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NEW!!! Kindle edition of A Guide to English Language Usage.


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Lavengro Books publishes quality books for learners and teachers of English as a foreign language.

In March 2018 it published Horse or Mackerel?, a book for people learning Spanish, dealing with noun gender.


I find these books very good references, with the kind of nitty-gritty explanations that most published ELT material now eschews.

Brian Brennan, Language Training Manager, International House Barcelona.


Horse or Mackerel?

Gender of Spanish nouns

A book for people studying Spanish

Caballo and caballa � horse and mackerel. El orden and la orden � arrangement and command. Cuna and cu�a � cradle and wedge.

These are among the many problems facing students of the Spanish language. This book offers a comprehensive presentation of the differences between such pairs.

See sample (pdf)

A Guide to English Language Usage for non-native speakers

A comprehensive 380-page usage guide in dictionary format. As well as treating language points in detail it describes cultural items that learners will come across in their use of English.

Every English fact at your fingertips ~ EL Gazette

It is clearly written by someone with solid classroom experience ~ Modern English Teacher

When you start reading it, you are reminded of Modern English Usage by Fowler ~ TESOL Spain Newsletter

How do you pronounce Keynes? ~ Is a barrister the same as a lawyer? ~ What are the names of the books of the Bible in English? ~ �Have you got a car?� �Do you have a car?� �Have you a car?� Which is right? ~ What�s half a crown? ~ What are articles and when do I use them? ~ Where is Ruritania? ~ Is it night or nigth, lenght or length? ~ Why is a private school called a public school in English? ~ How do modal verbs work? ~ How do I talk about the future in English? ~ Can you help me understand how to make conditional sentences? ~ Why does writing have one t but written has two? ~ Is Wales part of England or of the UK? ~ How do I start and end a letter in English? ~ Is it advice or advise? ~ When the cowboy drew his gun, did he use charcoal or crayons? ~ How old is the English language? ~ What is the adjective from Puerto Rico? ~ Gleam, glimmer, glitter, gloam, gloom, glance, glimpse � what do they all mean? ~ What are the words for talking about music in English? ~ When is s voiced and when is it unvoiced?

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Great English Mistakes made by Spanish-speakers (second enlarged edition)

Light-hearted yet professional, this book describes and corrects some common mistakes made by Spanish-speakers who learn English.

An easy-to-read and user-friendly book ~ TESOL Spain Newsletter

There is certainly a gap in the market for such a book ~ Modern English Teacher

Do you make these mistakes?

People is kind. ~ Which is your phone? ~ I am interesting to know you. ~ How many children you have? ~ I am sorry, I am constipated. ~ I forgot my books at home. ~ I came walking. ~  My car is in the parking. ~ Is very beautiful your sister. ~ My fathers live in Zaragoza.

If so, you need this book.

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Pearls of the English Language (second illustrated edition)

Lavengro Books Pearls are concentrated units of concise information. Each Pearl contains a point about the English language in a short form that is easy to assimilate and remember. The Pearls contrast with and complement the detailed descriptions contained in A Guide to English Language Usage.


How to write dates ~ When to double consonants ~ How to use �have� ~ Verb forms ~ The use of capital letters ~ �Any-� forms ~ Rise and raise. These and many more tricky points of language usage are presented concisely and accurately.

See sample (pdf)

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