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
If I were beginning to learn Spanish now, I would
probably get myself off to a quick start with Fluenz.
The people at Fluenz believe "Learning should be
personalized, virtual, interactive, mobile, and designed to
recreate the memorable experiences of one-on-one tutoring."
They are very 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 was pleased with how easy it is to try out the
program. From any page at Fluenz, just click on the demo tab and
choose Spanish, then watch the short video in
which Sonia Gil describes the program.
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 idea.
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 and Tell Me More
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
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
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
This product ships promptly and free via Fedex in
the US, and has a special Fedex rate for most other
countries in the world.
Fluenz give you an unconditional thirty-day
Frankly, I had never heard of Fluenz before I
began researching the best ways to learn Spanish; they are
quite new. I am very impressed. Fluenz Spanish is also
available at Amazon.com, and this link takes you to
the right page. Customers rate it highly.
Do check out the Fluenz Spanish demo or read
more about the program at their website:
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