Best Books to Learn Spanish

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

There are plenty of books out there promising to teach you Spanish, but only some are up to the standards you need. Find out which books are worth your money in this article.

Choosing A Book

Spanish language instruction books come in a variety of approaches to suit different needs. We've compiled a list of the best three books for different situations: basic vocabulary for common scenarios, advanced conversational skills, and local immersion. All you need to do is figure out how much of the language you need to learn.

Vocab and Quick Lists: Barron's Mastering Spanish Vocabulary

Along with vocabulary list books and verb exercise books, the Barron's guide is great for those who want a situational approach to their Spanish lessons. This book contains sections divided into themes - eating at a restaurant, seeking transportation, going to a hospital and more. It comes with an MP3 CD, and the audio contained on the disc can be loaded to any mobile device to keep with you at all times.

Advancing Your Skills: Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish

For those of you who already have a bit of working knowledge of Spanish and are looking to take that foundation to the next level, Joseph J. Keenan's book will be a huge boost. The goal of this book is to help you sound like you are well-versed in the language, with common phrases and idioms, tips for proper grammar, even instruction on how to avoid unintentional swearing.

Local Immersion: Lonely Planet

Although small in stature, these pocket guides are designed to not only help you with local dialects, but provide cultural context for the region you will be visiting and/or living in. Most importantly, there are three versions of this book: one for Latin America, one for Mexico, and one for Spain. Phrases contained in each book are specific to each region of the world, and this makes for a great companion if you get stumped while on your travels.

Additional Learning

In addition to these print resources, offers an introductory Spanish course as well as a professional development Spanish course that assists teachers with Spanish skills they will find helpful in the classroom. These courses use short but entertaining video lessons to teach the basics of Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and common conversational topics.

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