price direct from the retailer's site where they are often discuento'd. Having mastered Vol. Uno, I am now about to download Vol. Dos. Adios y buena suerte!
Essentially, what you get is a Spanish woman teaching an English man in time to some occaisionally dodgey music. Topics covered range from counting, to asking for a coffee to talking about yourself and making plans.
This method of learning will appeal to those of us who are predominantly left brained as it uses a mixture of repition and subconcious application to embed words and phrases in your mind. If you are the kind of person who struggles to learn from text books or standard methods of teaching, this may well suit you down to the ground. I have another spanish CD in my car which takes quite a bit of concentration to learn from. With this, it almost becomes background and, I'm sure over time, will afix itself in my head.
The only bad point is that they do not appear to do an intermediate or advanced version of this. I suppose they think that once you've got the basics you're better placed to learn the rest. I did a year of evening classes two years ago and so this was a good reminder, albeit sometimes a bit basic.
I don't get to use Spanish in my everyday life so any background reminder is welcome, even if you kind of know it already. Plus learning in the car is the perfect way to make the most of your time.
In summary, I would recommend this to all begginers and those who'd like to refresh their basic knowledge.
Well worth the money.
I listen to it whilst stuck in traffic in my car, the way its set to music really helps you to pick it up (like song lyrics, sort of!). It's got lots of useful phrases and explanations and the accompanying inlay has it all written out. I'm looking forward to volume 2, for more of a challenge!
The different tracks are useful covering situations from eating out and ordering to asking the time. I'd recommend it for anyone wanting to start from scratch - it'd be great for holidays sticking it on your ipod. I'm off the Spain in the summer and feel confident to use what I've picked up.