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Speak Basic Spanish In No Time

Speak Basic Spanish In No Time
Author/Publisher: Larry Rios
Emphasis: spanish for kids
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Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the United States. Modern Language Association, www.mla.org, 11/5/04 So it is natural that many people want to learn how to speak basic conversational Spanish, but it seems like a much bigger task than you have time for. However, Speak Basic Spanish In No Time can help you learn Spanish for every day interaction with non-English speaking Hispanics at work, the store, school and more. Chapters are organized by situations such as At The Work Place, Shopping, At the Restaurant and Travel, so you can quickly identify the phrases you need to learn. You can also download audio files from our website for pronunciation practice. You will no longer have to be uncomfortable around Spanish-speaking people with the help on Speak Basic Spanish In No Time.

About the Author

Larry C. Rios has always had a passion for writing, but his greater passion has always been to share his knowledge of the Spanish language. After receiving a degree in accounting from New Mexico State University, he spent the first half of his career writing. He wrote functional specifications that were coded by programmers and the operating manuals for accounting systems he designed. Upon retirement from federal service, as a budget officer, he pursued his passion by starting an English-to-Spanish translation service on the Internet in 1999. He provides English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English translation with audio at www.sayitinspanish.com.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Que (November 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789732238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789732231
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Average Customer Review:

    4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Intermediate Spanish vocabulary in complete sentences
This is not a beginner book. All kinds of verb tenses are used without explanation. Pronouns, possessive adjectives, word placement are not explained. But for someone who already has studied those topics, it is an efficient way to learn vocabulary relevant to conversations just beyond the basics. Vocabulary is presented in complete sentences that use various constructions and verb tenses. Sometimes the format is question and answer.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Other than audio, this is GREAT!
I agree with the other reviewer that the audio files really leave a lot to be desired.... however, the pronunciation guide is excellent! So many books leave out this very important step - yes, we need to hear Spanish pronounced correctly (and the audio files are pretty decent for basic practice, really) but having a phonetic spelling handy, the first time we see the word is a must. I'm thrilled with the way he writes out the word - no long or short symbols, no dictionary spellings, but simple sounds, with the stressed syllable in all caps. Excellent! I'll be recommending this to the parents of my students who want to learn along with their children.

Great organization, good amount of grammar points, and nice phrasing for an easy approach that doesn't overwhelm.

Sra. Gose
Author of Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 1 & Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 2


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars - free audio downloads are by a computer generated voice
I have never met a Que book I didn't like...until I bought this one. If you don't need the audio support, by all means get this book. The book is a great, fun introduction to conversational Spanish in an easy to read format. But, if you need the audio support, choose another title. The audio support is not a real person reading the text. It is a synthetic, computer generated voice. It is interesting to listen to but I needed practice in speaking and oral comprehension and a Latin computer voice just can't convey the ebb and flow, the pitch and tone of the language. What a shame. This book would deserve 5 stars if a real person had been hired to perform the audio. I took off 3 stars because the audio clips are promoted page after page throughout the book and nowhere does the author tell us that the audio clips are not an authentic human.


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