Helping kids make connections across languages builds new connections across
neurons - in effect, growing their brains. -- Kathy Mason, Assistant
Superintendent of Instruction, Somers School District, Somers, NY.
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.
- 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:
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
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
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.
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.
Spanish teacher and Author of Spanish Fun Activity Calendar
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.
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.
This book is a must for anyone learning Spanish who has problems remembering
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.
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.
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.
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.