Spanish Step by Step (Language guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 1990
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Bottom line:If you already understand grammatical terms. yes, by all means this is recommended, but not for a first-time learner.
The only cricicism I can say about the book is that Latin American Spanish is emphisised but that could be explained by the American readership this book was intended for, foot notes in the book explain that sellos for stamps is the word used in Spain as estampillas is used in Mexico and Latin America.
This is a good book if you know the language and just want a quick revision of grammer points or learn something about the language but to learn a language properly you must live in that country and converse with the native population and do not live in an expatriot ghetto, eating fish and chips and drinking warm British Beer, in the Spanish Costas.
It's sometimes hard to figure out which word means what. This book was written as if people could just memorize a bunch of sentences and put them together to say whatever they want. But it's much better to teach us words and teach us how to put them together in order to say what we want. The book is written as if long discussions of grammar are too boring. But I think we need about twice as much explanation in order to really know what we're saying.
It's great to have the transliteration there in case we get confused, but it's too easy to ignore the Spanish and just read the transliteration aloud. Certainly, at some point we should have a clue and no longer need this crutch. (The book does actually explain how to pronounce each letter at the beginning, so transliterations through the entire book should not be necessary.)
Too much mindless memorization is required to learn from this book, and when you're done, you don't really know that much.
If you're trying to get one of the famous Berlitz books, this probably isn't it. On the cover, it says "Charles Berlitz [the author] . . . is the grandson of the founder of the Berlitz Schools. Since 1967, Mr. Berlitz has not been connected with the Berlitz Schools in any way."
Don't get this book!