- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 5 edition (September 19, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072492937
- ISBN-13: 978-0072492934
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,974,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dos mundos (Student edition ) 5th Edition
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Tracy D. Terrell (late) received his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and published extensively in the area of Spanish dialectology. Professor Terrell’s publications on second-language acquisition are widely known in the United States and abroad.
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The other beauty of the book is that it creates the closest thing to language immerson that you can get out of a book. There are many articles from Spanish-speakers, written in very natural Spanish.
As for the person upset about the Mexican Spanish, I can't say that I agree with you. I was pleasantly surprised because the book actually has samplings of the language from all over the Spanish world. But in order to avoid confusion (which would make sense), they stuck to one main form of Spanish - Spain Spanish.
I recommend this book for ANYONE - teacher and students (from beginner level write up to the advanced learner)
This book is full of errors - typos, missing text and using words that haven't been taught yet. It goes on and on. This may be understandable for a 1st edition, but I'm referring to the 5th edition!
They also use a hard-to-read font (small and artsy-fartsy) on their illustrations. So when you see foreign words you can't tell if the word is Lan or Ian. That may seem picky, but when you're paying $200 for the book and workbooks, I expect better.
They also have CD's (they don't include videos for some reason), but it is painfully obvious that the CD's were produced for the ease of manufacturing, not teaching. If you plan on using these CD's while going through a chapter, you will find yourself constantly changing between 3 different CD's - because they don't layout the CD's according to the chapter. One part will be for cultural parts of the chapter, another for the vocabulary and another for the workbook exercises.
It did awake me to the different between Textbooks and what I'll call Free Market books. Textbooks, at least this one, doesn't have a reference section - putting all the numbers together, colors, etc.
Just look at the editorial description (above). It really says it all..."Dos mundos is designed so that class time can be devoted to exposing students to Spanish through the abundant activities and readings in the text, allowing the grammar explanations and exercises to be studied outside of class."
In other words, if you want to learn grammar and have it explained, don't use this book. Study it "outside of class." Why am I taking this class?