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The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice: Mastering Spanish Grammar for Confident Communication 1st Edition
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About the Author
Ronni Gordon, Ph.D., is an education consultant specializing in curriculum development in foreign languages, literature, and history. David Stillman, Ph.D., teaches Spanish, French, Italian, and Hebrew at The College of New Jersey.
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However, there is one major error I finally tracked down: in the section on indirect object pronouns, which causes countless hours of head-scratching for English speakers, the authors use the phrase (my copy, it's p. 271, part E) "an indirect object noun in Spanish is USUALLY (boldface mine) accompanied by the corresponding indirect object pronoun." It should say ALWAYS in modern Spanish. I spent years confused, with my Mexican professors saying it is required and the book evidently saying it's optional. (We say,"you wrote to your parents?" In espanol, "LES escribiste a tus padres", and the LES is required, and is more important than "a tus padres.) This book needs serious editing and clarification to be a good resource!
I wanted to ramp up my Spanish skills, so I bought this guide after reading the positive reviews about it. And while it did take some time before I was actually willing to sit down and begin my self-teaching lessons, I can already tell this review will be an indispensable tool for my goal of Spanish mastery.
Each chapter begins with a review of the subject - present tense verbs, ser/estar, etc - and then presents a number of critical exercises which gradually become more difficult. The instructions for the exercises are in Spanish, which serves to get you in the mindset, but would not be appropriate for novice Spanish speakers. You can definitely see how the lessons build on each other and the exercise are varied enough to maintain engagement. One of the best exercises in my opinion is translating English sentences into Spanish - after just conjugating verbs and filling in blank spaces, these fully-formed sentences really drive home the point of mastering Spanish conversation. The overall tone of the book is mature, and I feel like I would actually use the phrases I'm picking up. Additionally, there are cultural notes (in Spanish, of course), paragraphs that give some insight into things like El Prado Museum in Spain or lunch/dinner customs in Latin America.
I would recommend this guide to anyone who has taken Intermediate Spanish and would like to solidify their skills outside of a classroom.
The book looks good and the CD is handy, but if your Spanish isn't already pretty good, this book isn't for you. I can carry very basic conversation in Spanish (in the present tense only) and couldn't even understand the first exercise on the CD.
So just beware that if you only had two years of Spanish in HIGH SCHOOL, this book isn't for you. I must sell mine.
I've done a chapter a day in this book and in 3 weeks time, I now feel confident enough to take 300 level spanish courses at the university I attend.