During its long life in print 'Practical Spoken Spanish' has sold more than 50,000 copies, and the demand for it has increased as word of its usefulness has spread. The method employed in this book -- the natural method of learning a spoken language -- is used by successful language teachers everywhere, in many tongues besides Spanish. Countless admirers have testified to the value of this book in their studies at home, on radio and television, and in the classroom. The author was a pioneer in the field of Spanish language education and an early advocate of basic principles in language learning that are now widely accepted. His efforts were important in widening the circle of friendship that results from more and more people being able to speak and understand the language of their Spanish-speaking neighbours.