Indispensable learning aid includes definitions of common Spanish words
arranged by such categories as foods, numbers, days of the week, months,
colors, seasons and family. At the book's heart is a dictionary, from a to
zapato, where each word is used in a Spanish sentence (with English
translation) demonstrating its proper use.
Text: English, Spanish
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (June 7, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486291138
- ISBN-13: 978-0486291130
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review:
A limited vocabulary is a real challenge for beginning speakers and this is
helpful for a beginner's encouragement.
This little book has been helpful in my spanish class with looking up words that
are not in my text book and I thought it was a great price as well.
I found it helpful in learning some spanish. It is light enough to carry with me
so that I can carry it with me where ever I go.
Just as good as Easy Spanish Phrase Book by Dover, 1001 Most Useful Spanish
Words is an inexpensive gem of information on the Spanish language. It's
actually better than a dictionary because it only gives you one useful word at a
time (that way you don't have to choose like with a regular dictionary) and you
get to see the word used in a sentence in context.
Still, you can't beat learning to create your own words and sentences, not just
those that someone made for you in advance.
For that reason, I am sold on Behind the Wheel Spanish 8 CDs and Book.
Behind the Wheel - Spanish 1 (Behind the Wheel)
I recommend you buy both of these to use together.
I have and I've gotten great results.
After learning German from scratch, I realized about eight months later that my
unwieldy and large German-English dictionaries were a drag. They were slow and
clunky. When I decided to learn Spanish, the first thought I had was to find the
right reference book for starting out with the basic vocabulary. This book has
the perfect form and function for the beginning student. When I'm doing
exercises, I can find the word I need in this book without skipping a beat or
losing my train of thought. Buy this book if you're looking for efficiency. It
has, for the most part, all the vocabulary a beginning student needs without the
clutter of word entries a student doesn't need. It's easy to work with because I
know from the moment I need it whether it will have the word I need or not. It's
a two dollar workhorse that's a pleasure to use.
Particularly useful for intermediate-level speakers of the Spanish language.
This book very concisely presents a wealth of vocabulary and demonstrates the
grammar of each palabra introduced. For a very small price, it represents a
A great resource for people learning or refreshing their Spanish vocab. Can't
afford to buy expensive software? This is the book for you! Words arranged by
easy-to-find categories and a small dictionary is included in the book.
What makes this book so great? Cheap. Small. Useful.
Is this booklet worth the $2 that Amazon currently charges? Most certainly. I
wouldn't place an order just to buy it, of course, but you should throw it in
with anything else you might be buying.
If you do not speak any Spanish at all, this book will probably have limited
usefulness to you until you get a fair grasp of its grammar. Once you're there,
though, this book shines.
Here's how I recommend you use this: instead of a guide to 1001 words, use it as
a guide to 1001 *sentences*, because each word has a sentence example for it.
Put all the sentences in a flash card program such as Anki or Mnemosyne. (If
you've never used such a flash card program, you really should. They're great.)
You can skip over sentences that are too easy, of course, but a lot of the
sentences will be interesting even if you already know the word.
However, you have to be a bit careful, because the entries do contain some
mistakes, and this is why I must give it 4 stars instead of 5. For instance, the
entry for "alcoba" has the sentence "Buscamos un apartamiento con dos alcobas"
("We're looking for an apartment with two bedrooms") -- "apartamiento" should be
"apartamento". The entry for "amigo" has "Quiero presentar algunos amigos míos"
has at least one mistake (there should be an "a" after "presentar"), but a
native speaker told me it still sounds awkward and should be something like "Quiero
presentarles a unos amigos míos". There was another sentence where the "a" was
omitted with presentar, but I can't find it right now. So if you use this book,
you have to stay on your toes a bit and accept that there may be a couple of
mistakes in it. I think that, and the $2, are a small price to pay for having
1001 sentences at your fingertips, though.
A totally useless book with words selected haphazardly with only one explanation
given, which hardly covers the different meanings of some words depending on the
context. You could do better to yourself by opening a dictionary and selecting
words in random. I got lured by its low price and wasted my money.
The English translations are not exact , and because they are not , they cause
confusion as to what is actually being stated as an example of word usage. The
English translation needs to be word for word in order for this book to be