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I'm strongly considering learning Spanish, at least to the point that I can speak and understand the language. Reading/writing is of secondary importance. Any recommendations on how to go about this? I know there are a number of audio or computer programs. Do they work? Is one particularly good?

UPDATE: I'd prefer something that I can listen to while driving, so I can maximize my time utilization.

-Mark

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camstone
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I have heard that teh rosetta stone ones work for many people. Based off the state department's language programs for foriegn officials.
khyle
Jan. 16th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
I keep on hearing lots about Rosetta Stone. College course perhaps... My mom is a fluent Spanish speaker and teaches 3rd grade English as a Second Language (ESL). I've considered Rosetta Stone for another language myself... Been thinking about Japanese. :P
just_the_ash
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
If you want to listen to something while driving, why not just tune the radio to any Spanish-language station you can pick up? Your ear knows in advance, and you know from context, what a DJ is likely to be talking about: song titles, events, weather, traffic. Cost: free. Then you can spend your budget line for this on a copy of Rosetta Stone, which is what, like the commenters before me, I keep hearing only good things about.
kint
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
I just took a 'Spanish 1' class and am now working through the Rosetta Stone program. I just started on it, but it seems like a neat program...the basic premise is that you learn like a child would--seeing pictures and hearing words, and playing a little 'guess and check' until you learn to associate the right words with the right images.

That's great for at home...probably not so much on the driving thing. If you do find a good audio program please let me know :)
phigmentor
Jan. 24th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
as others mentioned, rosetta stone is teh cool.

as far as an audio program.... I don't know, but try to see what the state department uses, or call the Foreign Service Institute and ask them what they use. I remember my parents used a tape program to practice while they were driving... they used it when they learned Polish.

The other big big help is talking to people who speak spanish and have them speak to you in it almost exclusively. I know I haven't seen you in ages, but if you'd like to get together, The Cuban and I can gab at you in spanish to help you along. Or if you wanna call and ask for help the offer is there. Hope all is well!

-VK
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