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Colloquial Spanish 2: The Next Step in Language Learning (Colloquial Series)
 
 

Colloquial Spanish 2: The Next Step in Language Learning (Colloquial Series) [Kindle Edition]

Untza Otaola Alday
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Do you know Spanish already and want to go a stage further? If you're planning a visit to Spain, need to brush up your Spanish for work, or are simply doing a course, Colloquial Spanish 2 is the ideal way to refresh your knowledge of the language and to extend your skills.

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Do you know Spanish already and want to go a stage further? If you're planning a visit to Spain, need to brush up your Spanish for work, or are simply doing a course, Colloquial Spanish 2 is the ideal way to refresh your knowledge of the language and to extend your skills.
Colloquial Spanish 2 is designed to help those involved in self-study; structured to give you the opportunity to listen to and read lots of modern, everyday Spanish, it has also been developed to work systematically on reinforcing and extending your grasp of Spanish grammar and vocabulary.
Key features of Colloquial Spanish 2 include:
* revision material to help consolidate and build up your basics
* a wide range of contemporary authentic documents
* lots of spoken and written exercises in each unit
* a grammar reference and detailed answer keys
* a broad range of everyday situations, focusing on mainland Spain.
Audio material is available on two 60-minutes cassettes and CDs to accompany Colloquial Spanish 2. Recorded by native speakers, this material will help you perfect your pronunciation and listening skills.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7922 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; Bilingual edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000Q35THU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #479,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much English narration but... 19 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is well structured with good coverage of intermediate vocab and conversational phrases and the speed is close to normal conversation so I'm learning from this course, but, for a level 2 course, there's too much English narration on the CDs often stating the obvious, e.g. "Answer the following questions..." and "Give your responses in Spanish" - as if after forking out £20 for this Spanish course I'm going to volunteer my answers in, say, Mandarin.

The problem I have with the English narration is that for a level 2 course, I'm versed enough in the language to understand and follow instructions in Spanish - anyone who can't isn't ready for this level - and also the best way to learn a language is to dive in and be submerged in it; the constant and unnecessary switch to English is distracting. The True or False exercises, for example, are a wasted opportunity in that a Spaniard makes a statement, e.g. "La mayoria de los ingleses son catolicos, no?" and the narrator answers in English, "No, the majority of English people are protestant". Firstly, being English I already know this, I didn't buy the course for lessons in English history, and, secondly, by the narrator not answering in Spanish, I don't learn how to say that sentence in Spanish. I feel as if I'm only learning half the language as only part of the audio is in Spanish.

On the book-side, conversely, there's not enough vocab translation so I often find I need a dictionary with me. Having to refer to the book is bad enough, having to refer to a dictionary as well is nothing short of time-wasting.

Having said all this, there aren't many decent level 2 Spanish courses to choose from (this is certainly better than the South American Spanish version where the narrator sounds like he's on the verge of suicide) so this is worth having among your collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Spanish 2 15 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent way to review Spanish if you have studied Spanish in the past but now need to review. I have an American university degree in Spanish, but since I haven't used any Spanish in about 20 years I needed a book that could review the basics without being too basic (meaning too easy and boring). This book (with the accompanying tapes or CDs) is challenging without being too difficult. It is the best book for reviewing a language that I've found. I think anyone who has reached intermediate level at some point in the past will find this book useful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Spanish 1 and 2 4 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
An excellent course for the 'intermediate' level student who may be, for example, resident in Spain and looking for something to help them improve their foundation level skills. A great fan of the first 'Colloquial Spanish' course, I would describe this as an improvement, both in style and in content. The Cds are excellent and can be used without constantly referring to the book. It's a serious consideration for the student who wants to know 'what do I do next?'. I teach Spanish in Spain to English residents. If you have learnt the basics and want to really get to grips with this language, this course is an excellent first choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Spanish lessons: 30 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This remains my favorite Spanish lessons. Indeed a good and useful step forward due to my knowledge of Spanish. I have in years not found anything better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really Colloquial 29 May 2010
By Cj
Format:Paperback
I'm really disappointed with this book: it doesn't neither teach you any grammar (it does actually try to teach you something in a very mixed way) nor help you learning familiar/slang expressions. It's just a sries of very short discussions.

The words presented in each chapter are very few and not really "colloquial" ones. I would rather suggest people to get the combo A Modern Spanish Grammar plus Spanish Among Amigos.
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