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This is the third book I’ve read by Juan Fernandez. As you’d expect, the grammar is getting more complicated but that means the story has more depth than the previous two books. Although the present tense predominates, we also have the perfect tense. We also have some Argentinian verb forms and it’s interesting to see the difference between them and the standard Castilian forms: tenes rather than tienes, and accents on different syllables. The author is very good at getting difficult expressions and phrases into a vocab list at the end of each chapter, though the questions are a bit basic. However, the author points out that these books are not text books, so I suppose you wouldn’t expect to have passages for translation etc. The story itself is engaging and you want the characters to come out well. The ending is not exactly happy, but there’s the prospect of better things to come – a great opportunity for a sequel. In fact, I get the impression from the three books I’ve read so far in this series, that there may be follow-ups for all of them…..Highly recommended for anyone moving from basic to intermediate or beyond.
This book is very useful. The story is good; the vocabulary helps to keep the story flowing; the repetitive teaching method reinforces the learning process. Not only this but moreover the additional material provided through the link to Prof Juan's videos on his web link with You Tube enables the listener to hear Spanish being spoken and grammatical points explained by an expert. So much so that within a few weeks, the ability to both understand, and be given the confidence to participate in conversation, has increases immensely. I have now read Hola Lola, La prof de espanol and Ano Nuevo, Vida Nueva and have ordered Me voy o me quedo. Prof Juan is certainly right that the very best way to learn is through listening to the spoken word and through reading. Little surprise he has such a high standing within the language profession!
Reading a story in Spanish, for the sake of the story, is such a good way of getting the feel of the language. Seeing the same words repeated in different tenses is helpful and, while it was a bit frustrating that the author didn't necessarily pick the phrases I struggled with, to translate at the end of the chapter, it's great not to have to stress over every word. Seeing words I had forgotten, in the context of a story, reminded me of them and gave a warm glow of feeling that maybe I know more than I think I know!
I have enjoyed this book and just wished the story would keep going at the end (but i know it would be a longer book then). It was fairly easy for me to understand so I will be looking for a higher level next (B2 +) but I still enjoyed it and it made me smile! I recognised Juan Fermandez’s humour as I’ve been following his podcasts and watched some of his online videos. I hope he will have time to write more like this !
I am an adult who took GCSE 4 years ago. Decided this year to go back to study Spanish. Read this book in 2 hours - very easy to understand because the stories are not complicated. This is a good little book for the price if you want to revise spanish and built up your confidence through this little simple Spanish book . I don't think it is an advanced book. Provided you have some spanish knowledge this for you. At the end I felt happy that I was able to cope with it even after 4 years. Would I recommend it to someone else? difficult to talk for others as we are all different with different abilities in spanish but for the price you cannnot go wrong if you have 2 hours to kill.
Juan Fernandez is a gifted teacher of Spanish with a lively sense of humour. His books are a good way to get to grips with learning the language, particularly with regard to using Spanish as it is spoken by the Spanish themselves in contrast to the more formal language found in most textbooks. In this story you also learn some Spanish from Argentina as well. Thoroughly recommended.
I enjoyed reading this short book. It is designed to be a teaching aid for english (British) students learning Spanish, with good recommendations on how to use the book, and a resume and multiple choice test at the end of each chapter. The level of Spanish is basic up to Chapter 5, where the full 'level A2' vocabulary and grammar is employed. I think this type and level of book fills a gap for the spanish student wanting to improve their reading skills. The usual recommendation - children's books such as the Harry Potter series - are quite advanced, especially in vocabulary, for the post-beginner student. This book is a useful stepping stone to the Harry Potter books and deserves to do well, as well as being entertaining. I look forward to the next instalment of Carmen's and Marcela's story.
This was the first book I have read in Spanish. I spent a long while looking for a book that wasn’t a grammar text book and I was not disappointed with this. My learning method is to avoid grammar text books at all costs because school experience taught me that is not the way for me to learn. This book lead me to all the other materials on Juan’s website mostly free. This book uses every day language which is perfect. I want to speak to people not write essays.
I’ve just purchased and working my way through Una Chica Triste. Which is a great story but it’s taking me a bit longer to read due to increased complexity. Thank you Juan
All to often reading a Spanish novel to improve ones knowledge of the language results in boredom....it's either too easy or too difficult. This was ideal for an intermediate student like me. It's easy enough to read but peppered with new words and expressions introduced into each chapter and revised afterwards. On top of that it's an interesting story involving the feelings of Spanish people living in, for them, a foreign city which is London.
This is a great little book! I have only been learning Spanish for a year but have taken it seriously and studied every day. Yet, still I have struggled due to not understanding how words or phrases are used ‘in context’. This is a brilliant book to really get a grasp of just that and it is such a good story it makes you want to keep on reading! I highly recommend it and I am now off to purchase another Juan Fernandez book. He is an awesome writer and teacher.