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Spanish Now! Level 1 Paperback – October 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764129339 ISBN-10: 0764129333 Edition: 7th
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"Spanish Now! uses puzzles, illustrations, and cartoons to make learning fun and engaging, while infusing lessons with Hispanic culture. Spanish Now! is a strong series for either independent Spanish students or classes."


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Product Details

  • Series: Spanish Now
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 7 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764129333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764129339
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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133 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Redgecko on May 26, 2006
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One has to wonder if the other reviewers either didn't actually use this book or if they work for Barron's because this book is a very sloppy effort and should be an embarrassment to Barron's, especially the chief editor, Nathan Quinones. To begin with, anyone using previous editions of this book will notice that almost all of the errors remain in the book. Misspelling, misplaced accents, they're all still exactly where they were in previous editions of this book.

The CDs are especially a disappointment. Only 14 of the 31 chapters are recorded and do not have the conversational exercises in Part Four (the CD's are far from being filled to their 80 minute capacity). The story introductions are not recorded on the CDs, just the story dialogues, and Lesson 3 was omitted altogether. Additionally, the stories are not translated in the answer portion of the manual which significantly reduces the value of this book for self-study.

Nevertheless, with a good classroom instructor to guide the student through this book's many landmines, it can serve as a decent introduction to Spanish but lacks the perfection necessary to serve as a self-study book.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Roach on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great textbook for classroom use. I use this book for teaching small adult classes and have found it to be very helpful. This new edition has the added benefit of having the teacher's manual included.

!!!THIS TEXTBOOK SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR TEACHING YOURSELF!!!

This book is designed for someone who has a firm grasp on the language and is either going to teach, be in an insructed class, or is needing a basic review.

If you are looking for a book that is suited for self-instruction, then I recommend "Spanish the Easy Way" (ISBN: 0764119745) by the same publisher. This is essentially the same book but it is presented in a simpler, easier to understand method.

This book deserves 6 stars!!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Sorensen on March 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been using this book and find the format helpful. However, I have come across numerous errors/typos, which can be confusing for a beginning language student. Additionally, the CDs included with the book do not match the lessons. It is almost as if the CDs were made for an earlier edition and never updated.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Senora Gose VINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
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I have used this text for ages 12 through college aged students to fulfill State Requirements for Spanish One through Spanish "one and a half" - it really goes beyond just Spanish One.

The best thing is that each lesson is begun with a story and picture. Many of them are short skits or plays, and so engage the student in a way that other Spanish textbooks do not. The grammar lessons and exercises are well put-together, though may require a teacher to help truly explain the more detailed points. If you're worried about pronunciation, there is a CD or tape set, I believe, but I have never used it.

There are vocabulary exercises in the back as well as Culture Units. A VERY thorough book, WELL worth the money in a textbook and workbook combination. I love books that are designed to be written in!

For the younger child, this is too advanced and moves too quickly - there are between 30 and 50 words per lesson to memorize.

Sra. Gose
Author of Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 1 & Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 2
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By V. Krishnan on June 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book before leaving to spend a year in Latin America. I wanted to hit the ground running with my Spanish, so I did many of the exercises before leaving.

The good: For twenty bucks, you get nearly 500 pages worth of study material. There is a good mix of rules explanations, reading passages, pictures, puzzles, and lots and lots of drills. The latter can get mind numbing but in the end is necessary to absorb the stuff. I found that if you plow the material diligently, and combine this book with a good, cheap spanish learning audio CD (like living language), you can really get a lot for your money.The version (though it was the seventh edition) I bought did not have its own audio CD, so I cannot speak to it.

The negatives: I agree with the poster who called the editing of the book sloppy. There is an irritating lack of attention-to-detail, including typos, sentence drills on phrases, though grammatically correct, would never be said by any real person. Worst of all, some words are introduced in questions before they are ever covered in the material!!! It seems like no one ever gave this book a thorough, cover to cover read for continuity and flow.

Even with all of these negatives, I am happy with the purchase. It really has allowed to me to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. It is a good value purchase, but not without its flaws.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jane H. McGarity on January 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been using this book but because I am not fluent in Spanish and the book has so many mistakes in spelling, grammar, etc. it is not appropriate for those who don't have a basic comprehension of the new language. I find the book to be very disappointing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Amos on July 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
During the last three months, two friends and I committed to studying Spanish together. Maryanne was taking a class, which used this book, so Debbie and I bought the same book so we could study together.

Debbie had four years of Spanish in high school. I had years of French and one year of Spanish in college. Maryanne had never studied a foreign language.

After several weeks, we all agreed that this text was confusing, didn't build on what we had already covered, was a bad reference because we could not easily find information we knew was in the book, and generally made it harder to master Spanish. It did expose us to alot of vocabulary, but we felt thrown into the swimming pool instead of learning to kick and stroke.

After Maryanne completed her class, we started over with this book (since we'd all paid for it), and pretty much rewrote it in a more organized fashion.
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