Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses Paperback – Jan 11 1996
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Dorothy Richmond is an experienced teacher of Spanish and successful author of Spanish language-learning grammars.
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I have given the book a 4 star rating rather than five for the following reasons:
1. Lack of an index: (The same is true of the Pronouns and Preposition workbook.) I find it hard to comprehend how a contemporary academic book can be published without an index. There is a tremendous amount of valuable information contained in this book but being limited to the Table of Contents or to ones memory of where a specific item can be found is debilitating. This is a terrible ommission.
2. After studying the book thoroughly twice, my workbook is riddled with tabs and annotations in search of clarifications. A bit of addtional clarification and some additional examples before the author goes off into the exercises would potentially eliminate a considerable amount of confusion. The sections on Ser and Estar are a good example. It appears that sufficient explanaions are provided in the book (in the section on Ser for exaple) until one delves into further exercises in subsequent chapters of the book. There, knowledge of the full use of "Ser" is assumed, but referencing back to the original chapeter on "Ser" leaves one empty handed (in some but not all cases) as to why "Ser" was used rather than "Estar.Read more ›
The book first explains the present tense in great detail. It explains how the present tense is used in every possibleway. Although, it doesn't explain that the present tense is often used to convey a future action more often than the actual future is.
Richmond's explanation of the past tenses is also very good, but I didn't like how the imperfect and the preterit were explained. What I did like was how the author explains that the irregular preterit conjugations have predictable patterns.
The subjunctive is explained towards the end, which is one of the most difficult things to master in Spanish grammar. I didn't particularly care for the author's explanation of the subjunctive because it seems to be a "regurgitation" of how other books explain it.
All in all, this book is well worth its price. Every Spanish student (and teacher) should have a copy of "Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses."
I also am learning useful vocab along the way as I learn the verbs. I am very impressed with this book and recommend it highly to those who want to learn Spanish quickly on their own.
I found this book about 2 months ago and I consider myself fortunate to have done so. It starts out quite simply and builds upward from there. It's like a dam has burst and suddenly I can see how to say what I want to say. I enjoy working with it so much, I literally spend hours on it every day. Once I've finished the written exercises I hand the book over to my "significant other," who then reads the English sentences to me so I can say them back in Spanish.
The astute learner will find that the book covers many aspects of the language such as word order and preposition use which are not annotated in the book, but will be absorbed through exposure. I would love to see an annotated version of this book - it would be even more valuable.Read more ›
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I have given this book a low rating - really I can't give it any rating - because ,while I should have received it by December 4,2009, I have not received the book and I have had... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2010 by Wendy A. Nielsen
There are many ways you can approach learning a new language. I find this book great for the Spanish language because once you can properly conjugate verbs that is most of the... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2009 by harderabs
It's crazy that you can buy this book for only $12. It's full of useful information that will help you understand how to use verbs in different tenses... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2007 by Andrea N.
This book is straight-foward and very informative. It's not difficult at all to understand. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the Spanish verb-tenses, some... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Michelle
I've tried for years to grasp Spanish without success. Now I'm taking Beginning Spanish at the local college. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by Book Worm
What more can be said? I have taken many classes, immersed myself in Mexico and lived in Bolivia, and without a doubt, this book has been the best tool I have ever seen for... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2003
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