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The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs (Book w/CD-ROM) (Big Book of Verbs Series)

The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs (Book w/CD-ROM) (Big Book of Verbs Series)
Author/Publisher: Ronni L. Gordon, David M. Stillman
Emphasis: SpanishVerbs
List Price: $19.95

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Sail through the turbulent seas of Spanish verbs with this unbeatable reference plus interactive practice combo!

The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM is the most comprehensive resource available for learning and mastering Spanish verbs. Designed for beginning through advanced learners, this indispensable guide will help you conjugate verbs with ease, enabling you to communicate in Spanish confidently.

Inside you will find:

  • 555 fully conjugated verbs, listed alphabetically
  • Current idioms and expressions for each verb
  • The Top 50 verbs, with many examples of their usage in context
  • More than 2,300 verbs cross-referenced to conjugation models
  • A handy guide to deciphering irregular verb forms

The CD-ROM is a fun way to help you:

  • Sharpen your skills with more than 200 interactive exercises, from multiple choice to fill-in-the-blank
  • Form verbs and choose the right tenses
  • Master common idioms and everyday expressions
  • Track and evaluate your progress with a pretest and a comprehensive review test

System requirements: PC only: Windows 2000, XP, Vista

About the Author
Ronni L. Gordon, Ph.D., is an education consultant specializing in curriculum development in foreign languages, literature, and history.


David M. Stillman, Ph.D., teaches Spanish, French, Italian, and Hebrew at The College of New Jersey

Product Details

  • Paperback: 668 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071474730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071474733
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review:

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

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Best Spanish vocabulary book I've ever purchased!
The Big Red book of Spanish is broken down into very comprehensible categories which make it easy to absorb the vocabulary and retain the words in your memory. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone. A real bargain considering the amount of material covered and the price!!!A real gem of spanish books. I anticipate being more fluent after reviewing all the words in the book!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Verb Book review
This is a must when you want to learn to put the proper tenses to the verb. It is very easy to read. I use the CD periodically to test how much I've retained. Taking the reviews on the CD is a very good gauge of your progress.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great help for homework!!
My Spanish teacher gives us verbs and 3 tenses that she wants them congugated in. All I do is look the word up and copy it down. This way, I know I have the right answers to study from. There are just so many rules to remember, this book is a great thing to have around. I haven't checked out what was on the CD yet, but I recommend this book if you plan on getting anywhere with the Spanish language.


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Big Rf Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM
It is a good book for learning basic Spanish. The book has many useful example sentences, which are very useful. It is bulky so I use only when I can't find words in more compact book such as "Everything Spanish Verb Book" by Lawless. I feel the CD-ROM came with the book is not so useful for a person who try to concentrate on verb conjugation. It is almost a lecture book all by itself. They should have considered a lecture format which is more covenient and simple in storing in iPod or like. Wish it was a simple CD without fanfares, not CD-ROM. Again the book, however, is very useful.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Marvelous book and CD-ROM! The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs with Interactive CD-ROM
I've been a happy user of The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs for several years. It is without doubt the best verb reference book on the market. It's complete and user-friendly and has helped me to improve my Spanish measurably. I love it because (1) it shows 555 fully conjugated verbs and more than 2,300 verbs cross-referenced to verbs that follow the same patterns; (2) the verb tables contain all the verb tenses and forms in a very clear, easy-to-read design; (3) the "Usage" section accompanying each verb is outstanding. I've learned how to use the conjugated verbs in a great variety of useful sentences. At the same time, I've learned other parts of speech derived from verbs and important current vocabulary; (4) the Spanish Tense Profiles are superb. I consult these excellent summaries of verb tenses and forms all the time; (5) the "Top 50 Verbs" is extraordinary. These verbs were selected for their high frequency and their use in many idiomatic expressions.

So what could be better than The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs? How about Big Red the book with an interactive CD-ROM that has hundreds of exercises? I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into my Borders last month - there was my old friend, The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs with a CD-ROM attached to the back inside cover. At $19.95 I could easily afford it, and now keep one copy at home, the other in my office.

The format of the CD-ROM is great: first, a Diagnostic Test "How Much Do you Know Already?" with 50 multiple choice questions. I was able to test my knowledge of verb paradigms from Big Red. Nice thing is I could reset the test and take it again or bookmark my progress or jump to a specific question.

Then, the Exercises, "Practice Conjugating", has modules of interactive practice exercises. It includes hundreds of exercises to practice all the tenses and forms of Spanish verbs. I can do the exercises in groups of each tense or use the "Shuffle All" button to mix it up. I really like the types of exercises: drag and drop, select a verb form to complete a sentence, type in a verb form, etc. There's a character panel so when I type a verb form I select the accent mark or punctuation I need.

I checked my answers in Exercise Feedback on the lower right of the screen. For more information about a verb or a tense, there's a cute little open book at the upper right of the screen that you can press to see the Big Red book verb number and the Spanish Tense Profile page number.

The section "Practice the Top 50 Verbs" helps you master usage and idioms of the most important verbs in Spanish. There are exercises to identify synonyms and antonyms, translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English, exercises to practice ser and estar, saber and conocer, preterit and imperfect, and other difficult Spanish topics.

Lastly, there's the Review Test "How Much Have You Learned?" with 100 multiple choice questions. Just like the Diagnostic Test, you can reset the test to take it again, bookmark your progress, or jump to a specific question.

Having the Big Red Spanish Verb Exercise CD-ROM is tremendous. Coordinated with the book, it expands and increases the number of sentences you can practice and produce. And it's so easy to navigate. Thanks to authors Ronni L. Gordon and David M. Stillman and McGraw-Hill for knowing what we learners need!


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