TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The approach that Fluenz Spanish takes to teaching Spanish is a little different from other learn Spanish applications because it simulates a one-on-one learning experience with a private tutor instead of trying to simulate flashcards or stuff a textbook into software. Fluenz helps you to learn to speak Spanish by teaching practical words that the average person is likely to use. One advantage of this style of learning is to make Fluenz useful for travelers. The lessons connect you to the cultural experience because language and culture are inseparable. Rather than simulate the ways in which a child learns (immersion without translation), Fluenz teaches with explanations intended for adults or teenagers.

Fluenz provides you with every opportunity to learn and never implies that the process is easy, because the fact is that learning a new language is a difficult thing to master no matter what marketing copywriters promise. You are going to have to work hard to achieve fluency and Fluenz is a competent coach if you want to learn Spanish. The basic unit of instruction is the one-on-one tutoring session, each of which takes about two and a half hours to finish. Fluenz establishes such a high  level of excellence that we consider it to be the best program to learn Spanish and it wins our TopTenREVIEWS Gold award. We reviewed the Latin America version, although there is also a Castilian version. Fluenz is an ideal way for tourists and business people to build a foundation of useful conversational Spanish by memorizing some vocabulary and phrases. Please note that if you are a serious linguist, Fluenz is not a substitute for formal Spanish lessons coupled with extended visits to Spanish-speaking communities.

Features
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9.4/10
Fluenz Spanish
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5.8

Fluenz offers a series of lessons with video instruction and activities. Fluenz uses video more than other learn Spanish software. The lessons blend instruction from the tutor with words and phrases displayed on the screen as she teaches. In the activities, you are required to use audio, images and simple quizzes to practice the lessons. The system is straightforward. There are no games, but the activities are engaging enough to keep your attention. You begin at whatever level you feel comfortable with and move freely through the lessons. Fluenz does not keep a record of correct and incorrect answers for each activity as you learn Spanish. Instead, it gives positive feedback and encouragement to repeat activities until you achieve mastery. For many learners, the Fluenz method is more effective than just getting a percentage score and never returning to the activity. The approach helps make the lessons easy to repeat and master because you can have another go at the quizzes when you need to refresh your memory.

Fluenz does not use the same speech recognition technology that some other learn Spanish applications use. Instead, you record your voice and insert your recordings into conversations. It works well because you are naturally able to tell where your pronunciation is incorrect compared with native speakers. Fluenz has a glossary of some of the most common Spanish words you will learn throughout the course. Other vocabulary learning occurs directly in the application.

Fluenz provides tools in addition to the software. There is an essential phrase book that you can carry with you while traveling. There are also podcasts that you can download. If you buy the first-three-levels bundle, it comes with audio CDs that augment the software lessons.

Ease of Use
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10/10
Fluenz Spanish
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10
10
8.1
10
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
5
7.5

Consider how much easier it is to learn Spanish using instructional software such as Fluenz rather than other learning methods. If you hired a tutor, you would necessarily adhere to a schedule of meetings and you would have to either make your home presentable to meet a tutor or travel to the tutor's office. If you enrolled in a class, you would also be attending meetings in a physical location that would require planning, enrollment, traveling and scheduling. If you wanted to learn by immersing yourself in a culture, it would mean travel, time and expense. The Fluenz method provides you with a cost effective and convenient approach to individualized instruction.

The Fluenz interface is easy to navigate. You can just sit back and let the learn Spanish software guide you, or there are various activities and quizzes if you want to create your own curriculum. What’s nice about the Fluenz interface is that it is so simple. There are fewer buttons and menus than other applications – nothing to get in your way as you learn Spanish. The purpose of every button and tab is obvious and the menus are uncluttered. The ease of use designed into Fluenz contributes to our opinion that it is the best Spanish learning software.

Help & Support
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10/10
Fluenz Spanish
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5
10
5
10
5
5
2.5
7.5
5

Fluenz has the best set of support resources of any learn Spanish software we reviewed. The FAQs and user manual are easy to use and informative. There are demos to help you understand the inner workings of the software and Fluenz has full email and phone support systems. Our favorite support option is the live chat. The support technicians on live chat are friendly and knowledgeable and offer tips and help with cultural aspects of Spanish.

Fluenz Spanish Summary:
9.6/10

Fluenz lessons introduce vocabulary followed by activities to reinforce what you have learned. Some activities require you to listen, others to speak and others to read and write. Fluenz’s method for teaching grammar is useful for beginners. Instead of teaching you Spanish grammar, Fluenz dives straight into conversations and lets you apply your knowledge of English grammar to understand how Spanish works. With an elegant interface, well-planned lessons and useful multi-media, Fluenz makes it as easy as possible to learn to speak Spanish.

We love Fluenz Spanish lessons because they do not talk down to adults. The learning experience is beautifully constructed. The material is relevant and the explanations are thoughtful. Fluenz acknowledges the difficult of learning a new language and doesn’t attempt to say or imply that it should be easy. In a market full of excellent learn Spanish software, Fluenz is the one we recommend as best because it operates as a virtual private tutor, without the private tutor lesson fees.

 
 
 

Fluenz Spanish Latin America 1

Pros
Fluenz Spanish teaches like a private language tutor.

Cons
Fluenz only publishes products for half a dozen languages.

The Verdict
: 9.63/10

Fluenz is the best if you want to learn Spanish from software that simulates a private language tutor.