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Gerald Erichsen

What Is the Best Software for Learning Spanish?

By February 4, 2013

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Here's a question I receive frequently in email: I've seen the ads that promise me their software will help me learn Spanish. Which one should I buy?

Readers Choice Awards 2013

The best answer I can usually give is "I don't know." That's because I haven't used such software in years, and what works for me might not work well for someone else, because we all vary in our learning styles. But I'd venture to guess that many of you reading this might be able to provide an answer. And, at least for the next week, the way to do that is to make a nomination for best desktop instructional software in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. Might you need a reminder of which software you've tried? You can check our user software reviews to see what has been useful (or not) for others.

During the coming week you can also make Readers' Choice Awards in seven other categories:

We've had some good nominations so far, including quite a few for people or products I hadn't known about or thought of before. I'll be providing an update in the coming days, but in the meanwhile I look forward to your further nominations!


February 4, 2013 at 11:09 am
(1) Nards Barley says:

Let me guess the winner of the best desktop instructional software : Rosetta Stone. LOL

While I was initially inclined to think it must be a software that you install if it is for Windows, Mac and/or Linux, I suppose browser-based apps are probably permissible as well if they are interactive.

February 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm
(2) Michael Mellinger says:

I’ve been working on an iPhone/iPad Spanish app in my spare time for the past couple of years. It probably doesn’t rate among the best *yet*, but keep an eye on it.

This is the free version: h4 Spanish

It’ll be a lot more useful once I get audio, but that’s going to take me a bit longer.

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