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1001 Most Useful Spanish Words

1001 Most Useful Spanish Words
Author/Publisher: Seymour Resnick
Emphasis: Phrases
List Price: $2

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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.

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Text: English, Spanish

Product Details

  • 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:

    4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - 1001 Most usefull Spanish words
A limited vocabulary is a real challenge for beginning speakers and this is helpful for a beginner's encouragement.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - It's been a big help to me
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.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Excellent book
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.
Thanks Amazon.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Great Resource for the Money but .....
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.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Why Is This Book Useful?
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.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Outstanding value
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 terrific value.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Learn Spanish Quickly on a Budget
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.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Useful guide, but not flawless
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.


Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - You'd do better looking up words in a dictionary.
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.


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars - 1001 most useful spanish eords
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 useful.


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