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I really do need to be able to speak spanish for my business. I know I am not going to learn spanish overnight but wow it seems like it is going to be difficult.[/quo]That lets me know that I’m not alone. I too, have recently purchased Rocket Spanish. I'm 47 and my memory seems to be gone (gray matter). I have not advanced to the beginner stage as of yet. It has taken me at least 4 days to get through a course. I listen at least 4 times to each lesson (sometimes more). I have a very busy work schedule and home life (Mr. Fix-it - tore it apart now my wife is demanding that I finish the job(s) - Drywall, floors, plumbing etc. When listening to the lessons I can understand most of what is said when I hear it. I can reproduce about half of what is said (maybe a little more). Norman, I’m not giving up (ever, never). I love this Mexican restaurant that’s nearby. I was able to request (politely) the meal that I usually get. I was very timid in my request and had to repeat it. But they got it… Now that was cool!! At work, I used a few phases and words (only from the 1st 4 lessons) and astonished one of my co-workers. She said a “politically incorrect statement” (well who are you sleeping with?). I have heard over and over again not to be shy or afraid of making mistakes (which meant I would speak less Spanish). I said never me. Of course I’ve fallen deep into that trap (but I’m digging my way out). I have someone who is learning English and is a native speaker. I have the opportunity to speak with him for about 30 minutes every other day but at my level I only know a few phases. Therefore, the conversation is lopsided. I need to get to the level that will allow me to take advantage of the situation. He has been studying English for 3 years (1 ½ per day – Mon-Fri). He lives in Peru. We also have a Spanish group that meets in a mall once a week. I attended last Saturday but it was all Greek to me.
Maurico – Amy, I have only used the “Interactive Audio” so far. Should I be just use then move on to the other sections later (remember my “gray matter”)? By the way, I let my Peruvian friend listen to a couple of lessons and he said that they were excellent!
My apologies to everyone for being so longwinded. Can you imagine if I could speak Spanish?