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Libro Libre: Beginning Spanish

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Erin Huebener

Jessica Steinberg

Pub Date: 2018

Publisher: Erin Huebener

Language: English

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Reviewed by Andrea Gaytan Cuesta, Visiting Instructor, College of William & Mary on 11/15/19

The book serves as an introduction to Spanish in a comprehensive way, but more as a "survival spanish", with topics from presentations, to the body vocabulary, school, travel and food. It includes links to videos with grammar explanations... read more


Reviewed by Florencia Henshaw, Director of Advanced Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on 11/13/19

Overall, the book moves from input to output far too quickly. Novice-level learners need much more engagement with meaningful comprehensible input. In that respect, it is not comprehensive enough (i.e., it doesn't "cover" enough input, so to... read more


Reviewed by Danilo Leon, Assistant Professor of Spanish , Colorado State University - Pueblo on 10/29/19

Libro Libre is a comprehensive textbook. It covers most of the topics usually covered for a beginning Spanish class. Also, every chapter provides a vocabulary section with translations of new Spanish words. read more


Table of Contents

  • Lectura cultural: La Patagonia
  • Lectura cultural: Las cabeza colosales
  • Lectura cultural: -AR verbs
  • Lectura cultural: The Verb ir and Places
  • Lectura cultural: Food
  • Lectura cultural: Health and the Human Body
  • Lectura cultural: Saber versus conocer
  • Lectura cultural: Childhood and Adolescence
  • Lectura cultural: Vacation
  • Lectura cultural: The Present Perfect

About the Book

One of the most important things we can do to hold ourselves accountable for our learning is to engage in goal setting and metacognition—a fancy term for thinking about the way we think and learn. The goals we set should be specific and achievable. Something like “Speak Spanish” is too broad, we need to focus on the steps we need to take to get there and the signs that we will see as proof of our progress.

About the Contributors


Erin Huebener


Jessica Steinberg