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    Question Learning Spanish, suggestions?

    I'm looking into learning Spanish, I've seen a few courses & was quoted £1k for 30hrs course (extra if they were to come round my home) but I think that's way OTT.
    Budget isn't really an issue but I need flexibility due to my new job so is the typical linguaphone way of learning the best?

    I'd like to get to at least an intermediate level, budget is upto £1500 depending on what kind of option I go for, for comparison linguaphone is only about £350.

    Any ideas guys n gals?

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    Re: Learning Spanish, suggestions?

    Have you considered Rosetta Stone? I used to to gain a basic grounding in Swedish before I took a trip over. Frankly from experience the best way is something like an evening class, where you can converse with others using the language as you learn it but if flexibility is an absolute requirement it likely won't fit the bill for you.

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    Re: Learning Spanish, suggestions?

    I would buy a beginners book that comes with a CD to help you with pronunciation. I did it with Mandarin and am GCSE standard

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    Re: Learning Spanish, suggestions?

    I'm deciding between Rosetta & Linguaphone, think I might go with Rosetta as it's a little different to the usual 'listen-to-a-cd' thing.

    Still open to suggestions though!

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    Re: Learning Spanish, suggestions?

    I would go with Rosetta every time - it does cost a fair whack but it's the single best way I have found to learn..helped me an awful lot with my Italian.

    I combined it with a CD from Michael Thomas (he's on audiobooks or http://www.michelthomas.co.uk/courses.php) - they are about £80. Much cheaper but I found his teaching style really good, and when used in combination with rosetta stone I picked up a good grounding really quickly.

    I found that rosetta was best for learning the vocab and general word order, but Michael Thomas really helped me pick up the detail of the grammar and some background of why the language is how it is, and how that can relate back to english..ymmv of course, but you can get free samples of both of them to get a good feel.

    I have also heard good things about pimsleur, but I didn't like the sample CD that they sent me and i've never been through a full course with them.

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    If you live in a reasonable sized town you should have an adult college which will have like a years
    course for 300 quid. Normally they are one night a week for a couple of hours and tend to start
    in sept/oct like the normal uk school year. Also as its Spanish they will probably have about three
    levels so you can keep it up for three years if you want.

    At my local one they have this

    Code:
    CODE         Course                       START       DAY   TIME        WEEKS COST
    EWM3B46	Spanish advanced 1b	12/01/11	Wed	1245–1445	8	£96/£12
    EWM3B48	Spanish advanced 1c	16/03/11	Wed	1245–1445	8	£96/£12
    EWM2C46	Spanish advanced 2b	11/01/11	Tue	1900–2100	8	£96/£12
    EWM2C54	Spanish advanced 2c	15/03/11	Tue	1900–2100	8	£96/£12
    EGH1C42	Spanish beginners 2	28/02/11	Mon	1900–2100	12	£90/£12
    EWM4A48	Spanish beginners 2	03/03/11	Thu	1000–1200	12	£90/£12
    EWM5A43	Spanish circle	        14/01/11	Fri	1000–1200	8	£128/£128
    EWM5A44	Spanish circle	        18/03/11	Fri	1000–1200	8	£128/£128
    EWM2C49	Spanish fast track beg	25/01/11	Tue	1900–2100	16	£120/£35
    EWM2B40	Spanish for holidays	01/03/11	Tue	1300–1500	5	£38/£12
    EWM3C45	Spanish for holidays	02/03/11	Wed	1900–2100	5	£38/£12
    EWM3A44	Spanish improvers 2	02/03/11	Wed	1000–1200	12	£90/£12
    EWM4C50	Spanish improvers 2	03/03/11	Thu	1900–2100	12	£90/£12
    EWM1C47	Spanish intermed 1/2 b	12/01/11	Wed	1900–2100	10	£120/£12
    EWM2A44	Spanish intermed 1b	11/01/11	Tue	1000–1200	10	£120/£12
    EWM1C53	Spanish intermed 1/2 c	30/03/11	Wed	1900–2100	8	£96/£12
    EWM2A48	Spanish intermed 1c	29/03/11	Tue	1000–1200	8	£96/£12
    EWM4C48	Spanish intermed 2b	13/01/11	Thu	1900–2100	10	£120/£12
    EWM4C51	Spanish intermed 2c	31/03/11	Thu	1900–2100	8	£96/£12
    EWM3C74	Spanish taster	        11/05/11	Wed	1830–2130	1	£12/£5
    EWM3B72	Spanish taster	        18/05/11	Wed	1230–1530	1	£12/£5

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    Re: Learning Spanish, suggestions?

    Cheers guys, Edinburgh has many courses but the need for flexibility kinda screw those up for me. I've gone with Rosetta for now, £349 (and they have the cheek to charge £8 P&P!) so I'll see what happens!

    Adios!

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