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- An extensive grammar review, highlighted by illustrative examples
- Dozens of exercises, including fill-ins, translations, and creative
- Time saving thematic vocabulary panels to cut down on dictionary
- Boxed summaries of key grammar points for focused learning
- Detailed answer keys for progress checks
From the Back Cover
The effective way to master Spanish grammar
The only way to build your confidence in a second language is to
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From present tense regular verbs to double object pronouns, this
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learners need to master. Focusing on the practical aspects of Spanish as
it's really spoken, each unit of Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish
Grammar features crystal-clear explanations, numerous realistic
examples, and dozens of engaging exercises. Wherever appropriate,
explanations include comparisons with English grammatical conventions,
making it easier for learners to understand the basic logic behind the rules
and to remember correct usage. And the exercises come in a variety of
formats--including multiple choice, fill-in sentences and passages, sentence
rewrites, and creative writing--designed for every learning style.
Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar makes mastering
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- Clear, down-to-earth, easy-to-follow explanations that make even the
most complex principles easy to understand
- Dozens of exercises in formats suited to every learning style
- Time-saving thematic vocabulary panels that cut down on dictionary
- "Running commentary" answers that help you avoid common mistakes
- A detailed answer key for quick, easy progress checks
Offering a winning formula for getting a handle on Spanish grammar right
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Also in the Practice Makes Perfect series:
Spanish Verb Tenses
Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions
- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 26, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071422706
- ISBN-13: 978-0071422703
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review:
This book has been really helpful for practicing my spanish while I'm living in
Argentina. I would recommend this book if you already have a basic understanding
of Spanish grammar and just need help practicing the grammar rules. I wouldn't
recommend this book if you are a complete beginner as it is not comprehensive
enough to teach you everything from square one.
A wonderful attack on the battle of learning Spanish. Extremely helpful
explanations and makes learning a game almost
I used this book as a supplement to a "Reading Spanish" book I acquired, and
found it to be very helpful. It has a large array of questions, and it was very
easy to navigate through the book according to what my primary book was
covering. Unfortunately, if you were to use this book from front cover to back
cover, it teaches language in the same fashion that made it so difficult to
learn in secondary school - starting with present tense, imperfect, etc. then on
to participles and future tense. Learning the participles first is easier, as I
found when using this book as a supplement. Grammar is incredibly well
explained, and your mastery of the language will be quicker, and you will feel
more confident when using this guide.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I bought it expecting a good and thorough
workbook on Spanish grammar, which it is thorough. However, it's frustrating
because some of the exercises don't seem to "go with" what the chapter is
covering. There's a translation exercise at the end of each chapter and after
dutifully translating as I had just studied, I turn to the back and the answers
are completely different. There are some glaring errors in the book too.
Example: "Mi hermano cumplio treinta..." is translated as "my brother turned
twenty". If a beginner such as me can catch this - it's glaring. The frustration
was so great that after struggling through 3 chapters, the book now sits on the
shelf - a bad place for books. I've since purchased The Ultimate Spanish Review
and Practice and am working along quickly with this user-friendly and consistent
Practice Makes Perfect is good but being a beginner found it a little difficult
to follow and understand all workbook assignment short quizes. The intermediate
student would have no problem.
This has been a great book for me. I have some knowledge of Spanish but I need
to learn much more. The book is written at the right level for me. I have some
knowledge and a basic vocabulary. The book provides a good review of various
points of Spanish Grammar. I find the exercises really help but I have to
actually do the exercises for the material to sink in. I like the translation
I have found a few minor errors in the answer section as a previous reviewer
noted but nothing major so far. (e.g. making a word plural when it was singluar
in the question.)
While I realize there have to be limits, I do wish the book had more questions
and exercises. The more I do the better I become.
I found the order of the book is a little odd. All verb work is in the front.
Chapters on nouns, adjectives and pronouns are in the back. While you could jump
around, this sesquence means that most readers will understand nouns and
adjectives well before they are studied in the book.
This is a good supplement for other text books. The explanations are concise and
to the point. This book is a good reference book.
I give this book 3 stars simply because it is a crash course in many of the
topics that give learners of Spanish a hard time. It is very little information
about a whole lot of subjects, but as with the other books in the series it does
do a fantastic job given the crammed feeling of the book. I would recommend this
book only after completing the other three titles in the series, or as a
refresher course. There is simply too much information in this text and it is
not covered as thoroughly as I would have liked for me to give it a higher
rating. This text is not for the truly beginner Spanish student.
This book is great, however it is not for an absolute beginner. One needs to
have some vacabulary and some knowledge of grammar. It's great for grammar
review and for someone who already speaks spanish but needs to brush up on
skills. Also the book contains plenty of exercises with correct answers at the
end of the book, so you can check your progress. In addition to just checking
the grammar, some exercises involve translation.
Do not buy this book unless your spanish level is at least at lower intermediate
The structure of the book is a bit different from the books I am used to: It
starts not with nouns, adjectives, numbers and prepositions, as most of the
books do, but from learning the spanish tenses: present, preterit, imperfect,
future, subjunctive. At the end, the book goes into nouns, prepositions, etc.
As a new learner of Spanish I found this book difficult to use because the
vocabulary used in the examples and grammar exercises was unfamiliar. Once I
learned enough vocabulary, the book became very useful in explaining, practicing
and enforcing what I had learned. I recommend this book only if you already know
First let me clarify by saying that if I could have given this 4 and 1/2 stars,
I would have; it's ALMOST worth 5 stars, but not quite.
This book is an excellent learning tool if you already have a little bit of
experience with Spanish going in. I bought it to use during a year off from
school so I wouldn't forget the Spanish I had learned in my 100-level courses in
college. If you do the exercises conscientiously and make an effort to really
learn the material, this book can be an invaluable tool to your success in doing
That said, the only thing preventing the book from receiving 5 stars is that if
you have no prior knowledge of Spanish, it can be a bit confusing going in, as
the author completely separates the sections on verbs from those on nouns,
adjectives, pronouns, etc. This is an okay idea, but it makes it difficult to
complete some of the exercises in the earlier chapters if you don't already know
how to use the more basic components of a Spanish sentence.
Still, I more than recommend this book, especially if you just want to brush up
on Spanish you learned a long time ago and have since forgotten.
I purchased this book hoping it would be basic enough to use. Unfortunately, it
wasn't, but it will be useful as my Spanish ability improves. Since I am still a
beginner in Spanish, I do not have enough vocabulary and grammar background to
fully utilize this book now. I think it will be exactly what I need when I
become a high beginner or low intermediate Spanish learner. It contains in-depth
explanations and many examples. There are also many practice questions to put
the new material to use.
This is exactly what I was looking for to help my practice my Spanish skills and
prepare for my college class.
My husband who is a Spanish professor picked this book out for me when I first
started learning Spanish. In the very beginning, it was too difficult. But,
after a few weeks into my Spanish class it became manageable.
It was an excellent supplement to my class and it really helped to reinforce the
grammatical concepts. Also, my Spanish class was all in Spanish, even the
grammar explanations, and I really appreciated how clearly this book explained
the concepts in English.
I'm now moving on to more advanced Spanish exercises, but I will keep this book
handy as a reference. The explanations are really, very good.
The vocabulary introduced in the book is also very comprehensive for the most
common words and phrases in many aspects of daily life. However, there is an
inclination toward Latin American Spanish vocabulary rather than Castilian
The exercises are also good overall. But, each chapter and topic is isolated and
the exercises do nothing to reinforce concepts learned in previous chapters.
Therefore, this book is not the end-all-be-all program for learning Spanish.
However, it's a great introduction to the grammar and could be an integral
component of any beginner's study program.
Regarding the other reviewer's comment about the answer key being full of
mistakes, I did find a few, but it by no means rendered the book useless.
Perhaps he/she was using an earlier edition and the mistakes have since been
I have been studying Spanish for 7+ years and used this book as a text book in a
college course that focused on the verb conjugations and tenses. We did about
90% of the exercises in the book. It's very thorough with the material that it
covers, but the answers in the back are full of so many mistakes that the book
almost isn't worth it. It was frustrating for us students to use the book and
check our answers only to find mistakes. Eventually our professor stopped using
I've been trying to improve my rather rudimentary Spanish for awhile now, and
this book helped more than anything else so far. I thought it was much better
done than the other two books in the same series. I would say it is meant for a
"2 or 3 out of 10" speaker, and if you apply yourself to all the exercises and
review them you could get to a "5 out of 10." For the money and time invested,
that is simply unmatched.
It's a good book, but I would go for Spanish Verb Tenses since the latter is
better written and organized.
This is a great book for all levels. For beginners it is well written and has
lots of excersises. For advanced students you can check all answers in the back
making this a great self help book. The lessons are well set out and easy to
I bought this work book three years after my last Spanish course because I was
going to retake Spanish and wanted to refresh my memory. Practice is definitely
the best way to learn and remember a language, and this work book was sufficient
and helpful. I actually enjoyed the exercises, although some are ovelry
simplified. I'm not sure how good this book would be for someone without
previous courses in Spanish, but it worked well for me. The explanatory sections
are short and clear, and are followed by exercises pertaining to the lessons.
The book builds upon previous chapters. I also tried the Barron's Spanish
series, which are much thicker and somewhat clumsy. I liked both the "Practice
Makes Perfect" and "Barron's" series, but I think that the former is more
comprehensive and probably best for someone who is reviewing Spanish.
Whether you've already used up the previous two Spanish guides in the Practice
Makes Perfect Series (Spanish Verb Tenses, and Spanish Pronouns and Pronouns),
or this is your introduction, this workbook is as good as it gets for the
intermediate to advanced student of Spanish who wants to keep learning beyond
the classroom. Complete Spanish Grammar has it all--friendly, down-to-earth
language, exercises that could have been taken right out of Hispanic shops and
streets and living rooms, and explanations of grammar components that actually
I don't know how many times I've heard the exact phrases I just saw in the
workbook while walking down the streets of Mexican towns. And since it's
soft-cover, it's easy to take with you and work with while traveling. Hey, at
$10.95, you can even afford to buy and extra one to keep in the car.
All the books in this series are wonderful, especially if you're using them to
supplement a course text. I would recommend buying all three, so when using this
one and there is a particular grammar element which is tricky you can refer to
either the 'verb' or 'pronouns and prepositions' books to examine the point
What kind of learner am I?
I teach in a university-based adult education program, where many of my students
are native Spanish speakers. My high school and college Spanish classes were a
distant memory, but when I chose this book and its companions (pronouns and
verbs), I DID remember enough to communicate at a basic level. I've found this
series excellent for improving my Spanish enough for my students to comment
enthusiastically after a relatively short time. I have no instructor, but I
learn well from books, and I already knew how to pronounce Spanish words. For
someone else in my position, I can't recommend this series highly enough--it's
the best I found after extensive searching, library loans, etc.
Getting the most from this product:
I also recommend getting all three books (complete grammar, pronouns, and verbs)
as I did. I've found that it's been helpful to work through a few sections in
one book, switch to one of the others, and move ahead in similar jags through
all three at once. I can tell when to switch by when I start to feel like I'm
getting in over my head--I think it would be difficult to learn alone using just
one of these.
Another tip: This series is pure grammar, but there's plenty of culture and
literature available free online. I've supplemented the books by reading
Spanish-language newspapers online (my favorite seems to be the BBC/Latin
America), pasting the text into www.freetranslation.com to check my reading as
needed. Often, I've translated these in their entirety for practice (the free
translation's enough to understand, but not a particularly good translation). I
also found a Spanish-speaking penpal by visiting Spanish chatrooms, and write
back and forth frequently as a way to practice my written Spanish. These
activities have provided the learning richness that simple grammar texts aren't
intended to offer.
Who shouldn't use this?
However, if (for example) you know no (or almost no) Spanish now or remember
very little vocabulary, this would be a poor choice. It definitely assumes some
level of familiarity with the language.
This book covers all parts of the spanish grammar exceptionally. It not only
explains the focused topic in a chapter clearly and give a lot of exercises to
let the reader practice, it also contains concepts from other chapters, which
reinforces understanding of other chapters. The fact that this book can be
covered in any order is also very good.
The vocabulary used in here is also quite complete, but only a fraction is in
the glossary (the others should be mostly known at this level anyway). Be sure
to have a spanish dictionary handy when learning, as always.
This book deserves a 5-star rating because it is very comprehensive and it is
very cheap. I love the exercieses because not only can you practice the grammar
but also learn more new vocabularies.
However, this book is NOT for beginners. The author states in the preface that
this book is for advanced beginners or above. You should have at least very
basic knowledge of the lauguage. I started learning Spanish by listening to the
Michel Thomas CD's (the complete 8-CD set). I really learned a lot, but the
Michel Thomas course does not cover every thing. If you really want to be fluent
or to be able to read Spanish, you should study more on your own. This book is a
My copy of this book does not miss anything. Don't listen to the other reviewer.
This book is amazing. It really does contain ALL aspects of spanish grammar.
There are clear grammar explanations, plenty of practice excercises and good
vocabulary/idiom lists. Seriously, buy this book.
BTW: don't listen to the above reviewer. My copy is not missing a single page.
All of the copies of this book I have looked at are missing large sections of
pages. I would really like to have the book, it looks like an excellent review,
but I don't want to buy if its missing half of the dictionary and some of the
answers to the test questions. If they print another copy thats complete, I
would surely buy it.