- Audio Download
- 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 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I'm looking forward to the French version!
I put the CD on when I went to bed and I liked the music on the first track, but it was so peacefully melodic to me, I fell asleep by the start of the 2nd track. This was the same result I experienced each of the next few attempted listenings and personally, as someone who traditionally has difficulty drifting off, I found this delightful. It was like a mini Godsend, but it wasn't helping me learn any Spanish!
Eventually, I got round to listening to the CD during the day but wished I hadn't, it was dull and boring. If, as me, you're expecting simple songs to use melody to help anchor memory (which is a reasonable assumption considering the blurb), FORGET IT!! There is no skilful dual-language word play here, and no songs either. I'll explain...
There are 10 tracks on this CD ranging from 5m33s to 8m53s long, and a final 1m04 goodbye session. The 10 tracks contain between 18 to 22 words and/or phrases which sounds a lot, but considering the simple statement: "I would like/ a coffee/ with milk/ please" occupies 4 lines out of 18 (the next 3 being: "a tea/ a tea with milk/ and sugar") you begin to realise how limited this CD is.
Moreover, the Spanish is not really `set to music' rather it's naff elevator music in the background with a dozen and a half Spanish words spoken over the top.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have the advantage of being in Spain for a couple of months, so am in the happy position of being able to try out my newly acquired knowledge on the locals and, dios mio, it is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Caramia
10 songs which start off easy and get a bit harder. I'm thoroughly pleased with my understanding and progress while learning in this way (seeing as I struggle every other way but... Read morePublished 12 months ago by alexander james
Bought as a gift- hopefully the recipient has found it useful.Published 20 months ago by pam wright
Bought this before we went on holiday to a remote part of Spain where English was not widely spoken. Read morePublished on 14 April 2014 by Speedy
Might be a bit basic if you know some Spanish but good for brushing up your getting by on your holsPublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by sue wilks
It's OK but no different from the old fashioned language CDs. The music/beat in the background is so bland and forgettable that is may as well not be there. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by Frosty