The book is a guide to powerful principles and strategies for successful learning and self empowerment.
An easy read with many inspirational real-life stories and clear steps on how to implement the principles and strategies, the book draws on more than 20 years’ experience of teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and is based on research in second language acquisition, cognitive psychology and educational neuroscience.
"From page one this is an interesting, informative and engaging book. The strategies are clearly presented and explained, they are very easy to follow and to use.I think this is an excellent book for anyone involved in the teaching and learning of a foreign language. I found that, as it usually happens with good books, I didn’t want it to end! In my opinion, this is a great and necessary read for teachers and students alike."
Valentina Gamba-Tupper, Spanish Teacher
"The book is very clear and practical, I really enjoyed reading it, it’s very good, it also made me think a lot about what I could have done with the French as a student, it can really be extrapolated to other languages."
Débora Staryfurman, Codirector of AbeCé Spanish
"I really wish this book had been available when I first started learning Spanish in the Mid 1980s. Blanco has really understood the learning process and how important it is to balance formal and informal learning methods. This little book is jammed packed with useful advice and strategies backed up both by research and the author's own experience. Some of these I had worked out for myself over many years of learning and lots of mistakes. Others hadn't occurred to me. I would suggest that anyone who has come onto Amazon to buy materials for learning Spanish puts this little gem into their basket as well. It will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. The book is clearly written so even if English is not your first language it is easy to follow. I think we all need to 'learn how to learn' when it comes to languages. It really doesn't come naturally to most of us."
"SMART Ways for Learning SPANISH is an inspirational account of how real students as well as the author herself discovered the benefits of using learning strategies to learn and teach Spanish as a foreign language. The book has been written in a very engaging way and readers will feel they are accompanying the students and Maria in their voyage of discovery. I would highly recommend SMART Ways of Learning Spanish to students of foreign languages in general and of Spanish in particular at any level of proficiency, and to teachers of foreign languages interested in helping their own students discover SMART Ways of Learning a foreign language."
Dr Julio Giménez, University of Westminster
"I'd really recommend this book to anyone trying to learn Spanish or any language really. It has been incredibly informative and intuitive in helping me to start learning Spanish in a SMART way. I've tried to learn the language several times before with little success but using this book has really helped me to focus on learning strategies which ensure I am maximising my potential. Strongly recommended."
"I have tried to learn Spanish on at least five different occasions throughout my adult life and only ever get so far before losing interest and motivation. This year – having first read Maria’s book, I had an armful of useful strategies to augment my lessons and quickly found myself ‘doing’ hours of Spanish through the week on top of lessons and homework – and it all felt fun and interesting. I would really recommend this book to anyone about to embark on a Spanish course (or any language for that matter) to make sure they are making the most of their potential and all the opportunities that exist to immerse themselves in the language."