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- Editor: McGraw-Hill Education; Edición: Bilingual (16 de julio de 2013)
- Colección: Practice Makes Perfect
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0071831355
- ISBN-13: 978-0071831352
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Get five times the language-learning expertise for the price of one book!More than a million students have turned to the Practice Makes Perfect series for a trusted guide to help build their language-learning skills. And, now this bestselling brand offers you all of the tools you need to learn Spanish in one value-packed workbook. Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish All-in-One covers all facets of a language to give you a solid foundation of verbs, vocabulary, grammar, and conversational structures. This one-stop resource features thorough explanations that are reinforced by hundreds of hands-on practice exercises that give you real confidence in your new language skills.
The effective way to master Spanish grammar
The only way to build your confidence in a second language is to practice, practice, practice. Featuring the proven Practice Makes Perfect approach, this workbook is an indispensable tool to practice and perfect all aspects of Spanish grammar.
From present tense regular verbs to double object pronouns, this comprehensive guide and workbook covers all aspects of Spanish grammar that learners need to master. Focusing on the practical aspects of Spanish as it's really spoken, each unit of Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar features crystal-clear explanations, numerous realistic examples, and dozens of engaging exercises. Wherever appropriate, explanations include comparisons with English grammatical conventions, making it easier for learners to understand the basic logic behind the rules and to remember correct usage. And the exercises come in a variety of formats--including multiple choice, fill-in sentences and passages, sentence rewrites, and creative writing--designed for every learning style.
Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar makes mastering Spanish grammar easy with: Clear, down-to-earth, easy-to-follow explanations that make even the most complex principles easy to understand Dozens of exercises in formats suited to every learning style Time-saving thematic vocabulary panels that cut down on dictionary drudgery "Running commentary" answers that help you avoid common mistakes A detailed answer key for quick, easy progress checks
Offering a winning formula for getting a handle on Spanish grammar right away, ""Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to learn to speak Spanish the way the natives do.
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This book begins by assuming you already know the vocabulary and grammar to create complex sentences. It starts by explaining spelling and punctuation, but one of the exercises instructs you to translate sentences from English to Spanish while adding proper punctuation.
For example, problem number 5 on page 7 says, 'They will give a lecture in the EU,' and the reader must translate to 'Daran una conferencia en la UE.' To create that sentence in Spanish, you must know how to conjugate 'to give' and the word for lecture, along with sentence structures that the book hasn't yet taught.
Language exercises are helpful in reinforcing the knowledge you just learned, but only if you have the basic skills needed to do them, which the writer of this book didn't seem to take into account.
Here are a few more examples from the first chapter on spelling and punctuation.
Problem 2 on page 8 asks that you insert commas into their proper place in this sentence:
'Hacen ejercicios montan en bicicleta levanter pesas y corren siete o ocho millas.'
This is the sentence we're supposed to correct, but I have no idea what the vocabulary means, so I can't effectively practice what I just learned about comma placement following certain types of words. The answer key in the back states the sentence should look like this:
'Hacen ejercicios, montan en bicecleta, levanter pesas y corren siete u ocho millas.'
Then, the book asks that you unscramble words to make a sentence:
de hecho/paciencia/mucho/no tienes/enojas/porque/mucho/te
Maybe someone smarter than me could've figured this out with no background in Spanish, but I was completely lost. For those who are curious, the answer is: 'De hecho, no tienes paciencia porque te enojas mucho,' which doesn't
utilize the second 'mucho' from the initial question, causing even more confusion.
On the last page of the first chapter, an exercise asks that you answer the questions in complete sentences in Spanish. Assuming the reader can even understand the questions, which are written in Spanish, it would be difficult for them to answer when the only thing that's been taught so far is general rules for punctuation and spelling.
One question asks: 'What day of the week do you prefer?' I couldn't answer that question without knowing the Spanish verb for 'to prefer' and how to conjugate it, not to mention the days of the week, only four of which were mentioned in passing earlier in the chapter.
Observant readers may notice that one of the sentence models shown previously says, 'El viernes es mi dia favorito,' or 'Friday is my favorite day,' and copy their answer directly, but it's easier to learn from the exercises when you do them yourself, so I wish the book had exercises that built only on the lessons already taught.
I will continue to read the book and try to learn from it, but it will be difficult if the other chapters are as unintuitive as the first, which seems to be the case from what I've seen after skimming through the book.
The preface says the book is mainly targeted toward self-taught learners, but I would recommend this book more to intermediate or advanced Spanish speakers who need a refresher or to students with a teacher to guide them through the book and provide supplemental exercises.
I am now finishing the second chapter on subject pronouns and the present tense, and all of the problems listed above exist in this chapter as well. Also, on page 31, the author indicates that she had previously presented material on the irregular verb 'haber,' though it hadn't been mentioned at all.
Maybe I am being too cynical, but I suspect the creators of the book may have copied and pasted from the other Practice Makes Perfect books without thinking of organization, or possibly the book editors just didn't pay close enough attention as they checked for mistakes. I'm hoping the errors don't extend to the Spanish lessons themselves, but I don't know enough about the language to say one way or the other.