I love that so many of my reviews lately have come with a giveaway. It is fun for me to try products, but even more for me to be able to share them with you! This week, I have been reviewing a new product for learning Spanish – the bilingual cds from No-Work Spanish, and I get to give a copy of each away – so there will be two winners for this one!
If you’ve been my bloggy friend for a while, you know that my daughter, GoGoGirl, was born in Guatemala. Our whole family has been working to incorporate more and more Spanish, but none of us spoke it at all before we began the process of adopting her.
It has been very frustrating to me that we’re having such a hard time with it. I didn’t have a problem learning languages in high school or college – but that was a time when I could concentrate on the work and really focus on my studies. Now that I’m a full-time homeschooling mom of two, I find that my “Spanish studies” have mostly consisted of Muzzy, Plaza Sesamo, and some songs in the van! I’m a pro at “abierto / cerrado,” counting, colors, and singing the alphabet, but the actual flow of the language still isn’t there.
I have also tried listening to all-Spanish audio books or podcasts, but my problem there was that, if one of the kids said something or needed my attention for a moment, I could lose the thread of the story and find myself tuning out.
No-Work Spanish is a series of audio books, available on cd or on iTunes, that tell stories bilingually. You will hear a sentence in English, then the same sentence in Spanish, all the way through the chapter. Next, you will hear that chapter entirely in Spanish. I really appreciate the bilingual format! If I lose track of the story for a moment, I can easily pick it up again at the next English sentence.
I like to be able to hear a story, something much more interesting than lists of vocabulary words or verb forms. I feel that listening to these stories is helping to give my ear a better feel for the flow of the language.
These audio books are great for working on understanding spoken Spanish. Each book is read by a different speaker, so having both gives a good chance to practice listening to different voices – one is a man, one is a woman, and they have different pitches, timbres, and speaking speeds. For those who like to follow along in text, or who want to go back and read what you’ve heard, the cds come with pdfs of the text (these texts are also available free online for those who bought the downloads of the audio).
No-Work Spanish is a great addition to our Spanish studies. KarateKid and GoGoGirl will happily listen to the stories as we’re driving in the van – and KarateKid is looking forward to the next title coming out, The Case of the Missing Poodle, since he’s a big mystery fan.
If you’d like to try No-Work Spanish, you can click through to their website, fill out a two-line form, and they will email you the first three chapters of one of their titles for free, so you can hear how the audio flows. You can also listen to samples of No-Work Spanish on their site.
Even better, if you would like to win a copy of Yaks March on Washington or Poster Girl, you can enter here!
- Visit No-Work Spanish, then come back here and let me know why you’d like to win! You can also let me know which title you’d prefer to win, and I will try to honor your request when the random numbers come up.
- Follow No-Work Spanish on Facebook, and comment here for an extra entry. (Also, please post on their wall and let them know I sent you!)
- Follow me, MamaGames, on Twitter, and comment here for an extra entry (or just comment if you already follow!).
- Subscribe to the Mind Games feed via your favorite feed-reader, and comment here for an extra entry (or just comment if you already subscribe!).
- Share about this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, and comment for an extra entry – up to once a day! If you use Twitter, please include the hashtag #homeschool so I’m sure to see your tweet!
This contest will run until next Thursday, May 12, 2011. Good luck!
Please remember that although you can enter all of the MamaBuzz giveaways for this product if you want to, you may only win at one MamaBuzz-sponsored site for the No-Work Spanish contest!
This has been a MamaBuzz review. The audio cds of Yaks March on Washington and Poster Girl were provided to me by No-Work Spanish, but I was not compensated in any other way. The opinions above are my own.