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Berlitz Spanish Vocabulary Study Cards Cards – January 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-9812680754 ISBN-10: 9812680756 Edition: 1 Flc Crds

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Product Details

  • Cards: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Berlitz Publishing; 1 Flc Crds edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812680756
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812680754
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lori Langer de Ramirez began her career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the Director of the World and Classical Language Department and Global Language Initiatives at the Dalton School in New York City.

Lori is the author of Empower English Language Learners with Tools from the Web (Corwin), Take Action: Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom and Voices of Diversity: Stories, Activities and Resources for the Multicultural Classroom (Pearson), as well as several Spanish-language books and texts (Cuéntame: Folklore y Fábulas, 601 Spanish Verbs, and Mi abuela ya no está). She has contributed to many textbooks and written numerous articles about second language pedagogy and methodology. Her interactive website (www.miscositas.com) offers teachers virtual picturebooks, videos, thematic units and other curricular materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish and Thai.

In the past decade, Lori has presented workshops, staff development trainings, and addresses at local, regional and national conferences and in schools throughout the United States (Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C.) and abroad (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Germany, Spain and Thailand). A short list of presentation topics includes:

* Tell me a Story: Folktales for the Language Classroom
* Identity and Multiculturalism: Creating Diversity Awareness,
* Designing Inquiry Curriculum for the World Language Classroom
* From Sprouts to Blossoms: Growing a Chinese Program from the Ground Up
* ¡Música Maestro! - An Interdisciplinary Approach to World Music and Second Languages.
* The Language of Art: A New Paradigm for Teaching World Language and the Arts
* Best Practices in FLES - an Integration of Language, Culture and Content.
* Authentic Assessment and Portfolios for the Language Classroom.
* Raconte-moi l'Afrique - West African Folklore in the French Classroom.
* Virtual Picturebooks - Using Online Stories to Integrate Language, Culture and Content.
* Turning the Tables: Reconfiguring student/teacher roles through technology
* Sharing the Fun - Interdisciplinary Language Units for the Whole School.
* Long and Strong: Foreign Language Sequences - Why, What and How to do it

She is the recipient of the Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, several National Endowment for the Humanities grants for study in Mexico, Colombia and Senegal, and a Fulbright Award to India and Nepal. Her areas of research and curriculum development are multicultural and diversity education, interdisciplinary and content-based language teaching, folktales and authentic materials in the language classroom, and technology in language teaching, with an emphasis on Web 2.0 tools.

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Both piles are still very small.
Guido Kanschat
If you study consistently you will increase your spanish vocabulary with these cards.
Oceanside-CA
The overall size is about the same size as a typical business card.
The Gadgeteer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Trenton on April 1, 2008
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I spent eleven weeks studying spanish in Guatemala and brought these cards along. I was very happy that I did, because both finding vocabulary and then making the actual flashcards is very inconvenient. These flashcards are the perfect size, durable and relevant (most of the words anyway). I highly recommend this product and hope that they make 1000 more vocabulary flashcards, because I've heard it said that if you know 3000 words in any language, you can understand 99.5% of what is being said!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Guido Kanschat on July 16, 2010
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I am a beginner in Spanish, but have a solid background in Latin with some Italian and French. From that perspective, I rate the selection on the cards as very good.

I'm through more than half of them now, after mixing them. I am sorting out the ones that I consider useless and the ones that are obvious, because they are shared by most Western European languages. Both piles are still very small. The choice of words focuses on daily use and they even add some of the basic phrases.

Some synonyms are not distinguished in the translation, so it's better to always keep all translations in mind.

The print quality is good and the cards on about the same paper as business cards. Thus, they are easy to handle, and thin enough to carry a bunch of them around for practicing.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on February 22, 2010
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I'm the kind of person who benefits from rote memorization. Sure I use mnemonic tools and all that stuff, but that just happens naturally in the process of rote memorization (for me at least). Cards are working good for me. I've had Spanish in high school, so I'm not a total beginner. What I did was to first shuffle the cards (they came in alphabetical order) then I made two stacks for obvious words I remembered like "la mesa", "seis" and "tener" and then another stack for words I didn't know. I would say I at least 200 of the words were obvious to me. That gives me a lot of material to work with.

I do wish there were more cards because a lot of material isn't covered. I didn't see words like "hammer" or "helicopter." If berlitz could introduce an intermediate and advanced set of cards, that would be nice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Gadgeteer on July 3, 2010
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This card set is perfect for the beginner and a good refresher for the intermediate Spanish speaker. Words included on the card are definitely current and relevant. You'll find translations for words like "email," and "internet café," just to name a few.

The cards themselves are smaller than what I would've preferred, but they are perfectly sized for travel. The overall size is about the same size as a typical business card.

This set is great. My only recommendation to Berlitz is to come out with intermediate cards and possibly even additional sets of beginner cards to help vary your vocabulary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brenda D. Sens on November 2, 2010
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I find vocabulary cards extremely useful when studying a language. This set seems to have been designed with a specific Berlitz course in mind--not surprising really--but I am a little frustrated by the number of
words I come upon in the book I am using that are not in this set. It is possible that I messed things up when I first opened the box but they do not all seem to be in alphabetical order either and sometimes specific words are difficult to find. Of course no set of cards would include everything. This one has, in addition to single vocabulary words, useful phrases as well. On the whole, I am pleased with my purchase and use it extensively.
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