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on 27 July 2011
This is a really useful book for anyone doing an Intermediate Spanish course. It has lots of example conversations of very practical situations and explains the vocabulary and grammar used. Although a lot of the subject matter was already familiar to me I still learnt a lot. Slight American / Latin American bias to some of the vocab but a very good glossary explains it all.
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on 22 May 2015
The collection title is “Practice Makes Perfect”, which is why I bought it; and there is indeed plenty of practice in the book. Therefore OK so far.

But there are three non-trivial downsides in my particular case.

1) It's aimed at students but seems to forget that conversations aren't always about school. Virtually all the examples illustrate conversations between or with students.
Now that in itself is not a showstopper, but...

2) It's aimed at US students. If you don't know the vocabulary of the US schooling system you'll be constantly looking up things like "majoring" and "sophomore". And that really is annoying.

Probably most the serious downside, though, is

3) It's basically a book for learning Latin American Spanish. The occasional token Eurospanish expression is thrown in for good measure, but the book is essentially written for people who drive "carros" and "se enojan" with each other.

Now, all those are fine if that's what you are looking for, but there should be a big warning on the cover to that effect.

Another niggling flaw for the male reader is that a majority of examples have female protagonists (woman author, you see). If you're a bloke, you have to be on a constant lookout for -o/-a booby traps (no pun intended). I'm not criticizing the author too much because it's something a native English speaker never has to think about in their own language, therefore it requires a special effort to neutralize or at rather equalize gender when visiting a language where it has a much bigger incidence. This author doesn't seem to make that effort.
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on 17 January 2014
One of the most useful in this excellent series. It is set out under headings of various situations, and gives you useful words and phrases for these situations. This is indispensable book to complement the more grammatically oriented ones.
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on 14 January 2013
you need to have the spanish verb tenses green book and the other complete spanish grammer, and you can then learn the language
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on 11 December 2012
I consider this book very useful and entertaining because it contains several dialogues which are all very realistic but take into account that this book is not aimed at the beginners but the advanced students who already have studied Spanish. If you are such a person, buy it!
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on 26 February 2014
This is an extremely useful book as it gives practice in everyday conversations in a very normal way. Most of these situations are very common and probablyu we all will need to use the vocabulary provided at some time when speaking Spanish.
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on 20 August 2014
I think you would need a basic understanding of spanish before using the book. Information before exercises is a lot to take in for follow up work, of which I feel there should be more .
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on 8 March 2014
Exactly what I needed a book to help me in my conversation now I have the basic understanding of Spanish. It is just what was needed to help me further my Spanish language.
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on 28 April 2013
there was not enough information on the difficulty level when I was ordering the book. there should have been some guide to levels of ability in the language
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This is a well written and produced book that covers all that the introductory student to Spanish could need. We recommended and a good price
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