Learn Spanish - Survival Guide
By David Spencer
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This podcast is about learning to speak Spanish in every day practical situations. There are pauses for you to repeat what you hear and the more difficult words and phrases are broken down for correct pronunciation and grammar. There are songs, games and other activities to make your learning enjoyable and help you retain what you have learned. We are the first podcast using this style of teaching, and with a state certified professional Spanish teacher, you know you're in good hands. So subscribe today and get started with your learning.
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||CleanMeet my Friend||Learn to introduce a friend in this episode!||1/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFood Allergies||Learn "I'm allergic to shellfish" and more!||11/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
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||CleanGiving Compliments 2||Learn "You are very honest" and more!||11/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiving Compliments||Learn "You are so kind" and more!||10/27/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrivia - Did you know that.....||Fun facts from the Spanish speaking world.||10/19/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Crazy Life||Back in the swing of things||10/13/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConfronting Someone 2||Learn "Tell me the truth" and more in this episode!||5/18/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConfronting Someone 1||Learn "What were you thinking?" and more!||5/5/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFunny Classroom Tales||Enjoy these funny conversation pieces from inside my classroom||4/26/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFirst Time Meeting review||Review expressions from past three episodes!||4/12/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFirst Time Meeting 3||Learn "Where have you traveled to?" and more !||3/22/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
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||CleanFirst Time Meeting||Learn "How long have you lived here?" and more!||2/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet's review !||Test your speaking skills in this lesson!||2/17/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuestion Words||Learn and practice question words in this episode!||2/8/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
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||CleanTest Your Skill !||Bonus worksheet in this episode !||1/12/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
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Not my cup of tea
The podcast is organized, well paced (space between phrases for you to repeat) and wide-ranging. However, I found the instructor overly pedantic and overly-repetitive. Some people may enjoy this style, but I didn't. I'm (obviously) not a Spanish speaker, but even I could hear his English accent - his vowels are all wrong, and his t's and d's are off (I asked a native Spanish speaker to judge for me, and she agreed). There are other problems with the content and the rigid structure of presentation, but these are things that others may enjoy. Bottom line: as a matter of taste, I didn't like it, but others may very well enjoy it. Before subscribing, I'd suggest listening to the first episode or two. I've since found another Spanish podcast on iTunes that suits my taste.
This is easy to listen to and recorded at a good pace. Maybe if I had David as a teacher I would have retained more than I have. After an hour I have retained more than I have from a Berlitz course I attended a few years back. David breaks down each word in the phrase he's teaching you, so you not only learn phrases but individual words too. Far superior to the other courses offered here.
Poor accent nixes decent content
I tried this podcast because of the wide variety of subjects and number of podcasts available but I couldn't keep going with it: Spencer's American-accented Spanish is very distracting to me and good pronunciation is key for new students. It was just too grating having grown up in San Antonio and traveled in Spanish-speaking countries, where fluid pronunciation of Spanish can be musical. I much prefer the Coffee Break Spanish series because the instructor's Spanish accent is excellent, and I enjoy his Scottish accent when he is speaking English. I think Spencer knows what he's talking about, and some of his information is useful, but his accent drove me toward other resources.
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