The Think Spanish review was originally published in Dulaboo.com. I used to write for the said website before my contract expired. Republishing here for archiving purposes. Edited to suit Yoast’s requirements.
I often admired the way some Spanish programs teach online. Learn Spanish 4 Life and VeinteMundos.com infuse cultural lessons into the language lessons. And this is the same teaching method that Think Spanish has espoused here.
Think Spanish adapted the magazine style of teaching Spanish. They use articles from all over Spain and Latin America as instructional materials.
They got all topics covered from tourism, culture and cuisine. Well, cuisine is almost a staple in Spanish language lessons due to the popularity of Spanish cuisine.
In the sample available at Think Spanish, you learn by reading magazine articles where the featured words are emboldened.
The emboldened words are also written at the sidebar for translation purposes. The English translations help a learner understand the article even if the learner is still at a beginner level. Once the learner gets an idea of the meaning of the emboldened words, article comprehension follows.
If you are clueless as to how to read the article aloud, no need to fret about it. In this sample, it is illustrated how the digital magazine subscription comes with an audio recording of the featured article. This helps you with pronunciation of words apart from reading comprehension and word translation.
Think Spanish assures readers that lessons taught here are applicable to all ages. Every article pertains to one country. And in prolonged exposure to the audio recordings of the articles, you’d eventually notice the accent and intonation differences between the recordings used.
Each magazine issue comes with a CD you can listen to. Just convert the audio files from the CD into mp3 and they can be easily accessed through your iPod or iPhone. This is perfect for commuters who can listen to these files on their way to work or during long trips.
My favorite section in the magazine sample is the “Repeat After Me” page. I even listened to the audio recording just to sense if the recorded speaker would give me ample time to repeat what she just said. It helped a lot that she did. I get to listen to my own voice trying to imitate the sentence that she just read.
Every end of the magazine issue for that month, you quiz yourself about your Spanish learning progress. It’s a written exam you may answer to see for yourself how you fared with your magazine-based Spanish lessons received.
To encourage more learners into this program, Think Spanish has slashed the price of their subscription service plus a full year of back issues. Who doesn’t like discounts and freebies, right?
Think Spanish still exists under the Think Language program. The latest magazine issues were printed back in May 2019. You have to sign up for membership though to see the rest of the Spanish language learning materials.
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