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January 01, 2008

Rosetta Stone Spanish Makes it to Amazon Editor's Picks of Software for 2007

Feliz Año Nuevo!

Today Amazon.com released its Editor's Picks of Software for 2007. Rosetta Stone Spanish Version 3 was among the list. Rosetta Stone keeps improving its language learning software. Now it is finally version 3. I would say a rating of 3.5 (out of 5) by Amazon.com users is a fair rating. From my point of view, Rosetta Stone Spanish is a good piece of Spanish learning software to try out. However, if you want to buy your copy, I suggest that you buy directly from the manufacturer, because it will come with a six-month money back guarantee.

See details of Amazon.com Editor's Picks of Software 2007

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August 17, 2007

Spanish Programs That I can Listen to in My Car

Following is a communication between me and a website visitor, regarding programs that is suitable for commuters driving cars.

Visitor John: I am looking for a Spanish language program that I can listen to in my car. Do your programs work for this or do you know of some other that will?

ESDICT Answer:

Regarding your situation, I think Comprehensive Pimsleur Spanish is the best program.

There are three levels for this program. Each level has 15 learning hours (or 30 lessons), either in CD or Cassette format. There are no textbooks accompanying this program.

Check them out here:
Pimsleur Spanish I
Pimsleur Spanish II
Pimsleur Spanish III

These comprehensive programs are costing roughly $220 for each level. You can also try the first 8 lessons for Level I first (to see if it fits your need and see if you can follow):
Pimsleur Quick & Simple Spanish

Besides Pimsleur Spanish, you might also try Learning Spanish Like Crazy. This program is quite similar to the Pimsleur Program. They have a download version for less then $100. This is a nice option if you know how to burn CDs from mp3 files.
Learning Spanish Like Crazy Level I
Learning Spanish Like Crazy Level II

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August 07, 2007

Top Spanish Learning Programs

As a reseller for language products and owner of several public language web sites, I am lucky enough to have access to many language learning programs. Here I am listing the Top Spanish Learning Programs (programs that you can use as a major tool for learning the Spanish program). I am going to publish more detailed review for each program one by one later on.

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April 08, 2007

Franklin Speaking English-Spanish Dictionary (BES-1850)

Franklin Speaking English-Spanish Dictionary (BES-1850)


Do you carry a speaking electronic dictionary with you to ease your Spanish learning? I do. It is convenient, helpful, and not very expensively if you choose one wisely.

If you already own BES-1850, the Franklin Speaking English-Spanish Dictionary, I should congratulate you on that, because this is a very nice electronic dictionary. BES-1850 is a bidirectional English ↔ Spanish dictionary. Following are the main positive features for BES-1850:

  • Large vocabulary (totally 5,000,000 translations as they advertised; but I have no idea how they count one translation);
  • Conjugated verbs are searchable (you can type in any conjugated verb form and immediately get to the infinite and its definition);
  • Spell checking capability (if you misspell a word in English or Spanish, BES-1850 will give you a list of correct words that you can choose from);
  • It is a speaking dictionary (this speaking feature is reasonably good and helpful).

Overall, at the price of ~US$100, this is a tool that I wanted to recommend to Spanish learners.

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February 08, 2007

1001 Most Useful Spanish Words

1001 Most Useful Spanish Words


This is one of Seymour Resnick's 20 some books on learning Spanish and French (the author died on Jan 14, 2007 according to one post on Amazon.com). It is actually a small dictionary of commonly used Spanish words. It is a helpful librito for anyone trying to build up his/her Spanish vocabulary.

There are 1001 Spanish words for this booklet, as the title says. Each Spanish word is followed by its concise English translation. An example Spanish sentence is then shown for the Spanish word. An English translation is then given for the Spanish sentence.

In general, "1001 Most Useful Spanish Words" is a good book to have. Recommended. 

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= libro (book) + ito (diminutive suffix) = booklet;

Other examples:
poco (little) + ito = pocito (a little bit);
minuto (minute) + ito = minutito (a little while).

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