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Intermediate Spanish Memory Book: A New Approach to Vocabulary Building

Intermediate Spanish Memory Book: A New Approach to Vocabulary Building
Author/Publisher: William F. Harrison, Dorothy Winters Welker
Emphasis: Vocabulary
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Mnemonics is an age-old device for remembering names, numbers, and many other things. As in the authors' previous Memory Books, the Intermediate Spanish Memory Book makes use of this reliable memory help in a series of mnemonic jingles that are by turns playful, sardonic, touching, and heroic to help both students and independent learners acquire and remember Spanish vocabulary. The 500-plus words in this book represent a more advanced vocabulary than those in the Spanish Memory Book (1990) and the Spanish Memory Book, Junior Edition (1993).

The mnemonic jingles present both the sound of the Spanish word (indicated by syllables in italic type) and its English meaning (given by a word or phrase in boldface type):

merienda: picnic, afternoon tea

Mary, end a boring picnic.
Just say, "I'm going home. I'm sick, Nick."

This innovative approach to vocabulary building is simple, effective, and entertaining.

Language Notes
Text: English, Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292731116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292731110
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review:

    1.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Good idea; terrible execution
The books in this mnemonic series are exceptionally disappointing, and more so to those who have actually studied mnemonics.

Those without a background in mnemonics might be permanently turned off to the whole idea by the terrible examples in this book.

One can of course create one's own mnemonics for words but it seems like a nice idea to have someone do the grunt work except that even a beginner in mnemonics can do better than this series with just 10 minutes of instruction.


Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Waste
While the selection of words isn't bad, the method is. I don't recommend that anyone purchase this book. For me it was a complete waste of money and time. The little phrase book that Amazon recommended that I purchase in addition was by far the best part of the purchase. An even better phrase book is "Mastering Spanish Vocabulary" by Jose Maria Navaro and Axel J.Navarro Ramil. There are errors in the book but they are minor.


Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Only for those who need this special memorization technique.
Presents Spanish vocabulary using English rhymes. For example (p. 18):

" deber(1) ought to

One day bears traversed this splendid wild. Some say we ought to leave it undefiled."

Bold letters in the text draw attention to "day" and "bear" in the first line, which approximate the Spanish verb "deber". Bold letters in the second line draw attention to "ought to", the English meaning of "deber".

Different people learn languages in different ways, and some might find this technique useful. I found much more laborious than it was worth.


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