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Discover Spanish: THE Best Way to Learn Spanish
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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!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2009
I spent a couple of months with Discover Spanish and was extremely pleased with the results! I just returned from a 2-week trip to Mexico and Discover Spanish really helped me to converse with the locals (neither my parents nor my sister spoke, nor attempted to speak, Spanish while we were there).

I've tried other software programs and always dropped out after about the third lesson because the lessons were too long and boring for a beginner like me. I liked Discover Spanish's creative approach to learning Spanish, and the short lessons were quick to master, not to mention useful for communicating in the real world. The overall approach strikes just the right balance and, more importantly, it's neither boring nor frustrating.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
I speak absolutely no spanish and this was my first attempt. I chose this software because it was reasonably priced and I needed something that would help with the speaking part of it.
I found that while this software is pretty good to take someone through the basics, you definitely needed a few books to understand the grammar rules and also to enhance your vocabulary. I used Madrigal's Magic Key to spanish and found her approach combined with this audio set pretty useful.

At the end of 2 months I find I can have a basic conversation in slow spanish.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2010
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This is a very basic learning tool. The description that I read led me to believe it was more intermediate learning. It is very basic, almost child-like teaching. I believe it would be better for younger children.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 3, 2012
I bought this course to learn enough Spanish to be polite; to not look like an arrogant foreigner, for a recent trip to Costa Rica. Reality is that I would need much more language education to get anywhere useful. What I found profoundly irritating was that each track covered a subject: how are you, what is your name, where are you from (nationality), using the phrase, pointing out the relevant pronouns (you and thou equivalent in English); and then closed with a promo paragraph for the whole system.

I bought the system. I don't need to hear ads for it every time I finish a track. I listen while driving and I don't need boring content when I'm driving--rather defeats the purpose.

What I knew before but didn't want to believe is that adult language acquisition is hard work. For the parts of Costa Rica I moved in, under the circumstances of my trip, and with the language skills of my traveling companions, this book/CD/system did not provide any additional benefit. I believe I would have done much better with straightforward vocabulary work, so that I could follow the content-gist of the conversations around me. (Whether I would have actually DONE real vocabulary building is a whole 'nother questions...)

I can see that a system like this one might be very useful as a refresher, if you had serious language classes 20 years ago and need to remind yourself of what you know. That's actually why I thought it would work--I used something similar to refresh my Russian skills several years ago. There is, however, a HUGE difference between refreshing something you spent 6 years learning, and learning a skill for the first time on an empty database.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2011
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I am a 76 year old grandmother and I found this product to be useful for both me and my grandchildren. It is a fun way to learn Spanish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
Best approach to learning Spanish that I have used. The interface is clean and straightforward. Lessons are fun and interactive. I like the portable too, which lets you hear the lessons on the go. Great preparation for more enjoyable trips to Latin America.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2009
I'm really happy I purchased Discover Spanish. I was looking for a program that would make learning Spanish enjoyable. Discover Spanish is it. It really takes advantage of the power of the computer to make learning Spanish convenient, effective and engaging.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2009
I found this product to be very helpful with my learning. Discover Spanish breaks things down for you so that you can ingest a little at a time. I found the product to be wonderful and I wish that there were more lessons.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2009
There is a podcast available for each lesson. This is an excellent feature and a good reinforcement. Being able to practice the vocabulary and hear the correct pronunciations when I'm away from my computer is very helpful. I listen while I'm cooking dinner and walking the dog.

I am also quite pleased with customer support. I had a question, and it was answered very quickly.
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