Fifty Ways to Have Fun With Your Bad Spanish

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Judy Schulten took her first Spanish class forty years ago. She has persevered in speaking Spanish (badly, perhaps, but effectively, she says) ever since. In this book, she gives surprising reasons to dare to use Spanish, even quite elementary Spanish, as often as you can. Her fifty ideas are easy, mostly free, widely available, and fun. More
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About Judy Schulten

Judy Schulten lives in Texas. She has been speaking bad Spanish for 40 years.

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Review by: Elizabeth Westphal on Nov. 06, 2015 :
Fifty Ways to Have Fun with Your Bad Spanish is without a doubt the most interesting book on language I have ever read. I have been trying (intermittently) to learn Spanish almost my entire life, so I thought this book would be an interesting read.

Most new language learners are overly focused on perfect grammar, or being able to translate everything they would say in their native language to their second language. This book reminds people of what language learning is all about--to be able to communicate with other people.

Judy Schulten does not tell her readers that they should not seek to improve their Spanish, but rather, that they should put to use that Spanish which they already know--even if it is not very good. And when people begin trying to actually use their new language, they quickly become more fluent in speaking it, and better able to understand native speakers.

This book contains several ideas I was already aware of for putting Spanish to fun use, as well as a few new ones I would like to try.

Fifty Ways to Have Fun with Your Bad Spanish inspired me to do two things--spend more time acquiring more Spanish vocabulary, and begin speaking Spanish, at my current level, more often than before (which had been almost never).

The book is short, interesting, and free (at least at the time of this review), so why not give it a read? If you ever tried to learn another language, I am sure you will enjoy it.
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Review by: Teresa Conant on Nov. 04, 2013 :
I would have given it five stars had their been more. Not that it needed more, I was just so enthralled!

It is a must for every adult learning Spanish, but discouraged with their progress (does that mean you??).

This woman has impeccable credentials. Yet she writes to you as a friend who has been there, too. And her writing skill is perfect. I only found one inconsequential typo of a "whoops" hyphen on page 26.

The format is quite impressive and draws you into hanging onto her every word.

Please, oh please, write more Ms. Schulten. I can't imagine what you'd write, as you covered your subject quite thoroughly and delightfully! But should you write more, you have one paying customer here!
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