Seems like it went from manageable to extremely difficult in one lesson. Amy seems to have a lot of helpful tips and explanations in lessons 1-6 but then when the traveling/ time lessons rolls around there's absolutely no help in breaking down the sentences or structures. It's too bad because I really liked 1-6.
Is it just me.. lesson 1.7
July 25, 2021
July 27, 2021
I'm sorry to hear that you're having difficulties with Lesson 1.7. We do have a few other lessons devoted to numbers, times, and dates that should be helpful in explaining what's going on in the sentences in Lesson 1.7 - here is a list of them:
- Lesson 2.5: “Numbers, Part 1: Zero to 35”
- Lesson 2.6: “More Numbers: Beyond 35”
- Lesson 2.7: “Telling the Time”
- Survival Kit lesson “Days, Months, and Seasons”
I hope that these are useful for you! And if you have any specific questions about any of the lesson material, don't hesitate to ask here on the forum!
July 27, 2021
I am mostly talking about the definitions that were not explained along with the amount of info. Never really addressed: at night, in the middle/ half past 7 and the difference between el and al for train and airport. I know what these mean from the context but she never addressed it. But did specifically explain en tren which seems obvious.
July 28, 2021
others may disagree with me but sometimes you just have to go with it. I try to fully understand everything that they are saying and understand why they are saying it but sometimes I just accept it and try to memorize it. This isn't a super academic presentation, they do the dialog and explain what it means and then you can practice it and memorize it. As you go, you will learn more and it will make more sense.
As an example, in module 4 there was a phrase ¿Qué se le ofrece? which means “what would you like?" and I couldn't figure out for the life of me what the individual words meant. Finally in module 5 I learned about pronouns and it finally made sense. In the meantime I just had to memorize it.
I don't know if this helps but this is how I am approaching this, try to understand but just keep moving and it gets better.
al by the way is a combination of a+el. El aeropuerto is the airport, “¿Cuándo sale el tren al aeropuerto?” is when is the train going TO the airport, so “a el aeropuerto”. a el sounds weird so it's just al.
July 30, 2021
¡Hola Panamabound y Daryl-O1!
It might help to note that our Interactive Audio lessons are designed to get you ready for common, everyday situations and to get you talking as quickly possible, Panamabound. As part of that, they will touch on grammar concepts and structure, but they won't spend too much time on them or go into them in too much depth, as you've noticed. A good approach with these lessons is, as Daryl-O1 suggests, to memorize what you can't pick apart yet as set phrases until you reach a point in your learning where the understanding clicks.
If that doesn't suit your learning style and you would prefer to have more in-depth explanations from the very beginning, I would recommend starting with a focus on the Language & Culture lessons first, and then supplementing those with the Interactive Audio lessons. The Language & Culture lessons take a deep dive into how Spanish works and explain it every step of the way, so that you understand why things work the way they do and so that you can improve your ability to construct Spanish sentences on your own.
I hope that that is helpful! Again, don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions!