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Old book, but a GREAT BOOK!,
This review is from: Spanish for Beginners (Spanish Edition) (Paperback)
I have been taking Spanish for two semesters at a local community college and had to purchase two "one hundred dollar" books. (Actually $150 each with workbooks!) Those were good to follow along with the instructors, are only good with help, but that is where this book comes in!
Yes, it is old but I have found this book to be the best resource I have. This book actually explains the Spanish language to you rather than just drills or by clumsy illustrations. (In fact, this book has no pictures or drawings!)
One thing I really like about the book is the emphases on idioms. The Spanish language does not translate directly to English and vice versa (of course!). So this book has explained to me many phrases I have come across in my readings which did not make sense to me before.
The only thing I do not really like about the book is the "reading selections". Yes, they are interesting...but they are extremely technical; using words which most people wouldn't even run into the English or Spanish languages. But then again, maybe I'm just whining. Once again, the book was written in 1958, maybe our reading abilities have declined. Or is that just me?
I have completed reading 75% of the book and once I am finished I plan on reading it again to try and soak as much of the knowledge into my thick skull.
Great book, buy it! Beware, it is not easy reading and you need to be motivated to make it through.
Now, judging from my writing ability the next book I will need is an English 101 book!