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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444103563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444103564
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 872,390 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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Essential Spanish Grammar will help you get more out of your study of Spanish. Now in a brand new edition with new, easy-to-follow page design and interactive on-line features.

About the Author

Juan Kattán-Ibarra holds degrees in foreign-language teaching from the Universities of Chile, Michigan State and London. He taught Spanish at Ealing College and Shell International and was an examiner for the University of London School Examinations Board. He now lives and works in Chile.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pibo on 1 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
Buying a grammar book is a time-consuming business and buying it when one is in a hurry leads to disappointment. Alas, this was what happened to me. I only had 15 mins in the shop and browsed through the selection quickly. I decided on the Essential Spanish Grammar because it was fairly cheap and I didn't think I was ready for the more comprehensive editions, as I am at the beginner stage. This book is really for the reader to work through chapter by chapter, each one having a theme. This is a good plan if that's what you want. But if you want to look up a specific grammatical topic, then it is less useful. The grammatical index at the back is nowhere near comprehensive enough. For instance, I wanted to look up how to use the definite article with days and dates. There was no entry for "date" or "days", nor could I find what I wanted under Definite Articles. However, when you do find the topic in the book, it is explained quite well. It is undeniably useful if you want to find out grammar and vocabulay surrounding a particular theme such as "possibility, capacity, permission". Each chapter isn't very long, so you won't be overburden with facts.

I note that the author also wrote the Teach Yourself Spanish course. So, I'm wondering if this grammar book is designed to accompany the course.

So, buy this if you want to work through a grammar book; and you will learn a lot of grammar. But don't buy this if you want a comprehensive reference manual.
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