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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
I’m Bilingual – Yo Soy Bilingue by Fred Loewenthal is a bilingual reference guide for English-speaking learners wanting to learn Spanish and vice-versa. The guide is set out in three sections to offer a comprehensive selection of language basics: section one is devoted to grammar, section two deals with everyday conversation language, and section three is a glossary of essential vocabulary on a variety of topics. It should be pointed out that the guide refers to American English and Latin Spanish rather than the European versions of these languages.
As someone who is currently learning Spanish, I found Fred Loewenthal’s guide to be very useful as a reference book. I particularly found the glossary to be extremely helpful as it covered every topic I could think of that would be necessary in everyday conversations and in the workplace. Section two’s everyday conversation element could also be used as a kind of phrasebook if one wanted to take it abroad when travelling. The descriptions of grammar in the first section were a little less comprehensive than the other parts, but they were a very good beginning to grammar, enough to get by with a starter-level understanding until you want to pursue the grammatical rules of either language a little deeper.
For me, the only thing that lets I’m Bilingual – Yo Soy Bilingue down is its physical layout on the page. As a learner I would like to see the full list for terms such as colours arranged on one page rather than spread over two, for example, and in the grammar section it would have been more useful to have each section side-by-side, perhaps in a split page layout, to aid understanding.