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Suenos World Spanish: Beginners No. 1 [Paperback]

Maria Elena Placencia , etc. , Luz Kettle , Mike Gonzalez
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31 Aug 1995 0563399279 978-0563399278

Sueños World Spanish 1 is ideal for adult beginners, whether learning at home or in a class. It will enable you to communicate in Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world and gives you an insight into the rich diversity of cultures in Spain and Latin America.


Sueños World Spanish 1 can help you reach the equivalent level of a first qualification, such as GCSE. The pack contains a 273-page course book and four 75-minute audio CDs:


Course Book

Each of the twenty units is divided into accessible learning blocks to enable rapid progress and there are regular review sections and tips to help you develop personal learning strategies.



Authentic dialogues recorded around the Spanish-speaking world allow you to hear Spanish as it is actually spoken, while activities help you develop your listening and speaking skills.


The course book (9780563472469) and CDs (9780563472483) are also available to buy separately. 

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (31 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563399279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563399278
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent self-teaching material 21 Jun 2001
I've been using the book and cassette for just 30 minutes a day for the past fortnight and I have learnt so much, it's unbelievable. My pronunciation in Spanish is better than my French and I've had classroom teaching in French for 2 years. You can work at your own pace. The only thing is that I find the book a little confusing giving various interpretations for Spain, South Spain and Latin America. I can't always remember them all. Otherwise, excellent stuff!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner's Spanish text book 10 Oct 2000
By A Customer
This BBC book is an excellent beginner's Spanish book. It offers the usual language topics e.g. greetings, family, food etc in a very simple to absorb manner. However, it also offers a cultural slant on Spain and all of the Latin America countires explaining the origins of words, customs etc along with colourful ilustrations which help you remember things easier. There are blocks of topic related phrases in every section and exercises to test understanding (with answers in the back of the book). It introduces grammar in a gradual manner. You can also buy the acompanying tapes to develop your listening skills and ensure your pronunciation is spot on! I would recommend this book to anyone looking to teach themselves this very easy to pick up language.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pity About The Sound Track.... 30 Mar 2003
By A Customer
I would agree with the other reviews here, in that the book is well ordered, and material is presented in an attractive manner.
However, I personally feel that the material is let down by the poor quality of the accompanying CD's and tapes. They attempt to use 'real' people; I realise that there is an argument for this, but most beginners will find that the language is being spoken too quickly to take in, and what is worse, is hard to hear due to poor sound quality and background noise (such as children playing).
I have found tapes accompanying other books far easier to follow from a beginner point of view.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good basic understanding!!! 5 Feb 2004
I've also got the Linguaphone All Talk Spanish, and as another reviewer said, it's ok if you like being patronised! Suenos on the other hand starts from the basics. It teaches you like you're taught at school with greetings, name exchanges, where you live, and gradually progresses through more complicated scenarios, but all in all is fairly good. Unfortunately, learning from these courses doesn't help with pronunciation problems!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suenos Spanish 1 language pack 8 Feb 2005
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Found this pack really useful. It has helped me to get started on spanish and I have found the book gives interesting information about life in Spain/South American. Answers are all in the back so think this is a good pack if you want to start learning Spanish without a class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok book 8 Mar 2010
go this book because my tutor from spanish evening class said it was good. a tad difficult to follow unless you buy the cd`s. i think the activity book would have been easier. for example, the book has fill in the blanks but when you go to check the answer it doesnt list it ??????? i think you would pick up more phrases by being delayed at the airport and listening to the announcments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOGLE TRANSLATE your studies. 10 Oct 2014
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I really like the BBC courses, I do think the Italian is better than this, but this book is still helpful with the CDs. My gem to fellow students is download - Google translate if you have an Android device like Samsung, Sony, HTC etc you can use it on PC but it`s better on your phone; this way you can write out any phrase or convo of your choice have a native speak it out and listen to it as many times as you like, yes pure Gold! So maybe you want to go more in depth with directions, you use Google translate to build what ever sentence you like. It... Is... Amazing..

This was not around in 2001, but now we have smart phones well: Divertirse
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality sound 27 Oct 2008
I purchased the CD pack last month. The sound quality of CD1 was poor with alot of crackling throughout the whole CD. I have purchased 100s of CDs and DVDs from Amazon and this is the first time that I have felt the need to return an item. Amazon were excellent with a replacement arriving within 36 hours. Unfortunately the sound recording on the replacement was no better so clearly the product itself is faulty rather than the individual CD included within my pack. CD2, CD3 and CD4 were all fine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This book arrived without the CD, essential for many of the exercises contained within the book :-(
Published 28 days ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent course book.
Published 1 month ago by stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just what I wanted, at a very reasonable price, thanks.
Published 1 month ago by MR JOHN L WOOLLCOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, great value for money and delivered next day
Published 2 months ago by Sandra J. Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
Hardly used it as I had hoped the CD was going to be much better than it was. Neither is sufficient in themselves. Disappointing.
Published 3 months ago by Matthew
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed.
Difficult to read, cd hard to listen to, very disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Bacona
5.0 out of 5 stars Suenos word Spanish 1 course book.
This is the course book that my teacher is using. Yes it is a very good book, it is easy to follow.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Anita Redmond
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a Spanish beginners course
The impression I get from this book is that if you were happy with the activity book this would provide some good training. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study Book
So good I could have written this in spanish. It is very well structured. Along with the 4 cds (I bought seperately) I picked spanish up easily and quickly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barry Norman
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
I'm an linguistically challenged, but this book was not very clear at all. Did not help me one bit, my Spanish is still terrible.
Published 10 months ago by Jay
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