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Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses

Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses
Author/Publisher: Dorothy Richmond
Emphasis: SpanishVerbs
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This convenient worktext gives students a unique approach to learning, remembering, and reviewing how to use Spanish verbs correctly. The book provides a systematic presentation and review of Spanish verb forms and explains when and why a certain verb tense should be used. Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses includes an impressive number of exercises and open-ended questions, numerous conjugation charts, a list of verbs and their prepositions, and Spanish-English and English-Spanish vocabulary lists.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 11, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844273341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844273341
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review:

    4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - FANTASTIC SPANISH BOOK!!
This book is great; it is CLEAR, informative & chock full of the fundamentals of the Spanish language as well as more complex areas. My compliments to the writers. STRONGLY RECCOMENDED!!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The Best on Spanish Verbs!
For anyone like me, who always had problems with verb tenses in spanish, this book is a must-have!
Easy to learn from, it is a treasure in my library.

Anna Marie Fritz, author of "Funny Feline Fotos," and other amazon books.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Now I get it!
This book is great! When I first began learning Spanish on my own, I bought it but put it aside for a while. It was just all so overwhelming. After using some Spanish software for a while, picking up more vocabulary, I decided to give this book a try. It is wonderful! It explains all those questions I had like why is it always me gusta, not me gusto. The explanations are thorough and the topics covered are extensive. Well worth the money!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Perfect for me
I'm a Spanish student (beginner level) and I find this book really useful. It has a lot of exercises which is not so hard but makes you learn a lot. I know this is not enough to be fluent with Spanish. I know I really need to speak a lot of Spanish each day for me to be fluent and that is why Practice makes perfect! If you are a beginner then I recommend this book to you.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Buy this book!!
This has been a wonderful addition to my Spanish class. It is a great workbook that has really helped me practice the very numerous Spanish verb tenses. I love it! I'm going to buy the other Practice Makes Perfect Spanish workbooks. I DEFINITELY recommend this book!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Spanish verb tenses
I found the Spanish verb tenses book to be very clear and easy to understand, I have read many Spanish books which have confused me as they have gone into too much grammar. This book keeps it nice and simple and the examples used are easy to relate to. After reading this book I found myself going back to my old Spanish books and could finally understand them thanks to this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Super book to work in!
I got this book as an accompaniment to another Spanish book I bought at the same time. This book is so much better! It gives very clear explanations and examples and the best are the exercises and translations that you are asked to do. The complete answer key is in the back to check your work. I highly recommend this book!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Learning Spanish basics
I began learning Spanish 16 months ago on a very informal basis, largely due to my changing work environment. I have purchased some instrtuctional CD's and Spanish for Dummies and Spanish Verbs for Dummies. The 'dummies' series does offer information about culture and provides an excellent phonetic reference for correct pronunciation of words. Both were interesting and pragmatic.

This book, [Spanish Verb Tenses] was recommended by Amazon. I read the reviews and found the price to be reasonable enough to try the book. I have found the book to be very user friendly. The concepts and gramatical basics are covered, but the exercises are enjoyable. I have since purchased Ms. Richmond's other two books: one for vocabulary and the other for pronouns. Each have delivered the exceptional discussion of language. They highlight both the similarities between english and spanish as well as the decisive differences. I feel that these books will provide me with skills to be more confident to speak spanish to native speakers in a gramatically correct manner. Thank you--


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Student
Teaher recommended. Great little book to help with verb tenses.
This book is easy to use.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses
I wanted know is this product was suitable for my requirements. I needed a publication which would assist in my ability to converse in Spanish. As the verb conjugations in this language are complicated I needed something to refer to at any given time. I found this book most helpful because it helped me to bring back to mind things I had previously learned while living in Spain, which I started to learn late in life and therefore not so easy to retain. I recommend this publication and others in the series to anyone who is determined to continue using this language.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The perfect guide to accompany your Spanish studies
I would recommend this book along with Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions for any level learner of Spanish, but I'd advise you to have a little bit previous knowledge. It's really cheap, explains every important concept in a very simple way and includes lots of exercises to practice. I've been using this book since the summer after I finished my first year of Elementary Spanish at college. I think it was very useful, especially in my second year of Spanish when I still didn't understand many grammar concepts but was given a text book written entirely in Spanish. This workbook explains things very clearly in English, which is important for beginners. Now that I am close to fluent in Spanish, I still use this book now and again to look up things I'm fuzzy on, and I definitely plan to use it to help me as a Teaching Assistant for students next year.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Great Companion Book
Use this book as a companion to whatever book/CD (grammar, vocab. Rosetta stone etc.) you are using to learn Spanish. I've finished the Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish volume 1, and know a little bit of Spanish now. But if you are a beginner-beginner, this book may not be right for you. Especially, it may be very challenging for a new student to translate English into Spanish. Every section ends with a "translation/traduccion" exercise. In the first unit, you have to translate a whole paragraph--about 10 sentences of English--into Spanish.

Example from the 1st Unit translation exercise: "Marcos lives in Montana. His mother works in a school where she teaches music and phys. ed. In the morning she plays the piano, sings, and practices with the band."

If you started Spanish yesterday or today and are able to translate this in Spanish, you are definitely a genius. Without finishing the Level 1 of the Rosetta Stone, I would never have been able to translate it.

This is a fantastic book with a lot of exercises. No question about it. But if you are a beginner-beginner, use this book as a companion (not as your primary source) to whatever CD/books you are using now.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Basics and beyond
Advancing within my present employment requires Spanish fluency. To achieve bi-lingual certification, I purchased various Spanish software programs. My progress remained slow. I began to believe that I had no hope of ever going beyond understanding a word or two from each sentence, and hoping I could manage something that made sense in reply.

Conjugating verbs was my greatest obstacle until I found this book. I can now reason out which tense to use, and which order to place the verb and subject in a sentence. I wish I had found this book sooner!

The book presents each rule in manageable segments, then gives excercizes to test the reader's understanding. The excercizes are excellent reinforcement. I write the answers on a separate piece of paper rather than in the book. Leaving the pages unmarked allows me to repeat sections that might have given me problems the first time, as well as review excercizes after I've moved on. I also made up my own flashcards and vocabulary lists using the verbs and supplemental vocabulary lists. The cards or lists are reviewed 20 minutes each day, using various mnemonic techniques which I learned elsewhere.

I now have a three prong approach to learning Spanish: the book for understanding grammar, lists and flashcards for expanding and testing vocabulary, software and TV to hear Spanish spoken by native speakers and to record my own voice in reply.

I am finally making progress! This book was worth every penny. IT WORKS!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Extremely helpful
This book was extremely helpful for me as you really need this kind of written practice in Spanish verbs if you are going to fully master the various conjugations (especially for me sitting a university paper in spanish).

I highly recommend it, it really helped me practice recalling the words out of my own head.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great practice which leads to memorization!
I give private Spanish lessons. Although this book may seem tedious at times, it really helps my students understand the patterns of verb conjugation and memorize verb meanings. I highly recommend it for beginners, or for those who would like a refresher.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Outstanding Book
This is an outstanding book that covers the Spanish Verb Tenses superbly. There are great explanations and examples to practice your understanding. I teach Spanish in high school and this book is at the top of my resource list. I recommend it in the classroom or for individuals wanting to improve their Spanish.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great Series
This is a must have book for Spanish learning. It's a great go-to-book and has everything you need. If you are studying Spanish you should have this book in the house... as well as the other books in this series.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - An excellent reference book with exhaustive exercises
This is a great reference grammar book, excellent for beginners and intermediate students of the spanish language, covering all aspects of prepositions and pronouns with numerous examples covering all types of usage. Very useful and thorough exercises in both languages, that if you manage to complete them all, you become a master of the subject.
This book along with the one covering prepositions and pronouns are the top best that I could find to assist me in my spanish classes.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great series
This is one in a great series of Spanish study books. Lots of exercises so you can really practice. Also the organization makes for a great reference. My English grammar is terrible so I have a hard time figuring out what tense I want to use. The beginning of each section has an explanation of how the tenses translate. The pronouns and prepositions book is also great.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Spanish Verb Tenses
Easy to use with worksheets that make the subject clear. I particularly like the written paragraph exercise. After writing the paragraph you can check your Spanish phrasing in the answer section.


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