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Dear student: Thank you for taking an interest in this book. We are sure that you will be very glad you did. Why? Simply because once you have worked through the straightforward systems, the easy explanations, and the practical exercises found here, you will be able to do the following with confidence: 

  • Use Ser and Estar accurately.
  • Choose intelligently between the preterite and imperfect past.
  • Know how to say WAS and WERE correctly in Spanish.
  • Understand and utilise the perfect past tenses.
  • And so much more.

Talking in the past is a challenge you can overcome! This book has been designed and written for every passionate student of the Spanish language who currently struggles to talk in the past. We have created some simple-to-follow systems that clear up the mystery of when and how to choose each tense correctly. Just work through the book in the order that we have presented it to you and we promise you that the mists will clear and any confusion you may have had in the past, about the past, will disappear forever. un saludo, Gordon y Cynthia.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Worth getting if you are serious about Spanish

I am a serious Spanish student! I have been teaching myself diligently for 6 months using a variety of books, audio books, videos and apps and I want to understand and know EVERYTHING. Well I am so glad I found this audio book because now I know an awful lot more about using the past tenses. I had picked up knowledge from elsewhere, especially the Michel Thomas recordings, which were so helpful in how to construct the words in each tense, but I thought this book might get me more confident using the past, and it did! And not just that, becauseI learned so much more about when to use what, and the way things were explained made it easier to choose correctly, depending on what you really wanted to say. There are written exercises to do after each section and these make you realise what you don't know about the past tenses! But now you have more tools to use. The author/narrator has a lovely, friendly way about him which makes It pleasant to listen to, and I must say, not only does he know his stuff but he has such a clear way of explaining that it's like having your own private tutor. I consider it a book worth using if you are serious about learning Spanish. It was definitely a good buy for me.

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Talented teachers, you can't do better!

Gordon & Cynthia are the best route I know to learn Spanish. I recommend them. They can be found on youtube where there's free content to provide a taste of their style., search 'Lightspeed Spanish', They have an app 'Lightspeed Spanish' from the iOS app store and the Goodle play app store and you can subscribe for the premium service. I think they also do immersion courses & individual classes via Skype. I wait with anticipation for their next audiobook as it works for me.

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Brilliant audiobook!

This is an exceptionally brilliant book. The authors really drive home the past tense in a highly effective way. Can't wait to buy more books from the same authors. Many thanks!

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At last! I understand preterite and imperfect past

I bought the book a few years ago but I am a terrible reader. I just cannot relax, read and learn. I tried more than a few times but it just doesn't work for me. I thought I'd try the audio book while reading the book at the same time and hey presto! I saw the light! After years of half hearted attempts to understand the preterite and imperfect past tenses - I'm finally there. I achieved that by page 50 so I am looking forward to working my way throught the rest of the book, the audio book and the exercises. Thank you to the Smith-Durans.

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Greatest ever!

Thank you so much! This is an amazing book! Best Spanish grammar book ever written!