Spanish by Association (NTC Foreign Language) Paperback – 16 Jun 1994
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Dr. Michael Gruneberg is an internationally respected authority and author on memory enhancement. He is the president of the American Society for Applied Research in memory an Cognition.
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Don't buy this expecting to have a set of stock phrases which you have learnt parrot fashion. It's not a phase book (The initial chapters will have you declaring that "the quiet jellyfish is blue and fresh" - OK if you are into obscure seafood I guess!). By the end of the book you know HOW to say "I want a quiet table for 4 over there please" and WHY it means that.
The only thing I would recommend is to have a English/Spanish dictionary with you. There is nothing more annoying than knowing WHAT you want to say, knowing HOW to say it but not knowing the Spanish word for it.
PS This book made me an instant hero with my kids when I proudly told them that the Spanish for frog is "rana" after we spotted some in a pond. That's GOT to be worth the money.
The explanation of the use of "es" and "esta" made more sense to me than the one given to my class by my Spanish teacher. It is also easier to remember which one is to be used in which instance by using Dr. Gruneberg's notes.
The divisions of the book are are also well done. In my opinion, it would be very easy to "learn" Spanish quickly before an expected trip with this book. It is one of the few self help books that really lived up the the "dust cover" advertising.
I have (and will continue) to recommend this book to my friends. I bought this with the learning-cd, which was ideal for listening to in the car during rush-hour traffic. Distract yourself from road-rage!
If you are thinking of learning spanish, buy this book, you won't regret it. I'll see your review here in the next few days ;)
Now I have read one review for the Italian version, by the same author saying that it is a palaver learning the Italian word, associating it with and english word... this just demonstrates a severe lack of imagination, and brain power.
The method is simple, and with perseverence works wel.. Look at the word, and got with the scene given to you by the author to help you remember it.. Give it colours, smells, feeling and the more you do, the easier you will remember... if the scene given does not work, then choose your own... Think of it, picture it for 10 seconds, and then move on to the next. You will be amazed at how quickly you will create a large vocbulary tha you can use confidently...
So ignore the brainless, and get this book.. work at night in bed, and the words will still be there the next morning.. then when you speak the language, when you think of the english word you are trying to translate, the picture will be in your head in a flash, and you will utter it before you realise...
This technique is widespread, and used by magicians like Paul Daniels (who has also had a foray into Language courses) and also the SAS, for remembering information...
Good luck and enjoy!
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Sure, some of the association links are a little bizarre and you might be better off making up your own ones, but for the most part they work very well. I'm finding I can how pluck Spanish words out of my brain with ease and my confidence in even attempting to converse has grown.
This is a good price for what should be considered a very useful companion to your main study method.
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