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Advanced Audio Learning - Hard to find
on May 6, 2004
When searching for products for more Advanced language learning, I am always amazed at the dearth of products available. It is always easy to find beginner products of all shapes and sizes, advanced products are much trickier.
I believe that this cd is a good INTERMEDIATE tool for anyone who has been studying for 6 months to 4 years. Obviously it will depend on how far you have advanced in that time. You should at least be familiar with future tense verb constructions, preterit and imperfect verb constructions and pronouns.
This 8 audio cd set is great for intermediate learners of Spanish. I have been studying for 4 years, and I might be a little too advanced for this product, but I am still learning something, and the exercises on the cds are a nice review. It is better than nothing in the car.
Each of the cd lessons covers a certain topic, family, professions etc. For each cd there is vocabulary relating the topic, a grammar lesson or two, questions and answers, and a longer audio comprehension section that lets you listen to a conversation with translation, then without translation, and then asks you questions about the conversation, in Spanish of course. There is less of the translation 'word for word' in English of everything said on the cds, so this is definitely for more advanced users. I also like the fact that the lessons are topical, thus facilitating learning.
One interesting features is that this CD included the "vosotros" or third person plural familiar usage. This verb form is used in Spain and many language products will simply leave it out, as it is not used south of the U.S. border.
I only give it 4 stars instead of 5, because I believe that it should say "Intermediate Spanish" instead of "Advanced". Also, the Spanish that is being spoken in the conversations is slower than "normal" Spanish, but like I said it is an intermediate cd and a great start to more advanced fluency. Overall the set is an excellent learning tool at a great price!