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The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs: 555 Fully Conjugated Verbs

The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs: 555 Fully Conjugated Verbs
Author/Publisher: Ronni L Gordon, David M Stillman
Emphasis: SpanishVerbs
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The new "bible" of Spanish verbs makes learning faster and easier!

When we set out to build a bigger, better Spanish-verb "bible," we made certain it would be a quantum leap over Barron's 501 Spanish Verbs and every other source available today. The result is hands-down the most comprehensive, clearest, and easiest-to-use source for those of you who are beginning and intermediate learners of Spanish. It exceeds all previous standards of coverage and presentation and is in a class of its own when it comes to enhancing textbook and classroom learning. Smooth sailing through the turbulent seas of foreign grammar with:

  • 555 fully conjugated verbs, listed alphabetically
  • Current idioms and expressions for each verb
  • Full facing page of usage examples for the top 50 verbs
  • One-stop, at-a-glance verb-tense profiles
  • More than 2,200 verbs cross-referenced to models
  • A handy guide to deciphering irregular verb forms
  • Exercises to test mastery

About the Author

Ronni Gordon, Ph.D., and David Stillman, Ph.D., are also the authors of The Ultimate Spanish Review & Practice, which has sold more than 140,000 copies in various editions.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658014870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658014871
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review:

    4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - verb conjugations
What I like about this produce is that the verbs are in alphabetical order. What's missing to make it a good purchase is that there is no color distinction or size variation between the main verb and its conjugations. Also, the print could be larger considering the size of the book. I would have been happy to pay a bit more to have it be more user friendly.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - great reference for those who want to pursue the language
This is an awesome book. The verbs are conjugated in all tenses. The verbs are in alphabetical order and defined at the top of each page. It includes examples of how to use the verb at the bottom of the page. Each verb tense is explained (in an easy to understandable way)at the beginning of the book. It also includes a mini verb quiz.
I am going to minor in spanish and am excited to use this book. It's just helpful to have all the tenses organized in one book instead of trying to search for them. I highly recommend this book and hope this review was helpful.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Big Red Book is Big Help
I love this book, over 500 verbs fully conjugated. The help in my learning Spanish has been invaluable.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - It's the best I've seen - here's another reason why
in addition to the advantages that others have pointed out, such as the examples provided, there is another plus which I don't think anyone else has mentioned. The book gives examples not only of the verb in use, but also of nouns and vocab that are related to the verb in question. So for example, for the word 'Anadir' (which means 'to add'), the book gives sample sentences containing the phrase 'por anadidura' (in addition:') and the noun 'anadido' (addition). These supporting phrases and vocab are every bit as important as learning to conjugate the root verb itself, and I have yet to find a verb book that does this in its sample sentences.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great book, very helpful!
This book was recommended to me by my Spanish Teacher and it is a really good resource to use while learning Spanish or just to use for reference. I recommend the 555 Fully Conjugated Verbs to all interested in Spanish.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Excellent reference book for verbs!
Mastering verb conjugations is essential to learning Spanish. Anytime that I need to find a verb form, I generally will find it in the Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs. The layout and format are so easy to follow. The Big Red Book even has separate conjugation tables for the reflexive verbs, with and without the reflexive pronouns. Plus there is a cross reference list for other verbs with the same conjugated forms as one of the 555 Verbs. I happen to own The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs, 501 Spanish Verbs, and 2000 Spanish Verbs. Each text has its strengths, and the price for each is a bargain. You won't go wrong in even buying all three of them. But if I could only choose one book of Spanish verbs to have, the Big Red Book would be the one.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - El banco de si no fuera.
If I didn't have this book, I would spend a lot of time just trying to find the correct form for obscure parts of the verb paradigms. Well orth having and a valuable part of one's Spanish grammar reference library.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - far outshines Barron's 501 Spanish Verbs
Almost everything about The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs is excellent. The layout is superior, the explanations and example sentences are well done, and the explanation of verb usage and tenses is very clear. There are maybe a few too many regular verbs amongst the irregulars but at least they are clearly labled "regular" at the top, unlike Barron's 501 Spanish Verbs. In fact, this verb book is in every way better than 501. Buy it!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A "Must Have" for Learners of Spanish
I love my Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs. Love it, love it. :D

This marvelous piece of paperback goodness includes....

~Detailed explanations of what each tense/mood means and under which circumstances to use them. What exactly is the difference between the preterit and the imperfect? Does what you're trying to say/write require the conditional or the future? This book will let you know.

~Exercises, so you can put what you've learned to use.

It also....

~Lists the top 50 verbs on one page.

~Tells you which verbs are regular or irregular.

~Addresses any spelling changes, such as changing c to qu or g to j.

And much, much more.

I highly recommend using this book with Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses. The two work nicely together to make mastering verb conjugation not such a difficult task.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Big Red is THE BEST!!!!!
When they say fully conjugated they really mean it! They also give you sentences as examples. The top 50 verbs are also studied more in depth. The book provides excellent explainations of all the verb tenses, how to conjugate, tips, etc. A must have for students at home!!! It is a bit large so I suggest their "little red book of 333 fully conjugated verbs" for taking to class. Its the same as far as the top 50 verbs and the tense explainations, it just has less verbs and quite a bit smaller to lug around!!!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Excellent book on Spanish verbs
For me this book slightly edges out the now venerable 501 Spanish Verbs book, because it includes more examples of usages at the bottom of each page, and the 501 book doesn't have as many of these. There is also a nice list of the Top 50 Spanish verbs which is useful.

On the con side, I didn't like the visual layout on the page quite as much as the 501 book, and that book also includes the progressive conjugations using estar at the very bottom of the verb tables on each page. This isn't a big deal since this pattern doesn't change once you understand it, but it's still nice to have.

One other feature the 501 book has is a good section on the idiomatic uses of some of the verbs, and a fairly extensive section of conversations in different topic areas using the well-known Berlitz method. There are dozens of these at the end of the book. If you already have a book that does that, you won't need this one, but it's here if you want it. Despite these features, as I said, I still prefer the Big Red book slightly, and the two are the same price, so there's no reason to prefer one over the other there.

There is one other "big gun" in the Spanish verbs area, which is the 2000 Essential Spanish Verbs book. This one only includes about 250 tables of verbs, but there is an index which extends that to 2000 different verbs, since you just look up the verb in the index and it directs you to the correct pattern. However, this book has one major advantage over the Big Red and 501 books. It has an extensive section on the grammar of the 65 most important verbs, including many of the irregular ones, with a detailed discussion and a practice sectioni for each. I thought this was a very nice feature and so that book is worth your consideration also. I actually prefer that book to either of these, although the print is much smaller and the layout of the tables isn't as nice. If the publisher would revamp the typeface, layout, and aesthetics a bit it could definitely give the other two books a run for their money.

Any of these three Spanish verb books is excellent, however, and will help you bootstrap your Spanish speaking and reading knowledge and facility to the next level. They're also all the same price, so again, there's no reason to prefer one over the other there.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The biggest, baddest, red-ist book of Spanish Verbs.
I love this book! Why?

Well for starters there is the logical way in which the authors have approached this daunting task. They give you a list of "50 of the most common" verbs en Espanol, then they list all 550 verbs in alphabetical order. On the page in which a "common verb" appears, there is a notation that this is a "TOP 50 VERB!"

I am also impressed by the way they have conjugated each verb in an understandable manner, and the examples of usage they offer for each of the 550 verbs.

This book has gone along way toward taking my Spanish "to the next level," and I am quite certain it will do the same for you.

As cliche' as it sounds, this book is a "must read" for the serious student of Espanol.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Engaging
This is truly an engaging piece of reference. Imagine walking into spanish class with all the essence of the romance language, flowing naturally off the end of your tongue without a missed beat. Use the subjunctive like it was a violin and you are a violinist. This book was all used as a self-teaching guide. Now I live in Spain as a diplomat. All from this book. I love it.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Excellent for High School Spanish
This book is a great helper in my Spanish III class. I would not recommend this book for anyone that is not going beyond Spanish II because if you are stopping there then you really won't need it. But if you ARE going past Spanish II to, say...AP Spanish 5 you will NEED it. It has a handy reference in the back in which you can look up the irregular forms of verbs and it tells you what the infinitive is. This is a must buy for any intermidiate Spanish student.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Absolutely gorgeous!
This is, by far, the best book on verbs I have ever encountered. It is brilliantly laid out so that finding the page for a verb also tells you its meaning, tells five common conjugations right at the top, gives several examples (in some cases, up to a page!) of the verb being used, and, of course, all of its conjugations. There are exercises and answers in the back as well as an irregular verb form index which allows you to look up the conjugated verb and find its infinitive and a verb index that translates the verb. After buying one book on Spanish verbs (sight unseen) that disappointed me greatly, I bought this one and cannot be happier with it!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Crushes 501 Spanish Verbs.
I am social worker with an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Big Red is awesome. It crushes 501 Spanish Verbs. It reviews 555 Spanish verbs and their conjugations. The Book is physically larger, the layout clearer, and the print easier to see than in 501. Also!!!!! Unlike 501, there are examples. For each word there are at least 4 sentences with each verb so you can get a feel of the word's actual use. Even more, the writers have identified 50 words which are common in spoken language and common in idiomatic expressions. For these words there are a couple dozen sentences showing how they are used. Big Red, depending on where you shop is the same or cheaper than 501 Spanish Verbs. I love it. This book, the Oxford Spanish Dictionary, a Bible in the Nueva Version Internacional, Advanced Spanish Grammar by Prado, the dirt cheap dual language readers by Dover, a chatroom for learning spanish, and Instant Immersion CD's have all worked wonders. Good luck!


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