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October 23, 2005

Spanish – Absolute Beginners – Week 3

Follow-up to Spanish – Absolute Beginners – Week 2 from Kieran's blog

A bit of a late write up this week, but I thought I should keep on tracking my progress.

Again I felt the class went far too quickly really. The tutor spent all of about 5 minutes on pronunciation of the alphabet without even giving us a chance to write stuff down.

In theory we now know all about numbers up to 100, including things like how to say phone numbers and credit card numbers.

We also did quite a bit on ordering food and saying what you do and don't like.

In a fit of frustration on Tuesday night I went and got myself some software to help me learn some more Spanish between lessons. On Wednesday I took it back again and swapped it for something else :)

First lot, AA Essential Spanish Deluxe is a pile of pants. It pretends to be a new release, out in July 2005, but it is actually repackaged 4 year old software that looks more like 10 year old with its awful interfaces and bad speech recognition. But most importantly it just wasn't suited to the beginner.

The second lot, Learn to Speak Spanish was much better. It is still fairly old software (3 years old I think), but it was so much better. The interfaces are still a bit old fashioned, but it is far better at guiding you through as a beginner.

Hopefully I am now a bit better prepared for tomorrow :)


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