Would you like to learn another language? Do you have a need, for school or business, to learn Spanish? Many people every day find themselves wanting top learn Spanish quickly, easily, and inexpensively.
The need to read, speak, and understand Spanish is becoming more widespread every year. Spanish-speaking individuals are the number one source of immigrants into the U.S. They have needs ranging from government interaction to business dealings; the ability to converse and understand in Spanish makes you a more valuable individual.
Of course, it's also beneficial for children to learn Spanish as well. Kids can learn much faster than adults, and their ability to speak and understand multiple languages expands their minds and helps prepare them for the future. However, many schools don't offer Spanish until the later years; and even with those schools that offer Spanish early, the programs often lack in substance.
There are many programs available to help you learn Spanish. When looking at different programs, you need to consider a variety of factors. Some of these include:
Effectiveness. Does the program deliver on its promise? Will it teach you Spanish that you can actually use?
Materials. Can you take the coursework with you if you want to learn while traveling?
Cost. How expensive is the program, compared to others that offer similar content?
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Learning Spanish Like Crazy is a very effective learning Spanish course that was developed by native Latin Americans to help new learners speak Spanish. The idea behind it is that if you learn Spanish the way it's really used, from real Latin Americans, then you won't sound like you're speaking out of a textbook.
Learning Spanish Like Crazy actually offers two products; a shortened course designed to quickly teach everyday Spanish, and a more in-depth course that covers Spanish in much greater detail. Both options are competitively priced, professionally done, and very successful at fulfilling their teaching goals.
The shortened course, offered for $99, is available via download from their website. This course contains 30 lessons, comprised of over 16 hours of audio recordings in mp3 format. After download, you can copy these lessons to CD or an mp3 player and take them with you to practice wherever you travel. The course is put together by professional, native Latin Americans, and the material presented is easy
to learn and understand.
The full course, offered for $299, contains a wealth of instructional material. It draws on the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute's (FSI) Spanish coursework, which is offered elsewhere at far higher prices. This course contains the following:
The Learning Spanish Like Crazy downloadable course, containing 16 hours of audio instruction on 15 CD's
The FSI Programmatic Spanish Level 1, which contains 17 hours of audio instruction on 15 CD's, plus textbooks
The FSI Programmatic Spanish Level 2, which contains 12 hours of audio instruction on 12 CD's, plus textbooks
The FSI Programmatic Spanish Level 3, which contains 13 hours of audio instruction via download
The FSI Programmatic Spanish Level 4, which contains 12 hours of audio instruction via download
The FSI Fast Course Spanish program, which is a crash course in learning Spanish with 6 hours of audio instruction plus textbooks on 6 CD's
This material is presented in a clear, understandable format. We found the lessons both easy to use and simple to learn. Another positive note we liked is that Learning Spanish Like Crazy comes with an unconditional 8-week money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the produce, you can receive a full refund of the purchase price - no questions asked.
Learning Spanish Like Crazy provides two options to learn Spanish the way it's really used - an inexpensive course you can download immediately, or a fully in-depth course you can order. Combining an easy to use system with effective results and a satisfaction guarantee, Learning Spanish Like Crazy earns our highest rating.
Rocket Spanish is clear and easy to use, and simple to understand. The course is designed for any level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) and has step-by-step lessons, over 500 pages of written lessons, games and additional resources to help you learn quickly.
Rocket Spanish contains over 12 hours of interactive lessons designed to immerse you in the language and help you learn quickly. There is also a conversation course book, beginner and advanced grammar books that have more than 400 exercises to help you learn.
The website gives you the chance to preview the course by signing up for a free 6-day Spanish e-course (which is a $37 value). This course gives you the chance to take part in real Spanish conversation exercises, teaches you how to say hello and introduce yourself in Spanish, how to ask for help, and more. You receive your first lesson within five minutes of signing up and can start previewing the course immediately.
The Rocket Spanish website is simple and easy to follow. The product is offered with a 60-day, 100% money-back guarantee if you're not completely satisfied. You can have the product mailed to you, or you can pay less money (avoiding shipping and handling) and download the product immediately, right to your computer.
We liked the efficient program that Rocket Spanish offers, and appreciate the very cost-effective downloadable option. Rocket Spanish is indeed an effective tool to learn Spanish quickly and efficiently.
Rosetta Stone offers a complete foreign language curriculum in Spanish ranging in price from $209 for Introductory Level 1, to $499 for a full 3-Level set.
The idea behind Rosetta Stone is that you will learn Spanish just as you learned your own native language - without translation or memorization. Rosetta Stone uses Native speakers along with real-life images, speech recognition and fully interactive software to help you learn. There are no complicated lists you have to memorize to learn through Rosetta Stone.
Rosetta Stone offers their lessons in three "Levels". These are comprised of the following:
Level 1 Spanish starts at $209 and has up to 200 hours of instruction in 92 lessons.
Level 2 Spanish is $239 and this has up to 250 hours of study with 118 lessons and uses over 4500 real-life images and phrases. You can get both sets 1 & 2 for $339.
Level 3 Spanish, available for $259, is 12 units of instructional material with 102 lessons that include videos covering life skills in transportation, housing, shopping, and employment.
Optionally, you can purchase all three levels for $499. Rosetta Stone also offers their courses via online subscription for a reduced price; however, you must be connected to the internet in order to utilize this service.
Rosetta Stone offers a 6-month money back guarantee on their CD-ROM purchases. They also offer a free online demo so you can see how the product works. You have the option of speaking (which helps you to improve your pronunciation), listening (with real native speakers), reading (helps you to develop your reading skills by linking real-life objects and actions), and writing (you write what you hear and the computer checks
your spelling, syntax, and pronunciation so you can learn from your errors).
Although Rosetta Stone is the most expensive product in our review, it is exhaustive in scope and effective in results. For its professionalism and high rate of success, Rosetta Stone earns very high marks.
Auralog, the makers of Tell Me More, was founded in 1987 and according to the website is one of the global leaders in multimedia solutions for learning and teaching languages. Tell Me More is an immersion method centered on developing specific skills needed to learn a language successfully. The program centers on vocabulary, grammar, listening comprehension, oral expression, written expression and cultural understanding
to teach the student.
Auralog's Tell Me More uses a very advanced speech recognition model, and identifies speech deficiency by highlighting the portions of a learner's spoken sentence that needs additional attention. This is designed to help with accent reduction, listening comprehension, and target language literacy. While we were impressed with Tell Me More's speech recognition approach, this type of technology is still not 100% reliable
and can be frustrating, especially when learning a new language.
Tell Me More offers five different programs to choose from:
2 Levels for $229
5 Levels for $399
10 Levels for $529
10 + 2 Business Levels for $599
Online Language School for $949
All programs come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Tell Me More also offers a free trial where you can experience a bit of the program and decide if you like it. The site itself is easy to navigate but the information provided is somewhat limited.
While we were intrigued and impressed with Tell Me More's language learning approach, we still found the higher-rated products easier to understand. It will be interesting to see if Auralog continues refining their product in the years to come; it definitely holds some intriguing possibilities.
Unforgettable Spanish is designed to take out the months of rote memorization and help learners through an incredibly fast course. The website actually calls it "speed-learn Spanish" and says that once you learn Spanish using their system, you will never forget what you've learned.
There are four Spanish levels and they are all available in computer software format (audio and video), or mp3 / CD format (audio only). Each level offers 10 - 12 hours of training
Spanish Level 1 includes approximately 400 Spanish words, beginner's Spanish grammar throughout, the ability to form Spanish sentences after 30 minutes, interactive quizzes and sentence construction exercises, and native speaker audio in every format.
Spanish Level 2 teaches approximately 350 Spanish words, and includes all of the features of Spanish Level 1.
Spanish Levels 3 and Level 4 also cover approximately 350 Spanish words. Obviously the difficulty of the words increases with each level.
Uniquely, Unforgettable Spanish also offers a Spanish Business Edition. This course teaches European Spanish, and it covers extensive business vocabulary and basic grammar in 10-12 hours. This is a stand-alone course and is suitable for the student with no prior Spanish training. Each of their products comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Unforgettable Spanish is an inexpensive, if somewhat limited in scope, way to learn to speak Spanish. Although not as extensive as the other products in our review, it offers a quick way to learn Spanish basics
Transparent Spanish claims to be the fastest, most effective way to learn Spanish words and phrases. The product is designed for beginners to advance learners and guarantees perfect recall for the learner. While you may retain much of what you learn, we found the product to be less comprehensive than the others in our review, and in fact you can run the risk of not learning basic lessons that you'll need to know.
The program teaches you to speak and understand up to 1,000 common Spanish words and 250 essential phrases. The product is available either by download or by ordering CD software. You get to decide what you want to learn and then Transparent Spanish will create computer flash cards for you to learn from.
With this product, you have the ability to tell the program what words or phrases you want to learn. The software automatically creates appropriate flash cards, and you can both hear the word and see it displayed on your computer. You can use free lists of words, and can share your flash card list with your friends. Transparent Spanish also teaches through activities that are like games, but that actually target language
skills such as pronunciation and listening comprehension. Transparent Spanish also includes audio flash cards that work on your iPod or MP3 player.
We found the concept of creating your own flash cards innovative and intriguing. However, with its reliance on teaching you the words you choose, Transparent Spanish runs the risk of not teaching you words or phrases that you should know. The top-rated products in our review focus on teaching you basic and conversational Spanish; with this background, you can lookup individual words or phrases to get their translation.
Transparent Spanish seems to rely too much on this self-direction, too early in the process. Transparent Spanish offers a 30 day money-back guarantee.
LingvoSoft is flashcard software for Windows. It is designed as a study aid and would probably work best used alongside another Spanish teaching system. The program has five games that make the learning fun and they are an effective way to memorize thousands of new words. Once you install LingvoSoft on your computer you can choose from numerous options to customize the software to your needs.
You have a choice of five different display languages and full statistical information so you can always track your progress. There are three levels of general vocabulary to choose from - Business, Computer, and Medical / Legal Terminology. The program also has updated Dictionary and Phrase Book software, so you can easily incorporate tens of thousands of additional words and phrases.
LingvoSoft offers a downloadable trial of the software if you want to test it before you buy it. We could not find any refund policy or money-back guarantee for their product.
The strength of LingvoSoft is in its flashcard format. While it offers thousands of words to memorize, the product pales in comparison when moving beyond mere word translations and into phrasing and conversational Spanish. Furthermore, the website is really just a dressed-up ordering page and it is not very professionally done. Without a money-back guarantee the product does not compare with the other products in our review.
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