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I am taking Spanish lessons and I needed a book that explained Spanish grammar in English - most of us haven't done English grammar since we were 10 and it's not something you think about as a native speaker. I'm now a adult learning Spanish after work, so I literally needed to be told what a "gerund" or what a "past participle" was in order to work out what the equivalent is in Spanish. Anyway - this book hits the mark. It explains tenses perfectly and complements what I learn during class. It is set out in a logical order and just the right level of depth. The examples really help and the verb tables are great.
Apart from grammar, the other super useful thing are the vocabulary tables at the back. Looking up vocab on various apps is also great, but it's nice to have a list of categorized vocab like "careers" or whatever. This book is the best thing I purchased in my Spanish learning journey. It's small and easy to read, covers exactly what you need if you've been doing lessons for around 3 months onwards. It's become the thing I refer to most (more than my actual Spanish class textbook) and I'd be lost without it.
Very useful. I had started off and got as far as I could with Duolingo app - but that does not give you the grammar. This book is easy to read and helped me no end. I also used it in conjunction with the Collins Easy Learning Spanish Conversation but I found this the more useful of the two. I do pick up languages fairly easily anyway but with a mixture of Duolingo for four months and this book for a couple of weeks I was able to get by fairly well on a recent trip.
Very good verb tables and there is an index of verbs towards the end of that section with many many verbs listed redirecting you to words with similar conjugation logic. However this list does not say what the verbs actually mean so you cannot check what a word means using this book or use it to construct your own sentences. Disappointed with that. Also although it is very good at explaining the rules of grammar and pronunciation it could be better at providing practical sentence development.
The content if this book is great for getting your head around some of the more organized and technical aspects of learning spanish and works great as support material for language learning services like duo lingo. THe only issue i had with this book is that pages seem to be falling out after only light usage resulting in me having to tape many of the pages down. This is very inconvenient and i hope my product is an anomaly.
Everything you could want in terms of a reference for Spanish grammar. Definitely NOT a "Teach Yourself Spanish" kind of book, but if you're already learning it from another source this is a formidable resource to have available as a download on your tablet to be able to take with you when travelling.
I read the reviews carefully before buying this book and I've not been disappointed. A well-laid out grammar, verb tables, and subject-grouped vocabulary. Particularly the verb tables are helpful because Spanish verb conjugations are a lot more complex than English.
Good to have three books in one. Very simple explanations of complex grammar with excellent examples. A good addition to my Spanish collection. Would have liked some exercises at the end of each section.
Brought this book as a beginners guide to learning easy Spanish however the book was written in 80% Spanish and wasn't very much English. The book mostly contains verbs and adjectives that are written in Spanish and it's extremely difficult to understand what they mean. This book doesn't help you at all unless you know fluent Spanish and can speak it. It's mostly written in Spanish and tells you 6 different ways of pronouncing things. It's NOT a phrase book or a beginners guide. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO SPEAK FLUENT SPANISH FIRST BEFORE USING THIS BOOK.