Berlitz Latin American Spanish (Berlitz Phrase Book & CD) (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]
$ 3.89 (30%)
Item description for Berlitz Latin American Spanish (Berlitz Phrase Book & CD) (Spanish Edition)...
With hundreds of travel-related expressions, including greetings, questions, numbers and more, the Berlitz Phrase Book and CD offers business and leisure travelers key words and phrases needed for a trip abroad. In print and audio, its up to date, relevant content makes the Berlitz Phrase Book and CD an essential tool for today's travelers. Each foreign language phrase is repeated - slowly at first and then at normal speed - so learners can build confidence.
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Studio: Berlitz Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.8" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2008
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812684018 ISBN13 9789812684011
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Latin American Spanish (Berlitz Phrase Book & CD) (Spanish Edition)?
It was so bad it was almost funny... not really funny, but really bad!!!. Dec 1, 2005
OK, I know you do not get much for $13. but this was a bad course, especially since it was designed by Bertilz. 1st chapter was how to say "yes", "no", "thank you"...really simple stuff we probably all know. That was OK. I was looking for a beginning course so the beginning is a good place to start... unfortunately, the next chapter was designed by someone who was on drugs... The second chapter, "things to say in a post office"... started with the phrase "do you know who this purse belongs to?" HUH? Purse? Post Office? It got worse... we learned how to say "it is not mine" HUH? Now I have to be honest, I stopped listening because I was laughing, but not for long... after all I wanted to learn some basic Spanish. It was really no laughing matter.
This CD is long on phrases, that are to be repeated after the speaker, but short teaching the words contained in the phrase, that might be useful in future conversations. I would like to learn which words are which in phrases such as "can you please tell me if this hotel has a pool?" or "Is there a television in the room" , so I might learn to ask a more pertinent questions for my particular situation such as " Does this hotel have internet ? or: Is there a bathroom in the room?
I am sending this back... I would suggest you look further and save yourself the postage.
Not very helpful Sep 11, 2003
This is a fairly typical traveler's spanish "course." Knowing that, one shouldn't expect to get too much out of it.
Still, with the high praise generally given to Berlitz courses, I expected something a little more... everything.
The book seems to have originally been a European Spanish course, which was superficially altered and relabeled so as to bring in more money for the authors. In a brief perusal of the phrase book, I noticed several faults. Several phrases seem to be word for word translations that won't necessarily be understood by native speakers. Other phrases, while common in Spain, are much less so in Latin America and so aren't very helpful and can actually be detrimental in your attempts to communicate.
The tape, while potentially useful, is slowed down for easy consumption. While that is nice for beginners, and gives you a wonderful ego boost when you realise that "this isn't so hard to understand after all!" it doesn't help you much when it comes to understanding native speakers, who often speak quickly and without the perfect enunciation demonstrated in the tape.
For anyone who is seriously studying Spanish, this is not the right course. It's too insubstantial to give you more than the most basic (and sometimes flawed) grasp of the language. From what I can tell, most of what is offered in this "course" can also be found, for free, at http://www.fodors.com/language/ An internet search for Spanish-English Dictionary will easily cover the rest.
For a more complete, true Latin American Spanish course I suggest Colloquial Spanish of Latin America by Roberto Rodriguez-Saona. It's a true course (but with two tapes and a book, we're not exactly talking Pimsleur here), not a phrase-book and tape course, and a thourough study of that will give you a much better grasp of the Spanish language than this will. It's dialogues are up to speed, with native speakers, and cover such handy things as exchanging telephone numbers, and verbalizing web adresses. You'll be far better off with that.