Top critical review
Does what it says on the tin - at a price
on 16 November 2012
Let's start with the basics. If you've never spoken Spanish before, or are looking to move to an intermediate level, this package will undoubtedly get you there. It engages a wide variety of learning activities, is professional and engaging, and has clearly been well researched and put together. If money is no object, and computer based learning works for you, then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this.
Where I find it difficult to recommend it unconditionally is the phenomenal price. I've used other methods to learn languages (when I travel with business, I always try and learn a little bit of language in advance) and have found the Michel Thomas audio courses fantastic for my needs (much better than Pimsleur too), and to be honest I baulked at the price of those at first - with this being around 10x more expensive, I don't think paying the extra would improve my language that much more. A combination of Michel Thomas CDs (which of course I can also listen to on the move), coupled with reading news, watching tv and listening to the radio in my target language (all of which is available free online) I think would get me to pretty much the same place at less than a quarter of the price.