Learn Spanish Now - Choose The Best Learning Package
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Maria Santos (Spanish Translator)
Works as a Spanish Translator and teaches Spanish part-time

I am a Spanish translator who also works part-time teaching adults the language of love. I know first hand how hard it can be for the grown mind to learn a new language. Choosing the right learning package is always the best way to get a good start when trying to learn Spanish, and I know what separates the good from the bad with learning material. 

As a Spanish translator/teacher, one question I am often asked is what learning package is the best for adults or teens wishing to learn Spanish from home.  When you look at the wide range of learning products out there it becomes clear that not only is it hard to choose, but that there is much variety in the way materials are taught. Choosing the best learning package is the most important step to getting started. With so many Spanish learning courses out there, let's first cover what these packages are and are not.

First, a digital learning package is NOT the only thing you need to master Spanish. You also need to take the time to read Spanish, to speak to other Spanish-speaking individuals, and make learning and speaking Spanish a part of your daily life. I can't stress how much this will speed up your learning process.

Second, NOT everyone needs a Spanish learning package. In fact, if you aren't dedicated to learning the language you likely won't, and the learning material will be a waste of money. Learning Spanish isn't hard if you apply yourself, but you need to make the decision right now that you are going to spend time each day learning. 

Third, a Spanish learning package IS the simplest way to get started with your learning. It will cost less, and take less time, than taking beginners lessons and it allows you to learn at home at your own pace. The best learning packages can take you right from beginner to advanced Spanish. 

Fourth, if you don't take the time to choose the right learning package your will only make learning Spanish harder. This is actually the number one reason people don't follow through with their plan to master the language - too many of the tools out there are really just a waste of money. 

If you've been thinking of learning Spanish then you'll be pleased to know that, along with some of my students, I have taken the time to evaluate the top five Spanish learning packages available today. I chose the top programs in the industry and then used those programs with adult learners to gauge how well they worked. I based my evaluations on the following criteria. 

  • Level of Spanish Learning - A good Spanish program should cover everything right from beginning levels up to having conversations with native Spanish speakers.
  • Amount of Content - The amount of learning material included in the package
  • Teaching Techniques - Many people retain information better when taught with different methods. A good Spanish program should use a variety of methods for aiding with teaching/retention. 
  • Follow Up Material - Beyond the basic course, is there more material available to take your learning further? The best courses should allow you to go further. 
  • Additional Content (Fun Factor) - A good learning package should be fun to use. The best programs I evaluated included games that increased retention and made learning fun. 
  • Basic Language Skills - Does the program give enough content (and teach it fast enough) that the learner could grasp a basic conversation after using the program for a while. 
  • Reading/Writing Skills - Along with speaking does the program teach language/grammar for reading and writing Spanish?

With our evaluations we actually took two steps. First I evaluated the programs as a teacher. I looked that them from the point of view of - would they be able to teach students what I would teach. The next step I took was to actually bring the programs into my adult learning classes. I had my adult students use the programs from home for a period of time and then gave a basic test to see what they had learned and retained. 

The programs that I have listed here are the top five Spanish learning programs from our evaluations. The clear winner was Rocket Spanish, but the others on the list didn't do to badly. If you need help with any of this, please don't hesitate to email me (info@trustedreviewweb.com), and I will do everything I can to aid you on your road to learning Spanish.

Once you do start your learning program please contact me (email above) and let me know. I love to hear from those who are working to learn my favorite language.

To learning Spanish the simple way

Maria Santos


 
OUR TOP PICK FOR LEARNING Spanish

Rocket Spanish

Rating9.9/10
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#1 Rated Spanish Learning System for The clear winner from our evaluations was Rocket Spanish. This one Spanish learning course covered more, taught better, and provided more value for its price than any other product we looked at.

Rocket Spanish is a complete leaning package that will start you with the very basics, and walk you right through to being able to speak conversational Spanish.

The course includes 31 interactive audio lessons, a written component, and software that both makes the lessons fun and adds a visual element to the learning experience. In other words this one includes something to fit every learning style.

One of the things we liked the most about Rocket Spanish was its interactivity. The audio lessons walk you through a conversation, teach you the words, and then put you into the conversation (you have to talk back). This gives Rocket Spanish a very distinct advantage over every other course on our list.

Since most learners don't have someone who is fluent in Spanish to converse with, Rocket Spanish adds that element into their learning package.

The next area that made Rocket Spanish stand out is with their software. The program that comes with the package adds a vocab builder, another audio element, and helps to teach proper verb usage. The best thing about the software is that it makes learning fun.

Finally for those who want to go beyond conversation Spanish, Rocket Spanish also offers a second course. This makes it the only package on our list that allows the learner to go further should they choose to do so.

Since Rocket Spanish clearly outshone its competitors, we are giving it the award for our top pick.


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 Update: At the moment Rocket Spanish is being offered for only $99. Since it regularly sells for $297, this is an excellent deal. I've been told that this is a limited-time offer and that the package will soon go back up to its original price. If you've been looking for a great learning package you should save yourself the $200 and get it now. 

In Summary: For the most varied learning techniques, the most amount of content, and for excellent value  we are recommending Rocket Spanish as the best product this year.  

Easy Spanish Lessons

Rating9.1/10
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Highly Recommended

2. Learn Spanish Like Crazy

In second place we have a program called Learn Spanish Like Crazy. This one is mostly an audio course, but it did well to teach the language. The course is available as a downloadable package or on CD, which is mostly composed of audio tracks. 

This one got marks taken away from it for not having a written portion or a visual portion to the teaching method. It still performed it's job though and those who worked with course did come out of it with a decent ability to speak Spanish. 

Two things that Learn Spanish Like Crazy did have in its favor was a ton of content (16 hours of audio), and help when we needed it (online community). On the other hand, Rocket Spanish also included both of those elements and it had a more varied teaching method. 

Since it performed well we are highly recommending Learn Spanish Like Crazy. Most learners would be better starting with our winner though since the cost is close to the same. 

One other note on this one: At $200 extra for the CD version of this course we felt that the price was too high. If you do choose this one, save the money and buy the download package. If it's really important to you, you could always burn the CDs yourself (a stack of 100 CDs costs less than $10).


Synergy Spanish

Rating 7.0/10
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3. Synergy Spanish

Taking third place is a program called Synergy Spanish. With this one we had mixed feelings. It performed it's function and taught Spanish to those who used it, but the method it uses is different than the other courses in our top five. 

The course includes written elements and audio elements so it gets decent marks for teaching techniques. But, it uses a different approach. With Synergy Spanish the focus isn't on learning many words to be able to master conversational Spanish. Instead the focus is on learning to communication with a small 138 word vocabulary and simple short sentences. 

When we gave this course to our test subjects, they did learn what the course taught. It's very well laid out, and the material is presented in different ways that aid with retention. 

The result with this course was that learners had a very basic knowledge of Spanish and as such had trouble with more than just a basic conversation. 

If you're looking for a quick way to get just the basics, this course may be worth your time. If you want to master the art of conversation though, you'll do much better with one of our first two products.

Learn Spanish Program




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6.9/10
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Also Recommended

4. Lingo Basics

Taking fourth spot is a program called Lingo Basics. We were actually surprised that this one made it into the top five. The course isn't specifically a Spanish course. Instead it teaches basic Lingo in five different languages. 

When you get started with this one, the first thing you'll notice is that there is only one learning style. It is mostly a written course, and as such it suffered greatly in both the teaching techniques and overall in learning Spanish.

On the other hand, all of the material is laid out very well. Lingo Basics will walk you through the ideas behind enunciation, and it will get you a good start with basic language. It will also give you a start with four other languages.

When we tested this one in our adult learning groups, it was effective in teaching. Those who used this program did learn with a bit of an accent, but it wasn't too bad.

The one thing this does have going for it is it's price. For only $50 you get a basis in five different languages. For those who need to learn Spanish though, I would recommend the first two products on our list first.

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Rosetta Stone

Rating 6.9/10
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Also Recommended

5. Speak Spanish Fast

The last product on our top five list is called Speak Spanish Fast. This is another one where we ended up with mixed results. 

The course itself is very good. It includes audio lessons, flashcards, and a very long eBook. The material is all presented well, and it did get high marks for value. 

Where this one fails a bit though, is with teaching technique. The book and audio files have a slant towards learning by association. It teaches you to associate common English words with closely related Spanish counterparts, and also works a little on other types of association. The problem with this is that this learning style only works well for some people. 

In our test group, we found that only those who had large English vocabularies to begin with learned well from this course, and most of the others didn't. 

For those in the first group, they did learn conversational Spanish very well. For the average learner though I think that one of the first product on our list is likely a better choice. Rocket Spanish taught Spanish just as well and it did so to a wider range of people.

Where to go from here? Use the link below to to start learning Spanish with our top pick, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  

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