The Everything Learning Spanish Book
Maybe you find yourself out there searching for a simple and straightforward introduction to the process of learning Spanish. Life gets complicated enough quite easily, so anytime you have the opportunity to keep things simple and learn the Spanish you need to learn, you should go for it. And that's where this book comes in. This is an easy to use, easy to understand, introduction to Spanish.
The style of writing is in a fun and easy-going way. It's not too serious, yet it presents the real Spanish you want to know. The text lessons are spaced with plenty of informational tables as well as fact areas. In front of the book, the authors suggest 2 ways to use the book. You can read it all, cover to cover. Or if you want, you can skim through it, picking out just the essential information you need to know. Assorted tips, warnings, and facts are presented often through out the text of the book. And they're easy to spot because they're set apart with large graphics.
What To Expect:
There are chapters for all the basic Spanish items you'd expect in a book like this: Spanish words you already know is an encouraging way to start. They list dozens of Spanish words we as English speakers recognize and understand. You gain a lot of traction right away when you focus on these words. Not only do they easily add a huge number of words to your Spanish vocabulary right up front, but they also give you a psychological boost by allowing you to see a lot of progress when you begin, and encourage you to continue forward. Then, after these cognate words, the book continues on with pronunciation, then parts of speech, nouns, verbs, regular and irregular, and different tenses.
If you like to know you're on track and absorbing and learning all the material the book is teaching, you'll appreciate all the exercises in the book. These are a chance for you to have some feedback that says either: great, I'm right on track with how I'm pickup up this new material they're presenting. Or, hold on a minute, I'm going to re-read some of this and really get a little better grasp of what they're teaching me before I move on. Most of the chapters have practice and exercise sections to test what you've learned. And the answers are in the back of the book.
In The Appendix:
The book has a large appendix section with a few parts. First is a Spanish to English glossary followed by its partner the English to Spanish glossary. These are simple, one word definitions for handy look up of the words used in the book. Next comes an appendix section of common Spanish idioms. These are worth their weight in gold because they don't translate literally, and yet they are the stuff everyday Spanish conversations are made of. And nice example sentences, with translations, are included for each idiom. The book ends with the answer key to the practice exercises and a full index.