Learning Spanish Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics
A New Approach to Vocabulary Study

Learning Spanish Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics makes use of etymology to help you remember Spanish words, and failing that, suggests a mnemonic. Combination of these two approaches in one book separates it from other books on the market. The amount and depth of etymology is carefully chosen to be practical and not overwhelm an average reader. The suggested mnemonics aim to help an educated English-speaking person. An adult or young adult who likes learning vocabulary with some word analysis instead of rote memory will find this book to be helpful and a joy to read. With about 3000 words selected from 15000 in the Real Academia Española corpus sorted in frequency order, this booklet can be used either as a dictionary or for leisure reading. The hint provided for each word is particularly helpful for short-term memory needed in taking an exam, while the etymological and cultural information will serve you for years to come.

"Yong Huang offers in the introduction a clear and detailed explanation of the methodology employed throughout the work, which presents a practical balance between scholarly research and light reading... Yong’s work is an important addition to the field of language study, and will be a welcome supplement to anyone’s vocabulary-building tools."
Edward A. Roberts
Professor Emeritus of Central Michigan University, author of A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language

"(Yong Huang's book) filled a niche on my language-learning bookshelf I hadn't even thought of before... the system works as an efficient road map to boosting vocabulary by steering readers directly to the most effective words for building understanding and fluency fast, while pointing out shortcuts and possible pitfalls along the way. It's especially useful for well-read adults and polyglots."
Miranda Metheny
Spanish Teacher at District of Columbia Public Schools, polyglot, volunteer admin of Facebook Polyglots group

Method Summary

Etymology ⎤
               ⎡ Word analysis <-⎢           ⎥-> this book (Learning Spanish Words through Etymology and Mnemonics)
               ⎢                 ⎣ MnemonicsStudy method <-⎢
               ⎣ Rote memory (e.g. flash cards)


Sample Chapters and Pages

(The main text of this little dictionary arranges the words in the order of their usage frequency per Real Academia Española corpus, with index at the end of the book. Cognates serve as the most important learning aid.)


Major: Amazon Kindle edition if read on its online cloudreader loses all bold font style; all headwords are in plain font. And the book is not searchable at this time. Reading it offline with Kindle reading app solves both problems.

Minor (ignore page numbers if using eBook)

Suggestions and Updates (ignore page numbers if using eBook)

Author Biography and Contact

I have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and M.A. in Philosophy. I have taught myself linguistics with an emphasis on morphology and phonology, and have learned to read in multiple European languages. Please contact me by email to yong321@yahoo.com or by filling the form with comments or corrections.


Amazon (where most readers' reviews are)
Goodreads (reader Marina wrote an excellent and well-balanced review: "It may be more useful to a first-time language learner who has no experience with Latin, French or Italian... I'm finding this book fun enough that I'm reluctant to skip anything")
Barnes and Noble
WorldCat (only Harris County Public Library has a copy, which is rarely on-shelf, always checked out, on-hold, or being transferred between library branches)
Learning French Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics (will be available in late summer 2017)

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Yong Huang
Jan 2015 — August 2016