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Spanish Memory Book: A New Approach to Vocabulary Building

Spanish Memory Book: A New Approach to Vocabulary Building
Author/Publisher: William F. Harrison, Dorothy Winters Welker
Emphasis: Vocabulary
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"...this is an outstanding book. It kept me laughing for hours at the cleverness of the jingles.... there is no question about the potential henefits deriving from its use in acquiring Spanish vocabulary."

—Brian Stross, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Using mnemonics is an age-old technique for remembering names, numbers, and many other things. In Spanish Memory Book, William Harrison and Dorothy Welker offer original mnemonic rimes that are by turns amusing, ironic, pathetic, sentimental, and sardonic to help students and independent learners acquire and remember Spanish vocabulary.

Included are mnemonic jingles for 700 of the 2,000 most commonly used Spanish words. Each jingle contains both the sound of the Spanish word and its English meaning. The authors have included a general pronunciation guide to Spanish vowels and consonants.

This innovative approach, which the authors have used successfully with their own students, is simple, effective, and entertaining. In the words of one student, "This book teaches me not only Spanish words but English words as well."

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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 (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292776411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292776418
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
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    4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - mneumonics:a novel approach
Although I'm aware of the criticisms of this approach (that you should learn a language through material already acquired in that language) how do you start out if you don't have little or no stuff to start with?

I haven;t referred to the Spanish Memory Book for a few months, yet I clearly remember most of the jingles, the words, and the meanings as well. In addition, I find myself making up my own jingles for Spanish and for other languages.


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