What are you supplementing your learning with?
I know that some folks out there are using the Rosetta stone series.
My daughter and I have used the Pimsleuer videos a little bit.
I want to know what else is working out there.
I am very content with this program... I´m just curious.
I have several Spanish Language movies now and some English Language dvds let you paly them in Spanish. I am taking Rosetta Stane Latin American Spanish. I use LoMas (I got the 1 year for 100 bucks). I read my Spanish Bible everyday. I only let the Spanish speakers in my platoon talk to me in Spanish. I also print crossword puzzles and word searches to take to work with me.
I'm supplementing my learning by every means available. I think that's what you have to do.
- "Learn in your Car Spanish"- a 9 CD set
"Destinos"a free online video series (excellent)
Latino.msn.com is my homepage. I read as much Spanish news as I can.
I have a bilingual Bible, which I read pretty much every day.
- I make a point of reading every bilingual sign I come across.
- I listen to Hispanic radio..and watch Hispanic TV when I can
- I'm evaluating SpanishPod.com... that seems good.
In short, I'm trying to get as much of it from as many sources as I can.
But of course the best is still SpanishDict.com!
Along with the Spanish Dict free lessons, I'm using:
- Destinos: An Introduction To Spanish (Videos & study guide)
- Platiquemos Learning Software
- Living Language's Ultimate Spanish: Beginner to Intermediate
- Living Language's Beyond the Basics
I'm also, studying for the CLEP Spanish Language exam to get college course credit using this study guide.
I've tried the Berlitz c.d.'s, but that is an immersion program, with not much explanation. With my personality, I felt that it did not provide enough guidance in the beginning. At this stage in my learning, that program is more helpful now as it helps me understand spoken Spanish much better. One site you might want to check out is LoMas TV. You do have to pay monthly to be a member, but it provides transcripts to videos in Spanish and English. You are able to slow down the speed, if necessary and click on words for their definitions. It is not as good as this site, and it costs money, but it is another option for you. I have always wanted to try Rosetta Stone, but could not afford it.
For the most part, I have learned through books, flash cards, Spanish television and through Spanish speaking friends. To be quite honest, this site has provided the most help, with the exception of time spent in Latin America.
I am curious to see the suggestions of others.
I watch at least an hour a day of Spanish TV or movies. At first I watched stuff like the Simpsons, since I already knew the episodes and could follow what was going on without understanding the words. I'd stop every so often and look up a word I didn't know.
Now my Spanish is good enough that I'm watching a couple of telenovelas on Telemundo. The ones I watch are kinda cheesy, but not bad.
I also read some webpages in Spanish, but I have to be careful with that. A news site is fine, but a webcomic isn't guaranteed to have good grammar, or even good spelling. So I have to make sure I stick to fairly professional stuff.
I'm wondering if I could test out of Spanish with the CLEP exam when I go back to college in a few years. Is it possible with this program without supplements?
Also "ver películas en español". It's fun because you get to see how language is used for real, and you get to watch a movie at the same time!
A real good movie is Palabras encadenadas (2003) (Killing Words). A good thriller! www.imdb.com/title/tt0339489/