I am trying to find audio CDs for learning intermediate Spanish vocabulary. Not looking for a whole language course. Not looking for very basic vocabulary. Not looking for a vocabulary book or DVD. I am looking for something that (a) you can listen to in your car, and (b) has a fair number of vocabulary words (i.e. hundreds). I would appreciate any recommendations. Gracias.
We got quite a bit of vocabulary from Learn in Your Car (Penton Overseas), but you're getting the whole language course with it. But MUCH more vocabulary than Pimsleur, for example.
This is interesting. I wonder if anyone makes such a thing. I need the equivalent for Italian grammar drills: you know, like an Italian professor barking out at me to produce: third-person plural, volere! or negative imperative of andare, tu form! . Unfortunately no one has come up with that one either, and my Italian professor this past year spent much more time chatting about the resignation and naming of the new pope, or the elections, than focusing on grammar. Of course, those subjects are intrinsically interesting to those of us interested in Italian culture, but I can listen to my husband and his family and friends talk about those things for free! But I digress. . . .
Given the recent research that driving while talking on a cell phone is dangerous, isn't trying to learn a foreign language while driving is equally distracting and dangerous? Multi-tasking is a myth. Research has shown that your blook pressure is increased and you'll perform both tasks poorly.
You might want to search for a few of the free Spanish word a day websites instead.
I like to augment other lessons (BBC online, etc.) with some audio CD's in the car. Pimsleur is good because it's more like studying a phrase book and focuses on useful phrases. You should be able to pick it up at the library rather than buying it. If you REALLY like it, you may want to invest. The library should have some other options as well.
I don't have a car here. I listen during my commute on the metro. Or on the train headed to Italy, or in my office.
It would be worth taking a look at Languages Direct. I've bought a number of language courses from them, and their range is huge. They are based here in the UK, but they have a US store as well. http://www.languages-direct.com/ They sell a bi-monthly Spanish audio magazine on CD called Punto y Coma, which might suit you.