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Based on other reviews, I almost did not purchase this audiobook... I am glad I decided to ignore others' advice and go ahead with it anyway. Now that I have been listening to it for the past week, I felt it may be useful to add my own review to the group.
Other reviews are correct in the assessment that this is not the most exciting way to learn some spanish. The book is arranged in lesson-chapters, such as "getting around" , "directions", "numbers" "shopping". And a female voice speaks a word/phrase in english, while a male voice repeats it in spanish twice (and in normal tempo, i.e. not slowly). This is certainly not choice entertainment. And I think if a listener did not know a word of spanish, this book could be very frustrating.
HOWEVER, if you are serious about learning some spanish and ALREADY know a little bit (a few words, phrases and grammar) this is a GREAT choice. I came in knowing a bit and feel like I have learned many important phrases and basic sentence constructions. Furthermore, instead of presenting a non-repeating laundry list of spanish, many of the phrases and words make 3rd, 4th, 5th etc entrances in other chapters, so you really familiarize yourself with them. I listen to it on my way to work and when I am walking places; I can zone in and out and still be learning, and flip to different chapters on which I am weaker.
I have not tried other audiobooks, but if you are serious about learning spanish, know a little bit already (and maybe have a dictionary handy), my rating is: Muy Bueno!
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I read a lot of the reviews here at Audbile about Learn in Your Car Spanish. A lot of the reviews seemed unhappy with this product. I think I know why.
This is not a stand-alone Spanish product. It is a Spanish phrase audiobook. In fact, the materials that come with this course mention that it is not desigend to teach you how to actually speak Spanish. It is a supplemental resource to help you learn more words and phrases in Spanish AFTER you have already learned the fundamentals of Spanish either on your own or with an instructor.
Although I have purchased quite a few of the Spanish courses sold on the Net, I am not familiar with most of the Spanish courses available here at Audible. But I have used the Learning Spanish Like Crazy course that is offered here at Audible. I must say that Learning Spanish Like Crazy is the best course that I have ever used. That's the course that I would recommend using before Learn In Your Car Spanish in order to master the basics of the Spanish language. I have written reviews for LSLC here at Audible highly recommending that course. But the best thing I can say about that course is that after you have finished both levels, you will be able speak in Spanish with confidence.
After you finish using Learning Spanish Like Crazy, I would advise using Learn In Your Car Spanish to learn some more Spanish phrases to add to your vocabulary. Using Learn in Your Car Spanish after you have completed Learning Spanish Like Crazy may not make you completely fluent in Spanish, but you will be able to communicate with Spanish speakers with confidence. And I am speaking from personal experience.
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