Keeping up with a busy daily schedule of work and family doesn't always allow the necessary time to learn a new language. Yet, many of us spend hours each week commuting back and forth to work or school. That may be a perfect time to work on Spanish skills through an audio course.
This is also a great option for people who spend a lot of time on the road for work. Many professional long-haul truck drivers or people who travel by car for business have under-utilized spans of time on the road. This can be a great opportunity to learn Spanish while on the job!
Studying Spanish in the car may fit your learning style. Studies have shown that people learn in several different ways. Some prefer to learn by reading on a printed or electronic page. Others need to learn by seeing or experiencing through interactive learning methods. Still others learn best by listening to a new language being spoken, and then repeating what they hear. For most of us, a combination of these methods is the best way to learn a new language such as Spanish.
If audio learning is your preferred style, or if you want to enhance and supplement your primary language study through other methods, learning in the car through an audio CD course may be a good option.
Many language products offer an audio component, in addition to printed or online materials. If you order a book, or an audio course on CDs, you can play the audio lessons directly on your car or home CD player.
If you have purchased an online-based Spanish course (such as the highly rated link
program), you may have access to a library of audio lessons in MP3 format. Unless you have an iPod, playing these files in your car can be a bit of a challenge, but there are options.
If you have a portable media player, such as an iPod or Microsoft Zune, you may need an adapter that allows the audio to be played through your car stereo system. Some newer cars will let you plug the player in directly, or you may need an adapter that broadcasts the audio through the FM radio on your car.
Some newer car stereo systems can play MP3 files that have been burned onto a CD-ROM, or the audio files can be converted to regular audio CDs by using an audio application on your computer, such as iTunes or Windows Media Player.
Hint: if you are able to play MP3 files on your car stereo, you can get a lot more audio on one CD-ROM -- up to 20 hours on one disc, compared to regular CDs, which can only hold 70 minutes of audio! This is because MP3 files are highly "compressed" and they take up much less space compared to regular CDs.
One note of caution -- if you listen to an audio Spanish course while you're driving, please be ready to put the program on pause if you get into heavy traffic. Be sure that you're able to concentrate on what's going on around your vehicle at all times.
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