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For 20 years, I have provided Spanish language courses and training for many different people. These are some of my favorite Spanish books.

Textbook Dicho Y Hecho : Beginning Spanish book

Dicho Y Hecho: Beginning Spanish by Laila M. Dawson, Albert C. Dawson.
Hardcover - 592 pages 5th edition (October 1996) Wiley John & Sons; ISBN: 047114018-X ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.93 x 10.30 x 8.17.
A carefully crafted, lively, and highly successful approach to teaching and learning Spanish. Contains such special features as a visual component which enables students to relate and react to situations that reflect the theme, vocabulary, functions, and structures of every chapter; thematic vocabulary activated by means of multiple and progressive phases of application; and a creative array of exercises and activities.

Workbook  to Accompany Dicho Y Hecho: Beginning Spanish

Workbook to Accompany Dicho Y Hecho: Beginning Spanish by Laila M. Dawson, Albert C. Dawson.
Format: Paperback, 5th edition (January 1997), 336 pages.
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated ISBN: 0471140171.

Schaum's Outline of Spanish Grammar

Schaum's Outline of Spanish Grammar by Conrad J. Schmitt.
Paperback 6th edition 216 pages (September 2013).
McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0071830413 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.46 x 10.87 x 8.20.
An updated edition of this very successful Schaum's Outline, which covers all grammatical requirements of first and second year Spanish courses in two and four year colleges and high schools. The book includes more than 350 exercises.

AP Spanish. Preparing for the language examination

AP Spanish: Preparing for the Language Examination by Jose M. Diaz, Margarita Leicher-Prieto, Glenn J. Nadelbach.
Binding: Paper Text Publishing - 221 pages (August 1995).
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Incorporated, ISBN: 080131531.
Designed for students at the upper levels of Spanish and specifically for those students who wish to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish. It is also a fine complement for any advanced course in Spanish.

Spanish Power Pack (Barron's Regents Power Packs)

Barron's new Let's Review: Spanish by Jose Diaz, and Maria F. Nadel.
Barron's new Let's Review: Spanish, comes with an enclosed audio compact disc.

Essential Spanish Grammar

Essential Spanish Grammar by Seymour Resnick.
Format: Paperback, 115 pages.
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated, ISBN: 0486207803.
This Spanish grammar has been designed specifically for the adult with limited learning time. It covers the most important points of Spanish grammar in the clearest possible way, concentrating on the expressions that you would be most likely to use. All rules are illustrated with common phrases, and hints are included throughout the book on how to replace difficult constructions with simpler ones.

501 Spanish Verbs

501 Spanish Verbs with CD-ROM and Audio CD (501 Verb Series) by Christopher Kendris.
Paperback - 674 pages 7th edition (August 2010).
Barrons Educational Series; ISBN: 0812092821 ; Dimensions (in inches): 15 x 6 x 9.
Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses in a New Easy-To-Learn Format Alphabetically Arranged. Verbs are conjugated and set up one-per-page in alphabetical order in this easy-to-use series. Commonly used idioms that use a verb are presented at the bottom of the page that presents the appropriate verb. Approximately 1,000 additional verbs are listed in the infinite form with their English meanings.

Spanish for Comunication

Spanish for Communication by Ana C. Jarvis and R. Lebredo.
Format: Paperback, 4th edition, 303 pages, Publisher: D.C. Heath and Company Pub. ISBN: 0669122459. Designed for more advanced introductory-level students, Spanish for Communication develops the basic language skills necessary for successful communication in everyday situations. At the beginning of each lesson, a realistic dialogue provides the context for the introduction of grammar and vocabulary, which is then reinforced through questions, situational roleplays, and realia-based activities and is correlated to Basic Spanish Grammar.

Spanish for Medical Personnel

Spanish for Medical Personnel by Ana C. Jarvis.
Format: Paperback, 6th edition, 352 pages, Publisher: Heinle. ISBN: 0395963001.
Presents realistic situations and the specialized vocabulary that health-care professionals need to communicate with Hispanic patients in the course of their daily work. Personalized questions, grammar exercises, dialogue completions, role-plays, and realia-based activities provide students with numerous opportunities to apply in a wide variety of practical contexts.

The Oxford Spanish Dictionary: Spanish-English/English-Spanish

The Oxford Spanish Dictionary: Spanish-English/English-Spanish by David Crystal.
2032 pages, (Jul 2008) Oxford Univ. Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0198600704 ; Dimensions (in inches):8 x 2.9 x 10.5.
This conveniently sized reference boasts superb features and has been compiled from a unique electronic database of current language, reflecting the efforts of a team of lexicographers from the U.S., Latin America, Great Britain, and Spain, who painstakingly investigated vocabulary, meanings, and grammatical usage in their particular region. 170,000+ words and phrases.

Guide to Spanish Idioms and expressions/Guía de Modismos Españoles

Guide to Spanish Idioms by Raymond H. Pierson.
Paperback - 184 pages. Natl Textbook Co Trade; ISBN: 0844273252 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.53 x 9.00 x 5.92.
Covering 2,500 of the most common Spanish idioms and expressions, as well as common pitfalls and ambiguities, this comprehensive manual lists, in alphabetical order, the idiomatic phrases and expressions in Spanish with their English equivalents. As an additional aid, an English-to-Spanish list of the idioms is also presented for convenient cross-reference.

101 Spanish Idioms: Understandind Spanish Language and Culture Through Popular Phrases

101 Spanish Idioms with MP3 Disc. Enrich your Spanish conversation with colorful everyday expressions. by Jean-Marie Cassagne.
Paperback - 128 pages English/Spanish edition (March 5, 2009) Passport Books; ISBN: ASIN/0071615644 ; Dimensions (in inches): 6 x 0.4 x 9.
A whimsical collection of colloquialisms delight readers and provides real insight into Spanish language idioms, customs, and humor. Each idiom has a literal English translation followed by an idiomatic English equivalent of the Spanish phrase. Cartoons throughout.

Street Spanish 1: The Best of Spanish Slang

Street Spanish 1: The Best of Spanish Slang by David Burke.
Paperback - 288 pages (October 1997) John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471179701 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 9.01 x 6.00.
If a native Spanish speaker were to tell you that the pez gordo (fat fish) met a merengue (meringue) with lots of pasta (noodles) who is going to become his media naranja (half an orange), you may not know whether to offer your condolences or your congratulations -- that is, unless you've read this first book in David Burke's Street Spanish series. Street Spanish 1 lets you quickly become an insider by presenting some of the most popular slang terms used throughout the many Spanish-speaking countries. With the help of entertaining dialogues, word games and drills, crossword puzzles, and word searches, you'll finally be able to understand the everyday language used on the street, in homes, offices, stores, and among family and friends.

Street Spanish 2: The Best of Spanish Idioms (Street Language) (English and Spanish Edition)

Street Spanish 2: The Best of Spanish Idioms (Street Language) (English and Spanish Edition) by David Burke.
Paperback - 244 pages (1998) John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 047117971X ; Dimensions (in inches): 6.3 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches.
If a native Spanish-speaker were to say to you, "You're taking my hair!" (!Me estas tomando el pelo!), you may not know how to respond.unless, of course, you've read David Burke's newest book on Spanish idioms, Street Spanish 2. Then you'd know that this common expression is equivalent to the American idiom, "You're pulling my leg!" Street Spanish 2 will lead you through an exciting domain of imaginative and popular Spanish idioms by the use of dialogues, vocabulary lessons, entertaining word drills and games including crossword puzzles, fill-ins, find-a-word charts, and dictations. A comprehensive glossary rounds out this fact- and fun-filled guide.