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1001 Most Useful Spanish Words [Paperback]

Seymour Resnick
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June 7 1996 0486291138 978-0486291130
Indispensable learning aid includes definitions of common Spanish words arranged by such categories as foods, numbers, days of the week, months, colors, seasons and family. At the book's heart is a dictionary, from a to zapato, where each word is used in a Spanish sentence (with English translation) demonstrating its proper use.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars $1.95?? Are you KIDDING me? Oct. 28 2003
Okay, I thought that $1.95 was a misprint, and I bought it just to get a bargain. But omigod, talk about a bargain! At ten times the price, this book would be a bargain. It's not going to teach you to speak Spanish. It's not going to help you conjugate Spanish verbs. It's not going to make you fluent or able to read the newspaper in Zihuatenejo. But know what? It's going to make your next foray into a Spanish-speaking country a whole lot easier.
Overall, it's a dictionary, but there are subsections like food, colors, travel, clothing, and within those sections things are arranged alphabetically. Each word is used in a whole sentence (many of which are very handy sentences to have at your disposable) with translation, of course.
Anyway, stop reading this review and buy this book. Hell, at this price, buy 10 and give them to everyone in your family the next time you go south of the border.
Highest recommendation, and an utter steal at this price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning prep tool June 2 2003
1001 Most Useful Spanish Words is great for what it's intended for - beginners, i.e. me. If you're advanced, you'll probably laugh at this book. That being said, I found it very useful with its 1001 useful words listed in alphabetical order in Spanish with an example sentence and its English translation next to each one. Also helpful are the sections at the conclusion of the book delineating family members, numbers, days of the week, lots of food, colors, stores, animals, etc. Overall, a great tool for beginners that won't cut into your pocketbook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners Jan. 8 1999
By A Customer
I bought this book when I was starting to learn Spanish. I wanted something small and quick that I could carry with me.
The book does not have English-Spanish; it is organized alphabetically in Spanish. Each word has a brief definition. Most words also have an example sentence. It is also uneven in its coverage; sometimes I cannot find Spanish words that I consider very basic.
I did not find this to be a useful reference or learning tool as a beginner. For someone who knows some Spanish already, it might be a more useful tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful on a small scale Sept. 3 2002
This book has about 50 pages of dictionary, followed by word lists by category (such as the family, days, months, numbers, colors, foods, and animals, among others), and finally a page of "vocabulary tips," which are things like "English -ous is often Spanish -oso."
One major disadvantage of this book is that the dictionary section is Spanish-English and there is no English-Spanish section. Obviously, with only a little over a thousand words, the book is not meant to be an exhaustive dictionary, and it does not really function as one. I was surprised at how useful I found one part of the book- the list of foods (Spanish-English, like the dictionary section). There were many words on this list that I did not know but felt I should, such as "almond" and "celery."
I went through the dictionary section and found that each page (with about 22 words) had an average of 4 words I didn't know. (To give background on my Spanish knowledge, I have taken 4 years of high school Spanish, plus a lot of reading and studying in my spare time). I happily highlighted those words and began studying them, since they are, as the title claims, very useful. I think that this book might be most helpful for someone who has taken around 2 years of high school Spanish, as that person would know far fewer of the words. On the other hand, it might be an overwhelming amount to memorize, so maybe not.
Here is an example entry taken from the book (I think this falls under fair use...):
"arrojar to throw Se prohibe arrojar objetos por la ventanilla. It is forbidden to throw things out of the window." At times the entry will also specify that the word is used in a certain country or region, which is very helpful considering the variation in the language in different Spanish-speaking countries.
All in all, a useful little book, and a good resource for learning Spanish. Its scope is small, but it achieves what it aims for very well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nah.... March 11 2004
Cheap! That is the first thing that will stand out to you when you see the price of this book. Definately a great price. But is the book really worth spending your change on?
In my opinion: no. This book does contain some useful words, but come on! If you are an advanced Spanish speaker, than you don't need this book. It has all elementry words in it. And if you are a beginning Spanish learner it doesn't contain enough words to make it worth your while.
I know! I know! It is extremely cheap. But even with as cheap as it is it would probably be better for you to save your money toward a better book. Maybe a good Spanish dictionary. Or if you are really interested in learning, go for Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish. And if you want to know how to pronounce all the words here, (A flaw in the book. No pronounciation guide!) buy Learn Spanish in Your Car. It has 9 cd's with it.
But what if that 2 bucks is burning a hole in your pocket and you have to spend it now? Well Taco Bell has some great burritos that will take care of your money and fill you up too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's Spanish July 10 2004
Earlier I done Basic French through 'French in Three Months' by Hugo and covered up all excercises in detail. However speech was a flaw and so now being an Enrique fan, clicked to Spanish Learning. The local course was a costly affair and so I sorted Learning Spanish in a simplified language course Book, a truly beginner's guide by Seymour.The Book teaches the basics of Spanish and in a very nice manner, the words sorted out under categories that make self learning easier. Spanish sentences have the English translations like in French Book and this makes easy speaking in sentences. Unfortunately, the pronunciation guide is missing. Grammar is made clear with the Dictionary words. It is like learning little a time but learning thoroughly as a beginner and knowing Spanish basics is just fun. Afterall, an alien language do take time to perfect anyways! A good Beginner's Guide.
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Published 2 days ago by bajanewtons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Useful expressions to use in Spanish speaking countries.
Published 3 months ago by Donna Johnston-Durand
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and a small enough book to stuff in your purse or pocket
I believe I'll use it a lot. Would recommend to all those that are learning the language and want a useful resource close by. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mildred Reimer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This is a good book if you already know Spanish and how to pronounce the words.
I was hoping it would have the pronunciation like a dictionary does, but not so. Read more
Published 23 months ago by bored101
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice price and a great way to learn Spanish words
This 55-page book is divided into three sections namely alphabetical (dictionary) section, category section and vocabulary tips. Read more
Published on March 6 2011 by C. Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money
This is the worst book ever because the words are listed in Spanish and then translated to Eglish. So, if you were looking to find how to say a certain word in Spanish, you would... Read more
Published on March 26 2009 by Rita Kanes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!
I found this book to be an awesome help in learning Spanish words. Through using this book, I have been able to correspond with my Latini American friends and actually make... Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Gracie Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Need to get basic conversation book as well.
Although is a great book for beginners like me, I must have to say, I don't know how to put these words together. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by S. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy for a trip to Mexico
(By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language -And How to Learn One" (ISBN:1591133343)) This book contains most of the words that beginners need to learn first. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by Edward P. Trimnell
3.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you need it before you buy it.
If you've taken more than one semester of Spanish in school, this book won't be able to help you much. For me (my wife is Mexican and I have learned a lot from her. Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by Jacob Hantla
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