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Spanish Grammar Drills

Spanish Grammar Drills
Author/Publisher: Rogelio Alonso Vallecillos
Emphasis: Grammar
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Sharpen your Spanish grammar with skill-building exercises

If you want to be proficient in Spanish, you eventually have to clear the bothersome hurdle of grammar. The best way to conquer this obstacle is through hands-on experience. Covering all facets of Spanish grammar--from prepositions and pronouns to verbal forms and tenses--Spanish Grammar Drills helps you learn often-perplexing topics with fun and engaging exercises.

This comprehensive book features:

  • 200 drills that demonstrate how the Spanish grammar system works, including review exercises to reinforce your learning
  • An answer key to give you immediate clarification on any concept
  • Quick reviews bring you up to speed on grammar

Topics include:
Reflexive verbs * Infinitives and gerunds * Possessive pronouns * Adverbs of frequency * Imperfecto versus indefinido * Comparatives and superlatives * and more

About the Author
Rogelio Alonso Vallecillos teaches Spanish at his own language academy and is the author of Essential Spanish Verb Skills.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007147269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071472692
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review:

    3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great, absolutely great
This book is great. The author is a genius, wish there were more like it around.


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars - NOT FOR BEGINNERS
I am a beginner and this book says "Perfect for beginners" on the front. No way! There are no English translations, the vocabulary is very difficult, even using a separate spanish dictionary i couldn't get the right answers for many questions, or find definitions for some words. I thought it must be supposed to go along with a text book or something because there is an answer guide but no explanation of how to get the answers yourself. I'll try again in a few years!


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Great book.... but deceptively marketed!
Okay, based only on the contents, I would definitely give this book five stars. I'm subtracting a star, however, for its mis-marketing and mislabeling. It is marketed as a beginning/intermediate workbook. And it's just not. The contents are actually more appropriate for high intermediate or advanced students of Spanish, I would say.

The book is interesting in that it covers many of the more sophisticated topics that beginner/intermediate grammar workbooks do, but it covers them at a higher level. It's more of a "sticky point" clarification/practice grammar workbook. From the very beginning, the book assumes that you have a good knowledge of the entire verb system (both simple and compound tenses) and a pretty extensive vocabulary. It does hold off on the subjunctive for a time, but it goes right into some pretty sophisticated sentence constructs from the start.

One reviewer mentions that the book is confusing--it's not confusing if you're fairly comfortable with Spanish grammar. It's challenging, but not confusing. HOWEVER, if you don't have a command of elementary grammar, I can tell you that you will definitely be confused and/or really stretched early in the book. You probably won't be ready for this one.

However, if you've been through some of the other grammar workbooks and are looking for something more challenging and sophisticated, this might just be the ticket. As for the content, I'd say it is excellent practice--but then again, I'm pretty comfortable with Spanish grammar. Even at that, I was stretched at times. I like the way this book starts right off with more advanced sentence structures than I've seen in any of the other Spanish grammar books I've gone through (and I have gone through quite a number of them). It also works into some things that I've not seen at all in other Spanish grammar books. It's an excellent book, just be aware that it's not really appropriate for a beginner as the books cover mistakenly indicates.

PS: For those of you who are a bit more advanced, this same author (Vallecillos) has just released "Advanced Spanish Grammar" that you might also consider to supplement this one. It looks to be a great book. I just got it and will write a review when I get into it a bit more.


Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - NOT FOR BEGINNERS
I have been learning Spanish for many years and I found this book to be extremely confusing. Their explanations are definitely incomplete for a beginner and in my opinion an intermediate learner. This book was a complete waste of my time and money. Suggestions: Bergstein's "Easy Spanish Step-By-Step" or Barron's "Spanish Verb Workbook." I found these books much more effective and I actually was able to learn from and finish them.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - good for someone who is an advanced learner
it's good for someone who is an advanced learner. it has a few things in it that i didn't find in other grammar books. highly reccommended for intermediate to advanced learners


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