This morning I was up at 5 AM ET and turned on our public TV station. There was a Spanish language learning series called Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish. I guess it is a soap opera, telenovela, produced in 1992 which re-runs on public TV. A dramatic story line with people speaking in slower Spanish. There is also a website and DVDs for their learning program. I also found it on this website
Has anyone used this?
This sounds interesting. I'll have to look into it. It's similar to what BBC was doing with their Italian language course. I still have to finish it. They had some sort of copyright issues that interrupted the course when I was doing it. It looks to be back to normal now.
I first became aware of Destinos some years ago when it was being shown on PBS TV. It's very well done and the story moves among various countries where differences in Spanish usage are introduced. I have spent a little time on the website and it has many excellent learning features. I recommend it.
Oh yes, and I like it. The clothing and hairstyles are dated, but I think it adds to the flavor. Raquel travels through Latin America to solve the mystery so there is footage (also dated) of the countries she visits. You will hear native speakers in conversation, which is helpful. I never finished--I think I'll re-visit it.
I realized I can watch episodes on my iPad with a free flash app you have to download. It is funny about the women's clothes and hairstyles, from the worst era of fashion, 1990s. But their speech is so nice and clear. You have a few Sesame Street scenes of them teaching numbers or various concepts. Starts out with lots of repetition but others say it gets more complex as you go. I'm only on episode 4.