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Speed Up Your Spanish : Strategies to Avoid Common Errors - Javier Munoz-Basols

Speed Up Your Spanish

Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Hardcover Published: 29th September 2009
ISBN: 9780415493338
Number Of Pages: 272

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a Excellent book. The chapters put together and systematise a lot of material that is often taught in an anecdotal or haphazard sort of way, if at all. Students will learn a great deal from the book and have their confidence in using Spanish considerably boosted as a result.a (TM)

Jonathan Thacker, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK

a An invaluable, highly original and methodically sound approach to correcting and eliminating common, yet difficult-to-eliminate errors.a (TM)

Manuel Delgado, Bucknell University, USA

a The user-friendly format and page layout makes Speed Up Your Spanish a highly practical reference source for students and teachers.a (TM)

Ma Victoria GarcA-a Serrano, University of Pennsylvania, USA

False friends, idiomatic expressions, gender and capitalization are just some of the areas that cause confusion for students of Spanish. Learning how to avoid the common errors that arise repeatedly in these areas is an essential step for successful language learning.

Speed Up Your Spanish is a unique and innovative resource that identifies and explains such errors, thereby enabling students of Spanish to learn from their mistakes while enhancing their understanding of the Spanish language.

Each of the nine chapters focuses on a grammatical category where English speakers typically make mistakes in Spanish. Each chapter is divided into sections that classify the concepts and errors into subcategories. Full explanations are provided throughout with clear, comprehensive examples and exercises to help the learner gain an in-depth understanding of Spanish grammar and usage.

Key features:

  • carefully selected grammar topics and examples based on the most commonly made errors
  • exercises throughout to reinforce learning
  • shortcuts and mnemonic devices providing vital learning strategies
  • a companion website available at www.speedupyourspanish.com providing supplementary exercises as well as audio files

Suitable both for classroom use or self-study, Speed Up Your Spanish is the ideal resource for all intermediate learners of Spanish wishing to refine their language skills.

Javier MuAoz-Basols is an Instructor in Spanish at the University of Oxford.

Marianne David teaches Spanish at the Trinity School in New York.

Olga NAAez PiAeiro is Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Westminster.

Industry Reviews

"La estructura del manual es muy clara y permite al lector introducirse progresivamente en el de manera sencilla y entretenida. [...] Todos los capitulos tienen un fuerte componente didactico y pedagogico, ya que estan pensados para captar la atencion del estudiante, entretenerlo, y hacer que se identifique en el tipo de situaciones comunicativas propuestas. [...]

Las secciones denominadas "Mnemonic devices" ofrecen al lector unas estrategias sencillas para memorizar las normas gramaticales y sus excepciones y, al mismo tiempo, estimulan el lector para que vaya elaborando sus propias estrategias. [...] El objetivo de los autores es que los alumnos sean capaces de ver y comprender las similitudes y diferencias que existen entre las dos lenguas. [...]

Se trata de un producto completo, bien estructurado y de practica consulta que resultara de gran utilidad para estudiantes anglosajones que deseen perfeccionar su conocimiento de la lengua." -Gironzetti, Elisa. Resena de "Speed Up Your Spanish. Strategies to Avoid Common Errors". Revista RedELE 19. Junio 2010.

Introduction 1. Gender and Number 2. Mastering False Friends -- Verbs 3. Mastering False Friends -- Nouns 4. Mastering False Friends -- Adjectives and Adverbs 5. Verb Pairs and Other Misused Words 6. Common Verb Phrases and Idiomatic Expressions 7. Non-existent Words, Words with Double Meanings and Other Misused Expressions 8. Accents (with audio files) 9. Spelling and Punctuation (with audio files); Answer key (book and website exercises) Index

ISBN: 9780415493338
ISBN-10: 0415493331
Series: Speed up your Language Skills
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: Spanish
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 29th September 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1

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