The Total Best Books for Learning SpanishCompilation of different lists of the best books to learn Spanish.
The Top Ten
Published in 2017, University Academic Editions Ltd. New York
Considered the best book nowadays to learn Spanish, according to most university rankings and lists. The author, Ricardo Roque Mateos, is a university professor from Spain with a PhD in Spanish Studies.
Published in 1956, Three Rivers Press. Washington
A book more than 60 years old. Written by the most famous teacher of Costa Rica. Margarita Madrigal also authored books to learn French, German, Russian and three other languages. Although the book is quite old, and the contents are a bit outdated, it's a classic.
Published in 1995, Berlitz Int. New York
A popular book to learn Spanish for more than 20 years. The authors are a Hungarian translator and a Hungarian high school teacher, who also wrote materials for other languages in this series. Their Hungarian materials a bit better.
Published in 1998, McGraw-Hill. New York
The author, Gilda Nissenberg, is specialized in high school teaching. The books in this collection have some mistakes in vocabulary and grammar, but the lists of verbs are very complete.
Published in 1996, Barron's Educational Series
A compilation of verbs conjugated in most tenses so that students can check how to use verbs in a correct way. It's one of the most popular books for training tenses.
Published in 2001, Lonely Planet Publishing
A good conversation guide to use during your trips. It has simple phrases but it doesn't teach Spanish, it's just a good collection of phrases and words to get around in an emergency. Lonely Planet is a well-known name in travel guides.
Published in 1998, Eyewitness Travel Guides, London
The second best conversation guide in the market. Like the Lonely Planet guide, it can also get you out of some problems in your trips with premade sentences and small vocabulary lists.
Published in 2005, McGraw-Hill. New York
Although the book has mistakes and grammatical flaws, the drawings are nice and it's a fun book to read. Unfortunately it's clear that the author, Barbara Bregstein, is not a Spanish native and some of the mistakes she made have been pointed out by universities in Spain and Latin America. It's a fun book, but be careful if you use it for exams.
Published in 2011, Instituto Cervantes. Madrid
A book that solves most of the problems and questions that students have regarding the Spanish language. The book is in Spanish so it's recommended for intermediate and advanced learners.
Published in 2006, Instituto Cervantes. Madrid
The book is an excellent compilation of the history and developments of the Spanish language in the United States. Unfortunately the practical uses are limited, which is why it's not higher in most lists.