Hi everyone. I've been using RS for about 2 or 3 months now, and I'm almost all the way through the audio course and getting a real grip on the totality of the beginner's book. I found that the beginer's book audio version helped a lot. It's much more convenient to listen to this information than to read it. I can listen in the car, or on my MP3 player. I was a bit disapointed however, when I found that there wasn't an audio book version of the Advanced Book. Reading through the BB, I saw a few other people express similar desires. I was wondering if there is a plan in the works to make an audio book version of the advanced book, and if there is, when can we expect it? If not, I would like to suggest that an audio book for the Advanced book be created as an addition to the RS package and made available to us members. If you are a member who owns RS and would also like to see this added, please sign this as a petition to Mauricio to show support for this feature request. Thanks all.
Advanced E-Book Audio?
June 16, 2006
June 16, 2006
Hola. I'm a little unsure what you mean when you say the "beginner's book audio version" and the "advanced book." In addition to the audio lessons, I downloaded a "Conversation Course" book that corresponds roughly to the audio lessons, and also two other books: one called "Beginners Spanish" and the other called "Advanced Spanish." However, as far as I know, these latter two books do not have any audio version. I'm thus a little confused when you say "beginner's book" and "advanced book." Are there audio files that I've missed? :?
June 16, 2006
If I am not mistaken, Maurici and Amy are working on a new version of Rocket Spanish. And if my old brain serves me well, I think that the advanced also got audio. Please note : this is what I seem to remember from somewhere. If I am wrong , don't shoot me :o
June 17, 2006
Hola a todos, Yes, as leocampo stated there is an audio version of the beginners book available for download and he wants to know if there will be an advanced audio book available anytime soon. Personally, I could do without audio versions of either book. It's important for me to read and write as well as speak in order to learn any language. What I would like to know is, when can we expect advanced audio lessons to compliment the advanced book to be released for download? Gracias
June 17, 2006
As is obvious from my earlier message in this thread, I wasn't even aware that the Beginner's Book came in an audio version. Thanks to all for pointing this out. I agree that it would be great if Mauricio and Amy create some more advanced audio lessons. I'm not so interested in an audio version of the Advanced Book, but rather lessons primarily in Spanish to help me improve my ability to speak and understand spoken Spanish. However, I'd also like to recommend some lessons that already exist: *Learning Spanish Like Crazy* at *__http://www.learningspanishlikecrazy.com/__*. Though Learning Spanish Like Crazy is intended as a beginner's course (and I came to it as pretty much a beginner), it's really a good follow-up to Rocket Spanish. The speakers on LSLC speak carefully but much faster than Amy and Mauricio do; you hear the opening conversations of each lesson at something like normal conversational speed. The lessons also cover a lot more than Rocket Spanish. For example, by the time I was done with LSLC, I had learned not just the present tense but also the preterite, the imperfect, and the perfect, as well as reflexive verbs and lots of vocabulary not encountered on Rocket Spanish. In fact, I found that after Level 1 of Learning Spanish Like Crazy, I had covered more than after completing all three levels of Pimsleur (another program for learning Spanish, which I was able to get from my public library). Like Rocket Spanish, Learning Spanish Like Crazy is available both to download and, for a lot more money, on CD. The download version of LSLC is similar in cost to Rocket Spanish. Like Rocket Spanish, LSLC has a useful web forum. Also like Rocket Spanish (and unlike Pimsleur), LSLC has printed material that enables you to see what is being said on each lesson. It doesn't offer the wonderful array of other materials that Rocket Spanish does, but it does throw in levels 3 and 4 of the FSI (Foreign Service Institute) Spanish course. I think that Rocket Spanish can't be beat as a beginner's course, but I would highly recommend Learning Spanish Like Crazy as a follow-up. (I might add that LSLC will soon be coming out with a more advanced course. I don't have much information about that, except that among the things it will cover is the subjunctive.)
June 24, 2006
Thanks nohablo for your input, but as a customer of the Rocket Spanish Languages, I have purchased Rocket French and I was going to purchase Rocket German, but have noticed it is most lacking in comparsion with Rocket Spanish. Rocket Spanish is by far one of the best products available on the Internet for learning languages. Compared to these: Pimsleur Michel Thomas Rosetta Stone Linguaphone Learn In You Car Series Talk Now Series Talk To Me Series Transparent Language Series I have been lucky enough to be able to "review" each of the products in Spanish (the format is consistant in whatever language is offered in each series). Rocket Spanish for the price, offers the best bang for buck in the content of learning it offers, in comparison to the rest of the competition. The biggest win for Rocket Spanish, are how the Beginner and Advanced guide books are layed out, in conjuction with ease of use. They offer clear and consise explanations of the structure and commonly used words in the language. Now, excuse my bluntness, but I am sure that LSLC is a fantastic product (in your opinion). But if you were unsure that the beginners book had an audio version then I am unsure that you actually know what you are talking about. I would appricate, as Im sure other rocket spanish customers would. If Amy and Mauricio could update us on the status of the Advanced Version of the Rocket Spanish. As I am sure there are many users who would pay for the upgrade. I know I would.
June 24, 2006
Hola no1youknowz. I agree with your high assessment of Rocket Spanish. It's definitely one of the best courses I know, and it probably offers a more varied (and well-thought-out) assortment of resources than any other program I know. I understand your skepticism about how well I know Rocket Spanish, since I didn't know the Beginner's Guide had an audio version. However, let me explain that I came to Rocket Spanish AFTER I had completed just about all of Learning Spanish Like Crazy. By the time I came to Rocket Spanish, I was no longer a beginner. I took a look at the Beginner's Book and decided it didn't meet my needs, so I never looked to see whether there was an audio version available. I can assure you that, like you, I've paid a good deal of attention to what programs are available for learning Spanish. I'm especially interested in learning to speak and understand spoken Spanish (reading and writing are, for me, secondary). Certainly if Mauricio and Amy were to create a more advanced level to complement the audio lessons already available, I'd be delighted. But one thing that impresses me about Rocket Spanish is the care with which Mauricio and Amy have constructed the audio lessons and the other resources. Creating a new, more advanced set of audio lessons won't happen overnight, given the care and thought they've put into everything else they've done. In the absence of more advanced audio lessons from Rocket Spanish, I definitely stand by my recommendation of Learning Spanish Like Crazy. I think that anyone whose primary interest is in the spoken language would find LSLC an appropriate and valuable follow-up to the audio lessons available from Rocket Spanish.