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Spanish with Ease (Assimil Method Books)
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This may not be the fastest road to fluency, but I bet it is the easiest. Harder approaches may lead to more dropouts, so for most of us this is probably the best approach. This is also the cheapest, although I wish people would stop mentioning the cheap price of Assimil compared to other language programs. If they keep this up, Amazon may raise their prices.
Let's see, one tenth the price, five times easier, leading to three or four times the ability, half as fast.
Assimil seems like a pretty good deal to me.Read more ›
Let me first tell you what this is not. It's not a phrase book for tourists and is not a comprehensive Spanish grammar course, and it doesn't give you a free dictionary. And you need to sit down and read the book to learn (I simply don't buy the "All-Audio" model by Living Learning.) But if you are serious about learning Spanish on your own (i.e. actually going through all the lessons), Assimil is a very effective tool.
For example, the book is printed in Spanish on odd-numbered pages and corresponding English on even-numbered pages so that people could refrain from "cheating" by looking up the English. The lessons are mostly interesting dialogues that could arise in daily life. It provides informative footnotes that explain idiomatic usages. It gives a pretty detailed grammatical appendix (including some irregular verbs) and variations of regional usages in a dozen Spanish-speaking countries. It also have very fun cartoons to go with the lessons. The accented syllables are boldfaced.
From the very beginning you are immersed in the language - the program has 109 lessons on 478 pages and 4 CDs with approximately 3 and half hours of audio entirely in Spanish.
Each lesson contains short dialogues and is accompanied by any notes and grammatical explations, which are also reviewed later on. Throughout the book are interspersed cartoons and jokes making learning of Spanish even more enjoyable and fun.
Note: The tapes / CDs that accompany the book are spoken with Castillan pronounciation - Spanish spoken in Spain - not in Latin American.
Once you're done with this book, you can continue onto the next volume - "Using Spanish".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These books are perfectly reliable and you can count on excellent results with them as long as you do a bit at a time, at least half an hour everyday. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ibrahim
A mainstay in Europe and should be used by more people here in the States.Published 23 months ago by MWalker
Assimil has four CD's with a work book. The work book is very small. The type is difficult to read. I don't understand why they did not make the work book with a font of normal... Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Charlie
Although the program works great and is fun, I thought I was ordering the version with the MP3 CD, so it was a little less convenient than I thought it would be.Published on March 16, 2014 by Mark
Love it dont worry like i did its worth every penny you spend on it now i can talk with my boyfriends dad thank you so much!!!! I wanna get this in german next!!! Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Karen Maples
I'm excited about learning Spanish. I have already started the first CD and I believe that I have a long journey but will enjoy the ride.Published on January 23, 2014 by OR