Platero y Yo

This book–a classic of world literature–is a collection of vignettes, most a scant few paragraphs each, about a man’s affection for his beloved donkey and his love for the world around him. Jimenez was a renowned poet and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956. Since it is out of copyright, you can download it for free.

Demystifying Spanish Grammar

I can’t see this book not being useful for anyone whose native language is not Spanish. Even if you are familiar with the topics covered, chances are you will see things that cause you to say, “Yeah cool, I’ve never really thought of it quite like that–very helpful.”

5 Books for Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Learners

Reading in your target language is a wonderful way to improve your language skills, especially when you hit the intermediate/advanced plateau. It broadens your vocabulary and familiarizes you with those more complicated grammatical structures. It opens a window on the cultural – and pop-cultural – context of the language. And it gives you a tiny peek into the underlying joy and mischief of the language: … [ Read more ]

Notes from Spanish Step by Step by Charles Berlitz

These are the notes I took while reading the book, Spanish Step by Step by Charles Berlitz. Chapters/topics incldue:

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Demystifying Spanish Grammar: Advanced Spanish Grammar, Clarifying the Written Accents, Ser/Estar (Verbs), Para/Por (Prepositions), Imperfect/Preterite (Past Tenses), & the Dreaded Spanish Subjunctive

Grammar is the glue that holds language together. It governs how sentences are made up, how words change depending on subject and context, and how verbs conjugate to reflect whether something happened in the past, present or future. Unfortunately grammar is also one of the most detested and difficult parts of learning a language. Demystifying Spanish Grammar attempts to shed some of students’ anxiety about … [ Read more ]

Breaking Out of Beginner’s Spanish

Many language books are boring–this one is not. Written by a native English speaker who learned Spanish the hard way–by trying to talk to Spanish-speaking people–it offers English speakers with a basic knowledge of Spanish hundreds of tips for using the language more fluently and colloquially, with fewer obvious “gringo” errors. Writing with humor, common sense, and a minimum of jargon, Joseph Keenan covers everything … [ Read more ]

Lights, Camera, Spanish

Lights, Camera, Spanish! is a revolutionary, look-listen-and-learn approach to language skills, specially created for you, the movie lover, who wants a crash course in Spanish. The DVD includes a full-length feature film packed with passion, romance, danger . . . and dialogue that’s easy to learn and fun to watch. The workbook features dialog reviews, a Spanish-English mini-dictionary, and written and oral exercises to help … [ Read more ]

Short Stories in Spanish: New Penguin Parallel Text

If you are at an intermediate level of Spanish, and can understand basic conversations and make yourself understood in most situations then this dual-language book is an enjoyable challenge to your Spanish reading skills.

You will need to have a strong grasp of Spanish grammar and verbs to be able to read the stories without checking a reference book each page, but the English translation provides … [ Read more ]

Streetwise Spanish: Speak and Understand Colloquial Spanish

“There are a plethora of books purporting to deal with Spanish slang on the market; a surprisingly large number of them have come out in just the last few years. After having checked out many of them, I must say that this is far and away the best one that I have encountered to date.

One of the problems with dealing with colloquialisms in Spanish is … [ Read more ]

Speaking Spanish Like a Native

Speaking Spanish Like a Native makes eye contact with the reader. This book will awaken the student to a more lively way of learning while spicing up their Spanish speaking ability. Written in an entertaining and colorful style, Speaking Spanish Like a Native pulls you out of the classroom and places you into the huddle with native Spanish speakers—giving you the inside scoop on words, … [ Read more ]

Spanish Grammar for Independent Learners

A complete reference grammar book of Spanish. Explanations are provided in English, examples translated, for easy understanding. The grammar is completely cross-referenced for quick access to further information if needed. Summary charts give an overview of each topic and enable readers to check information at a glance. Complete conjugation tables give immediate access to verb forms. The appendix contains a list of more that one … [ Read more ]

Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar

Combining clear presentation, exercises, and a focus on practical conversational skills has proven a winning formula for the Practice Makes Perfect workbook series. Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Spanish Grammar builds on the series’ success with a similarly interactive approach, embracing all aspects of Spanish grammar that you need to master. This engaging guide offers:
* An extensive grammar review, highlighted by illustrative examples
* Dozens … [ Read more ]

Laugh ‘n’ Learn Spanish: Featuring the #1 Comic Strip “For Better or For Worse”

To its millions of fans, the Pattersons are just like their own families, facing universal issues among daily concerns. Containing a selection of 100 syndicated Spanish-language versions of the strip that is widely read in Latin America, Laugh ‘n’ Learn Spanish provides an entertaining and effective way to expand and polish conversational skills in Spanish.

Readers learn by understanding and learning natural, everyday verbal interactions at … [ Read more ]

Dirty Spanish: Everyday Slang from “What’s Up?” to “F*%# Off!”

Featuring slang for both Spain and Latin America and indicates which expressions are used in which countries. Includes a section on native banter that will help readers make friends over a pitcher of Sangría and convince the local taco maker that it’s OK to spice things up with a few fresh habaneros. The book also provides not-approved-for-nuns sex terminology graphic enough to embarrass the street … [ Read more ]

The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice w/CD-ROM

The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, CD-ROM Edition, will transform the way you look at Spanish grammar–from a set of easily forgotten rules into stepping stones toward accurate and confident communication. Combining concise review with extensive practice, this book provides the ultimate way to polish your Spanish language skills.

Organized into 28 lessons, The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice offers:

  • Clear,

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Ollendorff’s New method of Learning to Read, Write, and Speak: the Spanish Language

The superiority of Ollendorff’s method of teaching languages is now universally acknowledged, both in the United States and in Europe. Divested of the ab-stractedness of grammar, it contains, however, all its elements; but it develops them so gradually, and in so simple a manner, as to render them intelligible to the most ordinary capacity. The difficulties are met singly, thoroughly analyzed, and made familiar by … [ Read more ]

A New Spanish Reader: Consisting of Passages from the Most Approved Authors in Prose and Verse, Arranged in Progressive Order

For the use of those who wish to obtain easily a practical knowledge of the Castillian language, with plain rules for its pronunciation, notes explanatory of the idioms and difficult expressions, and a copious vocabulary. It can be considered a sequel to Ollendorff’s new method of learning to read,write and speak the Spanish language.

Noticia De Un Secuestro

A free online copy (and downloadable .pdf).

In a departure from his Nobel prize-winning fiction, Garcia Marquez examines the November 7, 1990, abduction of well-known Colombian journalist Maruja Pachon and her sister-in-law by the “Extraditables,” drug traffickers belonging to the Medellin Cartel. Among others kidnapped were the daughter of an ex-president of Colombia and the son of the owner of El Tiempo, Colombia’s most important … [ Read more ]

Las Puertas Retorcidas: The Scariest Way in the World to Learn Spanish

Las puertas retorcidas: The Scariest Way in the World to Learn Spanish is a unique book aimed at upper beginning and intermediate students. In fact, it is so unique that it’s rather difficult to categorize, because it’s all of the following rolled into one:

* Bilingual book (Spanish-English)
* Grammar book
* Audio book

The story relates … [ Read more ]