Complete Spanish Pack (Complete Language Packs)
Teach yourself Spanish in just 12 weeks with DK's Complete Language Pack, which includes an easy-to-follow course, a pocket-sized Spanish phrase book, and a guide to the essentials of Spanish grammar.
The course book in this comprehensive starter pack is DK's 15 Minute Spanish, which has 12 chapters spanning a range of practical themes, including socializing, business, food and drink, travel, and shopping. Each chapter is broken down into 15-minute lessons, which combine vocabulary and grammar essentials with attractive full-color photographs. Review modules help you track your progress and identify where you need further practice.
The Complete Language Pack also contains a visual Spanish phrase book - including the essential words and phrases you need to get by in Spanish - and a guide to the basics of Spanish grammar. Two free audio apps (one for the 15 Minute book and one for the phrase book) enable you to hear Spanish words and phrases spoken by native speakers. Use the apps alongside the Language Pack's easy-to-use pronunciation guides to perfect your pronunciation and practice Spanish conversation in real-life situations. Whether you're starting from scratch or want to brush up your Spanish, the Complete Language Pack makes Spanish language learning quick, easy, and fun.
So, your middle-schooler just told you he wants to learn French; last week he wanted to learn Spanish, what to do? This is the perfect age for your student to try out a language and see if they would like to continue with it in high school. DK has put together kits that are perfect for introducing a student to a language. "Pack' is exactly the right term - a lovely, hardcover, tri-fold box/portfolio with hook and loop closure that contains several small books and information to download the free audio apps (please note that the apps have replaced the previous audio CD content). The 160-page Course Book (5"x 7.5") has themed chapters for 12 weeks, each with five 15-minute lessons. Lesson format includes a warm-up, a match and repeat activity, useful phrases, a "put into practice" exercise, and lots of full-color, helpful photos. Each lesson also includes a cultural tip. The Course Book has a clever layout with two bookmark flaps that are part of the cover. These flaps are used to cover a left-hand and a right-hand column in each lesson allowing you to practice your memory and speaking skills. You can do 15 minutes a day or a whole week of lessons all at once (but the repetition of a little each day is best for retention!) Phrases are written out phonetically as well as in the target language to avoid early errors, but the audio apps (which parallel the Course book and the Visual Phrase book) really help to practice correct pronunciation. Lessons are travel related, making this a perfect pre-vacation study! Making introductions, food/drink vocabulary, dates, getting around, accommodations, shopping, work & study, health, home, services, leisure & socializing, menu guide and a sufficient dictionary are all covered in the Course Book. Two smaller books (2.5"x 6") - an Easy Grammar reference and a Visual Phrase Book - are great for helping you answer grammar questions and provide needed phrases on the go. I like the idea of having your 4th to 8th graders dip a toe into the language before you invest in a serious language program. The color photos are fantastic and will make your mouth water in the food lessons! ~ Sara