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Ultimate Spanish Beginner-Intermediate (CD/Book) (Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate) Audio CD – July 20, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1400021192 ISBN-10: 1400021197 Edition: large type edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate
  • Audio CD: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Living Language; large type edition edition (July 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400021197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400021192
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 2.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Randy on September 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a good product like all Living Language Ultimate products are. I have two complaints about this one though. Number one is that there was way to much time spent on the Spanish of Spain with vosotros. If this had been all Latin American countries then this would have been almost perfect. The vast majority of Spanish speakers live in Latin America. As far as I know I have never encountered a Spanish Speaker from Spain here in America even though I know there are some here. Many different Latin American countries were represented which I felt was a good idea. My other complaint was the lack of a written transcript of the four hours on the go audio. The set includes 8 hours audio with 4 hours designed to be used with the book and 4 hours to be used while say drving without the text which is 400 pages and filled with great information on grammar, vocabulary, and cultural notes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Walter E Campagna on December 18, 2008
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This product is very comprehensive in scope. You will not find a better product on the market than this one. This is the real deal: read, write, tune your ears with 40 dialogues, all the grammar-tenses & moods, and hundreds of vocabulary words. I had to buy a lot of different spanish learning products before I realized this product has it all.
If I were to choose between Mastering Spanish by Barrons or Ultimate Spanish by Living Language, my pick would be Ultimate Spanish because it is easier to follow and understand.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Prototype H7K3 on February 26, 2009
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This book is really great for beginners. Instead of taking a traditional approach for theoretical learning of a language, It takes a practical approach by introducing dialogues between 2 or more people and then going into the verbs and nouns and vocabulary introduced in that dialogue.
This gives enough confidence to start to speak after first few lessons.
Lessons are short and therefore motivates older learners to sit and go through the whole lesson without distraction or boredom.
Besides that cultural notes and pronunciation explanation helps understand the text better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R J on July 6, 2010
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Excellent reading material on a trip to Punta Cana in the D.R. For those that may not realize, the Dominican Republic is a Spanish speaking country. If you had, for example, at least Spanish I in high school or middle school, then you have a better foundation to get more from this book. If you don't have any Spanish background, then the book is still very useful, but I would guess that it may also be a bit confusing.

Unless your Spanish teacher in school allowed you to take your Espanol book home with you when the class ended, I would recommend this book a very good and inexpensive (esp. considering the price of school books) learning and "brush up" tool.

Given the inexpensive price, I give it 5 stars.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By LA Girl on July 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought the book and cds to try to teach myself Spanish. While the cds are useful in repeating phrases over and over, where the Spanish does stick, that can be done with any cd. I agree with Randy that WAY too much time is spent on vosotros- which I find silly considering that the actual percentage of the Spanish speaking population that uses vosotros is incrediblly small.
One of my biggest frustrations where the book and cd don't match. My best example of this is Lesson 8 C & D. In 8C, both the book and the cd say not to use "tener" with the personal "a". About 1 min. later, in 8D on the cd ONLY, there is an example of "tener" being used with the personal "a". The sentence "Tenemos a los abuelos in America" may be correct, but it's in direct conflict with the rule given just before.

My biggest frustration of all with the cd is the accents. For someone new to Spanish, there really is no point in using different accents. That is equivlant to someone learning English for the first time and having to listen to people from Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, the U.S. the South, U.S. Northeast (e.g. Boston & NY), and U.S. Northeast. Really, if a person is beginning a language for the first time, use the "cleanest" accent and let the person LEARN the langauge, maybe get a little handle on it. THEN introduce the other accents. Personally, there are too many occassions where I don't have the faintest idea what the speaker from Spain is saying because I simply can't get past his accent.

I also dislike the use of vocabulary when one of the words had not been introduced. In the beginning of the book, these sentences are too small to figure out the word's meaning by context.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Wong on April 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
It's a great coursebook for beginner. I love the wallet phrase card. It contains most daily phrases one would use as a tourist in Mexico.
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