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Basic Spanish
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Spanish Verb Tenses

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Complete Spanish Grammar

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Spanish Vocabulary
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Author
Dorothy Richmond
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Gilda Nissenberg
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Description
300 workbook exercises to sharpen your Spanish skills
200 workbook exercises and free online audio content at Audiostudyplayer.com
350 workbook exercises and free online audio content at Audiostudyplayer.com
250 workbook exercises and free online audio content at Audiostudyplayer.com
About the Author
Dorothy Richmond is an experienced Spanish teacher and best-selling author of language-instruction materials.
Dorothy Richmond is an experienced Spanish teacher and best-selling author of language-instruction materials. Gilda Nissenberg is a Ph.D. and experienced educator based in Miami, FL.
Dorothy Richmond is an experienced Spanish teacher and best-selling author of language-instruction materials.

About the Author

Gilda Nissenberg Ph.D., is an experienced educator and faculty trainer. She authors curriculum for intermediate and beginning Spanish high school courses for Miami-Dade Public Schools, the Southern Region College Board (GA), and the New York College Board.
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Product Details

  • Series: Practice Makes Perfect Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (May 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071763430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071763431
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By JackOfMostTrades on January 23, 2012
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I'm a Spanish tutor, and I find Gilda Nissenberg's Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar the most user-friendly book of its type I've ever come across. The author has an uncanny ability to understand how an English speaker might get confused over Spanish grammatical structures, and explains very clearly how to avoid this `first language' influence and how to think in Spanish so that the structures, i.e., subjunctive, pronoun structure, conjunctions, clauses, make sense when one abandons what makes grammatical sense in English. The definitions and explanations are clear so that even grammatical terms that most native Spanish speakers would never use or need to learn become helpful in studying rather than confusing. There are lots of people that have reviewed this book to comment on its errors. Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, after Mandarin and English, and given it's spoken in more countries than any other language, people will disagree on `correctness.'

This author does an excellent job covering nearly imaginable topic in Spanish from present tense verbs to double object pronouns. Indeed, this book is more than just a workbook. It is a comprehensive guide for students of every level learning how to speak Spanish. The student will appreciate the fact that the book teaches practical Spanish as it is spoken today, providing concise but thorough down-to-earth, easy-to-comprehend explanations that enable the learner to comprehend the most difficult areas of Spanish grammar.
This work book is filled with exercises in different formats for different learning styles. It also has thematic vocabulary panels for more natural learning. After this book, you should progress with Escribe y Repasa, which is much more challenging--providing more complex structures and readings in Spanish as well as dialects such as stories with gaucho slang, Catalan, among others.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David W. Rogers on August 20, 2012
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I am rating this book 4 out of 5 stars because the book itself is superb, yet it is useless in its current Kindle format.

This is a great grammar book . I moved to Argentina knowing only "si" and "no" in Spanish but I took this grammar with me and was able to learn Spanish using just it and a tutor who used it as a guide. Covering the range of conjugations -- verbs being as important to the language as vocabulary -- it is laid out in such a way that the raw beginner can use it as a basic workbook and can progress to more sophisticated usage along the way, while the book itself remains useful forever for reference and review.

I am therefore dismayed that the Kindle version has a serious glitch: the examples, crucial to this book, remain in a tiny font and cannot be enlarged. This puts my stand-by, favorite Spanish grammar book out of reach to me and any Kindle user whose vision requires the slightest magnification of the letters. I am unable to read the examples even with a magnifying glass, which should not be necessary anyway with the marvelous Kindle technology. In other words, the publisher of this and other Practice Makes Perfect books (I have two others in my Kindle with the same problem) must redesign the Kindle version to make the examples subject to the same rules of magnification, or at least make their font size as large as the main text. Or else it remains useless.

I use my Kindle a lot, largely because of its ability to magnify the text as well as its other amazing conveniences, and was looking forward to carrying in the one place all my beloved Practise Makes Perfect Spanish language aides, but alas must go to the bookstore and purchase these excellent works in paperback. Let us hope that all such McGraw Hill publications are soon modified for effective use on the Kindle -- they deserve it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lilcreative on March 10, 2014
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I've been disappointed in other grammar books, but this one makes everything so clear and precise! It is, by far, the best Spanish grammar book I've seen.

I see another reviewer said that if you don't understand the terms in English grammar, you won't be able to follow along. While I know my English grammar pretty well, I still feel they do a great job explaining things in here. I will give an example:

Lesson 1:

To conjugate a verb in the present tense or in any other tense, you will need the root of a verb and the particular ending that expresses information about the action you wish to communicate. You will find the root (or radical) of the verb in its infinitive form. It is easy to spot an infinitive in English because it is preceded by the word to: to shop, to learn, to receive, etc. Infinitives in Spanish are not preceded by a particular word but can be recognized by one of three endings: -ar, -er, or -ir. The infinitive endings are attached to the root of the verb: habl + ar, beb + er, decid + ir. ...

As you can see, it tells you what has to be done, then tells you quite clearly HOW to spot an infinitive in English. Subsequently, I found it strange to see other reviewers complaining that if you don't understand it in English, you won't know how to find it here. I find the book to be incredibly useful.

To study Spanish I'm using several systems: Instant Immersion software + Fluencia online. Last night I added in memrise to assist with vocabulary memorization ( a great free website). I felt compelled to find a useful grammar workbook because these approaches don't teach grammar at the beginning, and I was feeling a bit confused. I know they plan to teach grammar later, but as a writer by trade, I wanted to understand the grammar structure sooner, rather than later. This book is entirely useful in that respect, and I can say I'm utterly thrilled with it.
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