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Learning Spanish Like Crazy is largely considered to be the most effective company in the world at teaching real Latin-American Spanish. Their programs can take a Spanish novice and have them communicating effectively with native speakers.

Their company has produced some of the most praised products available anywhere. See The Good, The Bad, and The Overview below:

The Good:
Native speakers, using scripts containing vocabulary pertinent to everyday conversation, will have you follow along with them, asking questions and having you take part in their conversation. This forces you to engage as a participant in their conversation as you would in everyday life.

The lessons are professionally recorded by native speakers, and the quality of the audio files are great. The pausing in between sentences give the proper amount of time for you to translate in your head yet force you to get better as the lessons go along. Having personally reviewed each of their programs, our team can honestly report that their programs provide the best “listen and repeat” style approach of any product available anywhere.

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After thoroughly testing the Spanish Verberrator from the same makers of Learning Spanish Like Crazy, I must say that I am incredibly impressed. Mastering the different tenses of the verbs is by far the most important part of being able to communicate in Spanish. It allows you to not only break out of the present tense in your speaking- but it enables you to understand the everyday conversation that others will be using. The verb tenses are absolutely vital to your Spanish communication, and this product is incredible at increasing your conjugation skills.

You can set the queue of verbs for all of the verbs in the database (which is more verbs than you’ll ever need), or you can simply have it go with custom selections. Furthermore, you can narrow down which tenses you want to study, and can ensure that you master that tense before moving on to the next.

This product costs less than $60, and is an AMAZING asset that I strongly suggest for anyone who is a serious student and needs help mastering the verb tenses. To be blunt- this is without a doubt the best tool on the market for truly mastering the verb tenses, which is absolutely vital to your success in learning Spanish.

You can see their website HERE. You can also see their video below:


The instructor on the recordings is Mauricio Evlampieff, a native of Chile. Mauricio uses a brilliant teaching method that makes the learning-Spanish experience most enjoyable. He incorporates flash card games and other methods to make the learning experience easy and fun.

If you are the type of person that loses interest easily when learning unless you are having fun, then I highly recommend Mauricio Evlampieff’s Rocket Spanish because Rocket Spanish is lots of fun!

Rocket Spanish offers a 25 CD version of the course for $299.95 and a digital downloadable version for $99.95.

Click HERE for More Information about Rocket Spanish!

The makers of Learning Spanish Like Crazy have done it again… They have created a product that is designed to take their students from intermediate levels to advanced by studying various topics and listening to native speakers. This is the product you’ve been waiting for!

The dialogs are native speakers in professional recording studios. There is professional background noise to give the feeling that you are actually in a park/airport/restaurant/etc. They have done a superb job as using slang terms, native conversational speeds, and real-life vocabulary that you will hear in Latin-American countries. In short, we have also spoken VERY highly of the Learning Like Crazy programs- but this one is on an entirely different level. This is a game-changer for the student who has graduated from their Level 2 course.

In this course, they use actual video recordings of native speakers in both audio and video formats. You can play the videos in live speed or in a slowed speed to help “tune” your ear. They have also included transcripts in both English and Spanish to ensure that you get every word. In just two of the categories included in this course- there are more than 140 files that you have immediate access to!

Bottom line- if you are an intermediate student who can impress others with how well you can communicate in Spanish but need a push toward being able to understand native speakers better, then don’t even hesitate to buy this product. At under $200- you will not be able to find a better tool to really enhance your listening skills.

If you go straight to their site, you will find that they do not have any availability remaining. Don’t believe us? Go look at for yourself at THIS LINK. You can be placed on a waiting list to get started. However- if you want to get started immediately you can take advantage of this exclusive offer by going through the Spanish Site Reviews link to Fast Lane Advanced Spanish.

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Learning Spanish Like Crazy – Level 3 picks up exactly where Level 2 left off… The student who masters this set is a very conversationally bilingual speaker who can comfortably communicate with natives. These lessons cover topics that will aid you in day to day activities and dramatically improve your vocabulary.  As always with Learning Spanish Like Crazy, this set is professionally recorded and comes from one of (if not “the”) best language instructions companies in existence. Topics covered in this set are as follows:

  • Vocabulary related to going to a party
  • Vocabulary covering for attending a university
  • Vocabulary related to going to “el circo” or “the circus”
  • Household vocabulary
  • Vocabulary related to eating
  • Vocabulary covering the names of family members
  • Vocabulary for cleaning the home
  • Vocabulary for health and medicine
  • Vocabulary for “los deportes” or Sports

There are also added 4 bonus Spanish lessons that cover the following:

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Shortcut to Spanish is an EXCELLENT resource for the absolute beginner to the Spanish language. It can literally have a complete novice to the language speaking in complete sentences by the end of the first hour. I was pleasantly surprised with the great results that this program produced. They have recently released a “Shortcut to Spanish 2″ and it has proven to be equally as effective as the first set. If you are a complete beginner and are looking to get involved with Spanish, this product can produce some excellent results very quickly. These audio files are accompanied by a very large pdf file which is a great help to reinforce the topics covered in Shortcut to Spanish. The only drawback which keeps Shortcut to Spanish from receiving a 5 star rating is how it is geared only for the beginner, and offers very little to the intermediate or advanced student. However, since it is very affordable and instantly downloadable, this makes it easily attainable for the beginner student.

In order for you to get a better understanding of the format of Shortcut to Spanish, please check out THIS FREE LESSON so you can get a feel of how effective Marcus Santamaria’s course really is!

For more information, click HERE to visit their site.

Synergy Spanish was made to compliment Shortcut to Spanish, and does exactly that. Synergy Spanish takes the Shortcut to Spanish graduate, and extends on their abilities using the skills that they acquired in Shortcut to Spanish. I was pleased to see that Synergy Spanish takes Shortcut to Spanish students to the next level. At the end of Synergy Spanish, the student can expect to be speaking in simple paragraphs and being able to converse “lightly” with topics that they are familiar with. This set is an INCREDIBLE stepping stone for the beginner students, or could together be called “Survival Spanish” and could be issued to tourists. Together, they are an excellent set which we highly recommend for the beginner students of Spanish.

In order for you to get a better understanding of the format of Synergy Spanish, please check out THIS FREE LESSON so you can get a feel of how effective Marcus Santamaria’s course really is!

Click HERE to visit Synergy Spanish.

We have had MANY requests to review LoMasTV as a Spanish learning program- and I must say that this review is long overdue. We have spent some time looking through their materials, and we are pleasantly surprised at the strides that his program has made.

During it’s original inception, they were built on a slightly older platform for website design, and they didn’t have nearly as much content as they currently do. The reason this is important is because their site is now JAM-PACKED with excellent quality instructional videos, and it is not coded in HTML5. For you “non-techies” out there, this is important because you watch the videos with the translations and transcripts on your iPhone/iPad devices.

Now, on to their videos. They have hundreds of high quality videos ranging from music and interviews to news broadcasts and novela clips to help you get a well rounded exposure to the Spanish language. They are even sorted by difficulty so that as your skills improve you can continue to push yourself in the right direction.

To give you a better idea of their content, we thought we’d just add some free samples from their site so that you can see for yourself. Please watch the videos below and keep in mind that you can click on any word and see a dictionary reference of it during the video. This is incredibly helpful!  See below:
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The FSI Spanish set is one for the serious student. Originally developed by the Foreign Services Institute (FSI), this set consists of four levels which are loaded with information. They have recently seemingly merged (been bought buy/were overtaken by?) with Learning Spanish Like Crazy as their site now indicates on the front page that Patrick Jackson is sending the newsletters. In fact, if you buy Learning Spanish Like Crazy Level 1, you will receive FSI Spanish Levels 3 and 4 absolutely FREE. This course has tons of vocabulary, builds verb usages quickly, and will expose the listener to quite a bit of Spanish in a relatively short period of time.

This is a lot of material that can take a student pretty deep into Spanish, but that is not to say that this course doesn’t have it’s shortcomings. This course seems to be Patrick Jackson’s strategic maneuvering of eliminating competition, but the quality of his Learning Spanish Like Crazy set is much higher. The recording quality of the FSI program is less than adequate, and the speaker seems quite monotone and (quite frankly) boring. If the student is able to understand and keep interested by this course, then there is much that can be learned from it.

Click HERE to visit their website and get more information regarding their program.

If you’re one of the many people who feel that an interactive software would help you learn Spanish, then I have a solution for you that is FAR superior to the Rosetta Stone.

It’s a Spanish course from Visual Link Spanish(TM) that helps you feel comfortable when talking to native Spanish speakers.

We really love this program! It is far superior to other courses because of the learning model that they use. The methods that they use make the words just stick!

Their software is fun, interactive and has you speaking in complete Spanish sentences after just the first lesson. Their program is designed to enable anyone to feel confident speaking Spanish naturally. By the end of the first 5 lessons, you’ll feel comfortable carrying on entire conversations in Spanish.

If you’d like, you can see some of their free lessons on their homepage HERE.

Try their free demo lessons below and you’ll see just how easy learning Spanish can be.

Because we’re so impressed with their course, we’ve taken the time to work out a deal for you with Visual Link. For a limited time, you can get the course at $65 off the normal price.

The course gives you the satisfaction you’ve always wanted in learning Spanish. Your goals are finally within reach! What’s more is that, unlike Rosetta Stone, Visual Link Spanish will actually push your limits of Spanish as they offer 5 levels of their course!

Finally, their course also comes with a full 6-month money-back guarantee so there’s no risk!

We strongly urge you to take a look at the demo lessons now while you’re still thinking about them HERE.

With the increasing popularity of the iPhone, it is only natural that more and more effective methods of learning a new language have evolved. Below is an excerpt from General Linguistics website:

What is Bueno, entonces…

General Linguistics was founded by a group of professional linguists, teachers and students frustrated with boring, old-fashioned language learning programs. Though  comprehensive and supported by millions of dollars in marketing, products like Rosetta Stone® and Pimsleur® are dated, expensive, and worst of all, boring. Our mission is to develop language learning programs that people will use and enjoy.

To see more about General Linguistics’ new program for your iPhone, please see their site HERE.

The Rosetta Stone claims that they have sold more language learning tools than anyone else in the world. Undoubtedly, they have been quite successful in taking the forefront of the language learning industry. Their commercials are everywhere, and you can buy their product anywhere. But the actual product itself is what we will review here, not the company as a whole.

For those who are not familiar, The Rosetta Stone is interactive computer software that will introduce the student to Spanish throughout a series of game-like programs which will enhance the user’s vocabulary. The student will be exposed to gradually larger amounts and more difficult quantities of vocabulary, and even complete sentences or multiple sentences.

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