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VINE VOICEon November 26, 2009
First off, this is the worst spanish book I've ever used. Vocab words tend to push their political agendas more than what you'll actually need to know if you wanted to use your Spanish to communicate. (I can't imagine you'll be having too many conversations in Spanish about drug addicts, alcoholics, acid rain, government reform, global warming, air pollution, environmental protection, or the many other vocabulary words they have decided to include, rather than ones that may actually be useful in your life.)

Secondly, when vocab is taught they have some words listed next to their english translation (which is good), but for other words they have a word pointing to something on a drawing. The problem with that is simply that the drawings in this book are AWFUL!! Is the arrow pointing to a man or woman? Who knows! Is the arrow pointing to the grass or to a rock? Who knows! Is that a human or a one-eyed alien? Who knows!! Some of the book questions ask things like "what is the man doing," but the drawings are so bad that you legitimately can't tell which is the man vs. which is the woman!! So then once you've discovered that you don't know what half the vocab words mean, you'll be glad to know that when a new grammar concept is taught, the examples decide to feature the new vocab extensively, so instead of struggling to understand the new verb tense, you'll be struggling to understand the verb tense and the words used in the example sentences. Couldn't be worse!!

Also, new grammar concepts are usually "taught" in 1-2 sentences, and will use English words that you've never even heard of (instead of saying "present tense," they'll bust out some 20 letter word that apparently also means present tense, but you've never heard of, and once again you'll be left struggling with something that you aren't supposed to struggle with).

Basically, if you get stuck using this garbage book, you better hope you have a good professor to go along with it, because you CANNOT learn spanish out of this book.

To top everything off, the website where you'll find most the example problems is AWFUL! You may type a sentence, forgetting a period at the end, and all you'll get is some dude yelling "¡AYYY NO!" out of your speakers, with no indication of what you did wrong (so you'll re-do the whole thing 10 times before you realize you had it right the first time, and in the process you'll have forgotten the correct way to do the verb tense.

To sum things up, this book was clearly designed by somebody who doesn't understand how second languages are learned. If any professors are reading this, I strongly encourage you to do your students a favor and pick one of the many other spanish books on the market. All 30 people in my class (and the professor), are constantly complaining about how terrible the book is, so PLEASE avoid it at all costs!!!
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