Available September 2003
Created for the serious language-learner, our deluxe Ultimate Spanish Advanced course has been revised and updated. It teaches a sophisticated level of conversation and grammar and is equivalent to two years of college study. Free additional exercises are now available on line!
Perfect for the businessperson and anyone traveling or living abroad, Ultimate Spanish Advanced course contains a 400+ page book with eight 60-minute CDs covering 20 lessons. Each lesson includes lively, up-to-date dialogues, vocabulary, exercises, culture notes, and detailed explanations of grammar and usage.
• Ideal for anyone planning to live or conduct business abroad
• Includes extensive business vocabulary and details of business etiquette
• Free extra practice on line with more than 100 additional practice sections
• Updated with new vocabulary and information about culture and everyday life; and now include references to the euro
• Now available on CD for ease in moving between lessons–perfect for use in the car, at the gym, or anywhere you please
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very thorough approach to language, hitting comprehension, fluency and diction, grammar, cultural differences, and much more.. However, not for the beginner. This is great for the advanced speaker who wishes to practice on a daily basis to achieve fluency. The dialogues are very interesting and different using a variety of speakers with different accents, forcing the learner to go beyond what they hear in a class, in other words, real Spanish the way it is spoken. I would agree with the other critic about the lack of written material for the one set of cds...although they provide some, not enough, in case you can hear what the speaker is really saying...Although in most cases, you can make out the general meaning, in situations where the accent might be less discernible , the adult learner benefits from seeing the material. I have found for instance, when I am able to go back and read dialogues that I had trouble with, I have a much better ear the next time around, and then can generalize it to other situations... I think that would really help the other set of cds...I would love to see more advanced cds like this though...
The Ultimate Spanish Advanced package includes both a 400 page textbook and 8 CD course that immerses you in Spanish through several different realistic Spanish dialogues. Dialogues present conversations at real time speeds, then slower so that you can pick up on anything you missed originally. There are also grammar lessons and even a section on etiquette. This course is very good for moving advanced students forward, but DO NOT buy this set unless you already have a strong background in Spanish. The material here will absolutely overwhelm beginners. Those who are just starting out should check out something that builds from the ground up like the Learning Spanish Like Crazy CD set. I do have a couple of criticisms of Ultimate Spanish Advance. My first issue is the shortness of the intervals between the dialogues. Many times I couldn¿t repeat was said in the time allotted. The other problem that I had was that the ¿Learn on the Go¿ section had no accompanying written material. This seriously limited the usefulness of this section. The good far outweighs the bad, however, and you¿d be hard pressed to find better material for the price.