Summary: Fluencia is one of the best online Spanish courses I’ve come across. The course content is very well designed including tons of detailed explanations and exercises to practice what you’ve learned. While many other courses are more gamified and less challenging, Fluencia is more challenging and less game-like. While I like Fluencia quite a bit, you’ll probably want to get more speaking practice elsewhere.
It’s obvious that a lot of thought and planning went into making these lessons.
The cultural and grammar lessons stood out as being exceptionally thorough.
It’s a good course and very affordable.
You’ll have actually needed to have learned the content to answer the exercises correctly.
Everything is explained clearly with a lot of attention spent on the details.
Recordings are done by native Spanish speakers with various accents.
I Don’t Like…
You’ll want to get more speaking practice by working with a tutor.
You may also want to supplement your learning by listening to Spanish podcasts.
Pimsleur is a different style course which focuses more on listening and speaking and is a good alternative for those looking for a course more focused on the oral language and a subscription costs about the same as Fluencia.
Baselang offers unlimited 1-1 online Spanish classes for $149 per month and has a solid curriculum to go with it. If you have the free time to take a lot of classes, you could make progress very quickly.
You’ll definitely want to get more practice speaking with a tutor. italki and Verbling are two options for this that are very affordable and convenient, though I prefer italki.
Speechling is really helpful for improving pronunciation. You can record yourself speaking Spanish and submit recordings to be corrected by a teacher.
For those who are very serious about mastering pronunciation and have some extra money, The Mimic Method is worth considering.
Summary: Synergy Spanish is an often recommended course but I found it to be old, overpriced, boring, and not as good as competitors. The good side is that their lessons force you to start speaking right away. Even with a limited vocabulary, you’ll be able to express a lot of different things. Still, I wouldn’t recommend using it.
Fairly well structured but feels outdated.
It’s not meant to be the most comprehensive course but I’m shocked at some of the things that weren’t included.
It’s not as good as cheaper alternatives.
Start speaking Spanish from the first lesson.
The content builds upon itself pretty well.
If you use it, you’ll learn quite a bit.
I Don’t Like…
The platform and some of the content taught in the lesson feels outdated.
The content is among the most boring I’ve seen.
It’s more expensive and not as good as competitors.
Synergy Light costs $67 and includes the audio lessons.
Synergy Video costs $97 and adds in video lessons and email coaching.
Synergy Video + CDs costs $145 and adds in CDs and printed out pdf.
Summary: SpanishPod101 primarily offers audio lessons for beginner level Spanish students. Unfortunately, the number of lessons available at the intermediate and higher levels drops off quite a bit. There are a lot of extra features, some of which are pretty cool, but many of which aren’t that useful. Overall, I think SpanishPod101 is pretty good but not sufficient by itself.
Everything works well and the lessons are high-quality
Great for beginners but intermediate and higher levels won’t get much out of it.
They’re sneaky about hiding the real prices but it’s still a low cost and extensive option.
An absurd amount of content for lower level students.
Uses Spanish from lots of different countries and includes interesting cultural insights.
As you move up levels, English is used less and less.
Grammar is taught very well.
I Don’t Like…
The lack of content for those past the beginner level.
Lower level lessons include lots of English banter between the hosts.
Some of the extra features are pointless, while others like the quizzes, aren’t very well done.
Constant hard selling and email spamming.
Price: There are three subscription plans with lengths between 1 month and 2 years. If you subscribe longer, the monthly cost lowers.
Basic Plan – $8/mo
Premium Plan – $25/mo
Premium Plus Plan – $47/mo
Use the coupon code “ALLLANGUAGERESOURCES” to save 25% on a subscription.
Summary: Rocket Spanish is a pretty good Spanish course but not my personal favorite. Although the lessons tend to be very boring, the content is well structured and fairly comprehensive. They have a good mixture of listening, speaking, grammar, and review activities.
The app and the lessons are well designed but there are some minor annoyances.
There are lots of practice activities following each lesson.
Not cheap but not absurdly expensive either.
Lessons are well-structured and use increasingly more Spanish as you move up.
If you complete the exercises and review activities, you’ll learn a ton.
Speaking is emphasized in the audio lessons and numerous exercises.
I Don’t Like…
I found the audio lessons to be painfully boring.
The cultural lessons were very poorly done and feel lazy.
Although the reinforcement exercises are helpful, you’ll likely get sick of them.
Summary: Pimsleur’s courses primarily focus on oral language. They are one of the biggest names in language learning but was something I had a hard time recommending to people in the past because of the insanely high prices.
They recently added a subscription model with much more reasonable prices and a new app that is much better designed. This review focuses on the new subscription model which isn’t yet available to the general public from the Pimsleur website but you can find it here.
I was really impressed with the quality of the lessons and now that the price is much better, I’m happy to recommend studying with Pimsleur.
The lessons are very well structured and the new app works great
Pimsleur primarily focuses on oral language at the expense of grammar.
The new subscription cost is very affordable.
The lessons focus on oral language which gets students speaking right away.
The lessons are very active. You’re constantly being prompted and need to produce the language you’re learning.
The lessons build upon each other exceptionally well with previously learned material constantly being reinforced.
The app is well designed with lots of beautiful images and interesting cultural notes.
I Don’t Like…
The lessons aren’t terribly exciting.
The written language is much more of an afterthought and not heavily featured in the lessons.
The practice activities included in the premium plan aren’t particularly well done.
Price: A basic subscription costs $14.95 per month and a premium subscription costs $19.95 per month. This is a massive improvement over the old prices which cost as much as $550 for five levels.
You won’t find any information about this new subscription price on their website. The link below will take you to a page with more information on their subscription plans.