Do you need a way to help remember Spanish verbs? Flash cards not working out for you? Maybe you're among the 60% of us who are visual learners. Or you're among the 30% who are auditory. Comic Mnemonics works for both types of learners - with wit and humor.
There IS an alternative to painful rote memorization and worksheet drill-and-kill. Veteran Spanish teacher Jim Sarris has an alternative.
In this book, verbs are presented in a comic format with a silly phrase to accompany the drawing. Funny, but the sillier the phrase, the easier it is to remember.
For example, for escuchar (to listen to), a teacher is pictured with her fingers in her ears while her students try to talk to her. The caption reads, "Ms. Chuses doesn't listen to excuses."
At the bottom of the page, the verbs are conjugated in the present and past tense. On the next page, the main visual is repeated along with some practice exercises.
The book contains 100 verbs, a quick reference section in the back and an answer key for the little exercises. Additional CDs are available. One has pronunciations; one has flash cards, fill-ins, thumbnails of the comics, and game boards. These can be printed for individual study and easily used for multiple students.
This is not a complete Spanish program by any means, but is a valuable supplement to ANY Spanish program.
The thing that I like about this is that it's fun! Sometimes my kids need a little extra motivation to memorize and this is perfect! It's also something we can grab and go-to-the-van and learn a little vocab-on-the-go. And it's so simple that even the littlest kids can pick up some things while their older siblings engage in a more serious study.
Quite simply, this looks like a lot of fun for everyone. It appeals to all learning styles, offers a variety of ways to interact and learn with the comics and helps kids to learn a lot in a short period of time.