Spanish

Language Transfer Review – Better Than A Lot Of Expensive Courses

Quick Review

4.3 

Summary:

The Language Transfer’s courses approach language learning with what has been coined as “The Thinking Method’. These audio courses serve as a great introduction to the nine languages currently available. They go into lots of depth on how each language works, teaching you all of the main grammar points and giving you the tools needed to learn independently and intuitively. For beginners looking to learn a language, these free courses are an effective and efficient way to start your journey.

Quality

Might look a bit basic but the content is very well designed.

Thoroughness

The courses don’t follow the traditional learning path but have a lot of depth.

Value

It’s completely free and better than most paid resources.

Price

Completely free, but if you find the courses to be useful, consider making a donation.

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StudySpanish.com Review: Don’t Pay For Their Camino Del Éxito Course

Quick Review

2

Summary:

StudySpanish.com has some useful free materials on their website, but their paid products should be avoided. Their Camino del Éxito audio course is a near exact copy of the free FSI Basic Spanish Course. They also have a separate subscription plan but none of the extra materials found within it are very useful and definitely not worth paying for.

Quality

Their vocabulary lessons in the subscription are especially bad.

Thoroughness

It’s a thorough course but not their own.

Value

Same material is available for free but their recordings are higher quality.

Price

A subscription costs $9.99/month or $44.99 for six-months. The Camino del Éxito course costs $199 for levels 1-3, or $99.99 for each level if purchased individually.

Alternatives: There are lots of Spanish courses that I’d recommend using over this one.

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Spanish (German, French, Italian, Japanese) Uncovered Review – Story Based Learning

Quick Review

4

Summary:

Spanish Uncovered (and the similar German, French, Italian and Japanese courses) come from Olly Richards, the creator of the super popular blog I Will Teach You A Language. It’s quite a bit different than most courses as it revolves around a story. It can be a bit more challenging than other courses, as you begin reading somewhat long texts right off the bat. Overall, I found it to be a more fun way to approach language learning that will be great for some but not ideal for others.

Quality

The instruction is clear but can have too much information crammed into a single lesson.

Thoroughnes

You’ll practice every aspect of the language.

Value

It has a pretty high price, but if you stick with it, you’ll get good value from it.

Price

A one-time purchase costs $297 and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Grammar Hero Review – I Like It, But A Bit Too Expensive

Quick Review

4.2 

Summary:

Grammar Hero is a product from Olly Richards, the creator of I Will Teach You A Language. It follows the story-based method of teaching languages, but this time with a focus on the most difficult grammar points. You start out by reading a story and the grammar point is underlined, later you learn the rules, then you re-read the story with explanations, and finally you’ll practice using the grammar point to express your thoughts and opinions. It’s a comprehensive method that’s meant to help you internalize the grammar.

Quality

The stories are unique and interesting, while highlighting the grammar points.

Thoroughness

Covers the most challenging grammar in each language.

Value

Fairly expensive and may not be affordable for many learners.

Price

It costs $197 to purchase Grammar Hero in each language. There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee.

Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Brazillian Portuguese.

Alternatives: News in Slow SpanishFrenchGerman, and Italian teach grammar in a fairly similar manner.

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Lingoda Review – Positive Experience But Room For Improvement

Quick Review

4

Summary:

Lingoda is an online language learning platform where you can take private or group classes at any time of the day. They offer lessons in Spanish, German, French, and English. There are a large number of lessons available for everyone from absolute beginners to more advanced levels. It’s a good option to get the structure of a course with the guidance of a teacher, at an affordable price.

Quality

Both the platform and the content itself are easy to use and presented well.

Thoroughnes

Although there are hundreds of lessons, they could use a bit more variety and you’ll need to study them with a teacher to get much benefit.

Value

It’s an affordable option that gives you access to good teachers and a comprehensive course.

Price

There are lots of different plans available. A 7-day trial package that gives you access to 3 group classes costs $23.99. For group classes, there are three plans costing $109, $199, and $259 per month which gives you access to 10, 20, and 30 classes. For private classes, the plans cost $139, $259, and $379 per month which gives you access to 5, 10, and 15 classes respectively.

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Rosetta Stone Review (Subscription) – Painfully Repetitive And Overpriced

Quick Review

2.3 

Summary:

One of the most famous language learning resources out there, the Rosetta Stone method relies on immersive teaching so students will only find the material in the language they’re learning. Starting off with the basics, the units get progressively harder and cover a large range of topics. Suitable for beginner and intermediate students, it is more expensive than competitors and the exercises get very repetitive after a while. While it isn’t a bad resource, you can definitely find something better.

Quality

Very easy to use and navigate, the content is well presented but the similar format becomes deadly boring after a while.

Thoroughnes

While a lot of material is covered, you have to infer everything from the pictures that you are given. As such, there are no explanations at all.

Value

It’s not as good and more expensive than other resources.

Price

The price varies by subscription length:

$79 for 3 months
$119 for 6 months
$179 for 12 months
$249 for 24 months

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Coffee Break Spanish Review – Are The Paid Courses Worth It?

Quick Review

4

Summary:

Coffee Break Spanish offers some really good free lessons available as podcasts. Additionally, they sell premium courses with extra materials on their website. For most people, there probably isn’t enough extra material included in the premium lessons to make it worth paying for the courses as they’re pretty expensive. This review will look at the free audio lessons, as well as the premium content.

Quality

It feels like you’re sitting in on a Spanish class.

Thoroughnes

Takes you from the very basics to at least an intermediate level.

Value

The free lessons are amazing value but the paid courses are a bit expensive.

Price

The audio for all of the lessons is completely free but the extra materials cost money. Each season costs £80 ($104) and a bundle of Seasons 1-4 costs £255 ($335).

Find all of the audio lessons for free on Itunes.

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Fluencia Review – My Experience Trying It Out

Quick Review

4.3 

Summary:

Fluencia is one of the better 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 some similar 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.

Quality

It’s obvious that a lot of thought and planning went into making these lessons.

Thoroughnes

The cultural and grammar lessons stood out as being exceptionally thorough.

Value

It’s a good course and affordable for most.

Price

1 month costs $14.95
12 months costs $95.40
24 months costs $166.80

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Synergy Spanish Review – Boring, Old, And Overpriced

Quick Review

2.3 

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.

Quality

Fairly well structured but feels outdated.

Thoroughnes

It’s not meant to be the most comprehensive course but I’m shocked at some of the things that weren’t included.

Value

It’s not as good as cheaper alternatives.

Price

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.

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SpanishPod101 Review – Spammy, Pointless Extras, But Good Content

Quick Review

3.8 

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.

Quality

Everything works well and the lessons are high-quality

Thoroughnes

Great for beginners but intermediate and higher levels won’t get much out of it.

Value

They’re sneaky about hiding the real prices but it’s still a low cost and extensive option.

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.

Complementary Resources: SpanishPod101 includes very little speaking so a course like Pimsleur that forces you to speak often would work well with it.

Speechling is a resource I like that is great for improving your speaking skills.

Alternatives: Baselang offers unlimited 1-1 Spanish classes and includes a well-designed curriculum.

News in Slow Spanish is somewhat similar to SpanishPod101 but I like their content much more.

There are a ton of other Spanish courses and apps that you may be interested in checking out.

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