- Series: Dover Language Guides Spanish
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (June 7, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486291138
- ISBN-13: 978-0486291130
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 281 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1001 Most Useful Spanish Words (Dover Language Guides Spanish) 1st Edition
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K. Kris Loomis, author of How to Sneak More Yoga Into your Life and several short fiction collections.
I went through the word list and highlighted words I'm interested in and will re-read every now and then to build vocabulary. I read it in about 8 hours or less over 3 days.
All in all, I believe this book is more useful for someone that has already spent time with the Spanish language and is already familiar with the language. If you are looking for quick conversation phrases this may not be your book.
Check out "Basic English", a simplified vocabulary popular in the 1900s and even used by FDR in his Fireside Chats.
That is why this is the best book for a Spanish student who plans to go on to a deeper study of the language. I took this book and made flash cards for every word, memorized them and was subsequently able to move onto to reading magazine and newspaper articles.
This book makes the vocabulary dilemma simple: just memorize every word in this book and you'll have a solid basic Spanish vocabulary. I wish every language had a corresponding text like this.
This is the ideal book for every serious beginning student of Spanish!
If you do not speak any Spanish at all, this book will probably have limited usefulness to you until you get a fair grasp of its grammar. Once you're there, though, this book shines.
Here's how I recommend you use this: instead of a guide to 1001 words, use it as a guide to 1001 *sentences*, because each word has a sentence example for it. Put all the sentences in a flash card program such as Anki or Mnemosyne. (If you've never used such a flash card program, you really should. They're great.) You can skip over sentences that are too easy, of course, but a lot of the sentences will be interesting even if you already know the word.
However, you have to be a bit careful, because the entries do contain some mistakes, and this is why I must give it 4 stars instead of 5. For instance, the entry for "alcoba" has the sentence "Buscamos un apartamiento con dos alcobas" ("We're looking for an apartment with two bedrooms") -- "apartamiento" should be "apartamento". The entry for "amigo" has "Quiero presentar algunos amigos míos" has at least one mistake (there should be an "a" after "presentar"), but a native speaker told me it still sounds awkward and should be something like "Quiero presentarles a unos amigos míos". There was another sentence where the "a" was omitted with presentar, but I can't find it right now. So if you use this book, you have to stay on your toes a bit and accept that there may be a couple of mistakes in it. I think that, and the $2, are a small price to pay for having 1001 sentences at your fingertips, though.