Excerpt from Harmonic Method for Learning Spanish
Although very original in method and development, it is not the product of mere theories, but the result of a labor conscientiously directed for many years, and of a purpose perfectly sure of its object.
The instrumen... t which Dr. Baralt wishes now to place in the hands of his fellow-teachers, has been used by himself with undeniable success in his own classes. There is no reason why it should not always produce the same results, if employed with the same skill.
Dr. Baralt has obeyed, above all, the great pedagogical precept to make interesting the matter that is studied, and this in a subject which has always seemed so dry as the teaching of a language. With this object in view, he has wished, as it were, to make his pupils lose all fear. He places them, from the start, face to face with the unknown quantity which the new language is to them, and he shows that they may familiarize themselves with it from the very first words.
Dr. Baralt has admirably known how to take advantage of the resources afforded him by the 'english language, in order to overcome this no small difficulty.
The Norman conquest grafted in the robust trunk of the Germanic tongue, spoken at the time in England.
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