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Vistas: Introduccion a la Lengua Espa~nola (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Vista Higher Learning; instructor's anointed edition
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1931100012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931100014
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,592,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book was for a beginning college Spanish class, required.
Mosaicdog
To use this book you need an online code that costs 50.00, if you buy used you don't get the code.
J.R.
I recommend this book for anybody that really wants to learn spanish the proper way.
Malik Hazley

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330 of 346 people found the following review helpful By Derek Husband on January 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was trying to be smart about my book buying, which I generally do very well for myself. However with this book and its publisher there is a very big problem. This book is designed so that you have to buy it new! Save for the fact you want to read it for entertainment or leisure purposes. They do this by having the student (assuming of course anyone who buys this textbook is a student), require not only a pass code, but also a work manual, DVD, and a pocketbook dictionary. Which by now you may have guessed most of which is usable only once! If you are to Google the Vista site directly you can find the items that come packaged new separately. But by the time you add it together you were better off just buying it new from the college bookstore or the vhldirect site! So save yourself time,headaches,and money and do not buy this textbook used , unless you just want something to read for leisure. I hope this helps!
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131 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Robert Farris on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Do we really need a "revised" book for introductory Spanish every year? What are the revolutionary changes that are happening in the language that require American high school/college kids to take notice? Last time I checked, the past and future tense aren't being changed often.

Additionally, does the 200 dollar price tag justify a group of generally ridiculous on-line exercises? And here, I thought the technological advertising gimmick of a CD+Website had died in the late 90s, after it was proven utterly worthless.

This book is bought on the back of poor students for around 200 dollars, and is obsolete as soon as the purchase is completed. I will be recouping about 10% of the original purchase price, which only highlights the massive profit that the publisher must make from pillaging student's savings accounts.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By OneEpicMuffin on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Its a good book but if your teacher doesn't require the book in class but assigns work online only buy the access code and vice versa. The book and the website are the exact same. You can buy the code from vhldirect.com $50 for the supersite and $25 for websam. VHL and Pearson labs are the biggest scams going on in colleges. Find out what books are required before you go to class so you're not caught off guard.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Larisa Thomason on January 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Section 133 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act took effect in July, 2010. It requires textbook publishers to offer "unbundled" copies of textbooks and supplemental material.

You can buy a used copy of a VHL textbook here at Amazon and then go to the Web site store (VHLDirect.com) and purchase the access codes, lab manuals, separately.

For example, if you find a used copy for $10 you can buy supersite access for $55 and spend just $65 instead of $139.

This is true for ANY bundled textbooks - like those bundled MyMathLab books. You can buy/rent/borrow the textbook and purchase standalone access to the site if your instructor requires it.

Also under Section 133, your college bookstore is REQUIRED to share the ISBN codes for assigned textbooks when you sign up for the class. You can quickly check to see that one section's instructor requires a $200 bundle and another section only requires a $58 textbook.

All students should use this information to push back on usurious textbook prices and bundles.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J.R. on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Don't buy this book used. To use this book you need an online code that costs 50.00, if you buy used you don't get the code. It's a total rip off. Book basically refers you to the webpage for instructions and class lessons, book is waste of time. Teachers that assign this book are sadistic.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Matt_Hernandez on January 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If I knew how worthless this book was I would have taken a different class.
Last semester I took Spanish 111 and the teacher really hyped up this book, and their online system. Its horrible to navigate.
The book doesn't help a Spanish student at all. I'm a Cuban/ American and I've read plenty of books in Spanish and the way this book teaches grammer and even some of the simplest concepts are confusing. This book was meant to teach anything useful but instead to make the reader run around in circles.
I tried getting used to the book I even bought the Vtext too, but it requires flash and I run a Mac so I needed to run Parallels just for the Vtext.
If you're buying this book to learn Spanish without taking a college course you're better off buying a Spanish-English dictionary and learning word buy word.
Please don't make my mistake and buy this book, thinking that since it comes with neat online features it makes up for how horrible it is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely horrible. Every page is so noisy you will get lost trying to find what it is they are actually trying to teach you. So much color, varied fonts, sizes of text, pictures, context boxes, no order whatsoever, will hurt your eyes. You will find that you will want to look for other books that just give you what you need to know while skipping the crap. The book has to be purchased with codes - or you are out of luck as the entire course at most Universities is given online. Numerous errors in the online materials will serve to drive you insane - and of course you can report it all you want, it won't help your grade, but it will slow down your entire Spanish class. Zero answers in the back of the book which means you will NEVER get a chance to see what the proper form looks like. In other words zero feedback. Isn't that nice?

This book is widely used as it comes from a big publishing house and you know what that means - lots of kickbacks to school bookstores. I did not buy from amazon so the whole thing including the two codes package was about $260 bucks. Be VERY aware the book you see here will not come with the codes you need - unless it specifically says it does! Look carefully. I only use this book as I have to. You too, if you are required to buy this book will have to buy it - but make sure you go to the publishers website and factor in the cost of buying codes separately.

This publisher has a new edition quite often as you can see - cool huh? They love that student aid/loan money. They rake every dime from the student - that is what these publishers do. They believe that it is better for them to have a new yacht then for students to eat - that's the beauty of being an oligarchic monster. Buy it but only because you have to - but remember the codes - you are dead in the water without them!!!!!
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