In my entry last week, I mentioned that I discovered two ways of learning Spanish – by memorizing phrase books or by understanding grammar books. I guess it applies not only to learning Spanish but also to any language.
Now to explain it, let me make things clearer first. A phrase book will normally be divided into chapters for each occasion that needs a conversation – eating, shopping at the mall, taking the public transport, being sick, asking for directions, etc. Inside each chapter will be a list of commonly used phrases and expressions. It doesn’t include unexpected events or elaborate conversations. In a phrase book, you’d probably see translations of the line: