Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Want to Learn Spanish -- Check out No-Work Spanish Audiobooks Today (Review and Giveaway)

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And, the winners are:


Congrats to: Mary -- Poster Girl; Lewalk -- Yaks March on Washington




What is No-Work Spanish?:

No-Work Spanish audio books are based on the idea that one can learn Spanish by listening to stories read with each sentence said first in English, then in Spanish. Hearing the English allows listeners to follow the story regardless of their Spanish knowledge. At the end of the chapter, the chapter is repeated entirely in Spanish. Because learning Spanish from No-Work Spanish audio books emphasizes listening skills, the company was interested in using listening comprehension tests as a way of measuring learning. 

No-Work Spanish stories are available on CD’s or as audio downloads. They vary in length from 50 minutes to about an hour and 45 minutes. Each story has a different reader, so you will become familiar with variations in pronunciation. 


MY REVIEW:

Having over 9 years of education in Spanish (high school and college), I still cannot speak fluent Spanish. And, having married a man from El Salvador, whose parents don't speak English, you would think I would be able to speak and converse with them.  But, I can't.  I can read and write some Spanish, but when it comes to actually speaking Spanish, I struggle.  When I heard about No-Work Spanish, I was skeptical.  If I couldn't learn Spanish in school, how would I learn it just by listening to an audio book?  But, I had nothing to lose and so much to gave.  So, on a recent trip to visit my parents in MA, I popped in the audio books and gave a listen.  

What I loved best about each audio book is that there was a different speaker for each story, so I was able to hear different pronunciations of Spanish words.  My favorite audio book was "Poster Girl," which was about a girl named Paula who wanted to outdo her rival, Cynthia when it came to creating the best science poster.  But, Paula left the poster to the night before.  The story follows Paula as she struggles to make the perfect science poster.  

Just look at the vocabulary that is covered in "Poster Girl" alone:

Adjectives:
better, more, dirty, neat, clean, pretty, beautiful, short, warm, easy, annoying, awful, soft, dry, clever, lovely, big, stuffed, healthy, confused, tall

Animals:
dog, bird, giraffe, fish

Body Parts:
skin, cheek, hair, eyebrow, face, hand, stomach, mouth, head, ponytail

Colors:
yellow, orange, red, white, green, blue, black, brown

Days of Week, Seasons, Time:
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Summer, Winter, Autumn, morning, afternoon, tonight, week, minutes, year, October

Eating Food:
spoon, fork, knife, plate, cup, milk, napkin, table, brownie, apple, juice, peanut butter, lunch, dinner, sandwich, cafeteria, pretzels

Greetings, Expressions:
Hello, Congratulations, Excuse Me, Please, Thank You, Really?

Inside Terms:
room, hall, lobby, table, door, rug

Numbers: 
0-14

People; Relationships:
mother, children, grandmother, boy, girl, father, teacher, principal, family, student, parents, sister, friend, librarian, babysitter, rival

Verbs:
like, laugh, shout, say, ask, answer, smile, clap, kick, draw, kiss, buy, look, talk, hate, work (to succeed), remember, think, paint, cut, write, promise, walk, run, interrupt, choose, hear, stand, pause, invite, change, explain, understand, need

Outside Terms:
tree, branch, leaf, evergreen, deciduous, breeze, sunny, sun, ground, plants, sky, grass 

I loved being able to listen to an audio book and hear someone else say both the Spanish and English words, so that I can relate them and practice on my own.  Even though I learned many of these words back in school, I had either forgotten how to correctly pronounce them or didn't even remember the Spanish word for them.  Having said this, I was amazed that in only 50 minutes, I was able to sharpen my Spanish vocabulary, and couldn't wait to go home and share what I learned with my husband.  If I can learn Spanish in 50 minutes, during a car ride, or on the go, so can you.  What do you have to lose?

---BUY NOW---


If you ever wanted to learn Spanish or have a child who is studying it in school, then the No-Work Spanish Audio books would be perfect for you.  You can buy both "Yak March on Washington" and "Poster Girl" today for only $21.95, by buying online here.

Not sure which one you want? Read about each book, including an excerpt from the text, through No-Work Spanish's available books page.


About Aboon Books:

Aboon Books publishes No-Work Spanish audio books, a product that enables language students to learn Spanish by listening to stories read in English and in Spanish. Through this process, the listener interweaves English and Spanish, absorbing the Spanish vocabulary and building their ability to listen to and comprehend an entire Spanish passage.

About the Creator of No-Work Spanish:

My name is Anne Emerick and I’m the creator of No-Work Spanish. I’m not good at learning foreign languages. After five years of French in junior high and high school, my college language placement test put me back in French 1! I was frustrated and disappointed in traditional language learning. This was the point I decided I needed a better training tool. And this time, I was going to start from scratch, with the Spanish language. With no previous Spanish lessons, I listened to No-Work Spanish stories. I listened primarily while I drove to work or the store. Occasionally I played No-Work Spanish stories while cleaning up around the house. My goal was to pass the listening comprehension portion of the New York Spanish Regents 3 exam. I achieved this goal on January 14, 2010 – scoring 13 out of 15 on the listening comprehension section. And, more importantly, I now have a substantial Spanish vocabulary.


---GIVEAWAY---

(2 Winners)

Are you skeptical that you can learn Spanish just by listening to an audio book?  Or, do you want to learn or enhance yours or your child's Spanish vocabulary?  Then, enter my giveaway today.  I am giving away 2 audio books -- "Poster Girl" and "Yaks March on Washington".  I will choose 2 winners, and send each winner 1 of the audio books to try for themselves.  Please complete the MANDATORY ENTRY first, and then as many EXTRA ENTRIES as you like.  Make sure to include your email address with each entry, so that I can contact you if you win.

MANDATORY ENTRY:  Go to No-Work Spanish and let me know which audio book you would like if you won -- "Poster Girl" or "Yaks March on Washington"?

EXTRA ENTRIES:

(Please leave separate entries for each, along with your email address)

1) Subscribe to my blog via email (2 entries)

2) Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)

3) Enter any of my other giveaways, leaving a comment with the name of the giveaway (1entry per giveaway entered)

4) Blog about this giveaway. It must include a link to this specific post, as well as a link to my blog, http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/. (In your comment, please leave a link directly to your post – 5 Entries)

5) Follow me on Twitter (1entry)

6) Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry per tweet, per day; please include link to tweet in comment below)

Enter to #win a No-Work Spanish Audio Book -- Learn Spanish in 50 min. @rmccoy1234 http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/ #giveaway (Ends 4/6)

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9) Vote for me on picket fence blogs (See button on right side of blog -- One entry per vote, per day)

Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on April 6, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner. Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond to my email to claim prize. If I don't hear back from selected winner, I will draw another winner 
Disclosure:  I was given "Poster Girl" and "Yaks March on Washington" in order to write an honest review.  The views are mine and mine alone.

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