Reviews - What do customers think about Hide This Spanish CD (Spanish Edition)?
Detestable Oct 19, 2007
Stay away. You do not get what you think you are getting. This is just an ordinary audio phrasebook dressed up in Converse Chuck Taylor's and pretending to be cool. The speakers try to sound hip and young but come off sounding like Disney Channel rejects. The phrases presented are run-of-the-mill with a few "racy" phrases tossed in as an afterthough. While the "Hide This Book" series tends to be cheeky and smartly written, this is just cheesy and lame. Do not waste your money. It's not worth the rocks it would take to sink it.
Misleading, annoying, and not worth your money Nov 30, 2006
I first purchased the book "hide this spanish book" a year ago and was pleased. It contains a good amount of slang, vulgarity and basic spanish although the book ¡Mierda! by Frances de Talavera Berger is far superior.
This CD on the other hand is ridiculous. The majority of the time you are listening to teenagers talkind english with ridiculous voices, silly electric guitar music and teaching the most basic spanish of a first year class. A little slang is thrown in along with slightly risque topics like "gay bars" and "condoms" and the last track contains a few foul words.
The book contains a logo that reads "un-censored edition" while the CD does not. If this is the reason for the lack of content why make a censored product of offensive material? The only reason anyone should "hide this spanish cd" is out of shame from having wasted [...] dollars on it.
Amusing and even useful Nov 27, 2006
I bought this CD/booklet combo before a trip to Puerto Vallarta because it was cheap and I thought it looked amusing. It is absolutely amusing. The American voice actors on the CD sound like stereotyped Greek row kids. I'm not sure which age group this is marketed towards, but I'm guessing high school to early college.
I took three years of Mexican Spanish in high school, and from what I can tell, the phrases given are accurate. If I was going to a Mexican Spanish speaking country, knew no Spanish, and had only a couple weeks to learn some essentials before I went, this book/CD would be a good pick.
There are fourteen tracks, which are transcribed in the booklet along with additional notes: 1. intro 2. the basics 3. hi and bye 4. gettin' around 5. money 6. hotel 7. food 8. drinks 9. havin' fun 10. sports, games, and gambling 11. makin' friends 12. shopping 13. internet and phone 14. damn it!