- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 16, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764572040
- ISBN-13: 978-0764572043
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
- Quick & easy approach gives you language fundamentals up front
- Words to Know section helps you find the right words fast
- Pronunciation key lets you talk the talk
Hundreds of useful phrases at your fingertips
Speak Spanish instantly!
Traveling to Latin America or Spain but don't know Spanish? Taking Spanish at school but need to kick up your conversation skills? Don't worry! This handy little phrasebook will have you speaking Spanish in no time.
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Discover how to:
Get directions, shop, and eat out
Talk numbers, dates, time, and money
Chat about family and work
Discuss sports and the weather
Deal with problems and emergencies
About the Author
Susana Wald is a translator, teacher, writer, and publisher.
Top customer reviews
Included is a well-considered selection of beginning phrases centered on several topics including: Numbers, Small Talk, Food and Drink, Shopping, Leisure, Work, Transportation, Lodging and Emergencies. These phrases are simple and directed toward those beginning to orient themselves toward use of the Spanish language.
The text is concise, clear, helpful, encouraging and entertaining. The subsequent level of proficiency attained will be pretty much determined by the resolve of the student.
It probably is not necessary to have both books but the smaller pocket-size design with its additional practice phrases has made the convenience of having it worthwhile to me.
'SPfD' is what the authoress intended and I think she did a fine job.
Five Stars then.
Russell de Ville
6 January 2009
The first major minus point was when I came to the phrase "This book concentrates on the Spanish spoken in Latin America". This should have been prominently displayed in the product description, and I wouldn't have purchased it in this case as I was travelling to Spain.
The parts of the book that I think most tourists would make use of were a mix of useful and absolutely useless phrases. For instance in the "Enjoying a Drink and a Snack (or Meal!)" chapter, it starts out with instructions on setting the table which I feel is vocab that tourists aren't going to need. Phrases such as "More salt in the salt shaker" and "what cutlery?" weren't much use to me in my travels in Spain! There were a few pages of descriptions of different dishes, but all Latin American which was of very little use in Spain.
Basically I wouldn't recommend this book for someone looking for a basic Spanish phrasebook. There's too much information which is not of use to the regular holidaymaker, and a lot of basic phrases are lacking eg "Where can I buy a ticket?". If I had purchased this in a bricks and mortar bookshop I would be looking for a refund (which I have never done for a book!).
review of the basics in Spanish.
It covers the basics of vowels, consonants,and numbers in Spanish and English.
It covers basic grammar.
And finally it covers phrases for eating, emergencies, transportation, work, and small talk.
Excellent book for the money and small enough to carry with you in any situation.