- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Lingua Sacra Publishing (December 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984343210
- ISBN-13: 978-0984343218
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,620,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Next Stop: Spanish Paperback – December 23, 2009
About the Author
Keith Massey, is a former Arabic linguist with the National Security Agency. He is the author of Intermediate Arabic for Dummies. He is currently a language instructor.
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The story follows the protagonist John Valquist and his uncle Andrew, a language expert and secret spy, as they take an adventure overseas so that John can learn Spanish. Their vacation is cut short when a group of thieves attempt to kill Andrew because of his language expertise. This leads them on a race to find a treasure before the thieves get it first. They visit different Spanish-speaking cities, solve complicated riddles, and practice the language a little at a time. The dialogue is fun, the description is puts us in the scene and the narration keeps on our toes. In the story we find all of the necessary elements that make fiction fun: love, humor, intrigue and conflict. Such things make us want to turn the page to find out what happens to our heroes while we learn about language.
Unlike textbooks, Next Stop Spanish teaches Spanish without the rote grammar exercises or explicit explanations. This can be a great alternative for those who wince at grammar terms and freeze at fill-in-the-blank activities. The characters discuss how to use certain forms and expressions in a casual way, mercifully avoiding confusing detail that sometimes scares people new to the language. They also use the language to communicate with each other from time to time, peppering their English slowly with a few Spanish words at first. Eventually they work their way to full sentences and then full dialogues in the target language. This way readers gradually become comfortable with reading Spanish and seeing it in a dialogue. And as we view the story from the perspective of John, a new language learner, we can follow him as he conquers his fear of making mistakes and missing words he thinks he needs. Indeed he is a good model to follow, especially for students who have been intimidated by learning a second language in the past. By following his thought process as he practices Spanish, we learn how others might start to put the complicated puzzle of a new language together in their heads.
Ultimately, Next Stop Spanish is a fun book to read. You'll lose yourself in the plot and dialogue, and before you know it, you'll be recognizing Spanish words and expressions without the pain of verb charts and grammar descriptions. Next Stop Spanish reads like a novel but feels like a language lesson. A painless one.