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Teach Yourself Basic Spanish (TYL) Paperback – 2 Apr 1992

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 6th Impression edition (2 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340420782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340420782
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,249,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is by far the best study aid for Spanish learners that I have come across. Simple concise explanations of Spanish grammar and general language notes. Ideal for all learners of Spanish from Beginners to Intermediates . An indispensable reference and companion. I urge you to buy it!
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Having already established a fairly basic level of Spanish I thought I would try and build up my knowledge of the language and chose this book having had a good experience with the French equivalent. Having used TYL Basic French I actually thought the books would have a similar approach and structure, but found this book to be inferior to the French version.

Although there is a good amount of information and vocab it is never put across in a particularly clear way and some of the explanations seem a bit confused. I frequently find myself re-reading passages to make light of a particular grammar rule and some of the lessons which are there to reinforce what you have learnt are sadly lacking and don't seem to be particularly effective. Maybe it's just me, but the way the exercises are structured just don't seem to set in my mind! I have tried other language courses which I feel have done the trick but sadly this one isn't one of them.

As a reference tool and a refresher to those already familiar with the language I think this could be a great help. If you're learning from scratch then TYL's Beginners Spanish I found very good as well as BBC's Suenos courses.

Sorry but this just didn't do it for me!
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This book gives good straightforward support in learning Spanish on your own. It is very understandable. It is also a good reference to confirm grammar points. One weakness is the light cover and binding which means the physical state of the book will deteriorate over time with high use.
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I had purchased this book before a long time ago and was pleased to find I could replace my well used, with lots of loose pages copy at low cost with a very good second hand copy. Although basic I still find it handy to refer to.
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