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Excellent for the beginner
on August 17, 2003
When I was in high school in the mid to late 1970's, I dreaded going to Spanish class. I learned absolutely nothing and probably passed because I showed up. I thought it was impossible to aquire a foreign language - until getting associated with this book. I purchased my first copy in 1978. Immediately, I began to realize that the problem I had was due to teaching methods; especially with emphasis on grammar. I began to realize that I knew basic English BEFORE studying grammar. Well this book teaches Spanish the same way. After reading this thoroughly, I began to aquire a basic vocabulary needed for everyday conversation. And inconjunction with a 33rpm record set (which unfortunately is no longer available in that form nor CD); I began to aquire Spanish naturally - by listening and repeating. These two media combined then gave me the confidence to take college level courses;something which just a few years earlier would be unheard of for me. Spanish became one of my best subjects and my grades reflected this.I still have my original copy which is now for the car and a newer one that was purchased for the bookshelf. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book as a prerequisite to any high school or college course. And if a CD ever does become available for use with this book; I will be the first on line to buy it.