1001 Most Useful Spanish Words Paperback – Jun 7 1996
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Useful expressions to use in Spanish speaking countries.Published on July 4 2014 by Donna Johnston-Durand
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 morePublished on Nov. 4 2013 by Mildred Reimer
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
This 55-page book is divided into three sections namely alphabetical (dictionary) section, category section and vocabulary tips. Read morePublished on March 6 2011 by C. Robinson
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 morePublished on March 26 2009 by Rita Kanes
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