Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Berlitz Self-Teacher: Spanish

Author: The editorial staff of the Berlitz Schools of Languages of America, Inc.

First line: A very strange paradox exists in connection with languages and the learning of them.

Why you should read this book: A standard for sixty years, some of its cultural references are a little out of date, but for the beginning student with little or no access to native-speaking teachers, this book is an excellent way to delve into the intricacies of Espanol. With phonetic spellings and instant translations, it offers the student a full vocabulary with useful phrases and can help in acquiring a basic understanding. Chapter notes help unravel idiosyncratic meaning and end-of-chapter questions (with answers in the back) help readers to begin thinking in Spanish.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're standing at the border screaming your racist little head off about how English is the official language of America.

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