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Spanish textbooks

I'm having so much learning Spanish on Duolingo and was wondering what are the best Spanish textbooks out there to learn Spanish? I need to use other recourses! I also use the Memrise app. Any suggestions?

3 years ago

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Only one reply (if a good one) in 8 hours?! It's a great question, and I hope there will be many useful replies.

This book, Teach Yourself Spanish is quite old, so I wouldn't depend on it for developing up-to-date conversation skills, but the books in the series usually have excellent grammar explanations accompanied by exercises w/ keys. The Spanish book I haven't yet used, but after working through the French primer by the same author I could read French well enough to read Jules Verne, and the Italian version is also quite good, although the Italian is rather too old-fashioned in places. If you like this, copies should be fairly easy to find, used. Buy a hardcover copy, as the newer paperbacks fall apart, just as the scanned book has, but the older hardcovers wear very well.

This book The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice has very good grammar explanations. It is not written as an introduction to Spanish but as a review; however, w/ Duo's help it should be useful to you if you try it. (I have an earlier edition w/o the CD.)

3 years ago

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¡Muchas gracias! I was surprised that I got only 1 reply in 8 hours.. thought many would reply and give out a hand.

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They all pretty much say the same thing ;) so any cheap, used university text book will help a great deal, especially if it comes with a CD. Anything in the "Practice Makes Perfect" series by McGraw-Hill is good. A copy of "501 Spanish Verbs" is good to have, as is a good, complete dictionary.

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¡Muchas gracias!

3 years ago

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There are some good verb apps for phones which allow you to study and revise verbs on the go. Most of them highlight the irregular forms, which is very helpful.

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Do you know what those apps are called?

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TapFlash, Spanish Touch Trainer, and ConjuVerb are good. Go to the Apple App store and look for apps.

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For Android I use one simply called Spanish Verbs byAppicenter LLC. It is probably not any better than many others but if there is a choice of apps I tend to choose the one which is most highly rated and requires the fewest intrusive permissions.

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