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Monday 11th of July 2005 07:10:52 AM
Specific Languages : New to Spanish, suggested books?: My library has many books on Spanish, but a search for the word Spanish gets 1500 hits, could you guys tell me what to look for? I am a complete beginner to Spanish, so adjust your suggestions accordingly.

Thanks for your time,

Monday 11th of July 2005 09:08:35 AM
Well, as with any language, it's excellent to have an experienced speaker to guide you along.

For my 'brainwave', I rarely use books, so I can't recommend any good ones.

As foolish as they sound, the _____for Dummies series is actually great. Their language books (I use Japanese for Dummies) grind in a lot of the nitty gritty. Another book like Japanese Step by Step by Gene Nishi are for people who have a rigid organizational pattern. It teaches you sentence patterns and allows you to fill it in. As you get more experienced with the basic patterns, you get used to them and your fluency on those skyrockets and it continues as you chug along. If you can find a book like that, go with it. I've picked up a lot from that book.

Other people, however, are major "dialoggers" who need to see/hear examples. Well, I can't help you in that department. Another reason why working on PhraseBase is so beneficial.

As always, have a dictionary. I lost my Spanish dictionary, made me sad.

Oh, I just remembered the Teach Yourself series has helped quite a few people on this board, a few will swear by it.

If you'd like me to jumpstart you in Spanish, let me know. Contact info in my profile :-P

Monday 18th of July 2005 05:48:06 AM
Spanish [Audio]Books: The best courses are audio-visual courses that immerse u immediately in actual real life situations and conversations.

My suggestions are:
[1] "Colloquial Spanish" (this is Spanish spoken at its normal everyday speed, the real language)
[2] "Ultimate Spanish" by Living Languages
[3] "BBC Sueños World Spanish" (Spanish spoken slower than normal speed at the beginning but very thorough course that soon gathers speed)
[4] "FSI Mastering Spanish" (very fast, very thorough conversational Spanish)

All these courses are available from either or

Wednesday 27th of July 2005 03:32:46 AM
hi,: hi,
well to begin i would go to a book store and buy rather than out of library.. i would suggest spanish now! number 1..along with a dictionary, along with 501 spanish verbs...that all helps

Wednesday 27th of July 2005 05:15:49 AM
I have been studying for 3 years.
Unless you want something like "See spot run" ....
I don't know of any "Easy" books. I have never really read anything in spanish, but I want to read "Cien años de soledad". I don't know if it is easy or hard. But, if you want, maybe try it... Work on learning what it says little by little ;)
Your other route would be duel language books. I like these for french. They have the language you are working on, one one side and then English on the other (they both say the same thing, but just translated into each other). They have a good selection of these at if you want to try there.
Good luck!

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