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Living Spanish: A Grammar-based Course [Paperback]

R. P. Littlewood , Rosa Maria Martin
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30 Mar 2012 1444153943 978-1444153941 5

Do you want to learn Spanish or brush up what you know already? Are you planning a holiday in Spain or preparing for an exam? Are you looking for a course with a traditional approach to language learning, based on solid grammatical foundations, translation skills and practical vocabulary? If so, this is the course for you. The material covers a variety of everyday topics in a simple, concise manner. There are plenty of examples and explanations to illustrate how the language works and to build confidence. Each unit, designed to build systematically on what you have already learned, contains:

- reading material consisting of a story, dialogue or letter

- vocabulary notes

- clear grammar explanations

- exercises.

There are also revision units to help you practise what you are learning. At the back of the book, an exercise key enables you to check your answers while grammar and vocabulary sections provide a useful reference. The accompanying CD will help you with listening and speaking. In addition to a full pronunciation section, it contains reading passages or dialogues from the course book, followed by comprehension questions in Spanish, together with model answers.

This 5th edition comes with a brand new 32pp test-yourself section giving you extra practice and allowing you to monitor your progress as you go through the course, helping you keep on top of tricky grammar points and regularly testing the vocabulary you're learning.


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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 5 edition (30 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444153943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444153941
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A joy to study ... I love the rigour of the grammatical approach' (amazon.co.uk user review)

'it is so well laid out, so succinct, so intelligently crafted!' (amazon.co.uk user review)

'this will get you going on a solid foundation of understanding language from the ground up' (amazon.co.uk user review)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the Spanish language 19 July 2012
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This book provides, as its title promises, a traditional "grammar-based introduction" to Spanish. Each chapter works the same way: you start with a short reading passage on a topic of more or less interest (some of the early, very simple reading passages are slightly less appealing, but as you move along and learn more of the grammar and vocabulary, the passages get more interesting), followed by a section explaining the key words (vocabulary) of the lesson and a grammar part, which introduces a couple or so grammar points (tenses, sentence structure, etc.). This is followed by a short exercise section, where you get to test whether you understood/ internalized the concepts you learned in the lesson. After every 5 chapters there is also a bigger "revision section", which tests you on everything you've learned thus far (the answer key to the exercises can be found in the back of the book).

In passing you also learn a number of interesting facts about life in Spain and Latin America (for example, I didn't know that a Parador was a luxury hotel run by the Spanish government).

What I really liked about this book were the short "translation exercises" (from English to Spanish) at the end of each lesson. They are a useful way to check whether you've memorized the vocabulary and whether you're able to apply the concepts you learned correctly.

I would have given this book 5 stars, if it hadn't been for the fact that:
-the number of exercises at the end of each lesson is quite small (some people might want more opportunities to practice the newly acquired concepts)
-some of the early reading passages are, as I mentioned previously, a little dull.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A briliant introduction to the Spanish language. 1 April 2013
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I was delighted to see that this book was still in print as I inherited a tatty original which is no longer fully bound, unfortunately. In my humble opinion this is a superb introduction to Spanish, being grammar based and delivered in "bite sizes" (tapas?) together with interesting little stories to introduce the grammatical points and essential vocabulary (not "my postern" etc.) and many work excercises together with answers. I consider it a bit of a "tour de force" in (Spanish) language instruction and Mr Littlewood and(more recently) his collaborators are to be congratulated on an excellent product, sensibly priced. P.S. the latest version comes complete with a CD as an aid with pronunciation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living Spanish - I love it 29 Oct 2013
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I used to use Living French and like it so much that I bought Living Spanish. It is an excellent little book and is to be recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars living spanish 22 Feb 2013
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The grammar content of the book is excellent. I was a little disappointed in the quality of the paper and binding.
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