Several years back, I bought Barron’s “Mastering Spanish” volume 1, which included a book and 12 audio cassettes. It’s a good program, and I learned a lot from it. I now know that this product is merely a commercial repackaging of the government-funded FSI Spanish Basic Course.
Great news! This course is now in the public domain, and some volunteers have begun the process of making the entire course available for free download.
The Spanish course is available here: (link revised in Feb 2017): http://www.fsi-language-courses.net/fsi-spanish-basic-course/
There are pros and cons, as described by another blogger here: http://www.tobefluent.com/2014/02/07/talk-like-a-diplomat-from-1961-how-i-use-fsi-spanish/
Heh, “Talk like a diplomat from 1961”. 🙂
Still, can’t beat free.