- Series: UItimate Review & Reference Series
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- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071744185
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He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, Second Edition, is a uniquely comprehensive, integrated, and engaging review book that will provide learners with the solid knowledge needed to increase their confidence in using Spanish to express their own thoughts, to comprehend those of Spanish speakers, and to communicate in both speaking and writing in a wide variety of situations.
Designed to provide advanced beginners, intermediate students, and advanced learners of Spanish with a powerful tool for review and progress in the language, this book presents clear, concise, and well-organized grammar explanations with examples that reflect every day usage, most often in the form of conversational exchanges. The presentations of structure are easy to understand, and the examples will encourage learners to see the study of grammar as a stepping stone to communication.
We have expanded and enhanced the exercises to give you even more practice. The exercises provide extensive practice for all the grammar topics that learners of Spanish at this level should know. These engaging exercises are contextualized, and the instructions in Spanish help set the scene and prepare you for the task at hand. Vocabulary lists provide a review of the vocabulary common to most first- and second-year Spanish textbooks, as well as new words and phrases essential for particular exercises, thus increasing your vocabulary and enhancing your ability to express yourself on a variety of topics. Vocabulary presentations are grouped by topic and are integrated with the exercises. Exercises reflect authentic, everyday language usage and touch on all areas of modern life, including business and technology.
Many self-expression exercises are included to encourage you to use the target grammar and vocabulary presented to express your own ideas. The Ejercicio oral at the end of each chapter of Parts I through III is a culminating exercise in which you and a friend or colleague can practice the grammatical structures and topics presented in the chapter by exchanging information with each other.
The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, Second Edition, has 28 chapters divided into four parts.
I Verbs - Forms and Uses
II Nouns and Their Modifiers; Pronouns
III Other Elements of the Sentence
IV Idiomatic Usage
Notas culturales are featured throughout the book. These cultural notes enhance the effectiveness of the grammar exercises by providing an authentic Hispanic context in which to practice. To further your progress, we have also included a chapter of important idioms and proverbs (Chapter 26), a chapter on word formation, and a chapter that aims to help you eliminate some of the most common errors made by English-speaking learners of Spanish: ¡Ojo! Common Errors and Pitfalls (Chapter 28).
For convenient learner reference, the appendices of The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, Second Edition, include easy-to-read verb charts. Also included in the appendices is a section on written conventions, which explains Spanish rules of spelling, punctuation, and stress. The Answer Key provided at the end of the book allows you to check your work.
The CD-ROM component of The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, Second Edition, contains hundreds of multiple-choice exercises that allow you to practice the tenses, grammatical structures, and idiomatic usage included in the four parts of the book. The Diagnostic Test and Review Test provide you with an excellent tool to assess your progress. To aid you in your comprehension and pronunciation, Listening for Key Contrasts drills help you distinguish verb endings that may sound similar to English speakers but are very different in meaning. This section targets some of the most important sound contrasts in the Spanish verb system. The Audio Modules, recorded by native speakers of Spanish, present dialogues and narratives designed to improve your listening comprehension and pronunciation. Preceding each audio passage is a list of Ten Key Words and Expressions for listening and repeating that helps you prepare for listening to the passage. After listening to and repeating the audio passage, you will do exercises to test your comprehension. You can read a Transcription of the audio passage as you listen to the passage a second time. A Glossary of words and expressions can be activated to check meaning, and you can highlight words in the audio passage to view definitions in English.
The Audio Modules present delightful, authentic scenes with real people who talk about their families, work, travels, and life goals in settings and with stories that reflect our daily lives - buying a house, business and the office, remodeling a home, love, problems at the airport, owning a restaurant, family problems, career changes, conversing on the telephone, shopping, and others. The passages contain useful, authentic vocabulary that will serve you well in your communication with native speakers of Spanish. You will be amazed at how much you will understand and be able to say after you have worked through the CD-ROM!
The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, Second Edition, retains the highly effective pedagogy and most important features that made the first edition so popular and successful with users. It is ideal for learners working on their own and as an ancillary for students using a textbook in a classroom setting. Chapters may be covered in any order, allowing learners and teachers to individualize grammar practice.
Ronni L. Gordon, PhD
David M. Stillman, PhD
About the Author
Ronni L. Gordon, PhD, is a well-known author of foreign language textbooks, reference books, and multimedia courses. She is vice president of Mediatheque Publisher Services, a leader in the development of foreign language instructional materials. She holds a PhD in Spanish language and Spanish and Spanish American literature from Rutgers University, and has taught and coordinated Spanish language programs and taught Latin American literature at Harvard University, Boston University, Cornell, and Drexel University. A foreign language consultant, she has read for the National Endowment for the Humanities, presented at the United States Department of Education, consulted on states' K-12 academic standards for world languages and presented at conferences on Spanish American literature and foreign language instruction. She is an associate scholar of a Philadelphia-based think tank and is chairman of the board of directors of Dolce Suono Ensemble.
David M. Stillman, PhD, is a well-known writer of foreign langauge textbooks, reference books, and multimedia courses. He is president of Mediatheque Publisher Services, a leader in the development of foreign language instructional materials. He holds a PhD in Spanish linguistics from the University of Illinois, and has taught and coordinated foreign language programs at Boston University, Harvard, and Cornell. He teaches languages and linguistics and coordinates an innovative program of student-led conversation practice at The College of New Jersey. He is a frequent presenter at national and regional conventions of language educators, has consulted on states' K-12 academic standards for world languages, and has been appointed to national committees devoted to the improvement of teacher training.
The Gordon-Stillman author team has written more than forty foreign language textbooks, multimedia courses, and reference books.
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(I was particularly perturbed because I had taken this book to Latin America with me so I could do some intensive review, and I had no way of getting another copy while I was down there.)
New review: I asked to return this book to Amazon, and I got a full refund, with no need to return the book. Then, I received a wonderful email from Christopher at McGraw Hill with an apology (which was not needed, but appreciated nonetheless) and a sincere request to fix the issue by sending me another copy right away. Thanks so much, Christopher! I love that you stand behind your books and support your authors. I really appreciate that the authors (Ronni Gordon and David Stillman) are interested in the reviews of the book, and that they contacted McGraw Hill, and that Christopher went to such trouble to help me out.
Having said all of that, as I really wanted to be able to do this intensive Spanish review on my trip, I bought and downloaded the Kindle version, and it rocks -- beautifully laid out, with an easy way to switch between the exercises and the answer key. The book is very well written -- clear, thorough and concise. There is also an app (Language Lab) that McGraw has on the app store that is fantastic and really supports the material in the book. My favorite are the extensive vocabulary flashcards -- I am so used to making my own, and I am happy not to have to do so. I've seen a lot (a lot!) of Spanish texts in my time, but this one really does beat them all with its clarity, organization, accuracy and thoroughness.
So -- to sum up: Odd, surely rare printing issue with my copy of the book. I am sure the others are fine. Great customer service from McGraw Hill. And a terrific book all around -- whether printed or Kindle version.
This book is ideal for advanced speakers, but also good for beginning and intermediate students who are somewhere along the way on the journey to learning Spanish (i.e. not for someone who is just taking Spanish 1 in college to get the credit and then will not touch it again). It's separated into grammatical topics with ample practice for each one, and the answers are all in the back of the book.
Note that this is a comprehensive grammar review, not meant for training specific vocabulary or phonetics.
I would like to thank the authors so much! :)