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Ultimate Spanish: Advanced: CD/Book Package (Living Language Series) [CD-ROM]

Living Language
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May 19, 1998 0609602055 978-0609602058
Eight COMPACT DISCS: 400-PAGE TEXTBOOK
Lively, up-to-date, authentic dialogues
Clear explanations of grammar

Cultural highlights plus Business vocabulary & etiquette

Learn advanced Spanish at Home or On the Go with the Most Complete, Up-to-Date Program Available!

Developed by the experts at Living Language, Ultimate Spanish: Advanced has everything you need to increase your fluency in Spanish. Just like the basic to intermediate level course, this program combines advanced conversation with grammar and culture in an easy-to-follow, enjoyable, and effective format. Ultimate Spanish: Advanced also covers business vocabulary and etiquette, perfect for businesspeople as well as serious students and travelers.

COMPREHENSIVE LESSON MANUAL WITH REFERENCE SECTIONS

20 lessons:
lively, authentic, up-to-date dialogues
vocabulary, grammar, and usage
cultural highlights
business terms and etiquette

Reference sections:
complete grammar summary with verb conjugations
business and social letter writing
Spanish-English / English-Spanish glossary

EIGHT COMPACT DISCS

First, learn at home:
immerse yourself in Spanish - listen and repeat with the all-Spanish recordings
follow along with the manual, which includes English translations
learn conversation, grammar, and culture

Then practice on the go:
review and expand upon what you've learned
an English-speaking instructor guides you through each lesson
no reading required with these Spanish/English recordings
learn in the car, at the gym, anywhere


Editorial Reviews

Review

“A really great package for those who do not have the time to sit in a classroom, or the money to spend on two years in a foreign country.”
–Juergen Kempff, Ph.D., Curriculum Director, University of California-Irvine

“Authentic…enlightening and useful…I like the fact that the business section was closely related to the dialogue…makes the learning process more fun and realistic.”
–Marisa Castro Cid, World Trade Institute Language Center --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Language Notes

Text: English, Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Living Language Series
  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Living Language (May 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609602055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609602058
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.7 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,320,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Major drawbacks May 4, 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
I have completed this course as well as Ultimate French and Italian Advanced. Ultimate Spanish is by far the poorest of the three.
Like all of these courses there is, in my opinion, a very major flaw. There is no transcript for the "Learn on the Go" tapes or CD's which comprise half of the audio material. The sentences spoken are often complex and are spoken at normal speed. No matter how many times I listened to some of them, I was unable to decipher them. I also found that for them to be of any value that I had to transcribe the "Learn on the Go" material myself--a very time consuming task. It took me at least a couple of hours per lesson--and I am a very advanced student of languages.
I was sometimes unable to make out the words even with repeated listening. (Of the three courses I was able to transcribe completely the Italian--a language in which I have near native fluency--and even that with difficulty. French stumped me once or twice. But Spanish...)
Another aggravating peculiarity of the course was the continual use of the future subjunctive--so beloved of examination writers of the 1950's but of little practical value. Also, dialectical froms such as "vos" received undue emphasis as did the second personal plural form "vosotros" which is absent in Latin American Spanish.
There were also a number of editing errors. The most egregious one appeared in the "Apuntes" section of chaper 13 wherein it states that the Basques are "direct descendants of the Celts." That is, of course, completely false. The Basques and their language are as far as ever has been determined are totally unrelated to any others.
I would also agree with other reviewers as to the limited value of the business information and the exercises.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good content, not enough drills July 22, 2001
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Format:Audio Cassette
I completed 4th year college Spanish 20 years ago. I can understand a lot of what I hear on the radio or see on TV but am slow and clumsy when I have to form sentences on my own. The content of this book is on the right level for me.
Before I started using the book I reviewed grammar with Dorothy Richmond's Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses. I'm extremely glad I did. The Living Language book has oddly basic grammar information and very little practice. However, the notes to the dialog have good information that I put on flash cards.
The dialogs deal with content that's refreshingly far from the stuff I remember having to read in college. The dialogs take place at a book fair in Argentina, a job interview in Venezuela, a political rally in Guatemala City, and so on. I own my own business & like to follow international news, so I'm interested in the business & political info.
The recorded dialogs expose you to different accents and go at a realistic pace. However, the repetition exercises go too quickly for me. They'll read a line of the dialog that I'm supposed to repeat, but the line is often so long that I forget the end while I'm repeating the beginning.
The book claims it's equivalent to two full years of college-level study. I highly doubt that. There isn't enough practice, unless you make up your own exercises. And it takes me only about an hour to do a lesson, including making my own flashcards, repeating the dialogs twice, and listening to the supplementary info.
Since they're charging a lot, I would have expected the publishers to do a better job at laying out and editing the book. For example, there are no running heads. You can't flip through the book easily and know what lesson you're in. There are also a surprising number of typos.
Even with these complaints, the content is much more varied & interesting than other courses I've seen. So I'm happy.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:CD-ROM
This is a wonderful textbook for advanced students of Spanish. The twenty lessons have dialog, notes to the dialog, grammatical explanations and culture or business notes. A short test is included in each lesson. There are also readings for each five lessons. The level of the dialog, when read in the textbook, is somewhere between intermediate and advanced. The conversations are placed in setting of different Spanish speaking countries, including Spain. They cover various, mostly contemporary themes, which greatly reduces boredom. The grammar reviews are somewhat basic and the advanced learners usually only have to look through them quickly. The beauty of this course is accompanying CDs or cassettes. The eight CDs are divided into two parts, dialogs and exercises. In the dialogs, the conversations in each lesson are recorded, with and without pauses to repeat. In the exercises, part of the conversation is used for translation and other exercises. It is true that they do not include comprehensive grammar exercises, such as substitution, transformation and so on, I do not think it is a big deficiency, because at this level, you are supposed to have acquired the basic practical knowledge of Spanish grammar (for example, you should be able to express yourself with correct conjugation of verbs). And becoming familiar with and able to speak fluently various sentences like those in this book is a better approach. In this regard, the CDs are really remarkable: the dialogs are recorded at natural speed and there seems to be no compromise for less advanced learners. Just imitate them and try to speak them as they are spoken, at the same speed, and you will be amazed how much you have advanced. In sum, I found this course very useful and at this price, it is a real bargain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Spanish Advanced gets high marks for practicality and...
This is one of the most practical and thorough language study books/audio programs I have ever found. I wish they would come out with updated versions of it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brian Queenan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a well organized and helpful book.
I could not find a difference between this book and the newest edition, except that the newest edition costs a lot more.
Published 15 months ago by NADINE WATKINS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Program Out There
I have done an extensive amount of language self-study (including 5 languages with this program) and have found the Ultimate series to be the best I have found. Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Rachel B. Cane
5.0 out of 5 stars Super gift for the advanced oral Spanish Language learner
Well priced for the content. This was a Christmas present for my sister, who was formerly fluent years ago but needed an intensive warm up. She loves it!
Published on February 14, 2010 by Alice Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Rivera gives Ultimate Spanish Advanced 5 Stars
This is Anna Rivera editor of the Learning Spanish Products Reviews site and author of Anna Rivera's 1000 Plus Most Powerful Spanish Words (Spanish Edition) and Anna Rivera's 800... Read more
Published on December 26, 2009 by A. Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for the Intermediate to Advanced Learner
I really like this book, especially the "notes" section they have for each chapter, which gives information I haven't found anywhere else. Read more
Published on August 27, 2009 by Gayle Alstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm satisfied
My main criticism is some obscure situations, like the section on harvesting equipment. But I guess there are those that want to know about the names of harvesting related... Read more
Published on May 1, 2009 by Jay H. Colborn
2.0 out of 5 stars ultimate spanish advanced
This product is fair. It in my opinion is not up to the usual living language products of the past.
Published on September 13, 2008 by T. Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to brush up my Spanish
I speak 5 languages of which Spanish is one. (Yes, I'm a language snob). Over the last 8 years, due to kids I have not had much chance to practice my Spanish, though I used to live... Read more
Published on July 20, 2008 by SwissKat
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful only if you have no problem with understanding spoken Spanish
I am a little over half-way through this course. It covers advanced Spanish grammar quite well, and its strength lies in the large body of recorded material. Read more
Published on November 19, 2007 by Paul Sandberg
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