Online Trainers Spanish Language Training Review
It’s funny how a decision I made in 6th grade impacted the rest of my life. You see, when I was in 6th grade we had the opportunity to learn both French and Spanish for half of the year. And just before summer break, we had to pick which language we would spend 7th and 8th grade learning. As a 6th grader, I based my decision on the 8th grade language field trip; Each class went to a restaurant of the country of origin of the language being learned. And since I didn’t like Spanish food, I chose French.
Now don’t get me wrong, French is a wonderful language (I ultimately minored in it in college), but it’s selection was less than academic. And today, almost 20 years later, I am slightly regretting that decision. Spanish, especially here in Florida, would be infinitely more useful than French. And with a whole continent below the United States that speaks it, it REALLY would have been helpful as a traveler.
As luck would have it, recently Online Trainers contacted me to see if I’d review their online, language training program. Given my upcoming trip to Costa Rica, I thought this would be a great opportunity. How’d they do? Let’s take a look…
- Really Robust Training - I’ve never taken a language training course, so I have nothing to compare this one too, but I must say, I was impressed with how the language learning took place.For example, when learning vocabulary, I was provided photos of things in a category, transportation (planes, trains, automobiles, bicycles, etc.). I had to click on the photo to match the word on the screen. Listen to the word being spoken and match it with it’s corresponding photo, and finally type the word as I heard it. Three different ways of learning vocabulary. And that’s just one example. The training methodology is very comprehensive. There are learning plans, graphs that chart your progress and really innovative learning tools. Here’s a listing from their website with all the different ways you learn. This was a much better way to learning than in Junior High School for sure! It wasn’t boring.
- Tailored for You - When you first start your training, you can identify where you want to focus your energy. Are you learning for business? travel? The program can be designed just for you. A pre-test will gather a base understanding of your knowledge and take you from there.
- Practice - The biggest con is that learning a language takes time. Despite the variety of teaching methodologies employed, you will still have to work at learning your chosen language. Practicing on a regular basis is critical. My work and travel schedule made it tough to sit down every night and learn, so my progress has been slower than hoped for. This is not a fault of the program, but merely my lack of prioritization.
- Expensive - So the big question is, how much would a course like this cost? A six month Spanish course will set you back over $700.00. So if you’re going to shell out that kind of dinero (see what I did there), be sure you are really ready to invest the time into making this happen. But here’s the good news… Online Trainers has provided me a 3-month subscription to three readers of this site. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below! So, give it a try if you’re interested in learning a new language. They currently teach in Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian and English.
- Flash Requirement - My computing habits have changed in the past six months. Since I’ve purchase the iPad, I use my computer less and less. My laptop tends to stay home, while I take my iPad with me on the road. Unfortunately, Online Trainers requires a flash player (and internet access) to work. And since the iPad does not have flash, I can’t learn this on the road.
I compare learning a language to going to the gym. If you invest the time, you’ll see the results. If you don’t, you won’t. It’s as simple as that. And as I’ve discovered, any excuse I can find not to exercise (like waking up early, or chilly weather) means my pants haven’t been fitting recently. The flash and internet connectivity requirement is akin to that, a small barrier that may prove large enough for some to reduce the program’s impact on your learning. And with a pricey course, that’s a big deal.
But if you have the discipline, time and motivation, I think you’ll enjoy this training program.
I’ll see you out there…!
*Online Trainers provided me with a complimentary six-month Spanish Training Course.