Keeping up with grammar review

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Keeping up with grammar review

Postby Dayhiker » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:16 am

I have been studying/speaking spanish for years now. I generally work very long hours, and have a family. Long story short I have little time to study and generally use that to read in spanish. I can read middle school level novels fairly well. When speaking i just make a lot of basic grammar errors. Advanced grammar constructs that are used in adult literure and in coversation i found are not covered well at my current reading level and these skills have atrophied. I completed fsi years ago, but using it for review is a bit of a chore as it is boring and difficult to navigate. I was wondering what people have used in the past to review grammar that is also engaging. I am currently usingduolingo and wonder if others who have used this app think this could work, or maybe suggest another app?

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Re: Keeping up with grammar review

Postby Steven » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:38 pm

I use two books for Spanish grammar: Practice makes perfect Spanish irregular verbs and Practice makes perfect Spanish verb tenses. I love these, especially the first one which helps a lot with conjugation. Perhaps they might be of use to you. All the best!
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Re: Keeping up with grammar review

Postby reineke » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:22 pm

Take both vocabulary tests (especially the active vocabulary test) and when you have time take a look at Dialang.

What percentage of the 5000 most frequent words have you mastered?"

http://www.itt-leipzig.de/static/startseiteeng.html

Dialang

https://dialangweb.lancaster.ac.uk
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2897/

Reference

I hear good things about Gramática de uso del Español.

Spanish resources

https://forum.language-learners.org/vie ... 131a479aaa
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Re: Keeping up with grammar review

Postby NoManches » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:42 am

For the last few months I have been hooked on a podcast called Español Automático. Many of the episodes deal with grammar and I feel like everything is explained very well, with plenty of example given. Like you, I work long hours but fortunately I can listen to podcasts so this works perfect for me.

For traditional grammar books I've used quite a few. Lately I'veve been working with the ones put out by LightSpeed Spanish:

Pocket Por and Para https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0190VNA3I/re ... nCbAQTAQZH

I think I have 4 of their books now. After working with the one I linked above, I pulled the trigger on the rest of the books. Most definitely NOT boring and loaded with tons of exercises. I don't think these are super advanced, but I like them because I am at a high level and have started to notice some of my "Spanish foundation" crumbling ever since I stopped taking Spanish grammar classes in college.
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Re: Keeping up with grammar review

Postby Dayhiker » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:17 pm

I appreciate all the responses. I was leaning toward the practice makes perfect books and had a question. I am probably at b1 level.
what do you all think is a better route:

1: pmp verb tenses with pmp pronouns and prepositions
or
2: pmp complete spanish grammar

I was considering the gramatica de uso del espanol, but it is 30+ for those of us in the states. there is a English version through McGraw hill, that is much cheaper. anyone have experience with this?

I appreciate the podcast recs, will try those out.
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