Top 5 Spanish Courses
Review of Popular Spanish Courses (Download or CD)
by Kim McConnell for Study-Spanish-Language.com
Over the past five years I’ve had the opportunity to test virtually all the top Spanish courses with my students. It’s fascinating to hear their comments and see how use of the best Spanish courses can dramatically improve their learning progress. (See results below.)
All of the courses I reviewed are widely used, available by immediate download or on CD, and most cost $99 or less. If you want to suggest a course for review, please email me.
Note: Whichever course you choose I strongly recommend you augment your studies with the Verbarrator for fastest progress.
**EDITOR’S TOP PICK**
Rated #1 of Top 5
Editor’s Comments: Best course for beginners who want fun, conversational audio lessons they can listen to at home, in the car, or on their MP3 player. It’s a popular course and Patrick Jackson is an exceptional teacher.
Description: Fun, easy audio course for beginners. There is no boring text book and there are no grammar exercises to do. It teaches practical Latin American Spanish like you hear in the US, Mexico and throughout South America. Includes 30 audio lessons, about 16 hours in total. Our students consistently give this course the best feedback. More
Best Price: $99.95 at Official Learning Spanish Like Crazy Website
Rated #2 of Top 5
Editor’s Comments: Effective, immersion course that teaches grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening, and conversation practice through Spanish texts, videos, and stories.
Description: Transparent Language is a major provider of language learning software for consumers, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. More than 12,000 schools and universities use their products. PC and Mac compatible. More
Best Price: $179.95 at Official Transparent Languages Website
Rated #3 of Top 5
Editor’s Comments: This is a very good course if your goal is to learn basic Spanish in the shortest time possible. The course achieves this using the 80/20 principle. This principle states that in any field of human endeavor 20% of the effort brings 80% of the results. Review
Description: Unique, efficient course that teaches 138 “core” words and how to use those words to form 88,000 phrases and sentences. Students work through 68 structured audio lessons with the aid of a guidebook. More
Best Price: $59.95 at Official Synergy Spanish Website
Rated #4 of Top 5
Editor’s Comments: This is the most complete course in the under $99 category. Includes hours and hours of fun, effective lessons in all major aspects of language learning (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Excellent value. Review
Description: Comprehensive language course that includes 31 interactive audio lessons each 15 to 25 minutes long, over 400 pages of instructional text and grammar lessons, hundreds of exercises, and MegaSpanish learning software. Appropriate for beginner and intermediate students. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. More
Best Price: $99.95 at Official Rocket Spanish Website
Rated #5 of Top 5
Editor’s Comments: Only recommended for intermediate learners who completed and enjoyed level one of the “Like Crazy” series.
Description: This is the second level of the popular “Like Crazy” audio course. It’s designed for intermediate users. The course includes 40 audio lessons, about 20 hours in total, plus downloadable transcripts and a bonus DVD. More
Best Price: $99 at Official Learning Spanish Like Crazy – Level 2 Website
Choosing a Course
In choosing a Spanish course, you’ll need to consider your language goals. For example, do you want to learn Spanish for travel or for business? Do you want to become fluent in the language or just learn enough Spanish so you can get by?
Our students (especially beginners) consistently give Learning Spanish Like Crazy the best feedback, probably because it is the most fun and accessible course.
However, Synergy Spanish offers the most direct route to achieving basic Spanish communication skills in the shortest time possible. You will not develop advanced Spanish skills with Synergy. It is strictly designed for achieving basic communication fast.
Learning methods also need to be considered.
If you are the kind of person who learns best through listening, repeating and conversation, and will not do grammar or written exercises, the Learning Spanish Like Crazy courses may be best for you. If you prefer a more serious approach, You might like the Transparent Spanish courses best.
|#1||Learning Spanish Like Crazy||Fun, interactive audio course for people who hate grammar and written exercises.|
|#2||Transparent Spanish Complete Edition||High quality computer-based course used by thousands of schools and universities.|
|#3||Synergy Spanish||This is a very good course if your goal is to learn basic Spanish in the shortest time possible.|
|#4||Rocket Spanish||Good course for beginners through to intermediate learners. Excellent value.|
|#5||Learning Spanish Like Crazy – Level 2||Good course for people who completed and enjoyed level one of the popular “Like Crazy” series|
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