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Summary

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.

©2016 LightSpeed Spanish (P)2019 LightSpeed Spanish

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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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Unlistenable and devoid of content

Lots of boring filler.

This book spends way to much time hard selling itself and not enough time teaching Spanish plus the reader sounds like he’s trying to speak Latin. Bad, boring and mispronounced. Save your credit.

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Magic

First-class audiobook learning experience. How to correctly think, and not overthink, when to use the preterite and imperfect, etc. Wrestled with this for years, but a surge in understanding and confidence after this course. Warm narration, lucid explanations, immensely useful test exercises in the PDF - 10/10.

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I’m enjoying the book, especially as there’s quite a bit of English spoken so it’s easy to keep on top of the information.
I am halfway through and already have a deeper understanding of the past in Spanish, which I knew was very different from English but wasn’t sure how.
I would like to draw the attention of the author who attributes the frase I’ve started so I’ll finish, to the great Bamber Gascoigne from UniversityChallenge. Everyone knows of course that it was Magnus Magnison from Mastermind that used this.

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outstanding!!

helped me get to grips with tenses I had struggled for years with - thanks

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Excellent system to understand the Spanish past

This was the first time I had listened to Gordon Smith-Duran but I thought his explanation and performance was engaging and really impactful.

I’ve been studying Spanish for a number of years but to hear new ways of thinking about pretérito and imperfecto was massively helpful. The systems he employs really stick.

I’d recommend listening to this a few times to really get the concepts.

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¡Estupendo!

Excellent audio course. ¡Muchisimas graciias Gordon!

After many years of learning Spanish Gordon helped me to address the doubts that I had previously struggled to understand. Gracias de nuevo Gordon y Cynthia

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Superb Spanish Audio Book

I can’t tell you how good this audio book is from Gordon and Cynthia Smith- Duran. I have been learning Spanish on and off for a few years now but had I have had this audio book at my disposal back in the early days, I sincerely believe my understanding of the Spanish past tense and therefore my Spanish conversation would be much better than before I listened to this audio. If you are enthusiastic about Spanish language learning then you have certainly come across a gem. Trust me, get this audio book and your understanding will come on leaps and bounds. I will look forward to more audio books from them. Thanks guys. You have renewed my interest in Spanish!

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This is the best resource out there !

I have really enjoyed this audiobook and accompanying PDF, Gordon explains everything so well and gives you the toolkit to work out which tense you need to use when. I would strongly recommend this book.