Ingles Para Dummies
Prices for book: Ingles Para Dummies
Book ISBN: 9780764554278
Author(s): Gail Brenner
Document type: Trade Paper
Loading latest prices, please wait
Si no sabe nada de Ingles es un buen libro porque explica a groso modo las reglas basicas, pero si solo quiere conocer modismos del idioma o mejorar sus habilidades en Ingles, le recomiendo otro mas avanzado.
I love it! I bought one for myself a year ago and now I bought this one for my friend and she loves it too. It's easy and useful!!
Me encanta! compr
Not exactly for dummies
I use this book to help my Mexican boyfriend learn more English for his job. This is the second book we have purchased, and while it is VERY in-depth for a beginner book, it is somewhat overwhelming and off-putting. Since I am a native English speaker, I am able to unravel some confusion for him that might otherwise have remained unclear. The material is good, but a little bit too grammar-oriented for the novice English student.
Not bad, just be prepared to wait...
Ingles para Dummies is a pretty good resource for those learning English, but be prepared to wait a really long time to receive it. Amazon promises shipping that it never delivers, the wait on this book wasn't too bad, maybe 2 weeks, but I have had other books take over a month and then just not show up and Amazon is not too responsive about these shipping issues unfortunately.
Jennifer Pearson (Amazon.com)
Better for teachers than students
I found this book to be quite useful for me, as I am a teacher of beginning English in classes comprised mostly of latinos. I speak and read Spanish at least half as well as English. Ingles para Dummies has a lot of lists of vocabulary and of expressions, and pages of examples I can incorporate into my lessons. But it is not likely to be useful for its avowed purpose, that is, for a student trying to learn English by him/herself.
It begins with two chapters, the first being all about pronunciation, and the second being an introduction to English grammatical structure. Only in the third chapter does it begin to give the student things to say. Of course, a student will have no idea what the rules of pronunciation and grammar are all about before he gets things to say in the language. Rules are inferred from usage, not the other way around. The first priority of anyone learning a language is communication.
When I teach, I start off with "I am Ned," "you are Alfonso", "she is Maria", etc. My students first learn to talk to one another, and in the process pick up pronouns and verb conjugation implicitly. This book wants the reader to learn a list of words first, and only later discover the utterances that the words fit into.
As to the very difficult pronunciation in English compared to Spanish, the book makes no attempt to teach its readers the correct pronunciation of English short vowels or "th" or "sh." It orthographizes "This is Kevin" as "Dis is Kevin" which would be pronounced by the Spanish-speaker as "Dees ees Kayveen". Not good.
Of course, it goes without saying that one can't learn any language from just a book. One has to have a human, a teacher or friend, to provide the sounds, intonation and rhythm. Bottom line: Ingles para Dummies is a decent reference, but a poor maestro.
Doctor Piedra (Amazon.com)
Look no further! You will find millions of the best cheap books online right here. Whether you're searching for used college textbooks, used books, new books or used textbooks for sale we have it!
* Shipping will vary in such stores. Consult the store's website for details.
^ This item is part of an auction and its price might go up at anytime.