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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844294470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844294476
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Michael Gruneberg is an internationally respected authority and author on memory enhancement. He is the president of the American Society for Applied Research in memory an Cognition.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
Link Word was recommended to me a week before a family holiday to Spain. Within that week I'd picked up enough basic knowledge to be understood when out there.
Don't buy this expecting to have a set of stock phrases which you have learnt parrot fashion. It's not a phase book (The initial chapters will have you declaring that "the quiet jellyfish is blue and fresh" - OK if you are into obscure seafood I guess!). By the end of the book you know HOW to say "I want a quiet table for 4 over there please" and WHY it means that.
The only thing I would recommend is to have a English/Spanish dictionary with you. There is nothing more annoying than knowing WHAT you want to say, knowing HOW to say it but not knowing the Spanish word for it.
PS This book made me an instant hero with my kids when I proudly told them that the Spanish for frog is "rana" after we spotted some in a pond. That's GOT to be worth the money.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 1998
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I was very impressed with the ease of learning Spanish with this book. I found the associations to be rather unusual in some instances, but their humor added to the ability to remember.
The explanation of the use of "es" and "esta" made more sense to me than the one given to my class by my Spanish teacher. It is also easier to remember which one is to be used in which instance by using Dr. Gruneberg's notes.
The divisions of the book are are also well done. In my opinion, it would be very easy to "learn" Spanish quickly before an expected trip with this book. It is one of the few self help books that really lived up the the "dust cover" advertising.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leeroy on 7 Mar. 2005
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I brought this book knowing only a couple of words such as Hola & Adios but i now know lots of words and a bit of grammer IE: Masculine & feminine stuff. Its a good book for complete beginners like me, it makes a good base for starting to learn and i also brought the cd's that you can listen to whenever and the words really do stick in your head.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "dictatorforlife" on 22 July 2004
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I bought this book after reading a little about 'memory mapping' and thought it'd be a quick way to learn a language. My previous attempts at languages were stopped short due to boredom/no feeling of progression, but not so here.
I have (and will continue) to recommend this book to my friends. I bought this with the learning-cd, which was ideal for listening to in the car during rush-hour traffic. Distract yourself from road-rage!
If you are thinking of learning spanish, buy this book, you won't regret it. I'll see your review here in the next few days ;)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2006
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This is great... backed up with other learning materials, you get an expansive vocab quickly.
Now I have read one review for the Italian version, by the same author saying that it is a palaver learning the Italian word, associating it with and english word... this just demonstrates a severe lack of imagination, and brain power.
The method is simple, and with perseverence works wel.. Look at the word, and got with the scene given to you by the author to help you remember it.. Give it colours, smells, feeling and the more you do, the easier you will remember... if the scene given does not work, then choose your own... Think of it, picture it for 10 seconds, and then move on to the next. You will be amazed at how quickly you will create a large vocbulary tha you can use confidently...
So ignore the brainless, and get this book.. work at night in bed, and the words will still be there the next morning.. then when you speak the language, when you think of the english word you are trying to translate, the picture will be in your head in a flash, and you will utter it before you realise...
This technique is widespread, and used by magicians like Paul Daniels (who has also had a foray into Language courses) and also the SAS, for remembering information...
Good luck and enjoy!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 2003
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This is a great book to learn common nouns and adjectives. Somehow the method allows words to just stick in your head. If you are just starting out with Spanish this book will give you a lot of confidence.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2005
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I bought this book not knowing a lot of Spanish and by the end I could recall lots of spanish words and put them into sentences. Overall this is an excellent book for starting to learn spanish.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2005
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A must for the absolute beginner.
I bought this book together with the CD and found it to be an easy and very quick way to start to learn the basics of Spanish. What a simple but effective way of learning, my only wish is that there were more CDs like this to buy to continue with the learning process.
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