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Perfect Your Spanish: Teach Yourself

Perfect Your Spanish: Teach Yourself [Kindle Edition]

Juan Kattan-Ibarra
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Do you speak some Spanish already, but want to improve? This course teaches advanced structures and vocabulary to allow you to communicate comfortably with native speakers and comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your MP3 player or iPod (components available separately).

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Are you looking for an improver's course in Spanish which will make you sound like a native? If you already know some Spanish and want to take it further, Perfect your Spanish will guarantee success! Taking you from a good GCSE level (level B2 of the Common European Framework), this course teaches you advanced structures and vocabulary so that by the end of the course you will be at GCE Advanced Level, CEF level C1: Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

Full of authentic texts and dialogues about complex subjects, this course covers a wide range of topics of the sort you will want to talk about when in Spain and teaches you the kind of everyday language and features of speech that will enable you to communicate with confidence and feel comfortable taking part in conversation with native speakers of Spain. The choice of material aims to give you something of the flavour of Spain today and each unit is based around a single theme with lively interviews and conversations on the accompanying recording. There are activities based on the interviews and texts to help you remember what you've learnt and put your knowledge into practice. The units are divided into sessions - to help you organize your learning time and break up the material into manageable chunks - and there are reminders throughout to refresh your memory of points you have learnt.

Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online.

Learn effortlessly with new, easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.

Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.

Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.

Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1517 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (28 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QGY9UQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Course! 8 April 2012
By Big Al
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been self-studying Spanish for a year and a half now, using a variety of sources, and it's pretty hard going. But this Level 5 course really is the business! It's full of interesting conversations with lots of idioms, and the book-CD combination is well done. The extra exercises in the book are also very effective. Recommended to anyone serious about learning Spanish!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Badly formatted for Kindle 29 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a superb book with good up-to-date dialogues.

However some of these dialogues are written tables and do not flow properly on the Kindle. For example a page might end on line 31 but the next page starts with line 39; so 7 pages are not displayed.

This can be avoided by setting a very small font on the Kindle. So, if one has magnifying spectacles there is no problem.

Amazon should instruct the publisher to re-format this book properly for the Kindle.

It's a shame, as this spoils a fantastic book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliably good 14 Mar 2012
This is excellent for self-study and a good follow-on to the beginners' level book and CD. But watch out, because it appears to have been previously published under the name of 'Improve Your Spanish.' All the material in the two books and CDs is the same.
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