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Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Vocabulary (Practice Makes Perfect Series) Paperback – May 17, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0071458061 ISBN-10: 0071458069 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Practice Makes Perfect Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071458069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071458061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dorothy Devney Richmond is an experienced teacher of Spanish and successful author of Spanish language-learning books.


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Dorothy Richmond is an experienced teacher of Spanish and the bestselling author of Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses.

Customer Reviews

This books is great for beginners.
JS1018
Overall I find this book very helpful and I'm making good progress.
D. E. Youngblood
I'm learning a LOT and it's FUN, too!
P. Eisenman

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By P. Eisenman VINE VOICE on July 26, 2007
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Speaking as somebody who is teaching themselves Spanish, I'd have to say that this book does what it claims and DOES IT WELL! USEFUL, ENTERTAINING, EASY TO USE and YOU LEARN VOCABULARY. Better than a dictionary and a whole LOT MORE FUN!

I also own the PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT VERBS, the PRONOUNS & PREPOSITIONS volume AND the COMPLETE SPANISH GRAMMER books in the series. Personally, I think this book is an excellant companion book and fits in well with the series. True, it doesn't have the LONG translation excercises, but it does contain LONG reading segments in Spanish which is, in my opinion, the best way to learn VOCABULARY! Believe me, YOU LEARN VOCABULARY when you read this book. I know today's "educators" frown upon rote learning and "memorizing", but, quite frankly, if you don't memorize anything, how much can you really know??? The reading excercises make your brain work on recalling the words from MEMORY. Sure, there's not a lot of long excercises which require you to write, but there ARE LOTS OF PRACTICE EXCERCISES.

I found the book to be FUN and ENJOYABLE. I'm learning a LOT and it's FUN, too! Unlike the Verb book, you can skip around from unit to unit. Read a unit while you're eating lunch or riding on the bus. Short sentence and phrase translations, fill-in-the-word, and true and false excercises mean you can do many of the exercises IN YOUR HEAD without the need for pencil and paper. Subject grouped word lists followed by reading excercises, short translations and T/F quizes makes your brain retain the words. And to achieve even a conversational level in any language, who would disagree that one must fill their memory with words??? You can read, study and use this book anywhere and anytime you have five free minutes.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Michelena on September 11, 2008
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This book is excellent. I have gone thru it from A to Z and find virtually no faults with it. There are well over 10,000 words presented, and they are words that are commonly used in every day language. There are plenty of exercises to test your learning abilities. Also there are short stories using the words you have just learned and some you have learned in previous sections. For example, after presenting some legal terms, the author presents a discussion of the "Trial of the Century" - a discussion of the O.J. Simpson trial using some of the legal words you just learned. She discusses weights and measures, then gets into a discussion (in spanish of course) on the history and how make a Harvey Wallbanger. The book is full of many catagories of words and followed up with exercises and stories. She does not try to overwhelm you with spanish grammer, as the entire book concentrates on vocabulary and not verb tenses/grammer, and she does this by keeping the whole book in the Present Tense. Even though many of the stories happened in the past, she keeps them simple by writing them in the present, but concentrating on the words just covered. This way you concentrate on vocabluary and not so much on grammer. Over 10,000 words is a lot to learn, but she presents them is such a way that retention is enhanced. Give it a try, its a great book!!
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By E.Z. on June 13, 2007
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I've just got this book and it is a good compilation of wordlists and some grammar rules but the main reason why I bought it is "Practice Makes Perfect" and this book doesn't belong to this series. I have "Verbs" and "Pronouns and prepositions" from this series and both of them have a lot of exercises and this one doesn't - just a few simple ones per each chapter. Like a regular grammar book and I have quite a few already.
This book has a lot of very useful material and if you are not looking for extensive language building exercises you will find this book useful, otherwise - look elsewhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on November 20, 2007
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This product is great for use in expanding the learner's vocabulary. I am a non native speaker of Spanish taking courses in college to become a Spanish teacher. This book, as well as the other in the series, are simple easy to use, and even interesting. I use this book in my classrooms to supplement the text and to give extra help in the present tense. I only gave it four stars because this book assumes that the learner has some knowledge of the Spanish language. While this book is great for the late beginner and intermediate learners true beginners will have a harder time with this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JS1018 on February 9, 2009
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This books is great for beginners. Even if you have never studied Spanish before this books works well. I have been trying to learn Spanish for about a year but could never quite construct sentences. This book has helped me go from just knowing words to actually reading and speaking in sentences. It is such a relief to know that it is possible to learn Spanish and that it's not just me.

Some of the great features of this book are: reading passages, vocab lists, and various exercises that focus on translation. The way that the book is constructed works well because it starts at the most simple of nouns and broadens out by including pronouns and verbs.

In addition, this book offers a vast amount of vocabulary which I will probably never use but I think would be an advantage for those who already speak Spanish and want to learn new vocabulary.

So if you're like me and have a hard time getting off the ground, this book is definitely what you need.
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