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
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
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.
- 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:
This book is great. The author is a genius, wish there were more like it around.
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!
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.
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.
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