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The Standard Deviants - Learn Advanced Spanish - Building on the Basics (2000)

The Standard Deviants - Learn Advanced Spanish - Building on the Basics (2000)
Title: The Standard Deviants - Learn Advanced Spanish - Building on the Basics (2000)

Author: Cerebellum Corp.
Format: DVD
List Price: $19.99
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Do you have a little bit of background with the Spanish language, but want to build on that foundation? Then !Estes el programa para ti! (Translation: This is the program for you!) First, the award-winning Standard Deviants will review the basics of Spanish, like gender, agreement, conjugation all the stuff you should already know. Then they ll go over irregular verbs, new verb constructions, making comparisons, adverbs, prepositions, direct and indirect object pronouns, and even prepositional pronouns. In short, a whole bunch of stuff. This program is also chock full of fun scenes and conversations that will help you master the concepts covered.

The Standard Deviants Advanced Spanish: Building on the Basics covers review, gender, masculine, feminine, definite articles, indefinite articles, demonstrative adjectives, subject pronouns, possessive adjectives, verbs, infinitives, conjugation, present tense, adjectives, agreement, the impersonal hay, irregular verbs, conjugation patterns, stem-changing verbs, the present progressive tense, the immediate future tense, helping verbs, present participles, irregular present progressives, comparisons, mas + adjective + que, menos + adjective + que, tan + adjective + como, adverbs, -mente ending, prepositions, direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, prepositional pronouns, the personal a, pronoun placement, multiple pronouns.

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.

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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars

4 out of 5 stars Small segments of this dvd were extremely valuable., April 5, 2004

Reviewer: Mark N. Chapman "markspark" (Kansas City, MO United States)

Is is difficult to review this DVD because there are so few video language DVD's on the market. The valuable part of this dvd are a few troublesome area's of Spanish, such as 'direct and indirect pronouns'. I found that section to be most valuable. For example, as best I recall, they explain how to convert ' Juan escribe unas cartas a Marie y Jose', into 'Se los escribe'. These pronoun substitutions are a tricky yet prevalent part of the language.

As for the remainder of the DVD, there were alot of grammer lessons which I found a bit boring. I'm not sure what audience this dvd was written for, at times too easy. However, I did find a few sections to be useful, therefore, I would have to say that you should consider buying this dvd if you want alot of stuffy grammer lessons, or if you want to improve areas like indirect pronouns. Overall, I would recommend this dvd.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

1 out of 5 stars The Standard Deviants - Learn Advanced Spanish, April 4, 2004

Reviewer: "bobburtnett" (Carmel, IN United States)

I can't imagine why anyone would want to learn a language from a source that is not accurate! These people try hard but they mispronounce or stress the wrong syllable in many words. I would not recommend this product to anyone learning or reviewing spanish.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars I was very satisfied, August 4, 2003

Reviewer: A viewer (Arden, North Carolina)

While it's true that I wouldn't label the DVD "Advanced Spanish" I also wouldn't label it "Spanish Review for Kids." In fact, it is more like an intermediate Spanish review. While I already knew everything they teach, they still use some tips I wish I had heard when I was taking formal college courses. The visual element is compelling - far more useful for imparting and retaining information than audio tapes and textbooks alone. I bought the whole series, and I almost felt like I had gotten to know the actors personally. I hated it when the last DVD came to an end. Sure they speak with American accents - they're mostly Americans! It's not like they're unintelligible. By the time you get to the end of this DVD, you're speaking some pretty darned sophisticated Spanish. The interactive element is great - there are opportunities for self-testing and the DVD format offers chances to review sections much easier than with VCR tapes. I would like to see another DVD that covers past subjunctive, conditional, and the other perfect tenses that were left out of the series. Also, I'd like to see a discussion of por versus para and other tricky grammatical constructions. There's definitely room for at least one more DVD in the series. How about it Standard Deviants? Make it and it will sell.

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