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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 6 edition (29 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444100017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444100013
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 5.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Juan Kattán-Ibarra is an experienced teacher of Spanish and the author of a number of best-selling Spanish courses. He graduated as a teacher from the University of Chile (1965) and, with an American scholarship, obtained an M.A. in Education from Michigan State University (1966). A British Council scholarship took him to the UK in 1972, where he obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Education from Manchester University (1973) and an M.A. in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London (1974).

He began his Spanish teaching career in the UK in 1975, working at a number of higher education institutions over the years and acting as an examiner in Spanish for the University of London School Examinations Board and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 1986 he moved to Spain where he lived for many years.

Juan Kattán-Ibarra's first Spanish language course was published in 1978, as one of the first stages of a writing career which continues to this day. His current titles in the Teach Yourself series include Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Spanish Grammar and Phone Spanish (Hodder Education) and he is the co-author of Teach Yourself Speak Spanish and Spanish Grammar in Context (Hodder Education), Modern Spanish Grammar and Modern Spanish Grammar Workbook (Routledge), Sueños - World Spanish 2 (BBC). Some of his books in the Teach Yourself series have been successfully adapted for use in other countries, among them France and Germany. His publications in the United States include Conversational Spanish, Perspectivas culturales de España and Perspectivas culturales de Hispanoamérica (McGraw-Hill).

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"All in all the best package I have bought and well worth the money" (Amazon reviewer)

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The complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Spanish. This best-selling course comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your MP3 player or iPod. The book (ISBN: 9781444100006) and the audio support (ISBN: 9781444100020) are also sold individually.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alan Fisk on 13 Mar. 2012
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I like this course very much, but for a learner it is confusing that speakers come from different parts of the world and therefore pronounce certain sounds differently (as do speakers of English and French, of course). I realise that the idea may be to prepare learners for the different types of Spanish that they will encounter if they do not confine themselves to visiting Spain but go to Latin America as well, but for learning purposes it would be much better if the dialogues were to stick to European Spanish, and if a separate course were to be issued for Latin American Spanish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig on 23 Dec. 2012
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I ordered this product back in October assuming it would be the Book/CD pack as advertised for £8 or so. Imagine my surprise when I finally get the chance to open my new purchase and it only contains the book.

DON'T ADVERTISE AS "BOOK/CD" IF IT ONLY CONTAINS THE BOOK!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Pollitt on 27 Sept. 2013
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Although the title states audio eBook for Kindle I was disappointed after spending £12 to find out the audio does not work. Had I known this beforehand I would have purchased it as a book and CD.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Toaster999 on 7 Jan. 2011
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This is the best language learning course I have ever seen. The book is clearly set out, and the CDs are clearly spoken and really help with your pronounciation. I still can't believe how cheap it is!!!!

¡Muy bien!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kyle on 9 Sept. 2014
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It did not come with the audio CD like some people had said it would, this means that a large part of the book is useless until I can get the CD's. It was a gift for my brother, it inst totally useless as he knew a good bit of Spanish and wanted to pick it up again, however it is a big inconvenience. Be careful when buying this product as it seems some people do get the CD while others don't.

The book quality is good however and with the CD i am sure it would be a really good product. For now however he will just have to get really good at reading and writing Spanish and later he can learn to speak and hear it.
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This is an excellent introduction to written and spoken Spanish. I found it very easy to learn from this course, even though I knew almost no Spanish when I started. The course uses examples from practical, real-life situations throughout, so right from the start, I was learning words and phrases that will be useful.

The course teaches the dialect of Spanish that is spoken in mainland Spain, but the author frequently highlights the important differences in pronunciation and word usage that you'll encounter in Latin America and in regions of Spain such as the Canary Islands.

CAVEAT: If you're planning to buy this product, please note that it includes the same pair of audio CDs that Amazon sells separately as "Teach Yourself Complete Spanish: Audio Support", and which it lists under the "Frequently Bought Together" heading. This is very misleading and confusing. If you click "Add both to basket", you'll end up with two sets of the audio CDs, and you'll have to return the extra set to Amazon!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Clarke on 3 Oct. 2011
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This is an attractive and effective way to learn everyday Spanish. The scenarios are realistic, the vocabulary up to date and the exercises challenging enough to make you feel good but not so hard as to be discouraging. I have absolutely no criticism whatsoever. (I did spot one typo but I forget where it was).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nibor on 19 Jan. 2015
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It may be quite good, but they make it clear that the audio is essential (of course) - and there's no lookup between the tracks of the CDs and the chapters of the book! There's cryptic numbers like "24.03" next to an icon which looks like headphones, but nowhere in the book is there an explaination of where I find the tracks. This might be not so bad for the beginner who starts from the beginning (and is going to make a carful not where they are up to in the tracks) but no use if you want to dip in because you already have some spanish. Am I missing something from the package? there was just one book and 2 CDs, nothing else.

Update: I started going through it, and there's NO relationship between the book content and the CDs! I guess they updated the book but not the CDs- or has there been s drop-off in production?
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