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Comic Mnemonics for Spanish Verbs

Comic Mnemonics for Spanish Verbs
Author/Publisher: Jim Sarris (Author), Patricia Nacher (Illustrator)
Emphasis: SpanishVerbs
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At last! A book to help you, the beginning/struggling Spanish student, learn verbs quicker, remember them longer, and have instant access to their conjugations in the present and past tenses.

* Through the use of mnemonic phrases and comic visuals, you'll spend less time studying verbs and have more success recalling them.
* With the conjugations of the present and past tense of each verb presented on the same page, you'll locate the form you need when you need it.

* A full grammar review of the present and past tense given at the end. You'll use this book for more than memorizing verbs.
* Practice exercises (answers provided) that put your knowledge of conjugations to the test.
* Three easy ways to review verbs when you need to.

For teachers, our web site will show you how others have successfully used Comic Mnemonics in the classroom.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Alacan Publishing (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974909637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974909639
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review:

    4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Comic Mnemonics is a great buy for anyone taking a beginner's Spanish class
This little book was a great reference for my introduction to Spanish class. It presents 100 of the most common Spanish verbs in an alphabetical format. Each verb has a comic strip/cartoon which will help you remember the meaning of the verb by using the methods of mnemonics and association with the equivalent word in English.

For example, the Spanish word "mirar" means "to look at," so the cartoon shows a person looking in a mirror with the caption: "Roger looks at the MIRROR." Another example is the word "cantar" which means "to sing." The cartoon shows a boy singing on a stage with those in the audience covering their ears. The caption is: "Bing CAN'T sing." Also "gastar" means "to spend." The comic shows a lady purchasing gas and the caption says: "Mama Cass spends too much on GAS," and so on and so forth for the other 97 verbs. While this method may seem silly to some people, it is also unforgettable and therefore an effective way to remember.

Another plus is that the verb conjugations in the present and preterite tenses are listed below the comic strips and a small exercise with it usage on the next page. Going by my niece's enthusiasm about this book, teenagers taking highschool Spanish will love it too.

If you enjoy this method, you'll probaby like "Spanish by Association" by Michael Gruneberg too. However, it doesn't have the cartoons like "Comic Mnemonics" but it includes nouns as well as verbs.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Fun, different way - good for boys!
I often lend this book out to boys in my classes to peak their interest in verbs that they may have trouble with. The set-up is nice - one page without English words, the next with the definition, so students can use it for self -study. I also give an assignment each year to come up with comics of their own to explain verbs or other words they are struggling with, and then the students explain it in Spanish - so a great use for anyone. I would be sure you have a pretty good foundation in Spanish, though - there is nothing in the book about pronunciation, or grammar. This is strictly a supplement, and a great one! I'd say the age range is about 12 and up.
Sra. Gose
Spanish teacher and Author of Spanish Fun Activity Calendar


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Handy Book for Spanish teachers
This book is cute, helpful way to remember verbs. I was hoping that it would give me some new ideas, but honestly, I already use a lot of these mnemonics. Made me feel pretty good about my class and my teaching! Great for a student new to the language.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Cute book, good for beginner students
I purchased this book to help me teach verbs to a Spanish I class. So far, they do recall many of the mnemonic phrases especially the rhyming ones (e.g. Boone leaves the saloon), although the book does not contain as many verbs as I would like, and does nothing to help remember stem-changing verbs (besides listing the conjugations below the cartoon).
Even so, it's a good study aid and we have been using it whenever new verbs come up that are included in this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Comic Mnemonics for Spanish Verbs
This book is a must for anyone learning Spanish who has problems remembering verbs tense.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great way to remember the verbs.
I just started to learn Spanish and I had never taken any languages in school. It helped me a lot. The pictures and "mnemonics" are great.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The most helpful book I've found yet to help me remember Spanish verb meanings and conjugations.
Great book for anyone having trouble remembering Spanish verbs and their forms. Along with the pictures and key words to help you remember, there are exercises with each word to test yourself. Plus, at the end of the book there are numerous explanations about conjugating the Spanish verbs.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - SO HELPFUL
I only had a small knowlage of Spanish but with this book, i leaned sooooooo much! I recommend it to anyone who wants to begin Spanish. You can;t expect to be fluint after reading this book but it is still a great help.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Highly recommended for self-study
Profusely illustrated by Jim Sarris with one hundred instances of cartoon style artwork, Comic Mnemonics: A Fun, Easy Way To Remember Spanish Verbs by Jim Sarris is a vocabulary building guide that uses simple, humorous line drawings and whimsical catch phrases to help students of Spanish memorize verbs, such as "viajar" to travel: "on Mars, they travel via jars". Conjugation and grammar reviews for each verb help reinforce memorization and understanding of these verbs, all of which are common-use words vital for anyone striving to gain a working command of the Spanish language. Highly recommended for self-study, student use, review, or just plain fun.


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