What are the 5 best books for learning Spanish?
Spanish teacher answers [2020]

Do you know why at our school we don’t use textbooks in Spanish lessons? Because we prefer to adapt each Spanish lesson to the current learning needs and interests of our students.  What are the 5 best books for learning Spanish? [2020]

Their age, their goals, their favorite topics, and overall, their learning style. Mostly, I bring to class activities for practicing Spanish in a real context, focusing on speaking, as it is the hardest skill to acquire for most of the students.

Teaching without a textbook means a big effort. Lessons planning takes more time and imagination. However, after a while it becomes easier and you discover yourself creating effective lessons about topics that you never thought about before. 

I am passionate about creating my own teaching materials or combine different resources from books or other teachers in order to design the perfect Spanish class.

Despite this, Spanish textbooks are a perfect complimentary resource. Even if you need to work on your grammar as if you want to improve your vocabulary I can recommend several books.

That’s why today I will answer this question today: What are the 5 best books for learning Spanish? [2020] 

What are the 5 best books for learning Spanish? The best books to learn Spanish vocabulary

Vocabulario Anaya 

the 5 best books for learning Spanish

This book is a useful extra resource for Spanish students. Each unit starts with a graphic representation of a topic and a few words and frequent expressions. It continues with a wide range of exercises, including audio. It covers more than 30 interesting topics and all the new words are presented in a context. It also includes an evaluation test and answers for each unit.

The available levels are:

– Beginner: A1-A2

– Intermediate: B1

– Advanced: B2

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Aprende gramática y vocabulario

the 5 best books for learning Spanish

This book is formed by 40 units of Spanish Grammar and 18 units of Spanish vocabulary. At the end of the book you will find a list of the most frequent regular and irregular verbs and also the answers to each exercise. All the new words in the vocabulary units are presented in a context and the different activities will help you to learn how to use them.

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What are the 5 best books for learning Spanish? The best books to practice Spanish grammar 

Dale a la gramática

the 5 best books for learning Spanish

¡Dale a la gramática! is made of four levels (A1, A2, B1, B2). Each title has more than 200 grammar activities in order to practice and review the most complicated aspects of Spanish grammar. 

To focus on the grammar structure, the vocabulary is easy and an example is provided for each exercise. Each unit contains between 6 and 10 pages. 

I never use this kind of exercise in a group lesson but for some students is helpful to do these kinds of repetitive exercises after the class to memorize better the hardest contents.

If you are stuck with Spanish grammar and conjugation, this is your book. 

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Uso de los pasados

the 5 best books for learning Spanish

Spanish past tenses are one of the hardest parts of Spanish Grammar. The use of past tenses has a lot of rules and the conjugation is formed by many irregular verbs. That’s why I recommend this book to my A2-B1 students in order to take some time every day working on past tenses. 

This book is divided into 6 units. Each unit is about the conjugation and use of a different Spanish past tense (pretĂ©rito perfecto compuesto, pretĂ©rito perfecto simple – also known as indefinido–, pretĂ©ri­to imperfecto y otros tiempos del pasado) except from unit 3 that contrasts pretĂ©rito indefinido and pretĂ©rito perfecto and unit 5, that contrasts pretĂ©rito indefinido and imperfecto. 

At the end of the book you will find a list of the most frequent regular and irregular verbs and also the answers to each exercise.

If you want to learn each Spanish past tense individually and understand how to combine them, I wrote a post about that.

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Uso indicativo subjuntivo

the 5 best books for learning Spanish

Uso del indicativo y del subjuntivo is a new version of Tiempo para practicar el indicativo y el subjuntivo. Each unit has different exercises to practice all tenses of Spanish subjuntivo: presente de subjuntivo, pretérito perfecto de subjuntivo, pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo y pretérito pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo. 

It is addressed to intermediate students (level B1 and B2). It includes an online platform to keep practicing or use as a test.

At the end of the book you will find a list of the most frequent regular and irregular verbs and also the answers to each exercise.

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Aprende gramática y vocabulario

the 5 best books for learning Spanish

This book is formed by 40 units of Spanish Grammar and 18 units of Spanish vocabulary. At the end of the book you will find a list of the most frequent regular and irregular verbs and also the answers to each exercise. All the new words in the vocabulary units are presented in a context and the different activities will help you to learn how to use them.

Buy this book

What do you think about my selection of books? Did you use any of them before? Did you practice Spanish with a different book? How was it? 

In your opinion, what are the 5 best books for learning Spanish?

Leave a comment and help other students. You can also comment if you are looking for a book for a specific goal and I will help you to find the best book for you.

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