Hi language friends,
I had always been studying Spanish just for the fun of it but lately I'm considering taking DELE A1 since I'm having a few months to spare (after work) - just to set myself a goal and give myself a reason to go visit a friend in Dallas, where the test center is.
I was going to get El Cronometro A1 but only a few third-party sellers on Amazon have it, plus I doubt the shipping will be fast. I'm guessing it's probably the go-to textbook for the European area?
Any of you have recommendations on textbooks available in the States? Actually any thoughts on taking the exam will be helpful!
If you're looking for a specific textbook, El Cronometro is the most recommended. I've used part of the book for the B2 level and, although I didn't take the test, I found it to be good preparation. Note, the website for the DELE also has a practice test online for each level. There's a lot of information about the exam here
Do you need a textbook?
There is a lot of material on the internet. I recommend:
duolingo.com - it is free and quite good to get the basic vocabulary and structure
audio course by Paul Noble - available as download for little money at audible.co.uk - I found it VERY helpful
memrise.com - free
and with the help of a language partner here at italki, you can learn the basic grammar etc.