Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review: No Work Spanish

"Quieres hablar en Espanol"? Sure that's my broken Spanish with no accents or anything. That's because I'm so out of tune with writing in Spanish that I forgot how to add the accents and everything else. So don't judge me. It's one of the main reasons I was excited about getting the chance to review No Work Spanish, an audio program to help you learn Spanish. Read on to learn more.

 That's right! No Work spanish is a compilation of different stories on audio CDs that are read in English and Spanish. You will find your mind connects the English and Spanish, just like you can pause a favorite song and sing the next line, without thinking about it and certainly without making any effort to memorize the words in the song. After a chapter has been read in English and Spanish, it is repeated in Spanish, to reinforce the Spanish version in the listener’s mind. 
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 Take: I was super curious about these CDs. I actually minored in Spanish in college but I hardly get to use it and like anything you don't do for a long time, it takes a little practice to get used to using it again. I figured the audio CDs would be a perfect way to help.

Now I must admit I was a little surprised when I got my CDs. They were Poster Girl and Yaks March on Washington. Now with those titles I thought that the CDs would be children's books. Well, I was wrong. They are books for a younger audience but definitely not for very little children. I know my kids wouldn't even know half of the English words used in the books...LOL. I decided to listen to the CDs in the car whenever I went out to run errands. I personally found it very easy for me to understand. However, you must remember that I basically know Spanish. It was easy to understand the readers who spoke clearly and I was able to refresh my skills just by listening to the CD a few times.

However, here are some warnings. If you've know absolutely nothing about Spanish then I would expect some work. This is not a beginning course on how to speak Spanish. You would constantly have to listen to this CD to really be able to comprehend what is being said. Although the readers speak clearly, the sentences do tend to be a little long and actually a little more complicated than beginning Spanish. So if you're planning a trip to Mexico or Spain I wouldn't suggest you get something like this to help you learn Spanish. I would also strongly suggest printing out the script, which is on a PDF file on the CD. It makes it a lot easier to follow along. Remember, this CD is more for comprehension instead of teaching you to speak, read, or write in Spanish.

On the other hand, if you already know a little bit about Spanish, this may help. For example, if you have a child in school that is learning Spanish, this is perfect. They can learn the correct way to pronounce the words (which was super hard for me with my southern accent and learning from a southern teacher- trust me, when I lived in Spain they laughed at the funny american aka southern accent I spoke with). This will also help them to comprehend what is being said to them.

Overall, I would recommend these CDs with a few warnings. First, don't get this if you want to teach your little kids Spanish. That's not what it's for. Second, if you don't already know a little Spanish, plan on doing a little work. Third, if you want to brush up on your Spanish and practice your accent then this is perfect!! It was certainly no work for me! I was able to write this review while listening to it! =)

Buy it: The No Work Spanish CDs can be purchased online at . Prices vary depending on how what format you would like to purchase. Both CDs I received retail for $21.95. You also have the option of downloading the MP3 versions. Prices vary depending on where you buy the download Amazon vs. CDBaby.

And if you want to try it before you buy it then head on over HERE. Fill out the short form and a link will be sent to your email for you to download the first 3 chapters of one of the books!

Also be sure to keep up with No Work Spanish by following them on facebook. There are going to be some new CDs released soon that you might want to hear about.

Disclosure: This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by No Work Spanish for this review. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid nor compensated in any other way.

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