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A Brilliant Book I Wish I Had Found Sooner!
on 12 April 2008
I was unsure about whether or not I should buy this book originally, but as I owned almost every other Spanish book Amazon has on offer already, I decided to give it a go. After all, I think building my language resource library has become an obsession in its own right.
I have been learning Spanish off and on over the past several years (more off than on, truth be told.) I have amassed quite a large library of Spanish language resources and this has turned out to be one of the best books if not THE best book I've bought. I am at an intermediate level in Spanish and have found this book has cleared up all (or at least many!) of those niggling little questions and doubts that I have found confusing in my studies. It has helped immensely with the subtleties of the language that none of my teachers or other learning resources have addressed, for example the negative connotation associated with placing a demonstrative after the noun as in:
La niña esta me está fastidiando. - This pesky little girl is annoying me.
The above is an example of one of the intricacies of the language that I have not seen addressed elsewhere and which I would not have known to take issue with before seeing it in this book. But this is just one example. I have found quite a few "aha!" moments, one or two on almost every other page, and while I have always enjoyed learning Spanish, this is the first Spanish learning text that I've been unable to put down.
I had intended to read a small section and then reflect on what I had learned, but I have found it so fascinating that I have not been able to help but to go onto each subsequent blunder and realize how many of them apply to me. I'm over half way through the book (having had it delivered 2 days ago) and I find myself picking it up in every spare moment. My plan now is to read through the whole of the book and then re-read it at a more leisurely pace. If there is a downside to this book, then it is only "information overload" as I try to take it all in at once.
I am surprised that I am the first reviewer of this book as I have found it to be such a great find! I heartily recommend it! I only wish I could find more books by this author that were geared towards the intermediate/advanced student of Spanish.