Sweet Tea, No Lemon

The way it's supposed to be.

The Best $12 You’ll Ever Spend as a Spanish Student

| 1 Comment

In my daily exercise of reading the top news story in a Spanish language newspaper, I find myself referring to two books time and time again. One is quite obvious. Every student of Spanish certainly has purchased a general purpose Spanish to English dictionary. However, I find myself referring to a second book just as often.

501 Spanish Verbs by Christopher Kendris is a must-have resource. Kendris’ book, now in the 6th edition and published in conjunction with Barron’s, is decidely utilitarian. It’s a list of 501 of the most useful Spanish verbs, organized in an easy-to-use one-per-page layout. Every verb is defined, and then conjugated in 14 different tenses. An additional 1000 verbs are supplied in an appendix, with a pointer to a verb that is similarly conjugated.

When I first read the description of this book, I didn’t understand why I would want a list of verbs when I already have a dictionary for that purpose. The key difference is the complete list of conjugations, and the easy access. Once I added this book to my study tools, I don’t know how I got along without it.

Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblrmail

One Comment

  1. Ken – I second the recommendation. Something about seeing each verb on its own page, completely conjugated in all its forms and tenses, really helped me as a beginner.

    I’d in turn recommend a very fun but cunningly informative book: “Breaking Out of Beginner’s Spanish” by Joe Keenan. Not for the rank beginner, but once you’re at a certain level it’s a gold mine of information.

    cheers
    /tsg/

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.