Review: Fluenz Spanish
Fluenz Spanish is a great way to learn Spanish fast. It's a hot new product that is based
on current research into how adults learn languages.
You can try their demo online, and the program itself works on Windows and Macs, with a lot of files you can put
on an mp3 or CD player to have with you wherever you go. Click on the image to go to their
homepage, then try FREE DEMO in Spanish. For buying, you can get a discount at Amazon.com... here's a link
to their popular Spanish 1 + 2
If I were beginning to learn Spanish now, I would certainly consider Fluenz as one of the top
The people at Fluenz say, "Learning should be personalized, virtual, interactive, mobile, and
designed to recreate the memorable experiences of one-on-one tutoring."
They are innovative in how they are combining technology with a personalized learning situation.
Bilingual Sonia Gil (oh, to have her accent in Spanish!) is your teacher throughout the lessons.
I liked how she explained that Fluenz is based on research into how adults learn
languages. She pointed out that unlike very young children who absorb information like sponges, adults and
teenagers use reason and memory. So it is most effective to use your English to learn Spanish.
After watching that, you get to go through a sample lesson. I made a few screenshots to give you the
These are from Lesson Two. Sonia repeats things very clearly, and enough that you really learn them.
Below, she is explaining that the qu in Spanish is pronounced like our letter K:
This lesson gives you some discussion between a woman and a waiter in a restaurant, with Sonia explaining
it all. She recommends that you listen to it at least three times, with and without subtitles. Here's part of the
screen where you choose how you want to do it:
Unlike some of the other Spanish programs I examined, Fluenz Spanish teaches you the words you need to know for
traveling or conversing. (I was pretty amazed at some of the unimportant words that Rosetta Stone
began by teaching you.)
Fluenz Spanish comes as a set of DVDs which you run on your Windows or Mac computer, along with files you can
play anywhere because you can use them on any mp3 player or CD player.
This mobility is important and one of the reasons I ranked Fluenz #1 on my learning Spanish comparison
chart, because an important aspect of learning Spanish fast is to practice in the moments that come up every day,
while commuting, waiting for someone, etc.
I recently received my Fluenz red box and I love this program. It teaches the way I tend to learn.
Thanks for your review of the product. I am just beginning my Spanish language learning and this is the
By the way, the Spanish 1 Audio CD features Edgar Ramirez, one of Hollywood's most
talented Latino actors. The Spanish 2 Audio CD features Ivan Loscher, whose voice is well known from HBO
Latin America, his own radio shows, and numerous commercials. So you will be listening to
beautifully pronounced Latin American Spanish.
Frankly, I had never heard of Fluenz before I began researching the best ways to learn Spanish; they
are quite new. I am impressed.
Fluenz Spanish is available for a discount at Amazon.com, and this link takes you to the page for levels 1 and 2. Customers rate it
very highly. And here is the link for the whole package, levels 1 to
5, at Amazon.