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363 pages

Mastering Spanish, With 2 Audio CDs

Creator: Robert Clark | 2005-03-30

The Hippocrene Master's Series, a comprehensive self-study course for individuals with little or no previous knowledge of the language, now offers "Mastering Arabic, Mastering Polish, and "Mastering Spanish, each conveniently packaged with ...

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The Hippocrene Master's Series, a comprehensive self-study course for individuals with little or no previous knowledge of the language, now offers "Mastering Arabic, Mastering Polish, and "Mastering Spanish, each conveniently packaged with its own audio-CD accompaniment. Native speakers are recorded on each CD to help capture the pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation of the target language. Learning these languages has never been easier, whether you're at home, in the car, or using a portable disc player! The basic teaching material of "Mastering Spanish, which covers the Spanish of Spain and of South and Central America, is presented on two 60-minute compact discs.



526 pages

Mastering Spanish

Creator: Lillian Greer Bedichek, Arthur Leon Campa | Foreign Language Study - 1945



703 pages

Mastering Spanish, Level 2 Book

Creator: Robert P. Stockwell, Foreign Service Language Institute, Jean Donald Bowen, Ismael Silva Fuenzalida | 1992-09-01

This foreign language word power builder takes a thematic approach to words and meanings.

Publisher: Barron's Educational Series

About this book
This foreign language word power builder takes a thematic approach to words and meanings. Each book presents approximately 5000 words with translations divided by themes that include business terms, medical terms, scientific terms, household terms, and many more. Here's a fine supplementary reference source for language classes, language labs, and readers of specialized foreign language publications.


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  • Barron's Educational Series

    Barron's Mastering Spanish : Hear It, Speak It, Write It, Read It (Foreign Service Institute) (English and Spanish Edition)

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    Rating (29 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    Barron's Educational Series

    An excellent teach yourself course

    Barron's Mastering Spanish is terrific! I've studied MANY foreign languages and used a variety of audio tapes to help with my studies. The Barron's series is the best one I've ever encountered. It is true, however, that the course is long and in depth. You will have to devote a lot of time if you want to finish the course. (I've only gotten through the Level 1 course, and it's taken me 2 1/2 months.) I used them in my car, which is the perfect place to listen to them. They require quite a bit of concentration. This series would have rated a solid 5 stars if it weren't for the accompanying book. For some reason, the book presents all of the Spanish in both PHONETIC representation, as well standard Spanish spelling. The phonetics, which are given enormous precedence over the Spanish spellings, are not only useless, they're annoying and distracting! To add insult to injury, the dictionary appendix at the end of the book isn't even in Spanish alphabetical order. It... 4/5 G. Karas (Pasadena, California) - See all my reviews, November 26, 1999

    Parts 3 and 4

    0 5/5 Katharine Maus (Earlysville, VA USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Barron's Mastering Spanish : Hear It, Speak It, Write It, Read It (Foreign Service Institute) (English and Spanish Edition) (Audio Cassette) I'm using the two Barron's tape sets along with the video series, Destinos, to teach myself Spanish. Destinos presents a much wider range of vocabulary and situations, but since (if you're using it on your own) you don't speak back to it, a lot of your learning is passive. The Barron's set gets you into a more active mode. The dialogues can be quite sexist--lots of comments about sexy brunettes, fat girls with glasses, etc.-- and you almost never hear a female speaker. Still, they and the drills are effective and well-designed from a language-learning point of view. The guys on the tapes speak at a realistic pace, not in the exaggerated, artificially slow language typical of beginning language courses--and the drills force you to respond quickly, too. The accompanying book is not terribly informative; for grammar issues I've relied on my knowledge of French and Latin. This probably isn't the best choice for a rank beginner, but if you already know another romance language, or if... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 4, 2000

    Solid But Not Perfect

    I'm using the two Barron's tape sets along with the video series, Destinos, to teach myself Spanish. Destinos presents a much wider range of vocabulary and situations, but since (if you're using it on your own) you don't speak back to it, a lot of your learning is passive. The Barron's set gets you into a more active mode. The dialogues can be quite sexist--lots of comments about sexy brunettes, fat girls with glasses, etc.-- and you almost never hear a female speaker. Still, they and the drills are effective and well-designed from a language-learning point of view. The guys on the tapes speak at a realistic pace, not in the exaggerated, artificially slow language typical of beginning language courses--and the drills force you to respond quickly, too. The accompanying book is not terribly informative; for grammar issues I've relied on my knowledge of French and Latin. This probably isn't the best choice for a rank beginner, but if you already know another romance language, or if... 4/5 0, March 15, 2001
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  • Barron's Educational Series

    Mastering Spanish, Level One with Audio CDs (Mastering Series/Level 1 Compact Disc Packages)

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    Rating (28 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
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    New cover, same content

    I originally learned Spanish years ago with the Foreign Service Institute Basic Course in Spanish, and purchased Barron's previous edition of "Mastering Spanish" a couple of years ago thinking it would be easier to use than the original. What I found was that it was a copy of the 1957 original--but the page sizes had been photographically reduced from letter-size to 9" x 7", making the text very small and difficult to read. The previous edition of Barron's Mastering Spanish on Amazon had numerous reviews, many of which pointed out usability problems: small, indistinct text; too-fast and sometimes indistinct speech on the audio; an intrusive and not useful phonetic alphabet which dominated and sometimes replaced the normal Spanish; and a preponderance of political/military situations and vocabulary inappropriate for most users. By comparing Barron's with the FSI original, I found that Barron's is nothing more than a photocopy of the old original; the audio is also a copy.My... 2/5 Randy (Russellville, AR. United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Mastering Spanish, Level One with Audio CDs (Mastering Series/Level 1 Compact Disc Packages) (Audio CD) As others have said this course is only for those who are serious about learning spanish and are not afraid of working their asses off to do it. There is no silver bullet. Learning a foreign language is tough and not for lightweight learners. This is the heavyweight division folks. No you will not master this while doing other activities. When you were in college did you expect to learn calculus, physics, or other heavy duty courses while driving to the bar? I think not! You are going to have to use the book with the cd's in a quiet place without distractions every day. This course is going to drill you like being in boot camp in the Marine Corps. There are a variety of different types of drills that will drill this material deep into your DNA and when you master it and the next three levels after it you will be able to handle yourself in all but the most technical of situations. If you have no background in Spanish I would reccomend pimsleur first. I would also supplement... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 11, 2003

    The Holy Grail of Spanish courses!

    As others have said this course is only for those who are serious about learning spanish and are not afraid of working their asses off to do it. There is no silver bullet. Learning a foreign language is tough and not for lightweight learners. This is the heavyweight division folks. No you will not master this while doing other activities. When you were in college did you expect to learn calculus, physics, or other heavy duty courses while driving to the bar? I think not! You are going to have to use the book with the cd's in a quiet place without distractions every day. This course is going to drill you like being in boot camp in the Marine Corps. There are a variety of different types of drills that will drill this material deep into your DNA and when you master it and the next three levels after it you will be able to handle yourself in all but the most technical of situations. If you have no background in Spanish I would reccomend pimsleur first. I would also supplement... 5/5 Hugh Roth (Merrick, NY United States) - See all my reviews, March 31, 2006

    Hard work produces results...

    I have an older edition with 12 audio tapes. As pointed out elsewhere, the "textbook" is a reduced version of the original, and is clogged by the most annoying amount of transliterations. I find the drills really valuable, and feel like I am actually SPEAKING Spanish instead of reading it. I feel it is well worth the price, assuming you have the perserverance (sp?) to stick with it, and it does require disipline. If you did the three courses through to the bitter end while drilling the vocabulary separately, you would know a ton of Spanish.From a learning perspective, the most difficult thing about tapes (and maybe even the CDs, although I have no direct experience and Barron's was not much help when I inquired) is their lack of usable indexing. If, say, each tape is gone over from start to finish 4 times, there are yet sections which require many more repititions. To do this on a "walkman" tape player is difficult at best. Here is where the... 3/5 0, April 23, 2003
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  • Barron's Educational Series

    Mastering Spanish Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach (Mastering Vocabulary Series)

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  • Heinle

    Que Bien Suena: Mastering Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (World Languages)

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    Awesome

    0 5/5 Spanishmajor - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Que Bien Suena: Mastering Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (World Languages) (Paperback) Great learning tool for learning Spanish phonetics. Very detailed, helpful excercises guide you through various steps in mastering the correct pronunciation of the language. You write in the book so beware buying used ones. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 9, 2012

    So far so good

    0 5/5 jakol1sr - See all my reviews This review is from: Que Bien Suena: Mastering Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (World Languages) (Paperback) I just received the book, but so far it seems that it is a great source. The basics and beginning of book are really useful to helping with pronunciation. Even if you are not taking a class, I would recommend this book to help with any learning. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 29, 2011

    Que Bien Suena

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  • Houghton Mifflin

    Conversaciones creadoras: Mastering Spanish Conversation (World Languages) (English and Spanish Edition)

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    0 4/5 aidyl_falcon - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Conversaciones creadoras: Mastering Spanish Conversation (World Languages) (English and Spanish Edition) (Paperback) Mastering Spanish Conversation is the subtitle of this book. While it has been a decent accompaniment for my Conversational Spanish class, it doesn't have the ability to help you master spanish conversation. Even though it claims such a feat, you will certainly have to do a lot more work than the examples in this book to achieve goals of fluency.The above explanation is my only problem with this book. Other than that, it provides a vast amount of vocabulary. It also goes over basic grammar, in case you need a reminder. The readings are very helpful and start out very simple to progress to more difficult passages later on. Over all, I am happy with my professor's choice of this text and think that it will help me out a lot when it comes to reading/writing spanish. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 10, 2009

    Good Book

    0 5/5 Alejandra Garcia-Gonzalez (Planet Earth) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Conversaciones creadoras: Mastering Spanish Conversation (World Languages) (English and Spanish Edition) (Paperback) This was a required textbook for a spanish conversation course I took in college. It was very helpful, the chapters were short but allowed for much discussion (which is great in a conversation class). 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 11, 2012

    bueno :)

    0 5/5 Barby - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Conversaciones creadoras: Mastering Spanish Conversation (World Languages) (English and Spanish Edition) (Paperback) got it for my husband. He loves this book, he says it helps him a lot with his Spanish. It got to my place pretty fast 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 20, 2012
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