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Spanish for Gringos, Level 1: Shortcuts, Tips, and Secrets to Successful Learning [With 3 CDs (Audio)] (Barron's Educational Series) Paperback – Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 3 Pap/Com edition (July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764194607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764194603
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 19.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,647,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A unique blend of Spanish and English has gradually evolved in the United States as more and more Spanish speakers and English speakers have made attempts to communicate. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene on 10 April 2013
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Well written, useful for the learner and with an absolute minimum of grammar. An excellent "first teacher" before moving onto something more advanced. Only minor gripe is that Spanish is South American rather than home-bred Castillian, but this is a small point. Useful, helpful, informative.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Finally! Something Worth My Time and Money! 28 Mar 2010
By MarinerMB - Published on
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God bless this author! I have tried so many things to learn Mexican-Spanish...and most were awful. They would teach European Spanish or Castillian or whatever, but NOT conversational Spanish in a way that I could almost immediately pick up and use.
The book and the cd's are easy, sensible and humorous with phrases and words that people need in real life.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Caveat: The audio CD's are in MP3 format 2 Sep 2008
By D. L. Morris - Published on
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I did not see anything in the product description about the audio CD's being in MP3 format. I would have liked to have known this before purchasing the book, just in case I didn't have a MP3 disk player. That was the only problem I had with the book.
It has been the best beginner language book I've found! I wish BARRON'S would find other authors like Mr. Harvey for other languages.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Anna Rivera's Review of Spanish for Gringos 21 Dec 2009
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This is Anna Rivera, editor of the Learning Spanish Products Reviews site and author of Anna Rivera's 1000 Plus Most Powerful Spanish Words (Spanish Edition) and Anna Rivera's 800 Plus Most Powerful Spanish Phrases (Spanish Edition).

Spanish for Gringos with Compact Disks is published by Barron's Educational Series and comes with a 192 page book and two CDs. Its focus is on teaching beginners to speak conversational Spanish competently rather than on teaching perfect textbook grammar.

The CDs are a new feature from previous editions and add a lot to the learning experience since they reinforce the existing material and allow you to study in your car, but the entire book isn't translated which was a little bit of a disappointment.

Spanish for Gringos moves at a brisk pace and avoids trudging through obscure grammar concepts. Only the most immediate and useful concepts are taught which makes it a great starter program, but less than comprehensive. However, students who want to become fluent in Spanish will still need to use a good Spanish audio course with this product.
One of my personal students has used this products and he enjoyed it very much and said that it was a good value.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Spanish for Gringos 26 Oct 2009
By David J. Jareo - Published on
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This book is one of the best how-to books on Spanish that I have ever used.
The audio CD's are top-notch. The author speaks slowly so that one can
repeat the lines spoken easily. I give it a 5-star rating! A great help
for beginners. Dave
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent basic learning tool 3 Jun 2009
By Alnutt - Published on
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Our teacher named this as the book for our class. It was a great choice. It is easy to read & understand as well as gives you a quick ability to speak passable Spanish.
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