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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2006
There is no shortage of material going around for learning the Spanish language. However, that said, there are very few courses and programmes which are of any true value to the Spanish language learner. The majority are either too basic in their content or just downright awful.
That's where FSI programmatic Spanish comes in. Despite its age, I can honestly say that this is the best programme for learning the Spanish language I have seen. The approach and methods of teaching in this programme are very effective, and you will find yourself dealing with complex structures like the subjunctive without even realising it. That's right! FSI's approach to the subjunctive is so simple, it's surprising that other programmes treat this subject in such a confusing and difficult manner, often leaving the learner baffled and perplexed. For these reasons alone, in my opinion, if you are serious about learning Spanish, get your hands on this baby - you won't regret it.
Having said that, I suppose I should mention that there are some down sides to the course. For one thing, it is rather old. As a consequence the sound quality isn't superb nor as good as modern programmes (although the quality overall is much better in level 2). In any case, the quality is always such that you can get through the lessons without any problems or misunderstanding. In addition to this, the drills can sometimes get a little boring and repetitive, but I implore you to bear through them - if you do, you will be greatly rewarded, your level of Spanish will improve in leaps and bounds. Hmm, other disadvantages?? None that I can think of right now. Even though there are these small problems, I still consider the course worthy of a 5 star rating. The truth is you won't find better.
In short, if you buy FSI Programmatic Spanish, you won't regret it.
Best wishes and buena suerte!!!