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Colloquial Spanish: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) Paperback – September 18, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0415462006 ISBN-10: 0415462002 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Colloquial Series
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (September 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415462002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415462006
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Untza Sale has been a Spanish lecturer at FCO Language Group since 1992. She has taught a large number of students posted to Spain and Latin America on a one to one basis and has also run many courses from intensive to pre-exam courses. She studied Modern Iberian and Latin American Studies at UCL and did an MA in the teaching of Modern Languages at the Institute of Education. She is also a specialist in testing and has worked for Language Testing Associates since 1991.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Colloquial Spanish is well organized and understandable to the beginner, as well as challenging to the advanced learner. Please don't expect to learn Spanish in a week or even two. You must study, study, and this book with tape set can help. I would not recommend purchasing only the book. The tapes that corresspond are a vital addition. The only drawback I can see, is this...there is an abundance of information that is not included on the tapes. It would be helpful to have more practice listening to a native speaker on additional tapes. Putting this aside, I would recommend Colloquil Spanish to anyone who desires to study Spanish. Ustedes un buen dia!!! Chao!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By perekladach on November 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this originally because there is a surprisingly limited amount of material available for learning Spanish as it is spoken in its original home. Almost all of the Spanish material I had used treats the language as it is spoken in the Western Hemisphere, so this filled something of a gap. By practicing with the audio portion of the course it is certainly possible to get a good feel for the sounds of Continental Spanish. I didn't expect to learn a lot of vocabulary I didn't know, so I can't knock the course for that, but the usual irritations that come with these Routledge courses are out in force here- lots of words used in the dialogues and exercises that aren't in either the vocabularies or the glossary and a few that I couldn't even find in my excellent and well-thumbed dictionary. So three stars is as high as I'm willing to go, but for someone wanting to learn Spain Spanish rather than Latin American Spanish this isn't a bad thing to have.
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I have submitted this review in two parts. The first part covers Routledge Colloquial Spanish. The second part offers suggestions for follow-up study.


Be aware that the Routledge Colloquial language series COURSE BOOK and 2 CDs are often SOLD SEPARATELY. This is often not clear on Amazon. Since the separate components are of little value on their own, be sure that you know exactly what you're buying and order both components. You can also order the complete "package" directly from Routledge via their website. I purchased my own copy at a local bookstore.

Generally speaking, the Routledge Colloquial courses provide a very BASIC introduction to a given language. The scope is limited to helping English-speaking travellers to a foreign land express their immediate needs in typical situations: greetings, introductions, arranging for accommodations, ordering in cafés and restaurants, requesting taxis and sight-seeing tours, renting a car, handling minor emergencies, and so on. While you will acquire a basic vocabulary of approximately 1,300 words as well as an understanding of how the language is structured, you will NOT achieve a conversational level of language skill with courses of this nature. Once "over there", chances are that you will experience considerable difficulty in understanding native speakers (they speak quickly, have accents, drop syllables, use colloquialisms, and deploy vastly more vocabulary than can be covered in a basic course).
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