Item description for Berlitz Basic Spanish (Spanish Edition) by Berlitz...
BERLITZ BASIC SPANISH A complete beginner s conversational course
The bestselling, beginning language course from Berlitz, Berlitz Basic Spanish concentrates on everyday conversation and authentic situations, and Berlitz has tailored the materials so learners become comfortable with the most frequently required words and phrases. With Basic Spanish, listeners can follow along to audio dialogues and activities in the audio program and course book.
What Do I Get?
*3 audio CDs with native speakers who assure correct pronunciation (3 hours total).
*128-page fully illustrated course book.
*Go online for free additional materials--easy to read audio script and learner s guide for those who like to read along with the audio.
*Save up to $100 on Berlitz language classes.
How easy is it?
1. Build confidence as you use the course book and audio CDs to learn basic language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
2. Course book is arranged in short, succinct lessons so learners aren t overwhelmed, and learn grammar without having to memorize any rules.
3. Practice and reinforce what you ve learned by listening to the audio at home or on the go.
4. Go to berlitzpublishing.com for free additional materials to help you learn your new language.
5. Compatible with your iPod or MP3 devices.
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Studio: APA Productions
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 8" Height: 10.25" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2007
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812682295 ISBN13 9789812682291 UPC 027793682299
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Basic Spanish (Spanish Edition)?
A confusing language learning product Jun 17, 2008
Berlitz Basic Spanish is not a good language learning product. From the start, it is confusing. This is because everything that is being spoken on the CD is not written down in the book. This is enough to discourage the beginner right away, and that is not the way one should start out. Fortunately, I completed a different Spanish language audiobook course before procuring this one. Another aspect of this Berlitz product that bothers me is the omission of the audioscript and learner's guide from the course book. This material can only be had if you have access to the Internet--that is not fair. The only way that I can use this confusing course is for listening comprehension--since I already have some understanding of basic Spanish. Also, this program is touristy and does not provide the basic foundation of how the language works. Berlitz Basic Spanish is disappointing, and I do not recommend it.
Que??? Dec 2, 2007
Very confusing product to use. There are no instructions at all about how to use the workbook in connection with the audio CD's, you're left to intuitively figure it out. The CD just starts and you try to follow along in the book. The first sentences in the CD don't really match the sentences in the book. It is even difficult to match the "answers" in the index with the questions.
Some basic instructions on how to use this product would be very helpful. As it is, Berlitz Basic Spanish is a waste of money.
How do you say "LISTEN AND REPEAT" in Spanish...? Apr 24, 2006
The folks at Berlitz must be getting desperate. Another listen-and-repeat songbook? One hour with ANY OTHER WORKBOOK will teach you the Spanish you need to "get by". If you're a more serious student, just buy a more serious product. The bottom line is: this product just doesn't work and it's not in the least charming. The reviewers who give five stars are Berlitz employees and most of the reviews you're reading are sales pitches. NOTE A DESTINATION DES PROFS: Ces livres sont du gaspillage total. Il faut les eviter ? tout prix ? risque de decevoir vos ?tudiants.
Marketing Illusion Apr 8, 2005
The consumer should be aware that Berlitz, INC has become a notorious exaggerator of its own worth. Critiques of Berlitz-related products are often so gushy and ecstatic with delight that they leave the reader believing that they could only have been written by Berlitz staff.
Berlitz products are notorious among foreign-language education professionals for their lack of exercises, their scanty grammatical explanations, their inflated prices, and the flashy pseudo-science of their famous "method" (a gussied-up listen-and-repeat scheme). The informed consumer will take the time to compare Berlitz "method" products with other, often university-related course supports. The focus of university-generated products is generally less on the marketing and the cultivation of repeat-buyers and more neutrally, disinterestedly geared towards the linguistic enrichment of the student.
The business traveller is particularly ill-served by methods that promise enormous bounds in fluency across short time periods. These travellers often find themselves seduced by grandiose promises--often while under high-stress conditions [foreign travel, foreign-language presentation preparations]--and end up rather disappointed for having been duped.
Any "method" that claims to produce fast, effortless results is suspect. Most "methods" are marketing illusions dreamed up by sales teams.
The Berlitz method, in my opinion and in that of many language professionals, is the foreign-language-learning equivalent of a get-rich-quick scheme. I have been disappointed by their products and teaching in every case I have ever crossed WITHOUT EXCEPTION.