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_Spanish Verb Tenses_ by Dorothy Devney Richmond...Practice Makes Perfect...[/quo] I also have this book & agree that it is very good.
I also have Barron's "501 Spanish Verbs" as well as Barron's Spanish-English dictionary. The Barron's 501 Spanish Verbs shows complete conjugations of the 501 most used verbs, identifies & discusses the 55 most used verbs, & has a list in the back for another 2000+ verbs with reference numbers to similarly conjugated verbs from the 501 listing. It also has a brief introduction as to when to use what tense & mood with english examples.
I took a year of Spanish in both high school & college, but never got comfortable using the language while speaking & "lost" it through non-use. Now however, I work in a state prison where we have a large number of Latino inmates. My current position is one where I am dealing more personally with them about problems & often they want to speak with me but are hesitant to use a translator due to the personal nature of their issues. Now, I NEED to REALLY learn spanish. I am using Rocket Spanish to develop my conversational ability along with another competitor's product for speaking, reading & writing abilities. The competitor's product has speech recognition capability & evaluates your pronunciation (I personally think this is the only thing lacking in RS, although the price of RS is much more affordable). After 3 weeks of the competitor & 1.5 weeks of RS, I am actually at the advanced beginner stage (which is much further along than my high school & college courses got me to).
I am actually getting more confident at speaking with the Latinos & I have caused a few chuckles. Imagine my horror when one told me that "coger" ("to take" in Spain) alludes to the F-word in Mexico & Latin America :oops: