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The Standard Deviants - Habla Espanol? Beyond the Basics (Learn to Speak Spanish) (2001)

The Standard Deviants - Habla Espanol? Beyond the Basics (Learn to Speak Spanish) (2001)
Title: The Standard Deviants - Habla Espanol? Beyond the Basics (Learn to Speak Spanish) (2001)

Author: Cerebellum Corp.
Format: DVD
List Price: $19.99
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In the opening jingle, the oddball lyrics "Careful or you're speaking Spanglish, then your grade will cause you anguish" provide a glimpse into the premise of this production from the Standard Deviants. In this, their second trip to the "Salsa-riffic World of Spanish," the energetic young cast performs skits and unleashes some clever and elaborate computer graphics while providing a reliable review course in the Spanish language. Starting with what's billed as "Really Basic Stuff," the cast reviews practical matters such as how to count, talks about what time it is, and discusses the weather. Moving into more advanced material, there are pointers on grammar, with a focus on the rules of particular verbs. It should be noted that the curriculum has been approved by a panel of professors, but the cast members tend to present the material in a relaxed format, which often involves the use of costumes and some bad (and hopefully memorable) jokes. Each major portion of the program is followed by a quiz, which the student can either take or skip, and the entire DVD concludes with an exam titled "La Tormenta." This DVD isn't a substitute for classes in Spanish, but as review material the unorthodox presentation would be helpful to a student. --Robert J. McNamara --This text refers to the
DVD edition.

Beyond the Basics provides you with the tools you need to expand your understanding of the language. In this tape, the Standard Deviants will teach you the numbers 100-120, adjective placement, -ar, -er, and -ir verbs, expressing time, date, and weather, and more. Using the Standard Deviants unique and effective learning style, you will soon be packing your bags for Spain so you can show off your new language skills!

Habla Espanol: Beyond the Basics covers: The number "100", when to use "cien", when to use "ciento", the numbers 100-120, multiples of 100, multiples of 1,000, multiples of 1,000,000, expressing the time, expressing the date, expressing the weather, using "hacer", using "estar, adjective placement, gender and adjective, adjectives that end in consonants, practice using adjectives, demonstrative adjectives, -ar verbs (conjugation, practice sentences), -er verbs (conjugation, practice sentences), -ir verbs (conjugation, practice sentences), irregular verb "tener", uses of "tener", the irregular verb "querer", conjugating "querer", uses of "querer", negation words, constructing negative sentences, possessive adjectives (singular forms, plural forms), the seasons, the months, the days of the week.

With our DVDs, you can jump around with the touch of a button and skip over those sections you have already mastered. These highly interactive DVDs also permit you to interact directly with the tutorial through drill-style quizzes and multiple-choice tests.

All Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

2 out of 5 stars COULD BE BETTER, August 4, 2004

Reviewer: Justin (California)

This tape does teach you some words and phrases but not at all enought to carry a real conversation.

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

2 out of 5 stars May not work in your DVD player..., January 22, 2003

Reviewer: "zukinx" (Vancouver, WA United States)

I have a one year old Zenith 5 disc DVD player and it doesn't work for me.

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:

2 out of 5 stars Only for the basics., July 6, 2002

Reviewer: M Naylor "dnaylor7" (Michigan)

I found the format of this DVD both distracting and not very effective. There seemed to be more animation than actual learning content. I did learn a few phrases but the DVD fails to combine words and phrases into valuable conversation topics. This DVD is best suited for children, not for adults who actually want to learn to speak Spanish.

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