The best Spanish phrasebook 2017

Introduction - The Collins Gem Spanish phrasebook & dictionary

If you are looking for the best Spanish phrasebook 2017, you are in the right place.

In this review,  we will give you the lowdown on the Collins Gem Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary.

Here are the pros and the cons of this handy, well priced , little reference guide.

What are the real benefits of this portable Spanish guide? You will learn that here and much more besides.

Click on the link to go to Amazon to get the Collins Gem Spanish phrasebook & dictionary


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 
    • highly portable

    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

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