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Dr. Blair's Spanish in No Time: The Revolutionary New Language Instruction Method That's Proven to Work! (In No Time)

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   Dr Blair in No Time
ISBN  159659005X  
EAN  9781596590052  
UPC  070993600525  

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Dr. Blair's Spanish in No Time: The Revolutionary New Language Instruction Method That's Proven to Work! (In No Time) by Multiple Readers Robert Blair

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in no time  Dec 9, 2007
The title is apropos. You will learn real Spanish "in NO time." No false advertizing here. Move on. There are better authors.
I checked out Marcus Santamaria on line as per another reviewer. Very inexpensive and very down to earth. Combined him with Michel Thomas who explains in a different way almost the same words. Between the two, my Spanish is steadily progressing.
If it sounds too good to be true, it is......  Nov 14, 2005
You will not learn Spanish from this product. You might possibly be entertained by the plot, which has some Spanish words sprinkled in, but you will not learn Spanish. The overwhelming majority of the recording is in English, even in the advanced sections. When I returned the product to this site, they made me pay the shipping, despite the misleading claims of the product label. So just beware, if it sounds too good to be true (that is, an easy way to learn Spanish), it is.
Dr. Blair's dream house  Sep 22, 2005
A more accurate description of Spanish in No Time (by Dr. Blair) would have to be: "The Dead End House of Language," since nothing in the format helped me gain any idea of carrying on a real conversation with a native Spaniard on any topic whatsoever. Isolated vocabulary items and a mélange of catch phrases, which had little or no relationship to a silly pointless game. This did not engage my attention or my sense of wonderment at how to get a handle on, asking questions and responding in even beginning Spanish when face-to-face with a live native-speaking Spanish person.

Every serious language learner requires of any program, which claims to provide spoken language communication skills, a basic framework of active effort to start and keep a real-life conversation going, but such was not the case in these materials.

The idea of a dictionary and practice exercises unrelated and isolated from real-life conversational situations which did not involve chances to explore and challenge me to expand and encourage digging deeper and daring to try my wings as a budding speaker of Spanish, fell flat on the floor.

I fled the Blair house with a cold shudder of failure once I found out the whole thing was a case of mistaken identity -- I insist on a language product that keeps me happy and working through the excitement of really learning to hold a realistic conversation with a genuine Spanish speaker or two as central to acquiring spoken language skills in the real world of language. Poorly disguised and dull grammar rules clearly the wrong way to achieve even an elementary success in face-to-face meetings with our Spanish population.
Disappointed  Sep 8, 2005
I bought this based on the first two reviews posted.

I also bought four other learn-by-listening (not by reading) Spanish courses. That's what I want. Something I can play while driving or in the background while working.

Am extraordinarily impressed with ONE course: "Shortcut to Spanish" by Marcus Santamaria. (Don't know if it is available on this site.) It teaches "cognates" or Latin words that have the same basic meaning and nearly the same spelling in both English and Spanish. He teaches the variations and patterns. For instance, most English words that end in 'ism' are the same in Spanish, except they end in 'ismo.'

It's all taught in such a way that you have to think, constantly, while listening. You actually find yourself thinking in Spanish almost immediately. Very cool.

You learn nouns, you learn verbs and then Marcus says something like, "Say 'marvelous.' (You say it in Spanish, the Spanish speaker repeats it.) Say 'marvelous beaches.' (You say it, the Spanish speaker repeats it.) Say 'I like.' (You say it, the Spanish speaker repeats it.) Say 'I like Mexico.' (You say it, the Spanish speaker repeats it.) Say 'I like Mexico because it has marvelous beaches."

The whole course is like that. You learn words; then put them together in sentence fragments. "I like," "You like," "they like" and "we like" in one place, "because" in another, "beaches" in another and so on. And then he lets YOU put them together. Always followed with the Latin American female speaker saying the sentence (for confirmation or correction). Works like a charm.

Amazing how fast you pick it up this way.

You find very, very quickly that you innately know thousands of useful and essential words and very quickly catch on how to change their endings and change the syntax or accent so that you are speaking them in Spanish. And you start recognizing other words, that weren't on the audio, when you hear them because they follow the same rules.

That's my plug for "Shortcut to Spanish." I put it on my IPod and listened to it on a three-day drive to California recently and was astounded at how much fun it was and with how much I was learning and how much I was remembering from my years of Spanish in school decades ago.

Now...for Dr. Blair. I got this course because I had understood it was a game of intrigue about a Caribbean vacation. And that you had to learn Spanish to move the story forward and help save the universe. And, yes, the first 10 minutes sets up a game scenario like that.

And then for the next (is it almost four hours?) you basically get Spanish lessons. A couple are clever and fun ditties or stories, but not at all related to the Caribbean mystery. Most of the program, unfortunately, is basically little more than a teacher teaching you Spanish--offering various memory tricks. Then, in the final five minutes or so of this hours-long course, you return to the Carribean mystery plot and storyline.

I won't want to listen to this a second time. It really bogged down. Did learn some new things my first time through. Need to repeat the whole works four or five times to gain a lot. For the most part, I found it was too much like drills in Spanish class from four decades ago. I thought it was supposed to be a mystery story.

It's not a consistent or compelling story in which you need to learn Spanish in order to fill in blanks in the story and decipher the mystery. Shame. That's what I thought I was getting. And was looking forward to. And would still like to find.

Got something like that in the '90s as a computer game (but it won't work on any operating system newer than Windows 97). Wish it could be revived. It was great. Was called "Where is Oscar Lake" and was made for Windows 3.1 and required a very early version (no longer supported) of Apple QuickTime. A fun intrigue game that required you to understand the Spanish being spoken and decipher clues in order to progress in unraveling the mystery.

Basically, in a case of mistaken identity, you are thought to be an international jewel thief. And you're in Mexico. And you've got to clue, claw and talk your way out of this predicament. Every interaction and response can change the story line. There are multiple scenarios, multiple endings. So you WANT to play again and again. And there's a built in dictionary and on-screen translations available. So you do learn--even when a phrase or word stumps you. Basically beginner's Spanish, but a fun way to play with it.

Have just learned (as I write this) that "Who is Oscar Lake?" has been re-released in a version for XP and MAC OS X (10.1 and up). Am trying to track down a version. Don't know if the computer animation has been updated or not. If not, it will seem pretty primative compared to the fabulous 3D video available now in video games. This thing was created more than 10 years ago and for Windows 3.1. But as a learning tool, even that decade-old version is cool.

Also bought "Spanish Behind the Wheel" from this site last month. Haven't decided yet what I think of it or how helpful it is.

In it, the author directs a Spanish speaker. He says things like, "Say the days of the week" and the Spanish speaker says them. "Say 'I'd like a glass of water.'" The Spanish speaker says it. I've only gotten through a couple CDs of this set. So far I've found it very passive. I haven't been challenged to think in Spanish and put together complex thoughts and sentences. Maybe that will come in the next CD. Maybe not. Hope so.

That's what impresses me so much with Santamaria's approach stressing cognates and with challenging me to create new sentences from cognates and sentence fragments he's already introduced. Very active learning.

Hope this helps.


10-5-05 UPDATE: Found the new version of "Oscar Lake." I take it all back. Ohhhh how far computer animation -- and our expectations of it -- have come since 1995! But, unfortunately, the new version of "Who is Oscar Lake" didn't come along. Even though it is done in flash video, it is stuck in 1995. What little movement characters do make is jerky. And, worse yet, the program locked up, froze on my screen about 1/5 of the way through the game. No continuing recommendation here for "Oscar." Wish I COULD find a great, learn-Spanish mystery-story video game (or audio, like I thought "Dr. Blair's Spanish" was offering).

P.S. Almost two months after buying it, I'm still listening to, and learning from, Marcus Santamaria's "Shortcut to Spanish." And am uninspired by "Spanish Behind the Wheel."


Buenos dias, habla Espanol? No? Well, you will before you know it by listening to Dr. Blair's Spanish In No Time. Just forget the drudgery of your high school language class, learning Spanish with Dr. Blair is fun.

And, to make it pleasurable Dr. Blair has come up with a game - pretend you're vacationing on a Caribbean island (don't we wish!). However, in this game it isn't all sand, sun, and margaritas. There's an evil industrialist who's trying to take over the island and you can save it by learning enough Spanish to accomplish this task. (Told you this wasn't your high school Spanish class!)

Believing that learning isn't possible without interest, Dr. Blair catches listeners immediately as they become engrossed in the game and learn along the way. Included in the package is a practice CD-ROM.

Now, we're not saying that after one listen you'll be able to carry on a dinner table discourse, but you will be able to find your way around a Spanish speaking country with ease. Listen a second time, and who knows? You may be giving a speech.

In the Southwest where we live, the Latin American population is growing rapidly, so at least a familiarity with Spanish is not only a pleasure but sometimes a necessity. Granted, my Latin American friends smile a lot when I speak to them. But they know I'm trying and they appreciate it.

Muchas gracias, Dr. Blair!

- Gail Cooke


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