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Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach

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Très bon livre pour apprendre l'espagnol, sans avoir à mémoriser une centaine de règles grammaticales, comme c'est souvent le cas avec les livres d'apprentissage de langues. It starts with a very positive introduction and goes on to explain that an English speaker already knows hundreds if not thousands of words in Spanish and it gives you the rules that unlock this 'magic key' to Spanish. The method has proved successful with more than a quarter of a million people in the span of a few years. But it is really exciting to discover that with a few hints you yourself can form these words and that you can start out on your venture of learning Spanish with a large, ready-made vocabulary. I am no language savant (a fact, sadly, not false modesty), but I am a linguistic enthusiast and, having sought out, and used, beginner level materials for Russian, Japanese, Italian, Greek and Amharic and having taken French (A level) and German (O level) at school/college (a long, long time ago :-D), I can say that this book is better at getting the learner up and running with usable language than any other book or online resource that I have found to date, by a country mile.

After all, we didn't learn English by learning grammar first, we learnt it by identifying patterns and then, when we were at school, we learnt grammatical terms and nuances. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.If you are starting out speaking Spanish this is a wonderful start it may be difficult if you’re entirely new to Spanish and don’t know the basic words like Hola, tardes or esta, mañana, etcBut it’s still a great book to have to read whilst learning Spanish in other ways…Don’t hesitate with this one!

If it has got a downside it would be the layout, which is now dated (it was written in the early 1950's with Andy Warhol as the illustrator). With most others, I have found that there is far too much unnecessary grammar introduced far too early to engage the learner and provide opportunities to succeed in reproducing and reusing the language learnt. Furthermore, the process of creation is exciting, whereas mechanical memorizing is tremendously boring.If you listen to Michel Thomas first Total Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method (Michel Thomas Series) , then read Magic Key as you will be able to pronounce all of the words, afterwards get Sandberg's 'Spanish For Reading' Spanish for Reading you will be very effective in Spanish and save a fortune on the ineffective materials out there.

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