I do not completely agree with you that the mimi lessons are lame.
I teach English to Thai people.
For them, English is not a foreign language...it's ALIEN.
In the beginning of my teaching career , I always showed them the beginning AND where the were going during the year.
This looked so much and complicated that 50 % of them couldn't gather the courage to start.
Quickly I understood that it was better to show them the easy thing and gave them my holy assurance that there was nothing to be afraid of and that as they progressed everything would be as easy as they saw it now.
This is not only a good marketing tactic, but also the right thing to do, as it is unfair to the student to discourage them in the very beginning.
Now all my students start, stay and progress very nicely.
One thing at the time
The same thing goes for what Mauricio and Amy are doing.
I have dozens of books lying around, I have tapes, I have pimsleur, rosetta stone and espana viva, but never found the courage to start learning seriously, because I knew the obstacles. It pissed me of completely.
Mauricio's course doesn't piss me of at all.
When I wake up, I switch on the DVD player and my first word are, Hola Muaricio, hola Amy, como esta?...bli, bla, bla. When I am on my computer , the CD is running all the time, and I don't care much which lesson is playing. For the last few days I find myself answering automatically every now and then when they speak.
For me it is like family around who are talking all the time.
The best part is the English part.....yes, you read right, the English part. I don't feel treathened by what lays ahead, because my 2 teachers are in my living room all day and they will not go away, as I have employed them for life.
(( OK, not every one can do this. I work from home, both English and computer teaching )). But if I had to go out, I would get myself immediatly an iPod or something like that.
OK, I see I am *ranting* away again. The bottom line is , I am very comfortable with his method of teaching, whereas I never was comfortable with another course, since they have been collecting dust ( one course " Assimil" was in my drawer for 20 years, and it will stay there ). Btw, his teaching style is simular as mine, just better, and I am already taking some of his methods and incorporating it in my ( English) course. I hope he doesn't send me a bill for that :wink:
OK, I go, I suppose you don't want to spend the rest of your day reading my post.
If you are going to be happy with his course will depend on how much you know already, what is you prefered way of studying ,etc.
As said before, learning Spanish for $0.50 a day...what's there to loose?