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Spanish for Beginners (Usborne Internet-linked) Paperback – 31 Dec 1992
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Top Customer Reviews
"Sturdy pack with book, workbook, sticker dictionary, flashcards and CD with phrases spoken by native Spanish speakers
Internet links to useful, recommended websites
Book introduces vocabulary, everyday phrases and simple grammar
This comprehensive pack contains everything needed to start learning Spanish, including Spanish for Beginners - a lively and entertaining guide for complete beginners, an illustrated workbook with exercises, a pocket dictionary/wordbook with 120 stickers, and 50 illustrated flashcards to test vocabulary.
Having found the French version an excellent additional resource to language classes at the adult education college that I attend, where I am recapturing French learnt at school over forty years ago, I have bought this, and other Usborne language books, as fun reinforcers and as starters, for family members at school and at home (baby to adult), supplementing them with Collins Easy Learning language reference books, along with the also excellent McGraw-Hill Practice Makes Perfect series of exercise books (somewhat more serious - but I enjoy them too!)
So far within the family, by different members, Spanish, French, Irish, Italian, and Japanese (and a little bit of German!) are being learned, not forgetting the fun illustrated Usborne English language books that we have been using down the generations for about the last thirty years! Reading any language for pleasure is vital to reinforce your love and learning of, and your confidence with, that language, and Usborne help to make it a pleasure right from the start with their well thought out text and their colourful quirky images!
Enjoy your learning!
The explanations of grammar are too vague... for example, it doesn't explain the changes or relationships in pronouns and verb endings- and he was constantly having to ask me about sentence structure, (I had studied Spanish in school, and have a basic knowledge... but even so, I still found it confusing, and we were forced to look up a lot of things online.)
In the end we returned it. Learning a language by rote just isn't for us.
To begin with although there is an audio CD, the book itself has nothing on pronunciation which would be useful for the Spanish "ll".
The family section does not have mention of how to introduce your husband/wife, your daughter/son or your extended family outside of grand parents.
With regards to food it talks about what you like/ don't like. It does not cover items you might order on a menu, how to ask for a table, a high chair etc.
There is nothing about parts of the body and health, which would be very useful if going on holiday.
Having said that I can see a child finding the flash cards and sticker dictionary very engaging and I wish this sort of thing had been available when I was younger.
So, in summary, if you are buying this as an introduction to Spanish for a younger person then I think it is fit for purpose, with a bit of help necessary with pronunciation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this as for teaching you Spanish well it is rubbish not Spanish they talk on and on then say that they have just said this and said that then they say read the cards what use... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2013 by jay
I bought this pack because I started to teach Spanish on my own. As I am Spanish, I wanted a book to help me with my classes. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2012 by Marina
Bought in set of three and was disappointed that it is the same book as I had bought on its own. I think this should have been made clearer!Published on 24 Nov. 2012 by barbara
I wanted something that was an easy read. This book is exactly that. The layout is good and it's a good start to the Spanish language. Suitable for all ages.Published on 16 Oct. 2012 by Diva
I bought this book for my son who is studying Spanish at school and he has found it both fun and informative. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2012 by Deirdre
This is an excellent book for beginners. Its structure is easy to use, and offers different exercises apart from just reading. Well recommended.Published on 10 May 2012 by Laura H
What a great book so helpful for our friends 10 year old and such fun well worth the money
even got me learning now.