Nowadays there are said to be approximately 400 million people speaking Spanish as a native language and a total of 500 million speakersworldwide. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and there are more than 20 Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Are you getting my point? Oye chicos y chicas! (Warning: Non PC/fun writing coming up) Spanish is the new black. Literally. For about a decade now, Latinos have been the largest minority group in the United States, surpassing African-Americans.
So learning Spanish is a no-brainer and literally can be with a download-able language-learning program I just tried out called Bueno, Entonces. If you’ve wanted to improve your Spanish or learn from scratch…now is really the time. Vamos!
To get a feel for the program, here is a clip for you (if you are reading this in email and the vid doesn’t come through, please go to my site to see full video clip):
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Bueno, Entonces quick info:
- Cost: $147 (for full download)
- 30 Classes = 18+ hours of audio and video to help you retain everything.
- 30,000 vocab words
- Slang dictionary
The Good (the Bueno)
You are not only learning Spanish, but the lessons are fun and quirky. There are animated hosts that you like and root for: David, the lovable loser from Britain and Jimena, the cute and smart girl from Buenos Aires.
So it not only feels like a lesson, but like a bit of a TV show that you want to watch again to see what happens. There is even character development. Will Jimena fall for David’s sense of humor and constant advances? Will she break-up with her boyfriend? Or will David meet another Porteña linda (pretty girl from Buenos Aires) to date? And often ‘dropping in’ is the oddly British-accented ‘Einstein’ professor who pops on to give us some deeper facts and explanations.
The graphics and animations are cute and well done. The whole thing has an overall fun, whimsical feel.
The program costs just under $150 which is less than half the cost of the popular Rosetta Stone course, which I find very slow moving and tedious. I have tried those too, but because there is so much repetition I get very bored with them very fast.
The Bad (the Malo)
The classes are based in Buenos Aires so there is a little slang and usage that is indigenous to that area. For example they pronounce 2 Ls together like ‘sh’. Whereas in most Spanish-speaking countries, the 2 Ls are pronounced like a ‘Y.’ Either way it would mess up the name of this blog. In Spanish it would be pronounced ‘SH World Tour’ or ‘YA World Tour’. That’s just not right.
The class moves along a fast clip…almost a tad too fast for me. As I mentioned, I’ve done some Rosetta Stone courses before and they were way too slow and too repetitive. While I love the quick pacing of Bueno, Entonces, sometimes, when you are trying to follow along and read all the words on the screen, it cuts to the next shot just a tad too quick.
The files to be downloaded are quite large so just keep in mind it will take awhile. But like me, you can just start it and walk away or do something else in the meantime…like take a quick nap, solve a tricky algorithm, eat a grilled cheese sandwich…or even better, make a quesadilla! Esta bien?
If you are about to travel or just want to improve your Spanish or even give it as a gift to someone else…Bueno, Entonces is a good idea!Small Print: Not only did I truly enjoy following along with the Bueno, Entonces classes, I do believe in this product so I am becoming an affiliate. If you are interested in trying it out and click through me and my site, you will help me earn a percentage of the sales and help keep my website afloat. It is 100% buying the same product for the same price, but will also help me a bit at the same time so I can continue to bring you all the free content I publish each week. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.