Have you been learning Spanish for a while, but still have trouble speaking? You may have a good knowledge of grammar and a reasonable vocabulary, but when it comes to conversation, barely a few words escape your mouth.
Why is this?
It happens because although you know roughly what to say, you don’t know how to say it.
Conversations are made from phrases and not words, which is why to get by on holiday you buy a phrasebook and not a dictionary. The problem is that phrase books only teach you the basics: enough to check into a hotel or order a coffee; certainly not enough to keep up with a conversation.
But what if there were a book that gave you phrases for almost every type of conversation?
Welcome to Spanish for Geniuses. I say ‘for Geniuses’ not because only a genius can learn a language but because the book offers Genius hacks to get you speaking fluently, quicker.
Spanish for Geniuses gives you the tools to say everything you are used to saying in English with thousands of phrases divided by conversation category. These range from encouraging; ‘!hace la fuerza!’ (‘give it some!’) to commiserating; ‘¡vaya tela!’ (‘what a nightmare!’), organising; ‘te quedo a las cinco,’ (‘I’ll meet you at 5pm’) and even receiving a joke; ‘¿!me tomas el pelo!?’ (‘are you kidding me?’).
Still not clear on the grammar? No problem: part one covers all tenses, as well as nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns and prepositions but taught the Genius way with box-outs explaining the differences between English and Spanish to help you eliminate those ‘gringo’ mistakes.
What’s covered in the book
1# A comprehensive ‘How do you say?’ section covering phrases to use in all types of conversations, including how to talk about feelings and ideas, receive services, chat with friends, organise an event and even tell a joke.
2# Detailed explanations on all grammar, including verb tenses, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, participles and the subjunctive.
3# Box-outs highlighting the differences between English and Spanish grammar.
4# English-Spanish translation lists.
What people are saying about Spanish for Geniuses on Amazon
Great book for genuine Spanish speaking, by Frosties
I have basic Spanish skills and have really enjoyed using this book to refresh on the grammar fundamentals, however the really good thing about it is the simple way it teaches you more typical everyday words and phrases. This is so much more useful than the usual language book formats and gives lots of help with those in between words that help conversation flow more naturally.
Great, by Ty
Spanish for Geniuses is just what I want after taking Spanish lessons and very easy to follow.