If you attended an American high school, you were probably required to “learn” a foreign language. This meant that you spent 2 years studying a language that less than a year after completing, you had nearly or completely forgotten. Then it was time for college and you had better things to do than worry about your fast dissipating foreign vocabulary. Fast forward 5 or 10 years and you now realize that being bilingual would be an invaluable skill. Perhaps you should have kept up with your language after all. Fortunately, it is never too late to give language another go. For those of you interested in learning Spanish, I recommend Behind the Wheel Spanish by Language Dynamics.
The aptly titled Behind the Wheel Spanish is a set of 8 compact discs that take you on an 8 hour sequential ride from novice to intermediate Spanish speaker, in the comfort of your car. Mark Frobose, the author and a language professor, and Luis, his native Spanish speaker, guide you through the beautiful language, from the rudimentary first disc through the complex and cohesive final disc. The addition of Luis, the native speaker, is a great way that Behind the Wheel Spanish reiterate’s pronunciation.
Frobose’ teaching style is easy to comprehend. At the most basic level, Frobose asks Luis a question (what are the days of the week?) and Luis replies in Spanish (los dias del la semana son ……..), then repeats. Disc one starts with the basics; days, numbers, simple sentences. Disc two covers verbs and short sentences (I like to work). Disc three introduces more complicated sentences and time. Disc four covers tenses; past, present and future. Each disc gets into more complicated concepts until you are speaking fluent paragraphs. Frobose does a great job of explaining the mechanics of basic English throughout; infinites, verbs, adverbs and so on. If English is not your strong subject, you needn’t worry. He also injects a review at the end of every disc, affording you the opportunity to really gauge what you have retained. Each disc is broken into 6-8 tracks for better organization. The great thing about Behind the Wheel Spanish being on cd is that you can stop the disc at your leisure to allow something to better sink in. Again, Frobose usually gives plenty of airtime to allow you to respond before Luis answers each question, but as the discs get more complex, breaks become necessary.
Behind the Wheel Spanish also comes with a workbook. The workbook gives you plenty of practice reading and writing Spanish. For people with time restraints or those only interested in learning how to speak Spanish, the cd’s provide all you need to learn.
Within half an hour of listening to Behind the Wheel Spanish you will become acutely aware of how much you have already retained. The discs are so well structured, with repetition upon repetition, that you will have Spanish numbers, days and months down almost immediately.
Behind the Wheel Spanish is a great tool for learning Spanish. It can be purchased on Amazon for just over 40 bucks. Considering the vast amount of information you will learn, Behind the Wheel Spanish is well priced.