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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (13 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415462002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415462006
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Untza Sale has been a Spanish lecturer at FCO Language Group since 1992. She has taught a large number of students posted to Spain and Latin America on a one to one basis and has also run many courses from intensive to pre-exam courses. She studied Modern Iberian and Latin American Studies at UCL and did an MA in the teaching of Modern Languages at the Institute of Education. She is also a specialist in testing and has worked for Language Testing Associates since 1991.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By simon gurney HALL OF FAME on 6 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
having been through several introductory spanish books this one rates pretty highly, especially as a companion to some of the more common titles, the approach is quick and clear. it covers a lot of material, in a fairly typical format, example passges, then break downs of each point covered, it doesnt become to bogged down in vocabulary, and the dictionary at the back is a little incomplete, there are more than a few words for which an accompanying dictionary is neccesary. The book ploughs very well through verb forms and grammar points, and each chapter revolves around a common topic.
sits well as part of a spanish introduction in conjunction with other books ect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Beatrice N. Faulkner on 29 Dec. 2009
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I like this type of language book because it teaches the language in a systematic way, each layer slowly building onto the previous one. The exercises are useful and help to reinforce learning. I imagine this book might not be best suited to some younger people unless they like learning in the systematic way of a previous generation. However, if one takes the time and effort to work through this book a good understanding of the language should emerge with apposite use of grammar and modern usage of words and phrases. I found that I was quickly able to use Spanish in a correct way in letters (albeit on a small scale). It was a much more useful book than the one I currently use at nightschool, that seems more geared to young people and their social contacts. While I appreciate that language teaching has to 'move with the times,' sometimes this seems to be at the expense of a good grounding in grammar. 'Colloquial Spanish' addresses this problem and balances the needs of an older generation with the needs of the young.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jsvaldense on 20 Oct. 2013
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The book arrived earlier than expected and, as always, in perfect condition.

I like this series of language books in particular (Colloquial) since each of the chapters has loads of practical exercises to
re-enforce the points to be learned and greatly help the learner to remember them.

Many language books concentrate on the 'spoken' aspect of language learning, using CDs and a series of listening and repeating practice, like the holiday phrasebooks which are fine if you can find the exact phrase you need and all you want are some tablets at the pharmacist for the headache you have because you over-indulged the night before! But you never learn how to use the language more freely and more confidently, because the grammar behind it all is briefly glossed over if mentioned at all. Nevertheless, regardless of whether you are happy to learn some grammar or just hate it from old school English and French lessons, grammar is the cement of any language which holds all the words together, and with a modest knowledge, you will be able to string along a lot more words into meaningful sentences than you ever dreamt of. Even if you make mistakes, any foreigner will be impressed by your attempt to communicate in their language and will forgive you any slips!

The Colloquial series gets round this by having not only several CDs to help with the dialogues and the pronunciation, but each chapter also comes with a huge amount of exercises, the answers to which, are best written out before checking the key at the end of the book. These exercises cover not only the key grammatical points in the chapter and with a good amount of them to work on, but also the new words introduced so you get ample practice with repetition to help remember them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans Jørgen Brill on 30 Mar. 2013
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My favorite Spanish lessons:

Given, that I have only minor problems with the English language, this remains my favorite Spanish lessons for refreshing my spoken and written Spanish. Very useful for writing letters, and very actual due to the modern Spain, I think.
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