Reviews - What do customers think about Spanish With Ease (Assimil Language Learning Programs, English Base)?
Assimilate Spanish Effortlessly Nov 5, 2004
Assimil programs are based on effortless assimilation of the language material. I believe that Assimil programs are most popular language learning programs in Europe.
From the very beginning you are immersed in the language - the program has about 100 lessons, and each seventh lesson is dedicated to review and additional grammatical notes.
Each lesson contains short dialogues and is accompanied by any notes and grammatical explations, which are also reviewed later on. Throughout the book are interspersed cartoons and jokes making learning of Spanish even more enjoyable and fun.
Note: The tapes and CDs that accompany the book are spoken with Castillan pronounciation (Spanish spoken in Spain), and not Latino American.
Este libro es genial. Dec 6, 2003
What do you call someone who speaks three languages? "Trilingual." What do you call someone who speaks two languages? "Bilingual." What do you call someone who speaks one language? "An American."
Years of grade school Spanish and some college French did little to make me any less the butt of this quip. But thanks to a tip from a language-loving friend, I now can aspire at least to being 1.5lingual. Assimil publishes book/tape (or CD) language packages for dozens of languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Arabic ("Arabic with Ease?!") -- all with the title [Language] with Ease. I worked through the Spanish with Ease book/tape set, and have dabbled with the French with Ease and Italian with Ease set. All are well thought-out and inviting, without descending into the simplistic phrase-book pap that characterizes many language learning tools. The Assimil method is conversational, but they aren't afraid to teach you grammar along the way. The lessons introduce idioms early on, the later lessons have you reading real poems, and there's a pretty good grammatical appendix of verbs. An added bonus is that the books, though compact and lightweight, have a sewn binding and a sturdy cover -- unlike most modern paperbacks, they should hold up to repeated use and the rigors of the rucksack.
My only gripe about the books is that they aren't edited with sufficient care, which results in some formatting errors and a few wrongly spelled words. I didn't find it difficult to catch the errors, but these otherwise excellent books deserve more thorough editing.
(Note to travelers: The speakers on the Spanish with Ease tapes use a Castillian accent of the sort you'll encounter in most of Spain, but not in Latin America. Your Latin-American-Spanish-speaking friends may find the accent either amusing, quaint, annoying, or unintelligible.)
I learned Spanish in Bosnia with this book May 19, 1999
I know this is bizarre, but this book is one of my all-time favourites. Spanish was more or less an exotic language in my native Bosnia, so it was a tremendous adventure for me when I started learning it. I am now able to read 10 languages, but I never experienced such excitement and easiness again while learning a language, not even with other Assimil books. After about a year, I became fluent in Spanish, without having had any contact to native speakers, and it is still the language I probably cherish more than any other. Oh yes, the tapes are in a funny Spanish accent which cracked my Chilean teacher up when I started taking classes with her, but that is not a serious drawback. Enjoy!
If you want to learn spanish fast Jul 15, 1998
I already took the course, French with ease. It was so easy to understand. I was going to a Spanish school to learn spanish as well. The book Spanish with ease, made me drop out of the class to expidite the learning process with this book and tapes.