Item description for Berlitz Rush Hour Spanish (Spanish Edition) by Inc. Berlitz International...
"Rush Hour" is a language course for people on the go. It uses songs and music to reinforce language skills as we follow the main characters though a number of lively and humorous scenes. In the car, on the train or in the gym, "Rush Hour" is an introductory course to use anywhere, anytime.
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Studio: Berlitz Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.96" Width: 7.94" Height: 1.92" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812462104 ISBN13 9789812462107
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Rush Hour Spanish (Spanish Edition)?
Difficult to understand May 10, 2008
I've been listening to the CDs while commuting. I've found it difficult to understand and cannot always determine which letter some of the words begin with. If I were fluent in spanish already, I'm sure I would have no problems understanding what they're saying. Since I'm trying to learn, I was looking for extremely distinct pronunciation. The sound system in my vehicle, which is a 2005, has 6 speakers so I don't think that it is the problem.
Fun learning Spanish Apr 5, 2008
I've always found the Berlitz language products to be excellent. This one is a lot of fun; it uses catchy songs to teach basic vocabulary and concepts. My wife and I use it in the car and have enjoyed the lessons.
Yuck Mar 8, 2008
These songs were so annoying that I considered opening the car window and throwing the CD's out so no one else would ever have to listen to them. I donated it to the children's library instead, since our librarian thought children might like them. I hope the donation is marked "anonymous".
Kooky But Effecitve Spanish Course Dec 30, 2007
I've taken an intro Spanish course and bought other Spanish language instructional materials in the past, but I found this material the easiest to stick with of anything I've tried. The admittedly somewhat inane dialogue sticks in your memory fairly well. I'd give this course a strong 5 as a way of starting to seriously learn the Spanish language.
Good for a Start or for Part of a Larger Strategy Jul 21, 2007
Turns out to be great. At first, I rolled my eyes at the little songs, feeling a little like I was listening to a Barney show. But it was in the privacy of my own car, so I just went with it. But then started noticing that the songs DO stick in your mind AND you remember what the spanish phrases/words mean! I am visual, though, so I needed to take a look at the booklet that has the "script" so I could understand what the spelling of the word was that they were saying. That helps a lot. First, I had rented a language DVD from Netflix. I found it grating and couldn't get far, but I did get through the pronunciation piece first. That way, if presented with a phrase like "Quiero aprender a communicarme en enspanol" that a native spanish speaking friend wrote for me, I can at least pronounce it correctly (or close enough to be understood). It is much more motivating to find that while your vocabulary is limited, the parts you DO know can be understood. Next, I start listening to these cds and check the booklet. Finally I went with the suggestion of another reviewer and bought a spanish instruction book (Madrigal's Magic Spanish). I am also considering buying 501 Spanish verbs conjugated. That was great when I used to study French years ago. I add some fun into it by nagging my spanish speaking friend at work to give me a sentence every once in a while. The native speakers at work are willing to discuss it with me now and then, which is nice. I guess people appreciate you TRYING to speak their language (especially since english speaking Americans have a rep for NOT trying). If you just want to dip your toe in to try it out and see if it sustains your interest OR if you just need survival communication for a trip, these tapes along with something that helps you with pronunciation by letter, are a good bet. So those are my recommendations.