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Spanish in Your Face!: The Only Book to Match 1,001 Smiles, Frowns, Laugh, and Gestures so You Learn to Live the Language Paperback – November 7, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0071432979 ISBN-10: 0071432973 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071432973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071432979
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Luc Nisset is an experienced illustrator and materials developer, with experience working with advertising agencies, and the French, African, Dominican, Haitian and US governments, producing health educational brochures and booklets. He has self-published "le Clin d'Oeil de France," a French-language mazagine, and has also specialized in illustrating idiomatic language books, including: 101 Spanish Idioms, 101 French Idioms, 101 Spanish Riddles, Streetwise French Dictionary/Thesaurus, Streetwise Italian, The Big Red Book of Spanish Slang (2005).

Mary McVey Gill is an experienced author of Spanish and ESL textbooks and language-learning materials. She is co-author of The Red Hot Book of Spanish Slang and Streetwise Spanish Dictionary/Thesaurus.


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This book is suitable for both beginners and more advanced students.
Osito girl
There is also an index, but no exhaustive glossary at all, which would be nice for my students.
Senora Gose
If you are just looking to find a word that fits the occasion, this is great.
C. Petersen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Senora Gose VINE VOICE on January 31, 2008
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This is neat! Do not mistake it for a text or curriculum to actually learn the Spanish language. However, as a supplement, it is a really neat way to increase your vocabulary, as well as learn idioms, phrases, and countless ways to express yourself. My Spanish 2 students enjoyed passing this around in class while they were working on a recent story project. To describe characters, or yourself, this is a GREAT resource.

However, even my Spanish 2 students were a little hesitant with pronunciation, and I do wish that more books would include phonetic pronunciation - just to enhance the reader's confidence in using the phrases.

The book includes topics via an OPPOSITES section - so you can describe two opposite feelings on pages that face one another. Very handy! The other section is for personality types. Both sections contain synonyms and phrases that are helpful and interesting and definitely NOT found in the average Spanish text.

There is also an index, but no exhaustive glossary at all, which would be nice for my students.
I would say the age range for this book would be 12 year olds and up. The pictures are really nice additions that made us all laugh out loud at times.

I recommend this book for Spanish I and II students (or self-study) for a fresh look at ways to express yourself and use your language effectively. I'm happy to have it in my library!
Sra. Gose
Author of Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 1 & Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 2
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ignacio M. Cariaga on June 15, 2009
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Of all the many books published in the last few years promising to improve your expertise in speaking Spanish, this is by far one of the best that I have seen. Not only is it fun and wonderfully illustrated with both drawings and colorful phrases, but it certainly surpasses what it claims to do: "to match 1,001 smiles, frowns, and gestures to Spanish expressions" to learn the language. Divided into three general sections: Character and Personality; Moods, Emotions, and Attitudes; and Appearance and Gestures, the amount and types of vocabulary and model sentences given are simply varied, useful, thorough, and practical for improving one's informal spoken skills in this growingly important language. Geared for those beyond the high school level, this book will provide you with hundreds of hours of fun in learning and mastering a huge number of everyday vocabulary and commonly used phrases for use in informal, social situations. Extremely indispensable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. EBERT on January 12, 2010
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Some of the text is fuzzy and hard to read in low light. With that being said, I like this book for it's unique way of presenting colloquial phrases of interpersonal expressions. I like that it also gives literal definitions of the Spanish phrases. This book presents a lot of information that I have not seen in other computer software or language learning books for Spanish. It is a fun supplement to learning!
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I am not a native Spanish speaker but a lifetime Spanish learner and this book is both helpful and funny. I feel if I can learn a few dozen of these idioms I can add an aspect to my spoken spanish that is missing. It's well worth the money! I love the literal translations of the idioms as well!
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