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My Spanish Coach - Nintendo DS
- Adapted to any level, from beginner to advanced
- Get regular evaluation on improvement
- Learn Spanish through mini-games and competition
- Write your answers with the stylus on the Touch Screen
- Translator and glossary
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Platform: Nintendo DS
Top Customer Reviews
The game first tests you on a range of Spanish vocabulary to see at about what level you are currently testing at, which was excellent since I have some basic Spanish behind me already - no starting from the beginning all over again.
Another great feature in my opinion is the fact that the game forces you to continually re-play the current level you are on, and you earn 'mastery points' as you go - this prevents you from thinking you are 'close enough' to getting it and moving ahead before you might be ready. If you haven't mastered the current level you will not be allowed to move to the next.
The mini-games are enjoyable and the overall presentation of this product is very sharp. The extras almost make it worth the price of the game alone - a searchable phrasebook complete with spoken pronunciations, a English-Spanish dictionary, etc.
I definitely recommend this product and look forward to continuing to use it.
I bought this game feeling confident of its quality due to the positive reviews here, but after putting in many hours of play time, I've concluded that it has some serious flaws. I would not recommend it to Spanish students of any level. Unfortunately, my negative review may be ignored in the midst of all the 5-star reviews, but I feel obligated to take the time to let people know about this game's serious flaws.
First, a bit about my background to assure you that I know what I'm talking about. I took 4 years of Spanish as a public high school student in the United States, and then enough university Spanish to complete a minor in Spanish. I stopped taking formal Spanish courses about 10 years ago and haven't had much chance to practice since. So, while I still know basic and advanced Spanish grammar, I've forgotten a lot of vocabulary.
My Spanish Coach seemed like the perfect game for me: I could spend a few minutes a day learning (or re-learning) vocabulary and reviewing grammar, and I'd get to do it by playing fun games on a portable game system, instead of boring flashcard drills or reading a heavy textbook.
I purchased the game and spent several weeks working through the first 60 lessons. Gradually, the errors I noticed and the misgivings I felt about the game's instruction built up to a point where I had to stop playing. Here are the concerns I have, from most to least serious:
1. Mistranslation of vocabulary:
This is the most serious error, which cropped up over and over again in the first 600 words of the game. In total I found 15 mistranslated words out of 600--and those were just the ones that I noticed!Read more ›
For anyone looking to either learn a new language, or test their current knowledge, this series of games is awesome.
It was annoying to reach lesson 40 and then be told that from now on I would just be learning vocabulary - the game does teaches a few regular verbs and irregular verbs in the present tense, but not really enough.
Probably a good product as an addition if you are taking some beginner Spanish lessons.
Also being able to listen to the pronunciation and compare it against your voice is a nice feature.
If anyone is interested in purchasing My Spanish Coach Level 2 then be warned - it is only about learning new vocabulary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was not up to my expectation for learning Spanish the terms were hard to start with. Did not really teacher new phrase or form of dialogue as expected.Published 8 months ago by E. Thompson
My daughter really likes it and is not frustrated by playing she is actually challenging herself which I like.Published 8 months ago by cdhc
I really enjoy this, I feel like everything I've learned is being refreshed. I am bothered that some sentences are just slightly different than what is actually used. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Me
I bought this for my 21 yr old son on his request. He had it when he was younger, played with it a bunch, and lost it a while ago. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I teach Spanish. I use these games with my teaching to help improve vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure. These games really help you learn Spanish.Published 11 months ago by Jeanne Blankenship
This book is a useful addition to my language tools. I like the fact that the lessons are short, and the simple games help keep you focused on learning Spanish vocabulary and some... Read morePublished 17 months ago by An Unfashionable Woman