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Nov 11, 2012 by Hullo Hullo | Posted in History

Reasons to 'support' slavery in America - Punishment & Brutality?

Basically I'd just like some information which could 'support' the view that slavery was a benign institution, the information would have to be about the relationship with the master and also some on punishment and brutality would could be a good thing... This is for an assessment, I'm not in support of slavery! Also, if anyone has average working hours for workers in the North and also how factory workers were punished, that would be great!


The US was formed by a rebellion to man laws and slave trades, AKA tyranny. When we come in our own name and a law unto our selves we are far away from God and bad things happen, this has been going on for thousands of years. Most if not all nations are founded on the pursuit of wealth and ideologically driven treacherous conquests; also it can be said in an act of self-preservation in the pursuit of surreptitiously acquiring false pervasive power over others. Original tribes/peoples of what is now the united states were subdued, subjugated and rendered servitude by the sword the gun and monotheism, or they were killed by acts of genocide and civil war. The likes of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) and Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618) (Raleigh was a soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer to Elizabeth I, and the Spanish and Portuguese in South America all who enslaved, murdered, stole all the gold, and rendered people dependable upon capitalism. Christianity and Catholicism was also introduced, and Heresy is why people wrongly identify religion with adversity leading to delusion, robbery, lies and murder in 1494 which went on for 400 years. On October 12, 1492 (the first day he encountered the native people of the Americas), Columbus wrote in his journal: "They should be good servants .... I, our Lord being pleased, will take hence, at the time of my departure, six natives for your Highnesses." These captives were later paraded through the streets of Barcelona and Seville when Columbus returned to Spain. From his very first contact with native people, Columbus had their domination in mind. For example, on October 14, 1492, Columbus wrote in his journal, "with fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them." These were not mere words: after his second voyage, Columbus sent back a consignment of natives to be sold as slaves. http://www.understandingprejudice.org/na

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The US was formed by a rebellion to man laws and slave trades, AKA tyranny. When we come in our own name and a law unto our selves we are far away from God and bad things happen, this has been going on for thousands of years. Most if not all nations are founded on the pursuit of wealth and ideologically driven treacherous conquests; also it can be said in an act of self-preservation in the pursuit of surreptitiously acquiring false pervasive power over others. Original tribes/peoples of what is now the united states were subdued, subjugated and rendered servitude by the sword the gun and monotheism, or they were killed by acts of genocide and civil war. The likes of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) and Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618) (Raleigh was a soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer to Elizabeth I, and the Spanish and Portuguese in South America all who enslaved, murdered, stole all the gold, and rendered people dependable upon capitalism. Christianity and Catholicism was also introduced, and Heresy is why people wrongly identify religion with adversity leading to delusion, robbery, lies and murder in 1494 which went on for 400 years. On October 12, 1492 (the first day he encountered the native people of the Americas), Columbus wrote in his journal: "They should be good servants .... I, our Lord being pleased, will take hence, at the time of my departure, six natives for your Highnesses." These captives were later paraded through the streets of Barcelona and Seville when Columbus returned to Spain. From his very first contact with native people, Columbus had their domination in mind. For example, on October 14, 1492, Columbus wrote in his journal, "with fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them." These were not mere words: after his second voyage, Columbus sent back a consignment of natives to be sold as slaves. http://www.understandingprejudice.org/na
Nov 11, 2012 by FSR | Posted in Polls & Surveys

Should I spend a year in Germany or Spain?

I have the option next year to go to Germany or Spain for a year. It is a year sandwiched between my Undergraduate and my Masters course. I don't know which country to go for, and would like your opinions please! Below are advantageous reasons which can help give your opinion! Germany - Already spent 2 years there and am fluent, but not yet at 'business German' level (the highest level above fluent). Want to do my Masters degree in Germany starting 2014, so need PERFECT German - this year would hopefully do that. My boyfriend is in Germany and we are already doing a year apart while I finish my degree here in the UK, so I would not have to do one more year apart. (he is happy to do so though - as I have his full support). Already know the language so finding accommodation and organising everything would not be as difficult when I first arrive in country. Spain - Just started beginners Spanish - Spanish is needed for my Masters course in Germany, year in Spain would help me reach aquired level, if not fluency. New experience in a new country, bit of travelling and life experience would be gained, my boyfriend would have great holidays for a year. Your opinions would be greatly appreciated, with reasons why :) And I will gladly give 10 points to best answer


Go with Germany. Your career first,you'll have plenty of time,and opportunity for the Spanish,later.

| Nov 14, 2012
Martin | Nov 11, 2012
I would go for Germany if i were you!Why?Because you have spent 2 years there,fluent,and you want to do your Masters degree there,so you want to go in Germany.Spanish is required for your Masters course in Germany,i agree that an year in Spain will help you learn the language,but at what cost?You go to a foreign country knowing little about the language they speak,it will be hard!You can learn Spanish even in your country all you need is will and hard work!That is all hope i helped and good luck with your degree in Germany!Tschus!!!
明子 | Nov 13, 2012
Germany. Everything sums up to it.

Mastering Spanish - Bookshelf


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

    Mastering Spanish, Level One with Audio CDs (Mastering Languages Series)

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    (3.5/5)
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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 "randy310" (Russellville, AR. United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Mastering Spanish, Level One with Audio CDs (Mastering Languages Series) (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

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    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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    Mastering Spanish Vocabulary with Audio MP3: A Thematic Approach (Barron's Foreign Language Guides)

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    great format

    0 5/5 Amazon fan "Amazon fan" (MD) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Mastering Spanish Vocabulary with Audio MP3: A Thematic Approach (Barron's Foreign Language Guides) (Paperback) i love how barron's presents their vocab thematically. i also love that this book comes with an audio mp3 disc and includes sentences that enable you to learn the words in useful contexts.because i don't think enough info is provided regarding the mp3s, i will tell you about them. the mp3s simply state the spanish words/phrases/example sentences in the order that they appear in the book. the english counterparts aren't stated. so basically the mp3s are useful as a pronunciation guide and to improve listening comprehension. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 22, 2012

    Red ink is a problem, otherwise great

    I purchased this as an aid for a Spanish conversation class I'm taking and am very pleased with its general layout, grouping terms by category. I was also pleased to see it has an index, so that if you are not sure what name they would give the topic you want, but know one term that belongs in it, you can look up the term and find the page(s) with more on-topic vocabulary.The vocabulary CD that came with the book nicely provides native pronunciation of the vocabulary, grouped by topic as in the book. (I haven't checked to see how complete it is, but it seems to track the book with both terms and examples.) Note that the CD does not provide English translation, however, and so cannot be used for self-testing of active recollection of terminology, but it will adequately reinforce the passive recognition of it. (A big plus is that it does not have the ubiquitous beep, which is so annoying in the CD accompanying Barron's 501 Spanish Verbs!)That being said, I... 4/5 Pen name - See all my reviews This review is from: Mastering Spanish Vocabulary with Audio MP3: A Thematic Approach (Barron's Foreign Language Guides) (Paperback) I purchased this as an aid for a Spanish conversation class I'm taking and am very pleased with its general layout, grouping terms by category. I was also pleased to see it has an index, so that if you are not sure what name they would give the topic you want, but know one term that belongs in it, you can look up the term and find the page(s) with more on-topic vocabulary.The vocabulary CD that came with the book nicely provides native pronunciation of the vocabulary, grouped by topic as in the book. (I haven't checked to see how complete it is, but it seems to track the book with both terms and examples.) Note that the CD does not provide English translation, however, and so cannot be used for self-testing of active recollection of terminology, but it will adequately reinforce the passive recognition of it. (A big plus is that it does not have the ubiquitous beep, which is so annoying in the CD accompanying Barron's 501 Spanish Verbs!)That being said, I... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 11, 2013

    An awesome book for learning Spanish

    0 5/5 Rakesh Koul (Portland, OR) - See all my reviews This review is from: Mastering Spanish Vocabulary with Audio MP3: A Thematic Approach (Barron's Foreign Language Guides) (Paperback) I have been borrowing this book from the local library for many months now. I have read several sections. It is not the content but the organization of the content that makes this book stand out from many others. Want to learn in Spanish about time, distance, what you do in a bank, how you communicate in a restaurant, etc. it has content organized for each of those situations. Want to know more about commonly used words, prepositions, conjunctions, etc this will be very useful. This book alone is definitely not enough to learn Spanish. You have to use this book "in conjunction" with other grammar books, translation exercise books, but with its content organization, this book complements other books and makes it a must have. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 7, 2014
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  • Barron's Educational Series

    Mastering Spanish, Level 2: Book and 12 Cassettes (Foreign Service Institute)

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    Excellent follow up to Level I class

    I have both the Level I and Level II Foreign Service Institute courses, and since I've already reviewed in detail how the Level I course works and compared it with the other major offerings out there, such as Michel Thomas's, Berlitz, and Instant Immersion, I'll keep this review brief. If you're interested I refer you to my review of the Level I class which I've also posted on Amazon.This is basically the advanced course and continues with the same philosophy and structure as the Level I class. It is intended to get you up to speed conversationally as quickly as possible without getting bogged down in too many formal details of the grammar. The approach here is to teach you the grammar by means of many examples of individual spoken sentences and brief conversations and through substitution drills, along with brief discussions of the grammar which are interspersed occasionally between the audio sections. The big, 600+ page workbook allows you to follow along with the native... 5/5 magellan (Santa Clara, CA) - See all my reviews, November 9, 2003

    Very thorough intermediate course; pace just right

    0 5/5 Jeffery S. Herman (Baxter, Tennessee) - See all my reviews, January 28, 1998

    The most realistic program I have found.

    I am studying intensely to learn Spanish for communicating with the many hispanic workers living in my area. The book is somewhat difficult to use, but it is well worth the trouble. Althought some users are unhappy with the phonetic pronunciation system provided in the book (along with the standard Spanish spelling) I have found it to be very helpful once I invested the time to learn it. I will say that this is the most realistic program I have encountered. The speech on the tape is full speed and is very realistic. It has helped my comprehension immensely.Each new concept, especially gramatical forms, are presented in a variety of audio exercises which require you to "think on the go." The exercises in which you have to substitute one word in a sentence for another (and therefore adjust for plurality, speaker, gender, etc.) are nothing short of brilliant. Each new gramatical form is presented in a variety of contexts and exercises which help develop skills... 5/5 0, January 23, 2001
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    A good book for building spanish vocabulary.

    0 4/5 John(marchant@acy.digex.net) (Southern NJ, USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Mastering a Spanish Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach (Mastering Vocabulary) (Spanish Edition) (Paperback) I find this book to be very good. It offers 5500 words or so for a person to learn which is more than enough to cover general conversation on any theme, explain any thought, and say anything that is not deeply technical. A typical person's vocabulary is between 12,000-15,000 words though many of them are not used. This book is great-it is organized by themes and has more advanced words in gray. I recently got this book and find that it rounds out my vocabulary. I recommend this one and 1,001 Pitfalls in Spanish by Barron's. Both are absolutely essential for native English speakers. In fact, those two books and a lot of reviewing is adequate in my estimation for anyone with very little background in Spanish to rise to a level of fluency achieved by a small percentage of the 'gringos' who try to learn it. I'd give it a '10' except I think it would be neat to have even more vocabulary-perhaps 8000 words to involve more technical and medical terms, etc. They also try to stick to fairly... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 25, 1999

    An essential book for your library

    I find this book to be very good. It offers 5500 words or so for a person to learn which is more than enough to cover general conversation on any theme, explain any thought, and say anything that is not deeply technical. A typical person's vocabulary is between 12,000-15,000 words though many of them are not used. This book is great-it is organized by themes and has more advanced words in gray. I recently got this book and find that it rounds out my vocabulary. I recommend this one and 1,001 Pitfalls in Spanish by Barron's. Both are absolutely essential for native English speakers. In fact, those two books and a lot of reviewing is adequate in my estimation for anyone with very little background in Spanish to rise to a level of fluency achieved by a small percentage of the 'gringos' who try to learn it. I'd give it a '10' except I think it would be neat to have even more vocabulary-perhaps 8000 words to involve more technical and medical terms, etc. They also try to stick to fairly... 4/5 Andy Orrock (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews, April 25, 1998

    Powerful, but...

    ...capable of producing some fairly alarming editing errors, for one. Things like "To abrigo es distinto..."A second important item of note to potential purchasers is that the book assumes you have THE ENTIRE VERB SYSTEM down cold. Each of the 41 sections of the book has 'standard' and 'advanced' sections of vocabulary. But Word 1 in the standard list could fire off an example that features a sentence that combines conditional and subjunctive imperfect tenses. After all, it's a vocabulary - and not grammar - book. But just make sure you know that going in.Third point - I can't figure out what make a word or expression worthy of 'advanced' vs. 'standard.' I'm just opening up to a random page (p. 338) as I write this review, and I see the words 'apenas,' 'mayor,' and 'menor' in the advanced section, while 'de ninguna manera' sits in the standard. Odd, huh?Despite all these objections, this book is really a good edition to your library. Its triumph is... 3/5 0, May 20, 2002
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    The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice: Mastering Spanish Grammar for Confident Communication

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    Spanish Learning Made Easy

    I have studied Spanish at the college level before, but since then have not had the opportunity to practice speaking or writing except in informal settings with friends, while traveling, etc. So when I needed to speak with a Spanish client for business, I found my conversation and writing skills somewhat lacking. I turned to "The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice" after having it recommended to me by a few business associates. After one month of working intensively through the book, I feel much more confident in my formal Spanish skills. The book is well thought out, organized into 28 chapters, each focusing on a different topic. Starting with the present tense of verbs and other basic language topics and progressing through the subjunctive and other advanced forms, it provides a comprehensive text to learn and perfect both oral and written Spanish. The explanations and examples of each topic are very clear, and the exercises provide a challenging test of the... 5/5 A.T.S., International Consulting Group (USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice: Mastering Spanish Grammar for Confident Communication (Paperback) I have studied Spanish at the college level before, but since then have not had the opportunity to practice speaking or writing except in informal settings with friends, while traveling, etc. So when I needed to speak with a Spanish client for business, I found my conversation and writing skills somewhat lacking. I turned to "The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice" after having it recommended to me by a few business associates. After one month of working intensively through the book, I feel much more confident in my formal Spanish skills. The book is well thought out, organized into 28 chapters, each focusing on a different topic. Starting with the present tense of verbs and other basic language topics and progressing through the subjunctive and other advanced forms, it provides a comprehensive text to learn and perfect both oral and written Spanish. The explanations and examples of each topic are very clear, and the exercises provide a challenging test of the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 26, 1999

    Thorough review and great practical exercises

    As a Spanish teacher I was delighted to find such a grammar gem on the market for Spanish students at all levels. I bought the book with the intention of using it as a guide and review of many difficult grammar concepts in Spanish and I definitely was pleased with the grammar material and brief cultural readings that are included in the book. The book covers all key grammar concepts that must be mastered in order to speak Spanish confidently and with superior grammar control. The book contains twenty-eight valuable chapters in which key grammar concepts such as verb conjugation and verb usage, tenses and moods of verbs, the passive voice and other key elements are analyzed. The heavy emphasis on verbs and verb usage is indicative of the quality of this book especially since the ability to conjugate and use verbs correctly are the key to mastering any language. The practice exercices are also very valuable and readily force the student to apply the knowledge learned in the chapter thus... 5/5 Marianopolita2005 - See all my reviews This review is from: The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice: Mastering Spanish Grammar for Confident Communication (Paperback) As a Spanish teacher I was delighted to find such a grammar gem on the market for Spanish students at all levels. I bought the book with the intention of using it as a guide and review of many difficult grammar concepts in Spanish and I definitely was pleased with the grammar material and brief cultural readings that are included in the book. The book covers all key grammar concepts that must be mastered in order to speak Spanish confidently and with superior grammar control. The book contains twenty-eight valuable chapters in which key grammar concepts such as verb conjugation and verb usage, tenses and moods of verbs, the passive voice and other key elements are analyzed. The heavy emphasis on verbs and verb usage is indicative of the quality of this book especially since the ability to conjugate and use verbs correctly are the key to mastering any language. The practice exercices are also very valuable and readily force the student to apply the knowledge learned in the chapter thus... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 16, 2002

    A Lot of Book for the Money.

    0 5/5 Steve Irons (Minneapolis, MN United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice: Mastering Spanish Grammar for Confident Communication (Paperback) If you have already studied Spanish and want to strengthen your skills, this is the book for you. It would also be a good supplementary text for first, second and third year students of college level Spanish. Better than most books that cost twice it's price, it not only gives you clear, well thought-out, and well organized descriptions of all the essential grammar points in Spanish, it also includes copious exercises to drive the points home. This "workbook" aspect of the book is an invaluable asset, since once you have understood the grammar point, you still need to practice it a bit make it second nature. I guarantee that if you work you way through this whole book and absorb its contents, you'll have a very good grasp of Spanish indeed. Coupled with something like the Pimsleur courses, a person could get quite fluent is six months of solid daily study. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 17, 2001
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