If you are studying AS or A level Spanish, and Volver is one that you are going to study in depth, then this is the guide for you.
The guide has been written with the exam in mind.
In particular, it addresses the following :
Strengthen language skills with relevant grammar, vocab and writing exercises throughout
Aim for top marks by building a bank of textual examples and quotes to enhance exam response
Build confidence with knowledge-check questions at the end of every chapter
Revise effectively with pages of essential vocabulary and key mind maps throughout
Feel prepared for exams with advice on how to write an essay, plus sample essay questions, two levels of model answers and examiner commentary
Film analysis made easy. Build your students' confidence in their language abilities and help them to develop the skills necessary to critique their chosen work : putting it into context, understanding the themes and director's technique, as well as specialist terminology.
Breaking down each scene, character and theme in Volver, this accessible guide will enable your students to understand the historical and social context of the film and give them the critical and language skills needed to write a successful essay.
Hodder and Stoughton Publishers of the Modern Languages Study Guides
This excellent student and exam focussed guide is a must-have for A level Spanish students.
If you would like a copy, click on the book cover below and there is a link to the Amazon website for your convenience.
Also, if you do not have a copy of the DVD, there is a link is on the DVD cover.
Contents of the Collins Gem Spanish phrasebook & dictionary
How to use the Collins Gem Spanish phrasebook
Ten top tips on how to speak Spanish
Talking to people in Spanish. Saying hello and goodbye in Spanish, key phrases in Spanish, celebrations in Spanish, making friends in Spanish amongst others
Getting around - using Spanish in real situations. Asking the way in Spanish, using buses and coaches in Spanish, travelling by train using Spanish, travelling on the metro and travelling by boat and ferry. Hiring a car in Spanish and driving related topics are also covered.
Staying somewhere - how to use Spanish in a hotel , in a campsite, or a self- catering establishment.
Shopping - how to go shopping in Spanish, including key shopping phrases, general food items in Spanish, clothes in Spanish, and technology in Spanish. Maps and guides and the post office are also covered.
Leisure activities in Spanish including night life, entertainment, music and sport.
Communications in Spanish including telephones and mobiles, text messaging, email and internet
Practical items in Spanish - money, paying, luggage, repairs, complaints, problems and emergencies
Health in Spanish - pharmacy, body, doctor, dentist
Eating out in Spanish - bar/café, restaurant, menu, dietary requirements, wines and spirits
Menu reader in Spanish - a comprehensive list of items that you will find on a menu in Spain.
Key words in Spanish (A reference) - the alphabet, measurements and quantities, numbers, days and months, time, time phrases, public holidays and a useful phonetic map illustrating the sound of Spanish.
Grammar - there is a useful brief and understandable Spanish grammar guide
Dictionary - there is a useful Spanish / English, English Spanish dictionary at the end of the guide.
The key features of the Collins Gem Spanish phrasebook & dictionary
Clearly and thoughtfully laid out for the non specialist
The pronunciation of words and phrases are helpfully indicated using equivalents in English e.g. bwenas tardes (good afternoon)
Emphasis or the stress on words is indicated in heavy type - as in the above example bwenas tardes (good afternoon)
Road signs in Spanish with the translation into English are very useful
There is a section on the common shortened versions of words used in texts in Spanish. A great idea - but will they be used?
The Eating Out section has a helpful, if brief, explanation of the different types of eating establishments in Spain. Very useful for those on their first visit to Spain or a Spanish speaking country.
Very competitively priced
A sturdy little tome for the handbag
The pros and cons the Collins Gem Spanish phrasebook & dictionary
Very competitively priced - great value
Spanish dictionary and phrase book all in one
Portable - handbag size
Clearly set out divided into useful sections
Useful for everyone from teens to "silver surfers"
Packed with useful words and phrases
A good addition to the Spanish language learning arsenal alongside apps
Useful extra aid for Spanish students of all ages and levels
Not comprehensive - as there are size constraints
The "blurb" from Collins makes some claims about the Gem which cannot really believed.
This one stands out "sound and speak like a native."
However, publisher's hype aside, this guide is highly recommended.
So, if you are looking for a Spanish guide for your trip to Spain or another Spanish-speaking country, which is :
very competitively priced,
easy to understand
packed with useful and relevant phrases
Then the Collins Gem Spanish phrasebook and dictionary is for you.
Click on the link to go to Amazon to get the Collins Gem Spanish phrasebook & dictionary