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by David Brodsky

It's time for a new approach to learning Spanish verbs. Unlike popular verb guides that require the rote memorization of hundreds of verb forms, this book clearly explains the rules that govern the conjugation of all classes of Spanish verbs—especially the irregular ones that give second-language learners the most trouble. These simple, easy-to-understand rules for conjugating Spanish verbs are effective learning tools for both beginning students and more advanced speakers who want to perfect their usage of Spanish verb forms.

Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r) has many helpful features that you won't find in any other verb guide:

Clear explanations of all verb tenses and forms.The simple rules that govern the conjugation of all verbs—including the 90% of irregular verbs whose irregularities are entirely predictable.A detailed discussion of how each verb form is used, with numerous examples.A full explanation of the distinction between ser and estar—the single most confusing element in the Spanish verbal system.An extended treatment of the subjunctive that will help you understand why it is used in some situations but not others.Conjugations for 35 model Spanish verbs and a comprehensive listing of 4,800 verbs that indicates which of the models each verb follows.

Going well beyond any other guide in the clarity and detail of its explanations—as well as the innovative manner in which individual verbs are linked to model conjugations—Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r) is the only guide to Spanish verbs a learner needs.

Download Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r) epub
ISBN: 0292706537
ISBN13: 978-0292706538
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: David Brodsky
Language: English
Publisher: University of Texas Press; Bilingual edition (August 1, 2005)
Pages: 285 pages
ePUB size: 1454 kb
FB2 size: 1214 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 391
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I love Brodsky's work both in this volume and his general Spanish vocabulary/etymology volume. I own the print version of his etymology book and thought I would purchase the verb book as a kindle product for portability. This was a terrible mistake - as far as I can tell, the kindle version of this book is no more than the simplest port to digital (I'm reading on the PC Kindle app on a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop), without any thoughts about usability. I can only flip from page to page (the usual bottom navigation for entering specific pages or jumping to the front or back is nonexistent here), and the formatting is kludgy - I may as well be looking at a random mimeographed page disembodied from the rest of the book. In short, buy the print version. I become increasingly leery of the quality of all ebooks. Caveat emptor indeed.
As erudite and perhaps brilliant as the author is, this book (I dont regret buying it, despite what I say here) is for hi-intermediate or low-advanced Spanish speakers, or Spanish teachers--it's for fluent speakers, not beginners or intermediates (me). Understanding the author's method--and to understand it is to appy it- of categorizing Spanish verbs and their conjugative anomalies requires much effort in itself, effort which, IMO, is better spent simply practicing repetitious drills, creative speaking, reading, writing, listening. It is better to nail in realtime a handful of verb conjugations than to learn to categorize hundreds of verbs, and learn that these or those verbs are part of this or that subgroup, which is part of yet a larger group, which follows certain conjugation patterns--except under these 3 conditions ... The choice, for me, was between "learning curves"--learn The Method, or learn Spanish. One actually intuits--memorizes by default, thru repeated use, as does a child--the "rules" of a language as one uses it, and then extrapolates those "rules" to apply in increasingly wider contexts, perhaps even previously "unchartered territory", a sure sign of progress. It may be that learning The Method may pay off someday, in some explosive "insight" into the Deep Structure of Spanish, which I believe the author himself has discovered; but unless you are already fluent, that probably wont happen. If you are fluent the book could be very helpful--filling in gaps in your knowledge. Otherwise, just practice everyday. Tinkering with the finicky innards of a piano will not advance you toward playing tunes on it ... just play.
Even though this book is a little old, its examples are many and still relevant. I particularly like the way the author goes into a little bit of detail about how the language has evolved, with English and Spanish examples. Bien hecho, en mi opinión. I use a lot of the examples with my students and it helps to clarify things for them.
I was very pleased with this guide to verbs since it introduces so many verbs. The only thing that would have made it better and more complete, would be if the author had included the definitions of the verbs listed in the index found in the back of the book.
I'm a Spanish Teacher in Miami. I'm using this book with great results as part of my course. I found on it an easy way to explain my students how to use the principal Spanish verb forms.

I seriously recommend "Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r)" because is detailed, clear and full of helpful examples not only for students, but for teachers too.