September 6th, 2012
If you are looking for a good book to learn Spanish, you need look no further than Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish. This is a book that you will end up referring to time and time again, as it is an invaluable resourse that also inspires you to learn the language. I found I made good progress in a very short time, although I have struggled with trying to learn Spanish for several years. If you really want to learn the language, like me you will probably carry the book around with you and take out any time you have a spare 10 minutes. I certainly don’t see that this book will ever be gathering dust on my shelves.
The introduction to the book explains that because many Spanish words are similar to thousands of English words you already know quite a lot of Spanish; it then explains how you can identify these words.
Once you have understood this, you’ll be delighted to know that the rest of the book is almost just as easy to learn from. The author of the book teaches granmar in an unusual but interesting way, as she starts with only the past tense. This is justified because it is the tense we use most in conversation.
Just by using this book alone you will be surprised at how much Spanish you learn in a short time. Perhaps the best thing about this book is, it does not dump a whole load of complicated verb tenses on you at once, but rather introduces them slowly throughout the book. Although the book is rather old-fashioned in style as it was first printed more than 50 years ago, in my opinion it is still the best book to learn Spanish on the market today, and if you read the many reviews on Amazon you will see that just about all other purchasers agree with me.
If you would like to combine the book with an audio course then I recommend the Pimsleur series, although at around £130 it is fairly expensive. A cheaper alternative is the Michael Thomas Method which I have heard is also very effective. This can be found in local stores like W.H. Smith or you can order on Amazon for around £40.