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Living Spanish: Cassette (3rd Edition) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 19 May 1994

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 3rd edition edition (19 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340596759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340596753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.7 x 10.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,346,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris Downing TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2004
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This series of books have been around for a long time. The first one I ever bough was the Italian book in the late 60's. So they are still here and still selling steadily. There's nothing gimmicky about these, they're just solid langauge books that will help you learn the language from the basics up. I first used one on a trip over many months in Italy and it fitted perfectly with being there and needing something to develop my langauge skills whilst in the environment.
In the long term I'm sure you might need more grammar, more verbs, more words, more of everything - but this will get you going on a solid foundation of understanding the language from the ground up (something you can't do with a phrase book or just adio CDs).
This would fit perfectly with Michel Thomas's CD courses to help you fill out the grammar and construction beyond his practised phrases and dialogue.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By simon gurney HALL OF FAME on 21 Oct. 2004
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It would be a struggle to pick up spanish from this book alone, as it is very compact and moves very quickly through the various topics, but as a complement it serves well, especially as it does cover such a broad spectrum of material, works very well as a review or refresher course.
The age of the material is fairly vintage, as can be seen in the representation of a Spain, which is increasingly hard to find. the old-fashioned nature can actually be quite entertaining.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Marshall on 6 Oct. 2008
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I have Living Spanish, French, and German on my bookshelf, and love the rigour of the grammatical approach, probably because I'm a child of the Sixties, and in those days a grammar school education entailed rigorous grounding in both English grammar and that of French and German. I dissent from the view that this is an "inefficient" way of learning a language, and find myself frustrated by a "colloquial" approach, where the grammar is sidelined, and you find yourself wondering why verbs change for example, and what lies in those huge gaps that you find appearing out of nowhere. It's bewildering after the initial parrot-like phrase memorisation, unlike the rigorous approach, which builds knowledge step by step from firm foundations.

I still have my old hardback copy of this book, and although I use a colloquial CD-based set when I want to "brush-up" for a visit to Spain, I invariably turn to Littlewood for the real deal. It is soooo well-laid out, so succint, so comprehensive, and so intelligently crafted.

Each chapter starts with a passage, from which lessons are then drawn. First, colloquial phrases are explained with examples, then the chapter's grammar is introduced, and illustrated again with key conversational phrases, so that the material is never "dry" or "academic", but living, as the title indicates. The layout of the pages is immaculate, and makes the book a pleasure to work with.

The grammatical approach has stood me in good stead, as I can carry out reasonable conversations in these three languages to this day, despite only having intermittent opportunities to use them. The language seems to come back quite easily, since it was so thoroughly understood in the first place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lullaboo on 20 Feb. 2011
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This is like being back at school. I learnt the basics of Spanish through the Miguel Thomas learning technique - absolutely brilliant. But I needed a good grammar book as well. This is it. Of course you have to put up with donkeys going along dusty roads - this is Spain 60 years ago but the basics are solid, rigorous but sometimes a bit dense. However the exercises are excellent. This is my third Littlewood (I have lost the other two). Miguel Thomas, Littlewood and a decent verb book and you're off! For a backup I also recommend Yates' "Correct Your Spanish Blunders" - good for dipping in and out of.

I give it 4 stars because you need to be diligent with this book (language learning requires patience). But if you remember lift up desks and barking teachers then this is a five star book for you.
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Good old fashion style of book. It starts each exercise with a small simple essay to read. Once read it then goes into simple detail of the content ie reviewing the words in the essay and the meanings along with some grammar points. It then has some exercises, these questions are also part of the learning process helping you to learn the words, you answer them simply,the same as if you were at primary school. Each chapter gets harder but uses the content of what you have learnt in the previous chapters. Personally I have tried the learning by disc's in the past which have proved useful helping me understand pronunciation, but now needed some simple practical use of the written word to help me understand the language.
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