The purpose of this book is to provide move beyond the basics of Spanish grammar and into more advanced topics.
Practice Makes Perfect: Advanced Spanish Grammar
I rate the book highly for reaching this goal. It assumes a basic understanding of grammar and vocabulary. I found that its usefulness was diminished if I did not have a basic grammar for refreshing my memory on certain concepts, or a dictionary for Spanish words which were not translated in the book. The strengths of this book are that it fulfills its goal of covering advanced topics, thus giving the student the opportunity to, as the book cover states, "develop skills and confidence as a Spanish speaker.
The "find and correct the mistakes" exercises at the end of each chapter were especially helpful, since it forces the learner to pay special attention to the exact wording, instead of surmising the meaning from a literal translation of the words. I have some minor criticims. Chapter 3 only had 30 questions at the end of the chapter, compared to 60 to for the other chapters.
I would have liked more practice questions there. Although the book offered explanations for some of the more difficult questions in the answer key, I wish they would have had more such explanations as there are some answers that I got wrong and still do not know why they are wrong, even after reviewing the material.
The chapters had "boxes" designed to "provide further information and offer tips on guidance or useage" p. Actually materials identified by shading on the left margin, but more importantly, I was unable to discern any unifying use of the boxed areas.
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At times they gave more detailed explanations to preceding information. At other times they did not. I would have preferred a more consistent use of the boxes. Knowing the literal meaning of words would have also helped in understanding the idioms presented in the last chapter. Since I was able to translate ahorgarse en un vaso de agua drowning in a class of water , it was easy to understand the figurative meaning of the expression "easily depressed by small problems," p.
In other chapters the examples given in Spanish were translated, but not in Chapter 12 idiomatic constructions , requiring that I get a dictionary and look up a lot of words.
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Despite these problems, I considered the book to be useful and I would recommend it to students seeking to become proficient in advanced Spanish grammar. This book may not be easy reading, but it has a lot a good material!
Practice Makes Perfect: Advanced Spanish Grammar by Rogelio Alonso Vallecillos
Chapter 9 gives example after example of direct speech and reported speech The topics include reported questions, reporting verbs, imperatives, advice, suggestions, proposals, etc. For example, "She said to her husband, 'Don't forget to clean the garage tomorrow'" becomes "She reminded her husband to clean the garage the next day. For example, "dead sure " would be "completamente seguro ," "dead drunk " would be "totalmente" borracho ," "dead tired " would be "agotado," "dead slow " would be "lentissimo.
I use these grammar books now and then only to try to maintain my Spanish after relocating to an area with almost no native Spanish speakers. I like the exercises and explanations. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. This book is definitely useful, but the author's laborious explanations of simple grammatical rules can be overwhelming.
There are other grammar workbooks with a more streamlined and helpful approach to advanced grammar review. I was looking for some advanced grammatical practice. I felt like this was more a basic run through of the language. I didn't like the way the exercises were formatted, either. One person found this helpful. See all 45 reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews. Published 14 days ago. I love this book. Published 6 months ago. Published 9 months ago. Published 1 year ago.
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