The world's best Spanish course just got better! Don Casteel, fluent in several languages and a former Foreign Service Officer, is well trained in the FSI method, and has completely revised and improved "the course that works." This 2002 Edition has improved audio with both male and female voices and over 200 illustrations with factoids, and the content is more contemporary than ever. This new version has retained the same grammatical and language content that has made this the most widely sold course on the language market. This basic Spanish Course is designed for people who need to learn a language completely and quickly. It is a five level course that once completed will enable you to understand spoken and written Spanish. It will also allow you to actively engage in conversations with an abundant vocabulary of several thousand words. Level Two of the Platiquemos FSI Basic Spanish Course contains 8 CDs and one book
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Don Casteel spent over twenty years in the Foreign Service of the United States, retiring with the rank of Consul General. Raised in a totally monolingual environment in Wyoming, Don achieved during his career full professional proficiency in five languages, including Spanish, as tested by the State Department’s Foreign Service institute. He spent much of his career in Latin America, and is a graduate of the Foreign Service Institute in Finnish and German (as well as Spanish). He also served as Deputy Director of Professional Development at the Foreign Service Institute. His experience in Latin America includes tours of duty at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as at the American Consulates in Monterrey, Mexico and Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he held the office of Consul General. He also served as Director of Counter-terrorism programs for the whole U.S. Government, with responsibility for all of Latin America. Don has tried to bring both his language learning experience and his experience with the Latin culture to both Platiquemos’s students and those who use reference works (such as Ensenemos). Among his innovations are using authentic historic illustrations to give a cultural and historical flavor to Platiquemos’s works. He considers his work with Platiquemos as a continuation of a lifetime of public service.
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