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Spanish for Reading: A Self-Instructional Course

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A unique approach to Spanish reading comprehension, Spanish for Reading can be used as a textbook supplement in classrooms or by anybody who is teaching himself Spanish. It begins by demonstrating similarities between words and parts of words in Spanish and English, and proceeds to offer practical instruction that will help readers broaden recognition of words and phrases. ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Barron's Educational Series
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Aug 31, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it
I purchased this programmed textbook in order to gain a reading knowledge of Spanish so that I could read 20th century Spanish-language poetry. Four months later, having spent about 100 hours on it, I am now able to read Neruda and Machado in the original, although not yet as fluently as I shall be able to do with more practice. I found this text very easy to use and the readings appropriate to each of its fifteen chapters. Sometimes idioms were not obvious, and I would have appreciated translat ...more
Jan 16, 2015 J. rated it liked it
I used this book to prepare for a doctoral level translation exam. Given that Spanish was the foreign language I've been learning from grammar school through college, it made for a conveniently concise review. However, it should be noted that this workbook contains many errors and typos, which a beginning student may not necessarily notice: caveat emptor.

Students looking for a comprehensive grammar review in greater detail should pick up En Breve: A Concise Review of Spanish Grammar
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Sep 28, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it
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A good way to start reading Spanish. It is not like any other Spanish book I have read, and I've got quite a few. It concentrates on reading, and if you like to read, provides another great way to learn. I still use my Spanish tapes and my verb charts. But this is another way to keep it interesting.
Jun 04, 2013 Pen rated it it was amazing
I came at this with a few semester of Spanish, albeit several years ago, so I can't speak to using it to learn from scratch. From my starting point, however, this provided an excellent refresher before my grad school language reading exam. I appreciated the concentration on reading instead of conversation or pronunciation, which is exactly right for such an exam. It goes far beyond the level of knowledge needed for the exam (i.e., many esoteric verb tenses), too. One quibble that may not bother ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Irena rated it it was amazing
The texts could have been more entertaining, but as the goal of "Spanish for Reading" is to teach students reading different kinds of texts -- fiction, poetry, academic boredom -- the mixture of texts presented in the book suits this goal perfectly. An approach to explaining grammatical foundations of Spanish through increasingly complex Spanish sentences with English translation available for verification was extremely helpful and effective. Perfect as a self teaching text book if your goal is ...more
May 29, 2007 Bill rated it liked it
Recommends it for: students of Spanish
Shelves: language, spanish
A language instruction book that consists of short passages followed by multiple choice questions. All in Spanish. Useful for beginning and intermediate-level Spanish students seeking to improve their literacy. Probably too boring to read on your own, but this was a good textbook for the Spanish literacy class I took.
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Feb 28, 2016 Mark Leonard rated it really liked it
This was a very helpful book in moving someone who has a beginning knowledge of Spanish further. My only complaint is that the verb tense explanations could be clearer and use more examples.
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