501 Spanish Verbs Paperback – May 1 2003
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--I suspect that some of the presentation of the book, ie. the faded color of the print, is an attempt at economy. This may be true, also, of the use of the (also faded) red instead of the bold print in previous editions. If so, it is a false economy. I would venture that most people who are interested in 501 Verbs will buy it whether it is $15 or $17 dollars.
501 Spanish Verbs lets you look up all of the forms of every verb. It is definitely the best verb reference out there! The one thing I should say, though, is that it does not teach you how to conjugate verbs, just as a dictionary does not teach you new vocabulary. It is a quick reference, and nothing more. If you want to learn the verb conjugations, you should use The Real Spanish Path. Don't mistake this for a critism of 501 Verbs--it is meant to be a reference, and it does a very efficient job of that.
version will stand the test of time and elements. The work
contains an exhaustive conjugation of almost every important
verb utilized in conversational Spanish, as well as the
literature of Spain and the Americas. This book will help if you
are learning the language for the first time. It's important
to understand the correct grammatical formulations because
there are many tricky exceptions. For instance, the verb
"comer" means to eat. Its conjugations are como, comes, come,
comemos, comeis and comen. The verb volver (to return) is not
so obvious. Its conjugations are vuelvo, vuelves, vuelve,
volvemos, volveis and vuelven. Although the verb "volver" begins
with "vo", the conjugated form begins with "vue". This is one
of many important exceptions in the Spanish language. With
usage, you'll begin to apply the exceptions correctly. This
book is a good reference to help you get started and stay on
track. The work is good for studying the Regents exam in
Spanish, as well as formulating paragraph structures in a
Spanish literature course. The Spanish literature courses
can be difficult because the medieval literature has many
idiomatic words and phrases which have no traceable modern
derivative. Reading "Don Quijote" is very difficult in spots
because of the older idioms and the paucity of their use in
modern Spanish. A strength of this book is that the author
separates the irregular verbal forms for ease of reference.
For beginners, memorization of the irregular forms is the
best option. With repeated use, these forms will become
second nature to you.Read more ›
Let's face it: the verb conjugations are probably the most difficult aspect of learning Spanish.
Spanish vocabulary isn't that difficult for most native English speakers, and Spanish phonetics are mercifully forgiving when compared to French, Russian, or just about any other language. The challenge arrives when you try to master the ins and outs of the Spanish subjunctive, preterit, and compound tenses. And then there are all those irregular verbs.
This book organizes Spanish verb conjugations into a logical layout that makes them easy to learn. Although this book only covers 501 of the thousands of verbs in the Spanish language, the selection is representative, so that the knowledge you gain from this book will enable you to conjugate just about any verb you might ever encounter while speaking Spanish.
Some other useful features of this book are:
-An explanation of each tense. At the beginning of the book, the author explains the significance of the imperfect subjunctive, the pluperfect, etc.
-Related vocabulary notes for each verb. This is a nice touch. While you are learning the verb "buscar," why not also learn the words "el rebuscamiento" and "rebuscar"?
-A list of common idiomatic expressions for major verbs. This isn't an idiom book, but the author has included some useful notes in this area.
I have been studying Spanish since 1984, and I have already worn out two copies of this book. I expect to continue using this volume for another twenty years!
Most recent customer reviews
Essential to understanding Spanish and the associated meanings and formats of the conjugations.Published 8 months ago by LINDSAY
Whenever I get stuck on the proper use of a Spanish verb I find the answer in this book. It is clear and convenient and very useful.Published on Oct. 15 2013 by David S
This is a good reference book to have along. I teach Spanish and do some translation and use it often. I recommend it to all of my students. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2013 by Paulina Copp
501 Spanish Verbs was extremely helpful in my Spanish class. I use it all the time because it is very easy to understand and very well put together. Read morePublished on June 19 2004
This book has 501 verbs because it contains hundreds of regular verbs conjugated in an identical fashion over and over and over again. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Jennifer K Webb
Well, it was great to see the well organized verb lstings. It even gives examples, pronunciation.....quite good. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by Kualabob
I teach spanish and always have had problems with the verbs, as they are difficult even for us, the spanish speaking ones. This book takes out all the mystery. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by MiloMilo
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