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No Work Spanish – Review

As a long-term resident of New Mexico, I am constantly exposed to the Spanish language; and for over a decade I have wanted to learn how to speak and understand the language.  Not only would learning Spanish be good for my self-esteem, it would also be good for my career.  In my experience, employers tend to place a higher value on bi-lingual employees and are even willing to pay more to get them.  Alas, after four years of Spanish in high school, two years of Spanish in college, and multiple individual attempts to learn it by myself, I can honestly say that I am not at all fluent in the language.  It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, learning a second language is tough!  So when I heard about the No Work Spanish CDs, I have to admit that I was skeptical.

The No-Work Spanish CDs are designed to help people of all ages learn Spanish by immersing them in the language organically, rather than by spending hour upon frustrating hour on pointless language drills and vocabulary quizzes.  The concept, while simple, is actually pretty creative.  The listener hears a story that is originally broken down into a few sentences at a time, first in English and then in Spanish; at the end of each chapter the entire chapter is reread completely in Spanish.  A few years ago I worked for a pediatrics office where I was considered one of the “bi-lingual” receptionists (meaning I was the only one in the back office that knew more Spanish than “Yo quiero Taco Bell.”)  My experiences in that office taught me one very valuable lesson: the best way to learn a new language is to listen to it, and try to speak it, as much as possible in as realistic of a setting as possible.

Many learn Spanish audio CDs understand the importance of listening to, and speaking, Spanish repeatedly, but they totally miss the mark when attempting to deliver realistic conversation lines.  The No-Work Spanish CDs, on the other hand, tell actual, interesting stories that encourage the listener to pay attention and actually learn something!  I received the first two No-Work Spanish CDs to review, and I am completely hooked.  The first audio CD, Yaks March on Washington is a true story of an Idaho rancher as he crosses the country with his six yaks and his dog (told from the dog’s perspective.)  The next CD, Poster Girl, follows a young girl as she attempts to out do the work of her goodie-two-shoes rival, but doesn’t even begin her project until the night it is due.  While neither of these stories had a particularly thrilling plot line, they were interesting enough to make me want to finish them.  More importantly, after the first three or four run-throughs, I realized I was actually learning a bunch of Spanish!  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I think I could become fluent in Spanish simply by listening to a few stories, but I will tell you that I feel more confident in listening to Spanish after listening to those stories than I have in years – and I can’t wait to try out my new-found-knowledge on a few Spanish-speaking friends.  Wish me luck!

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You can purchase your own copy of No-Work Spanish in a variety of locations including the No-Work Spanish website, I-Tunes, and and  Click HERE for a complete listing of your purchasing options.
**Thank you to No Work Spanish for sponsoring this review/giveaway. We will not receive any compensation from this giveaway in exchange for an honest review and the opinion above is 100% ours.  We are also not responsible for the mailing of this prize.**


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