- 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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Teach Yourself Basic Spanish (TYL) Paperback – 2 Apr 1992
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More About the Author
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).
Top Customer Reviews
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!