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 Message 9 of 12
04 June 2010 at 3:11am | IP Logged 
alang wrote:

Well, not only would it be redundant. See it and Say it in Spanish does not even come close to what information Magic Key covers. IMO it is just a quick introduction to the tourist with more illustrations for vocabulary. A getting your feet wet type of book. I do have both books and would not buy anymore See it and Say it in X language, in place of the Magic Key books.

I agree. I too have used both books. Magic Key is far superior-it is more of a textbook, the other is more of a vocabulary,phrase book. Having said that, I liked it as a quick review book.
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23 February 2012 at 9:30pm | IP Logged 
When this thread first came out, I bought the Magic Key to Spanish and was very pleased with it.

This week I also picked up scanned copies of the Magic Key books for French and German. They look to be just as good as the Spanish course. It is a great pity these two books are out of print, since they are well worth owning. I have seen used copies for sale for around $200 each (!) which tells you something.
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 Message 11 of 12
23 February 2012 at 11:42pm | IP Logged 
I agree. I really wish I had found this book earlier on in my Spanish learning journey. I thnk it is particulary helpful if you are intimidated by, or have no background in grammar.

It makes everything seem so simple, and for that reason I cant recomend it highly enough. If you are starting to study Spanish I really dont think theres many resources out there quite as useful as this.
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24 February 2012 at 9:40am | IP Logged 
I have been using the french book. I have found it to be fantastic. There are 49 lessons. I am on lesson
30 and the main benefit so far would have to be learning verb conjugations so easily. A flick through the
book shows that it is going to deal with things like the subjunctive in a similarly easy manner. As
mentioned earlier in the thread, the method, particularly the explanations between the exercises greatly
resembles Michel Thomas' method (or vice versa). In fact, I am using both methods together and making
rapid progress.

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