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Living Language Spanish, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning Audio CD – Unabridged, August 9, 2011
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-Division of chapters is clear and the companion cds read almost every word on the page. (Which makes it easy to read along with the chapter or use it as extra practice on your drive to work as I do.
-The book is written in a way that seems more organic to learning conversational Spanish. Instead of just learning a bunch of words and how to conjugate them or just a set of general vocabulary each chapter is topic based. This means the the number section isn't just "uno, dos, tres." It also includes "Tengo dos gatos" and "Ella tiene tres perros." (I have two cats. She has three dogs.) Slowly interspersing new vocabulary, sentence structure, gender-dominance of the terms, and of course conjugation.
Negatives: (why I did not give it 5 stars)
-You have to come in with a basic knowledge of the Spanish alphabet and sometimes the pronunciation doesn't seem as clear in writing.
-Sometimes some of the most important/interesting vocabulary is thrown into the summary paragraph at the end of the chapter giving the reader only one chance to familiarize with that set of vocabulary before it is either not referenced again or thrown into another part of the following chapter. (The cd does read this chapter to you but does not give you the option to repeat those words.)
-The cd can really only be used after reading the chapter for extra study. I tried to use some of the lessons ahead of where I was in the book. (Only the next lesson, not far in advance.) And I found myself tongue tied.Read more ›
To get 9 CDs and 3+ books for $28 is just an unbelievable bargain especially compared to big-name systems which, ironically, consistently get poor reviews and cost much, much more.
Just after I started this course I stumbled across Duolingo.com which is a free online school for various languages, including Spanish. I've been working it the same time as this system because they each have their own advantages. The main advantage of the Duolingo course is that it is interactive -- you have to type in answers and if you get too many wrong, you have to repeat the lesson. With a non-interactive course, it is easy to lose focus/attention and not realize that you have missed something, which is the case with Living Language.
On the other hand, the speech in Living Language is much clearer and it is easier to back up a bit and repeat something. Also, you can read the LL books and/or listen to the CDs anywhere and any time, while you must be online to use Duolingo.
The Amazon page and other Living Language materials say that you can just listen to the CDs to learn Spanish without using the book. While that may be theoretically possible, it would be VERY much harder and time consuming. For one thing, the book has extra exercises to reinforce your learning which the CDs do not have.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have it four stars because I still don't know spanish very well. BUT it's my fault as well, it's takes work and alot of practice...I recommend to try it out.Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
I've used Ros. Stone in the past quite a bit for multiple languages...this is by far a much better learning platform for my specific style.Published 3 days ago by Jeremy Bowen
This is a real good value. The books and CD's compliment each other well. My spanish is getting better!Published 11 days ago by Brian Naidus
PRICE WAS GREAT-I LIKE THIS BECAUSE I CAN LISTEN ON MY CAR'S CD PLAYER WHILE GOING TO WORKPublished 11 days ago by Rick
A series of comprehensive study materies!
1) Rich info: spanning from the beginning level to advanced
2) with audio CDs
3) well designed courses and quizzes, nice... Read more
I just started using the material, I can only tell you a little about it. I received the complete edition in a timely manner, it contained 4 books, Essential(beginner),... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Gilda Woods