‘Excellent book. The chapters put together and systematise a lot of material that is often taught in an anecdotal or haphazard sort of way, if at all. Students will learn a great deal from the book and have their confidence in using Spanish considerably boosted as a result.’ – Jonathan Thacker, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK
‘An invaluable, highly original and methodically sound approach to correcting and eliminating common, yet difficult-to-eliminate errors.’ – Manuel Delgado, Bucknell University, USA
‘The user-friendly format and page layout makes Speed Up Your Spanish a highly practical reference source for students and teachers.’– Ma Victoria García Serrano, University of Pennsylvania, USA
False friends, idiomatic expressions, gender and capitalization are just some of the areas that cause confusion for students of Spanish. Learning how to avoid the common errors that arise repeatedly in these areas is an essential step for successful language learning.
Speed Up Your Spanish is a unique and innovative resource that identifies and explains such errors, thereby enabling students of Spanish to learn from their mistakes while enhancing their understanding of the Spanish language.
Each of the nine chapters focuses on a grammatical category where English speakers typically make mistakes in Spanish. Each chapter is divided into sections that classify the concepts and errors into subcategories. Full explanations are provided throughout with clear, comprehensive examples and exercises to help the learner gain an in-depth understanding of Spanish grammar and usage.
- carefully selected grammar topics and examples based on the most commonly made errors
- exercises throughout to reinforce learning
- shortcuts and mnemonic devices providing vital learning strategies
- a Companion Website available at www.speedupyourspanish.com providing supplementary exercises as well as audio files.
Suitable both for classroom use or self-study, Speed Up Your Spanish is the ideal resource for all intermediate learners of Spanish wishing to refine their language skills.
Javier Muñoz-Basols is an Instructor in Spanish at the University of Oxford.
Marianne David teaches Spanish at the Trinity School in New York.
Olga Núñez Piñeiro is Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Westminster.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Gender and Number 2. Mastering False Friends – Verbs 3. Mastering False Friends – Nouns 4. Mastering False Friends – Adjectives and Adverbs 5. Verb Pairs and Other Misused Words 6. Common Verb Phrases and Idiomatic Expressions 7. Non-existent Words, Words with Double Meanings and Other Misused Expressions 8. Accents (with audio files) 9. Spelling and Punctuation (with audio files); Answer key (book and website exercises) Index
Javier Muñoz-Basols is Senior Instructor in Spanish at the University of Oxford where he teaches advanced grammar, translation, essay, and oral skills to undergraduates in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.
Marianne David teaches Spanish and French at Trinity School in New York.
Olga Núñez-Piñeiro is Head of Spanish at the University of Westminster in London, where she co-ordinates all of the undergraduate Spanish language modules. She is also Chief Examiner in Spanish for the British Ministry of Defence Languages Examination Board (MODLEB).
"La estructura del manual es muy clara y permite al lector introducirse progresivamente en él de manera sencilla y entretenida. [...] Todos los capítulos tienen un fuerte componente didáctico y pedagógico, ya que están pensados para captar la atención del estudiante, entretenerlo, y hacer que se identifique en el tipo de situaciones comunicativas propuestas. [...]
Las secciones denominadas "Mnemonic devices" ofrecen al lector unas estrategias sencillas para memorizar las normas gramaticales y sus excepciones y, al mismo tiempo, estimulan el lector para que vaya elaborando sus propias estrategias. [...] El objetivo de los autores es que los alumnos sean capaces de ver y comprender las similitudes y diferencias que existen entre las dos lenguas. [...]
Se trata de un producto completo, bien estructurado y de práctica consulta que resultará de gran utilidad para estudiantes anglosajones que deseen perfeccionar su conocimiento de la lengua." -Gironzetti, Elisa. Reseña de "Speed Up Your Spanish. Strategies to Avoid Common Errors". Revista RedELE 19. Junio 2010.