- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 3 edition (May 26, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486280861
- ISBN-13: 978-0486280868
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 383 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Easy Spanish Phrase Book: Over 770 Basic Phrases for Everyday Use (Dover Easy Phrase) Paperback – May 26, 1994
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My 11-year-old grandson, for whom I bought this book, usually greets me now with several phrases that he has learned from it. This book has been a significant catalyst in his learning the basic, everyday phrases. No doubt he'll be a better conversationalist when he encounters his Spanish-speaking friends and relatives.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're looking for a simple, easy method of learning basic lines that will allow you to converse in Spanish on an elementary level, this book will be of great help. It certainly was for my grandson.
- cheapest phrasebook as of 2013 done by an established publisher
- it has transliterations with stress (I wouldn't expect otherwise from a phrasebook though)
- written in 1994 and it shows. How about sending a telegram in Spanish ? Not sure what it is ?
Then read on this book - it will explain how to send a telegram, buy a reel for your camera ,there is no such thing called Internet, you get the idea...
- At the end there is an index, I guess, or hope... maybe in the printed edition, but in Kindle one there is an index that does nothing but lists all the words/phrases without linking back to their meaning.
So why, you may ask, 4 stars? The price (2$)actually won, but again - I am not using it to prepare for a trip, just learning Spanish.
The original publish date for this was 1959 and it really shows. I don't imagine anything in it has been changed since then.
- The 'Sending a Telegram' section.
- The way that every so often, the layout swaps from being English-first (in bold) Spanish-second, to the exact opposite for no apparent reason.
- Phrases such as 'Please forward my mail to American Express in Valparaíso', 'Where is the smoking carriage?', and 'Is there an English-speaking priest?'.
- The entire restaurant portion, where the response to 'Would you like something before your dinner?' is the *single* phrase 'Yes. One vermouth cassis, one glass of sherry, and a bottle of white wine'.
- The places where the book reads more like a script than a phrase-book. E.g. The following is considered *one* phrase: 'One chocolate ice cream. One raspberry tart. A cup of black coffee. Tea with milk. And waiter, please bring me another spoon. This one isn't clean.' It isn't even grammatically correct!
If you're a go-getter with tons of money and a time machine, I recommend this. Otherwise, avoid.
potatas al homo.
pah-TAH-tahss ahl OR-no.
I pity the poor tourist who asks the wrong waiter for potatas al homo.
On the pronunciation line it says OR-no, so the original text must have had horno, which is the correct word. Probably the text was scanned and converted to text via OCR and h-o-r-n-o got read as h-o-m-o. A proofreader should have caught this.
This is only one of numerous errors. Also some of the Spanish seems antiquated to me, but that may be due to regional differences.