How to speak Spanish for Dummies?
Disclaimer ~ I was sent copies of The Complete Idiots’ Guide to Learning Spanish and Spanish for Dummies for the purpose of doing this comparison review. Links in the post are affiliate ones.
Spanish is one of the most popular languages for people to learn. Maybe you are planning to visit a foreign country like Mexico or Spain where Spanish is the primary language. Or, you may live in a section of the United States with a high percentage of Spanish speakers. Either way, having at least a basic understanding of Spanish can make a huge difference in how you are able to interact with others.
There are tons of resources available to help you learn Spanish at a basic level. Some people find a local class to attend where you can interact with others on a set schedule. Others elect for an online course.
For many, a simple book with a CD to help you practice pronunciation may be all you need. And, that’s exactly what this post is going to focus upon.
Learning Spanish vs. Spanish for Dummies
It is not too often that I compare two very similar products in one review. Actually, I can’t think of a time when I did a review that included comparing a book with its competition.
For years now, consumers have been able to visit a bookstore and get a book on a topic that provides a quick overview of the material. If the book you picked was bright yellow and black, you held a ‘for Dummies’ book. The other choice has bright orange on the cover and is from The Complete Idiot’s Guide series.
The first pair of books I’m reviewing is for learning Spanish.
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning Spanish Quick Facts
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning Spanish is in its 5th edition.
It is written by a long-time language instructor experienced at teaching multiple levels of students.
An accompanying CD provides audio exercises to practice key conversations.
Just from that little bit, I’d say there isn’t much difference.
Perusing the table of contents and the mini-dictionaries in the back of each book, I’d even say that most of the same ground is covered in each text.
They both come with an audio CD to help you learn pronunciation as well.
Both books urge an immersion approach to better learn the language.
What are the Differences?
After my initial glance through each, I started wondering where the differences might be found.
Spanish for Dummies rounds out each chapter with a ‘fun and games’ page to reinforce your learning through tools like crossword puzzles.