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Necessary above the intermediate level.,
This review is from: 1001 Pitfalls in Spanish (Paperback)
First you learn basic Spanish, then you master this book. Unlike the French and German entries in this series you MUST know The Spanish information here presented in order to speak the language well.
I say this as a student of Spanish for sixteen years, an alumnus of the Universidad de Madrid, and as a Spanish teacher on the university level for nine years. A fallacy pervades the United States that Spanish is an easy language that can be mastered by "listening to some tapes." This is one reason that Americans speak the language notoriously badly, with their klunky pronunciation and poor word usage. This book can help prevent your becoming "un americano feo," an "ugly American."
Remember the motto of the Spanish Academy: Limpio, Fijo, y Da Esplendor. When used skilfully, the language radiates splendor and beauty; when used poorly ... well, let's not dwell on that.
Buy the book, study it, enjoy one of the world's great cultured languages.