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Good for children, not for older teens and adults
on November 25, 2016
You know that a product is poor when the commercial just try to lure you in with singing and dancing and maybe pretty faces.
Kind of like the drug commercials that are so great, yet leave people with worse conditions (like the anti-depressant that may give you more thoughts of suicide)
The same can be said about this program. I have met so many people who literally GAVE UP LEARNING A LANGUAGE after using this.
It is simply so tedious and repetitive and really just childish games. Not only this, but it is nowhere near good enough to take you to fluency
you can finish all 5 levels and you are not even 1% fluent yet (seriously!)
- pretty pictures
- looks great and the commercials motivate you
- No grammar explanations
- no explanations at all. just games and flash cards. guess it till you get it
- using this discourages someone from wanting to continue
- the program has a speech feature that tells you if you said the phrase "correct". The issue here? The software judges your pronunciation by comparing it to THE EXACT way the speaker in the program did. Even if it sounds corny and rehearsed, saying exactly like them is "correct." Get a fluent person to try it out, it'll say that your fluent friend speaks improperly
- SUPER SLOW.
Here are my thoughts on other products:
Pimsleur - starts with short conversations, builds up from there, and gives you lots of practice with different sentences. Fluenz can't even let you take the learning on the road.
Learning Spanish Like Crazy - Similar format as pimsleur. Only they focus a lot of on grammar and conjugation rules. In my opinion they focus too much time on grammar. What i do not like about this one is that they say incredibly useless statements like (my cat was playing in the garage when the lights went out) (did you lock the bears up in the cage?) (There were a lot of pigs in my farm while i was growing up). I think it is a good idea to use this too as any practice can help
Story Time Language Learning - And also similar to pimsleur just a bit more organized. Faster paced than "Learn like crazy" but it clearly says that its for people who did other language programs, which i agree since it is way too much for a beginner, but challenging for me. I am actually happy that they don't make any silly statements in the lessons, nor do they focus 1-2 minutes on trying to pronounce the name of a city like pimsleur. Also, the accents used in this program are very neutral. A BIG plus if you don't want develop a thick accent from a certain region. (since not all Hispanics understand each other fully due to the heavy regional accents some have)
in my opinion, i think that you should try pimsleur first (maybe just level 1)
then go and try "Learn like crazy" and "Story time" and see which you like better
Story time also has a "basic" program, but i think it is still kinda fast paced and i definitely don't recommend it if you haven't done at least 10 lessons of pimsleur. Otherwise, it will overwhelm you and you'll give up your journey to fluency
The story time language program used to be sold on amazon as audio. Now its out of stock. But it is cheaper on their website or through udemy. I recommend emailing them for coupons. looks like this is a small company cuz i've gotten discounts simply for emailing them.
Story Time Language Learning - Spanish Basic