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Drive Time Spanish: Beginner Level Audio CD – Unabridged, September 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1400006007 ISBN-10: 1400006007 Edition: Com/Pap Un

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Product Details

  • Series: Drive Time
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Living Language; Com/Pap Un edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400006007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400006007
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This was too basic.
Michael
The dialog is too fast ("authentic") and I didn't get much out of the lessons after #6 or so, and soon lost interest in this course (and found another one instead).
Håvard Bringsli
The cd's are a great start to learning Spanish.
GFossie

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By kro on April 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Like others have said, it jumps from easy words to ridiculously hard sentences. Also, you start learning to count from 20, which is okay since I know how to count in Spanish, but someone learning might want to be able to count from 1.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As a total novice to spanish and having just bought a house in Mexico I needed help. I just wouldn't sit down to the computer based training (Rosetta Stone), but worked diligently commuting to work each day with the CDs. Although, as others have said, there is a lot to cover in just four CD's, with repetition and lots of work it was incredibly helpful. Just the right mix of grammar, vocabulary and conversation.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By chief on September 28, 2011
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I travel frequently to Nicaragua and I'm always looking for ways to improve on my Spanish language skills. I bought this four CD set as it was promoted for learning Spanish during your drive time. I found that there is just way too much information that is pushed at you in the last two CD's -- way more than I can absorb even after listening and re-listening to them. Additionally, the course doesn't repeat the phrases or sentences a second time -- miss it the first go round and you've lost out because the narrator doesn't repeat anything. This course should have been spaced out over six or more CD's and more time should be given to the review of material already presented.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By krizzo on June 19, 2013
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I'll admit - languages come easily to me. So I figured that learning Spanish in the car wouldn't be too hard, and that I could pick up the written portions as I went along (I mostly wanted tourist-oriented dialogue, anyway). Disc 1 was great. They presented words - repeated 3 times with time for you to repeat, then sentences, then variations on the same sentence. By the end, you understand how to form a basic sentence, ask a basic question, and give an answer. This format was great!

Then disc two starts. Every word is only said once. Some of them are never even used in following examples. There's no theme (The first disc was focused on describing a car/van and objects you see while driving). You learn the alphabet, then conjugate a verb, then learn some random "work" vocabulary, then a little about the weather, then how to ask for directions - all in less than an hour. I'm really trying to keep up with this, but I feel like I'm just parroting sounds rather than learning a language - there isn't enough repetition for my brain to start making the connections and finding the patterns that happen when you truely start to understand a new language.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mary Aiton on February 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
My Spanish had become quite "rusty" and I decided to do a refresher. If I was a newcomer to the language I would have been totally confused. Some of the pronunciations were very difficult to follow. Would certainly not recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Grace on May 8, 2014
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The first CD of the four, was very simplistic, repetitiously describing a few things one might see while out on the road. But at least it gave plenty of opportunities for correct pronunciation and repetition. The other three CD's were a textbook being read: an overload of information, fast speaking, and one opportunity to repeat. Furthermore, the version of Spanish being taught is from Spain, quite different from what I have always been taught here in Southern California, which is never stated on the package.

I have never been more disappointed with a product. .
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KJQ on May 14, 2012
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I previously purchased Michele Thomas Language Booster in German and within 30 days my understanding of the language improved and I was able to form rudimentary sentences, etc.

This, however, is not a very people friendly course. It is not designed in a way that assists in the natural learning process. The editors just 'throw' facts at you without putting the individual words in sentences or giving you enough practice and repeat time. I found it very frusturating and rather useless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie C. on December 27, 2013
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skips around. At first I was doing really well and catching on quickly. Then the next section of the disc starting "teaching" things and not explaining what it meant. I wanted to know what each word I was repeating meant.
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