7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
- Publié sur Amazon.com
I could not disagree with the one other review more. One track on this CD set makes the purchase price well worth it. Specifically Track 8, on CD 2: past tense - the past tense Cha Cha (é and ó, í and ío). If that doesn't teach you the past tense in Spanish, nothing will!
Michel Thomas is absolutely delightful in this recording, just as much as he was in the first set. His method is absolutely brilliant. I listen to him in my car, since I am trapped for at least an hour a day, and I have a great time practicing and learning with the other two students.
The only reason I don't give him five stars, is that there is no book that accompanies the CDs. I would love to see his method written down so I can enjoy reading and reviewing it, after I've listended in my car. I am even toying with the idea of doing that myself (write a book to accompany his CDs). It would be a simple transcription in PDF downloadable format. If the publisher does that (hint, hint), I would definitely pay for it.
What anyone studying Spanish, or any other language, needs to realize is that there are fundamentally two ways to learn the language:
1) Learn by imitiation and example, as you learned your native language, and like children learn a new language from their parents, playmates, and surroundings: You see, and hear, hundreds, perhaps thousands of examples, and you figure out, and internalize without conscious thought, the patterns. Rosetta Stone follows this method. Their online Spanish course has 8400 sentences! (two units, 19 lessons, 2100 slides, 4 sentences per slide). A great approach, if you have the time, the patience, and the inclination to learn that way. I don't. That's for children and I don't have years to devote to learning a new language. I want to be speaking and understanding in about 10 hours.
2) Learn as an adult learns, by studing language structure "template sentences", and "formulas" - in other words, grammar (Michel doesn't like to say grammar, he prefers structure, but grammar and usage patterns are essentially what he teaches). This vastly reduces the learning load, but requires an adult mind that can handle the abstractions of grammar and sentence structure. It also requires him to use English to teach Spanish, or French, or Italian. Something that Rosetta Stone does not want to do. It reduces the size of their market (teaching French to the Italians and Spanish to the Chinese). Instead of seeing 8000 example sentences, you just need 100 template sentences. You fill in the blanks by learning vocabulary for "things". This is Michel's method.
You will need to get both versions. The first set has very little coverage of the past tenses. I find that you must know the past tenses to communicate: I forgot to call you, why didn't you call me, how did you sleep last night? how was your trip, did you enjoy the music, what did you think of the movie, etc. It is amazing how often we need to use the past tense!
BTW, I had to order from the UK Amazon web site, because Amazon US said it takes 3 to 5 weeks. I paid a little extra to get my hands on the advanced version. I love it!
Get it, you won't regret it!