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Bought my first Spanish learning book today

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It is a workbook called Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses. I got it for $5.00 at a local used book store. I've isolated verbs as the area I most need to improve upon right now, so this is exactly what I needed.

Here are a couple really good resources for studying Spanish verbs:

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/foreign-languages/spanish/spanish-i/prepositions/preposition-use-with-verbs

https://conjuguemos.com/list.php?type=verbs=verbs=spanish


What is the weak spot in your Spanish game right now? How do you plan to strengthen it?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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I understand a lot of Spanish and can speak it (mas or menos), pero I want to work on my verb tenses, and learn more verbs & increase my working vocabulary! Thanks for these links - they're great!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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The subjunctive, and complex verb tense combinations, like "If I had studied more, I would have made a better grade". Those give me fits.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

PMP has a little book, The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close, that is very good and has good reviews.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Thank you! I'll look it up.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Weak spots? Verbs, Prepositions & Pronouns. How do I plan on strengthening it? Those aforementioned Practice Makes Perfect books. I'm also reading a number of other grammar books.

With that said, I am still trying to listen to as much Spanish as possible.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Wow, this is exactly where I am currently at! It feels good to no longer be considered a 'beginner' at Spanish, and start looking at intermediate material.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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My original vaguely defined goal was to be able read/listen to Spanish. My current Spanish goal is to become B2 Independent user as defined by the Common European Framework. While I don't consider myself a beginner, I want to see if I can pass the CEFR A1 test in May or April of 2015.

I want to take the test to motivate and inspire myself to really push towards fluency and proficiency. In the future I may consider C1/C2.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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C2 es mi objetivo último. That's as far as it goes, ¿verdad? I'm guessing it will take at least a couple years to reach that level. Y yo siempre estaré aumentando mi vocabulario.

Feel free to correct my Spanish. Gracias!
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HoldoLarson

good job!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roxyrenders

This is really kind of a coincidence. This weekend I found a used copy of Practice Makes Perfect -Spanish Vocabulary for $5.00. I am looking forward to using it. It has an overwhelming amount of vocabulary but so far what appeals is all the exercises, which themselves include new vocabulary (for me) that isn't the focus of the lesson.

My main weakness/frustration is the difficulty to generate my own original sentences. I plan to start journalling a bit- just about daily things and then try to translate it to Spanish. This way, It will push me towards learning the vocabulary I want to use but haven't yet learned. Am seriously considering joining Lang-8 to support that goal. Once I can achieve some level of comfort with writing about daily events or common things, then I will focus more on the speaking and listening aspects.

Of course, there are many more weakness - prepositional phrases and the common phrases frequently used (but can't be translated literally- like "ahora mismo" - one of the few I do know) subjunctive and conditional moods and in general- a lack of sufficient vocabulary.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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¡Qué una coincidencia! I think I saw that book as well. I may just pick the Vocab one up next time I'm at that bookstore. It seems like a ton of vocabulary all packed into one book. It's nice to have books around sometimes as well, especially for places I do not bring my Kindle.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KerrieSalsac
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I have a collection of Practice makes Perfect books but still haven't set aside time to sit down and read them. How are you finding this one?

I really seem to stumble over the past tense a lot! I practice it every day when I speak but it just doesn't seem to stick :(

I need to get that sorted before I start trying to fix my subjunctive etc. But yeah, the tenses and conjugations tend to hold me back more than anything else. Luckily when I speak to the people I work and live with they can understand me without me being perfect :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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I'm finding it highly enjoyable! I just got to Unit 2 - Ser and estar. Duo and Anki decks have given me a solid foundation for a lot of these verbs, there aren't many new ones to learn just yet. I didn't realize until just now how prone I still am to making small mistakes in what should be easy sentences. I'm going to fill out this whole book, however long it takes!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eliyazdi
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I'm awful at remote past tense, both in Spanish and Italian.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wintermistt
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Hello! i am a native spanish speaker.. i see people here really interested in improve their spanish skills. as i do with my english.. we can make a trade ( if u know what i mean (?)) i can help u guys with ur spanish and u help me with my english in random conversations... also if someone want to correct this text i just wrote i'll be very thankful. thanks for reading and good luck.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nbsnyder
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Hi! You have pretty good English. A few errors. And I also fixed your capitalization:

Hello! i am a native Spanish speaker. I see people here are really interested in improving their Spanish skills, as I do with my English. We can make a trade (if you know what I mean (?)). I can help you guys with your Spanish and you help me with my English in random conversations... Also if someone wants to correct this text I just wrote I'll be very thankful. Thanks for reading and good luck.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wintermistt
Wintermistt
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Wow, thank you so much! I read my text like 4 times and I couldn't see that D:, i have much to learn. Remember, if u need any help with spanish just say it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nikki_leeuhh

You did very well! I'll add you on FB and we can begin conversing. I need a lot of work!! haha

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyStlinski

Cool, I thought that English speakers hated Spanish, but now I realise that that was a big lie.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nikki_leeuhh

definitely a lie =]

3 years ago