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  • Paperback: 670 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 5 edition (May 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764124285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764124280
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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The content of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions of 501 Verbs is excellent, and very similar. The 4th edition has exercises in the back that the 3rd does not have. I use the 4th, my husband has used the 3rd and wanted an updated copy with the exercises. I bought the 5th. (10/7/2003) After spending an afternoon working with the book, I have decided to return it. The content, as always, is excellent. But the print and the 2-color presentation are not an improvement; on the contrary. I suffered eyestrain and fatigue after using the book for an hour or so. And I found it to be more difficult to focus on the content with the seemingly faded 2-color presentation. Thus it will be returned. If I cannot obtain a used copy of the 4th edition in good condition, my husband and I will switch copies.
--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.
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This is the only reference that I can truly say is more important than a bilingual dictionary. 501 Spanish Verbs is organized alphabetically--just like a dictionary--and contains complete conjugations of nearly every verb you will ever need to use. Even after years of studying Spanish, I still occassionaly get stuck and can't remember certain details, like the difference between the command form of Usted and tu.
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.
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This is an excellent book. I'm not so sure that the paperback
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.
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(By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One," ISBN:1591133343)
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!
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