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#1 Juliegmom

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:56 AM

Can anyone share how these two compare? I keep reading the BtSB is rigorous which has me a little concerned. I'm tempted to use Abeka, but want my daughter to have at least 3 years of Spanish. I have access to Abeka books through a friend. If we go that route could we switch to BtSB level 3 after completing Abeka Spanish 1 and 2? Any other recommendations?

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:40 PM

I can't comment of Abeks's. We are using BtB Spanish this year for Spanish 1, along with Rosetta Stone, ANKI study decks, and Practice Makes Perfect workbooks. BtB does cover a lot of vocabulary and gets you moving right along through grammar, however there isn't enough practice, IMO. That's why we have the Practice Makes Perfect and have her put her vocabulary into ANKI decks. Rosetta Stone we already owned but I don't think I it's needed. She does oral practice with dad, who is fluent.

BtB covers roughly 4 years of material in 3 books, so we are using 3/4 of book one for Spanish 1. We use the iBook version and it's lovely, nice audio and visual files embedded, and the few exercises in the book are auto corrected.

Good luck with your decision!
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:56 PM

We used BtB French and it is a nice program but didn't have enough practice. We had to supplement with materials provided by a tutor. I think you could do what you described, start with the Abeka books and then switch to whatever level of BtB you think is appropriate, probably intermediate. I think the main thing is having plenty of resources and putting in the time for a full credit.


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#4 GeoKitty

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:05 PM

(May I interrupt for a moment)..... for BTB if you use the iBook, do you need to purchase the physical books as well, or is everything you need included? Thank you.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:33 AM

We had the book, CDs, tests, and answer keys. Then I got the iBook for convenience. I don't know if the iBook has the tests and answers.


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#6 Juliegmom

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:56 AM

We used BtB French and it is a nice program but didn't have enough practice. We had to supplement with materials provided by a tutor. I think you could do what you described, start with the Abeka books and then switch to whatever level of BtB you think is appropriate, probably intermediate. I think the main thing is having plenty of resources and putting in the time for a full credit.


This is what we decided to do, start with Abeka and then move on to BtB.
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#7 GeoKitty

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:22 AM

CAJinBE. Thank you. We are considering using BTB for French, and really like the price of the ebook. But while DD is studying two other languages, I really was hoping not to have to make such a huge investment. Thanks

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:35 PM

(May I interrupt for a moment)..... for BTB if you use the iBook, do you need to purchase the physical books as well, or is everything you need included? Thank you.

No - all components are embedded and complete in the iBook. Except the test packet - we bought that and it's handy to not have to write up tests.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:35 PM

We had the book, CDs, tests, and answer keys. Then I got the iBook for convenience. I don't know if the iBook has the tests and answers.

it does NOT. You can get them separately for I think $25
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#10 GeoKitty

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 05:17 PM

Thank you, Targhee !
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 11:29 PM

My experience last year with BtB Spanish is like Targhee--the program would not have worked for us without the additional Practice books and a lot of time talking with friends (who were all native Spanish speakers).