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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2009
I bought this program because I`ve been wanting to re-learn Spanish again and this looked like a good beginners course for any age. I've tried 2 other Spanish programs and had no luck. They were too complicated and frustrating and I gave up.
With Discover Spanish I was able to immediately start learning the basics in an easy to understand and colorful format. The lessons are nice & short (about 10-15 minutes) and I don't feel overwhelmed or confused. They are broken up into small bites that are easy to digest. Sometimes I did one lesson at a time and other days I was able to do 2 or 3 in a row. As easy as it appears to be, though, I found it was best to not rush ahead too quickly because I needed that retention time, to let what I learned, really sink in. I could practice the conversations by repeatedly clicking on the animated characters as needed and hearing them repeat the sentence as many times as I needed, then go on to the next when I was ready. Using "flash" is a terrific interactive feature of the program and allows this back and forth interaction. I don't know of any other Spanish programs that have this design feature.(and I've been looking!) I'm a visual person so this
program has been a blessing for me! It took me awhile before I figured out who was who with all the characters, but after you get into the lessons, you see that Johnny and Cristina are brother and sister, Miquel is Cristina's husband, Silvia is a neighbor, and so on. Reviewing grammar and pronunciation was effortless and easy. Another nice feature is the games and cultural notes at the end of each lesson. My favorite lesson is learning different objects in a room. It has a fly that buzzes around the room and lands on different items that you say in Spanish. You click on whatever item you want and that's where the fly goes to. The lessons are well thought out and all build upon each other.
I was very impressed with the amount of learning I was able to accomplish in a few short weeks! These guys really have defined the word E A S Y. My only complaint, if I had to find one, is that there isn't a Discover Spanish CDROM #2, so that I can continue. This program is well worth the modest price I paid- in fact I see it as a real bargain. It is well deserving of the 5 star rating I'm giving it! If you really want to learn how to speak Spanish with little effort, I highly recommend this one!