Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, with approximately 5.86% of the world’s population speaking Spanish. It would be a very practical language to learn, especially if you’re living in North or South America.
If you are a beginner looking to learn Spanish, here are five books you should consider reading:
1. Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses. In addition to teaching the reader how to conjugate basic Spanish verbs, this workbook asks the reader to translate entire paragraphs completely. This pushes the reader to expand on his or her knowledge and apply Spanish in a realistic fashion. Spanish Verb Tenses has around 200 exercises for you to go through.
2. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learn Spanish. As the title suggests, this book offers up some humor in addition to educational material. It also educates the reader on Spanish culture, which could be particularly helpful to travelers who visit Spanish-speaking countries.
3. Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebooks. If you want to get a good grasp of Spanish phrases that are used in everyday conversation, then this book offers that. The material covers the basics of Spanish, as well as practical and social phrases that are essential to learn.
4. Barron’s Mastering Spanish Vocabulary. You need to know the basic vocabulary of any language in order to communicate effectively. This book offers around 10,000 entries and coaches its readers in correct word pronunciation. The vocabulary is broken up under different categories to keep organized.
5. Barron’s Spanish-English Pocket Dictionary. This isn’t the best book to fully learn the language, but it is a quick and convenient guide if you are traveling and need to brush up on some basic Spanish words.
6. The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice. This books has hundreds of exercises for you to practice your Spanish. Some of the practice questions are even in Spanish, forcing the reader to really stretch their Spanish reading abilities. This book also gives you a good understanding of Spanish grammar.
Going through Spanish textbooks is a decent way to learn the language, but it isn’t the most effective way. If you want to truly learn how to speak fluent Spanish, then I recommend actually attending a school in Spain. Being taught by a teacher can give you more focus, and being surrounded by Spanish speakers will definitely immerse you into the language.