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In 2007, I moved to Spain knowing pretty much "Hola". Worried about this and a keen Nintendo DS fan I looked for a way to learn on the go.
My Spanish Coach is a great way to do this, on the bus, train or plane you can pickup this game and carry on learning from where you left off!
The vocabulary and phrases are extremely useful, also with its limited dictionary the most common words are there to translate.
The lessons are fun and if you go wrong you can always restart again and get it correct! Given that this is only the 1st edition you are given nearly 10,000 words and 700 phrases, I found this a great start in the 2 years I stayed there, even now I still play it to keep up my level of Spanish although I now use Level 2!
I would definitely encourage people to use this if going abroad, a DS is not big and can be carried anywhere. Also, say your children are taking Spanish as a language this is a good and fun starting point for them.
This game also aids you to speak Spanish correctly by being able to talk into the microphone and make sure you are pronouncing the words in a way you will be understood, instead of saying the wrong word and being embarrassed!
I would prefer to take this with me, rather than a book that I end up having to flick through to find a word. When I can just get out the stylus and tap in the English word to find out the Spanish translation. It also works backwards, if you're out at a restaurant and cannot work out what anything is, then tap it in and the extensive dictionary will give you the answer. Although, recent changes or dialects it will not know.
Let me just start by saying that this is by no means for anyone just starting to learn Spanish. If you are going to buy the game, if you can call it that, then it's probably best if you at least have a grounding in Spanish before you even start this game up. This isn't to say that it isn't a useful 'game' to have. I just feel that the way it teaches is a little basic to be able to just pick it up straight off the bat. If you are intending to learn Spanish directly from the game, then you're going to have to put in a lot of work.
However, if you do have prior knowledge of the Spanish language then this game is perfect for refreshers, or if you're wanting to take your studies further without actually having to go to Spain. I had some experience with Spanish when I bought this game and it had taken a long time to get used to the new grammatical rules, as the game seems to have a little difficulty teaching this.
Basically, if you have no experience with Spanish, then I wouldn't recommend this game for you unless you want to put in a lot more work than necessary. However, if you do have experience, then this is perfect just as a refresher to help you remember.
Since i was going on holliday to Spain earlier this year i decided to buy "My Spanish Coach". I have always loved the Spanish language i just wished we got taught Spanish all those years ago in school. In tried so many ways to learn Spanish nut i just could not take it all in. But when i bought this game this time it did go in.
My Spanish Coach is a game that helps you to understand to speak the language of Spain. This game is made by Ubisoft which is a well known company so i decided to buy it. First of all a lady pops up on the screen and tells you to enter your name then you are all ready to go.
Once you have done that you will be given a little test to do to see id you know any spanish if so you will progress to the level you need to learn next. On my attempt i scored around 4 which basically is nothing so i had to start with the basics. Once you have finished the test you go onto your first lesson, in the lesson you learn a variety of words after the lesson you are tested on the words in games known as "Mini Games". In these mini games they include multiple choice and a wordsearch i opted for multiple choice. You will have to do the test quite alot of times to advance to the next lesson.
I started around 6 months ago i was on lesson one now i am on lesson 29 which is very complicated. This is a must for all people who want to visit Spain.
I bought My Spanish Coach about a year ago to try and get to grips with the language for when we holiday in Spain. When I first got it I was addicted (as one usually is with a new game - hope that's not just me!) I was making good progress, the novelty wore off after a bit but think that's because I became addicted to another game, although I do keep coming back to it every now again to see what I can remember and to move on the next stage.
The game begins by assessing your current language level and then depending on that the game starts at the most suitable level. If you're a complete beginner it starts with numbers, days of the week, colours etc and then you progress to eating out, first aid, asking directions etc.
You are giving words or phrases and when you tap the screen you can hear how they should sound - I would recommend using earphones, and then you are given opportunity to repeat the word/phrase and then you can compare the DS's version with your own and see if it sounds right.
When you've learnt all the words in one section there are various games to play from wordsearches, flashcards, hitting moles(???). You need to score so many points in order to unlock the next stage which is a really good idea because it stops you getting ahead before you're ready.
My Spainish is coming along nicely and it did improve my holiday Spanish, and I felt more confident. My 7 year son has also started having ago on it and I think its a really good way for kids to have a bit of fun learning a new language.
My Spanish Coach for the Nintendo DS is a fun way to improve your ability to understand, pronounce and speak Spanish. I think having a basic background in it helps because you have a general understand of some words and concepts.
The game functions this way - first you take an exam judging how much Spanish you identify so it can determine what stage to begin you at. So for instance if you already know months, seasons and numbers.. the game will skip those lessons and encompass them into the learning process which sometimes isn't always great because you might still be a little weak in those areas.
Each lesson introduces you to new words or conjugations. You've given time to look over and learn the words, repeat them, then you're playing quick games like flash cards where you've only got a limited time to respond. So it'll show you a Spanish word you just learned for instance and you need to quickly select its definition. Your speed allows you to move onto the next question and if you get a certain amount right you can progress. You graduate as you complete lessons, going from Kingergarten level and up, so things become more complex - like learning phrases for instance.
Lessons go by generally quickly so you may want to repeat them a few times and go back occaisionally to help solidify them in your mind. Most of the tests and methods of learning are just mini-games - crossword puzzles to find the words, determining what a word means and playing whack a mole with the moles who have the name of the correct Spanish word. It seems to force you to just respond almost without thinking to try to make the Spanish word come out naturally so you get an immediate connection to learn the word without having to translate in your mind.
Its also a great study guide as opposed to boring or confusing textbooks. It also has a built in Spanish/English dictionary and the ability to allow you to record yourself speaking and put it up against the correct pronunciation.
In order to get the most from this game I'd suggest daily playing. It says 15 minutes a day is all you need but if you're really looking to improve your Spanish skills, I suggest more. Don't give up. Its amazing how this creates a fun easy way to learn the language. Its interactive and you learn in a relaxed state.
I have started learning Spanish at University adn this game is brilliant to use in order to help yourself along the way and also to begin from. I started off using this and it is very simple and fun to play.
It uses a variety of games and lessons to get you learning words and phrashes and then brings in all abou how the grammar works, this is not just a phrasebook for tourists but a real good piece of kit to help you learn spanish, it is good for all levels and will defaintely improve your spanish.
The game speaks to you so you know how to pronounciate words and is also very good for learning grammar and lots of vocab. These is the ability to test yourself on each lesson with games or practise all the words you should have mastered helping you to keep rememebred everything.
The game is very educational and I found it most useful when you find it has a full dictionary under the refernce section, one of the best things in there. th egames are fun and fresh and keep you wanting to learn, and this is a very good way of keeping your Spanish to scrath or helping your child learn at school. It is suitable for GCSEs and would help anyone who wants to learn.
I reccomend this title and others in the series for hose of you looking at other languages.
I got this for my mum for Christmas and boy was she happy with it - she plays it for hours nearly everyday. She had been learning Spanish for a while so I thought it would be a novel way for her learn some new words but I think it is better than I hoped as it is so varied and keeps you motivated.
I myself have very little knowledge of Spanish but I enjoy playing this and the way it teaches doesn't seem like hard work at all. Most of the content is based on memory games and you have to get full scores before you move on so the words definitely stick in your head. It also gives you a good indication of your progress and level.
The only downside my mum has mentioned is that some of the vocab it teaches you is a bit random and unnecessary for example do you really need to know the Spanish for a car bumper?
Aside from that small annoyance I'm really chuffed I bought this and it confirms for me Nintendo's great contribution to the gaming industry.
My Spanish Coach for the Nintendo DS is a brilliant educational game ideal for people who have never learned Spanish before or those who want to brush up on the basics. The best thing about it is it is fun. Learn the language basics by working through over 50 lessons and playing 8 touchpad mini games tracking your progress along the way with the on screen performance charts.
Each lesson begins by giving you a list of words in English alongside which is a button to press to see and hear the Spanish translation. You can also compare your pronunciation by using the built in mic recording what you say and playing it back alongside the correct Spanish pronunciation. When you have completed the learning stage there are up to 8 mini games to play to reinforce the words you have just learned. By successfully completing each mini game you earn mastery points which you need to build up to a target before you can begin the next lesson.
The 8 mini games which are all played against the clock include:
Multiple Choice - A word in English appears in the top screen and you have to tap on the Spanish equivalent from a choice of four on the touch screen.
Hit-a-word - A bit like whack a mole but you have to hit the Spanish translation of a given English word before the mole disappears.
Wordsearch - you are given a list of ten English words which you have to find the Spanish equivalent of before time runs out.
Flash Cards - A Spanish word is shown in the top screen and you have to find the English meaning from a choice of four cards below, but it is a race against time.
Memory - where you are dealt 20 playing cards face down with words on the reverse, 10 are in English 10 are in Spanish and you have to correctly match the pairs which mean the same.
Bridge Builder - you are given a mixed up jumble of Spanish words which you must assemble into a sentence.
Spelltastic - you hear a Spanish word and you have to spell it out correctly on a Spanish typewriter
Fill-in-the-blank - this is one of the more advanced games where you are given the verb and have to correctly write it with the correct verb ending depending on who is doing it.
All the games are played against the clock and you have a choice of whether to play Easy, Medium or Hard in each level. As a general rule the harder the level the more points you earn towards your lesson target and you have less time to complete each game. Mini games are unlocked as you progress through the lessons.
There is also a handy reference section containing a dictionary and phrasebook supporting the game which overall contains 10,000 words and 400 useful phrases so you never need to be stuck for words on holiday again.
A word of warning - if you buy your copy of this on e-bay check that you are buying the European version and not the US version like I did first time around because they are a bit different. My son informs me that the US version is South American Spanish, whilst the European version is, well, European.
The easy way to tell UK, European, and US DS games apart, is to look for the rating on the box (the image above the review is UK/EU) :-
UK pre 2002 - ELSPA - will have an age rating, eg 3+, 12+, 18 etc
UK post 2002 - BBFC - similar to cinema ratings, U, PG, 18 etc
EU (and some UK) - PEGI - 3+ to 18+
US - ESRB - E everyone, to AO adults only.
I think this game is excellent value for money as it provides hours of entertainment and the lessons and games are inviting, educational and great fun. It is not a stand alone Spanish course as there are a lot of gaps in the grammar and vocabulary but it is a fantastic learning tool which can be used in conjunction with other sources. If you want to learn holiday basics or have a child at school who is studying Spanish this is a great buy for all the family.
Basics of word use, grammar and construction of phrases through fun and easy-to-play mini-games, and evaluates your progress. 1,000 interactive lessons designed with Spanish teachers, 10,000 words and 400 phrases, including pronunciation test using the built-in DS microphone. Complete reference book for travel Euro" instantly look up words or phrases in English or Spanish by list, keyword, categories or by your favorites.