Laugh 'n' Learn Spanish
By Johnston, Lynn and Wegmann, Brenda

Pictures and humor help readers build their Spanish language skills

To its millions of fans, the Pattersons are just like their own families, facing universal issues among daily concerns. Containing a selection of 100 syndicated Spanish-language versions of the strip that is widely read in Latin America, Laugh 'n' Learn Spanish provides an entertaining and effective way to expand and polish conversational skills in Spanish.

Readers learn by understanding and learning natural, everyday verbal interactions at home and about town, following John and Ell Patterson as they attempt to come to terms with middle age; daughter Elizabeth as she spreads her wings and goes off to college; son Michael dating and then marrying his childhood sweetheart, Deanna; daughter April as she rebels against discipline, anther grandpa who finds a second love in the autumn of his life. Each strip is graded by difficulty--Beginning, Moderate, or Challenging--and is accompanied by:

  • Glosses that translate difficult vocabulary
  • Usage notes to build proficiency
  • A summarizing activity that tests comprehension
  • Additional exercises for key idioms and word patterns appear at the end of each section


DOI: 10.1036/007141519X

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Author Biography

Lynn Johnston is the creator of the comic strip "For Better or For Worse," which is distributed by United Feature Syndicate. It appears in more than two-thousand newspapers worldwide, in twenty countries, and in eight languages, reaching 220 million readers every day. In the twenty-four years since it was developed, there have been thirty books of cartoons published.

Brenda Wegmann is an experienced teacher and author of ESL and Spanish-language textbooks and instructional guides; she also teaches at Edmonton Community College.


Laugh 'n' Learn Spanish
Author(s): Johnston, Lynn and Wegmann, Brenda
ISBN: 007141519X
DOI: 10.1036/007141519X

Format: paperback, 144 pages.
Pub date: 15 Dec 2003
Copyright: 2004
$12.95 US
Product Line: McGraw-Hill

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