Behind the Wheel Language CDs

I don’t know about you, but Back-to-School season always gets me thinking about self-improvement. And isn’t learning another language something that we all wish we could do? I know I do.

My husband and I went to Paris a couple of years ago, and let me say that French is totally over my head. I can’t read it, I can’t understand it, and they were not able to understand my feeble attempts at speaking it.

However, in high school and college I did fairly well in Spanish, and when I went to the Dominican Republic with Compassion last fall, I was actually able to communicate a bit with some of the children and the interpreters.

So I requested review copies of French Level 1, and Spanish Level 1 and Level 2 from the Behind the Wheel System, so that I could see how the system worked with a language that I’m totally unfamiliar with, as well as one that I’ve made a bit of headway in speaking and understanding.

After trying to listen to Behind the Wheel French 1, I’ve concluded that learning French is not something that is going to happen in my lifetime. I was still befuddled. But my eleven-year-old daughter Amanda has decided that she’s going to learn French. She said it will be her own special language.

However, Spanish is another story. I took three years of Spanish in high school and four semesters in college. Until fairly recently, I retained a lot of the vocabulary that I learned — and then old age (and/or Mommy Brain) started stealing my brain cells.

Behind the Wheel Spanish has filled in the gaps!

I previewed Level 1 and Level 2, and I think that there’s enough review at the beginning of Level 2, that I probably could have just jumped in with that one. However, Level 1 did not feel overly elementary either.

When my children listened to the Behind the Wheel Spanish 1 with me, they were able to repeat after the instructor and begin to learn the days of the weeks and the months of the year, as well as some phrases with halfway decent pronunciation. Spanish is a bit familiar to them, through Dora and other instruction in school, so that made it easier.

One key feature that surprised me, was that it really felt like a class. The instructor teaches and encourages as if he’s sitting right across the table from you. The fact that a native speaker repeats the phrases adds depth to the lesson, and makes it feel conversant. Pauses of a good length are in the CD to give the learner a chance to repeat the phrases. There is lots of repetition, which is necessary to feel comfortable speaking and understanding a foreign language.

Each CD set comes with a booklet that has information about general pronunciation as well as written reminders of the lessons covered within that level.

Would you like to bone up on a foreign language? I recommend Behind the Wheel. There are currently courses available in

Spanish (Levels 1, 2, and 3)
French (Levels 1 and 2)
German (Level 1)
Italian (Level 1)
Portuguese (Level 1)
Arabic (Level 1)

(There are many levels coming soon, and even some new languages!).

Check out a some behind-the-scenes info about what makes Behind the Wheel a great way to learn a language. Download a sample lesson from your choice of languages.

We have Behind the Wheel Language CD sets to give away to three readers. Just look at the programs that are available now as listed above, and let us know which language and which level you’d like to win.

This is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

This giveaway is part of our 2009 Back To School Giveaway Event. Simply leave a comment on this post to enter (US and Canadian addresses) and, please, be sure to read our Back To School Giveaway rules.

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Contributing Editor: Jennifer Donovan


  1. says

    Spanish would help both my husband and I as we are teachers in an area with many Latinos. It’s not on your list, but I hope one of the new languages will be Mandarin. I’m hopeless at it, but my husband and daughter would love it.

  2. says

    Would love to win the Spanish for myself and the kids! They take Spanish in school and are fascinated by it… the other day I walked into the room to find my 7-year-old son watching PBS in Spanish! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. says

    I would love to have French or Spanish level 1. We went on a mission trip last summer to Mexico and it would have helped us out a lot. We are trying to plan a mission trip to France for next year. Thanks!!

  4. Mary says

    Interesting product. I’m fluent in Spanish and have been trying to teach my sons. However, if I won this giveaway I would pick Portuguese Level 1. My husband speaks Portuguese and it would be nice to pick up some vocabulary to impress him with. 😉

    mfalcon13 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. clemens says

    i was just thinking the other day of new things i would love to learn. and learning a new language was one of them!
    great prize for many.

  6. says

    I took a few years of French in high school, but my daughter has learned some Spanish here and there through programs on TV and whatnot. I would love the Spanish CD’s to keep that learning rolling!

    Thank you!

  7. Vicky H. says

    I see that it’s not available yet, but I would have chosen Japanese.
    As for what’s available, I’d go with Spanish 1.

  8. says

    I’d love to win Spanish Level 3 for my son. He’s in his third year of high school Spanish (and also had it in middle school), but it’s still his toughest class! This program sounds like it would really help his comprehension skills.

  9. Linda Kish says

    I took Spanish in high school 40 years ago and would love to brush up on it. I think i retained enough that level 2 would be good.

  10. Lori Walker says

    i would like to learn German (took a course a while ago but have completely forgotten it…) because we’re planning on visiting Germany next year :)

  11. says

    I had 6 years of spanish in school – I would love a refresher course – level 1 – because most of it is gone from my mind. (I know you actually have to use it to remember it!) I would also love my daughter to learn it, too! thanks

  12. cris says

    I’d love level 2 french; I think the entire family could use a refresher since we’ve been back in the states for so long now.

  13. Abby says

    This would be fabulous! We live in a largely Hispanic community and we would love to be able to learn their language!

  14. Angela Winesburg says

    I would love to try the Spanish version, I have found myself on many occasions calling an interpreter in my line of work and I much rather be able to understand what they are saying.

  15. says

    Between high school and college, I’ve studied Spanish, French, Italian and German. I also had a few informal study sessions in Portuguese with a fellow student originally from Brazil. I can still pronounce the languages pretty well, if you put the words in front of me, but I can’t really speak anything anymore. Because I was born in Spain and because of the prevalence of Hispanic language in our culture today, I’d like to try Spanish Level 1, just to try to pick back up some of what I’ve lost.

  16. Dorothy Ellison says

    Tried French in High School; then I tried spanich on my own; could not master either. Would love to try another language; maybe Italian, arabic, or portuguese.

  17. Donna Hunt says

    This would be so helpful! My son is taking French in school and it’s been a long time since I learned the language–I can’t always help him when he has questions at home. Thank you for the contest!


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