We are trying a new software called PowerSpeak for Spanish. Rosetta stone just got too hard too fast without explaining what they were doing and a friend recommended this program to me. I don’t like forking out cash when we’ve already purchased something else (praise God I got Rosetta for CHEAP!), but Spanish just wasn’t happening at this point and it was either change or quit, so…

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We plunged into PowerSpeak , and so far my daughter LOVES it! They have fun interactive games to play to re-enforce the vocabulary they’ve learned in each lesson. The lessons are so fun, that a crowd usually gathers to watch.

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When you first log-in, you create an Avatar that you get to design, then as you go through the program, you earn money that can later be spent on sprucing up your Avatar.

Once lessons start there are 2 kids who tell stories, the first time is in English and as they repeat the story, they add in more words in Spanish. Each lesson is followed by various games that help to reinforce/practice the words learned thus far. Finally, each week is completed with a quiz to track your progress. You can repeat lessons if necessary, or move ahead to the next session.

The system also keeps track of students progress and each time you log-in you can easily find where you left off.

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The Spanish 1 course contains 90 lessons. The lessons are laid out in a five day per week schedule on the calendar. This is because the brain does a much better job of accepting a new language if it is exposed to that language five days out of the week. If your student follows the lesson plan, they will complete the course in 4 ½ monthsHowever, you have access to the course for a full 6 months.

We are just completing our 2nd week of lessons so far, and right now I’m giving it a “Super Thumbs Up!”

18 Comments

  1. i am using that program as well, but for my high school Spanish I over the summer. mine isnt really that fun at all… it takes me about 2 hours or so a day to do mine, so that should be the time that you spend in an over all week. i do one week of spanish a day

    Merry
  2. Thanks for a great review. We are going to try powerspeak this year for our 3rd and 8th graders. We have tried a group lesson, and a tutor without much luck. Last year we started the power glide program (the book/tape version or power speak) and we liked it but it was difficult to help the kids stay on track and review their work since neither of us speaks spanish! Thank you so much for the review which has increased our comfort with going with this program.

    btw: great site!

  3. LOL… We have been using Power Speak for a couple weeks… Horrible set up! I have found free sites to learn spanish that are far better than Power Speak! Very disappointed. All my 14 year old son does is laugh and say how “ridiculous” the site is… they just want you to guess, not teaching anything! thumbs down!

    Tina

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