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Good for beginners
on 25 November 2009
What you get: a CD comprising a selection of useful Spanish words and suggestions on how to remember them by using basic (and sometimes comical) word association. Also, a `supplementary' CD which reprises everything on CD 1 without the pauses for you to fill in the answers.
Pros: the male speaker is clearly spoken and easy to understand in Spanish and English. Many of the words are useful and some of the word association suggestions are helpful. The spoken instructions are easy to follow and the exercises are easily achievable for a beginner. It is a competently put together course. It wins over a book in the respect that you can hear native speaker pronunciation - always a help.
Cons: the female speaker is a little softly spoken. She also seems to have a slightly different accent from the male speaker. The vocabulary offered is basic so if you have already done a course in Spanish you may already know the words for 'cat', 'chair', `and' and `but'. Some of the word association suggestions are confusing. For example it is suggested that you remember Spanish for chicken, namely 'pollo' by visualising a chicken playing polo. However, the female speaker pronounces the word 'pojo'. This could be confusing if you don't have any prior knowledge of Spanish spelling. It says `see booklet for loading files onto your MP3 player' but there is no booklet. (That is, I didn't get one.)
Hilarity: one suggestion which did make me laugh was to remember that the masculine form of 'the' is 'el' because 'Men are 'ell to live with.' Well, if it works...
It's quite a useful little CD to reinforce the basics but it is probably more time effective to simply print a list of useful vocabulary words from the Internet. It's not going to be of much assistance to someone seriously studying language to any advanced state. For beginners only.