Spanish for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 0764551949

ISBN-13: 9780764551949

Edition: 2000

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Description: Spanish For Dummies is the fun and easy way to learn Spanish quickly and painlessly! Written by the experts at the renowned Berlitz school, this hands-on resource shows you the ins and outs of the Spanish language and culture, acting as both a guidebook and a reference. Soon you will have all the tools you need to: Master the nuts and bolts of grammar Greet others and introduce yourself Get to know people with small talk Order in restaurants Shop anywhere Go out on the town Enjoy yourself with local recreation Have a conversation on the phone Work in an office and around the house Ask for directions Check in and out of a hotel Use transportation Call for help in an emergency This guide features ways to start speaking Spanish quickly, as well as common expressions, important holidays, and phrases that'll make you sound fluent. Complete with an audio CD that allows you to hear actual Spanish conversations by native Spanish speakers, Spanish for Dummies is the ultimate guide for speaking Spanish quick and easy! Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496

Introduction
What's Special about Spanish
About This Book
Why We Wrote This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Getting Started
Spanish in Action
Spanish on the Go
The Part of Tens
Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Getting Started
You Already Know a Little Spanish
You Already Know Some Spanish!
Beware of false friends
Recognize some crossover influence
Reciting Your ABCs
Consonants
Vowels
The diphthongs
Pronunciation and Stress
Looking for stress, normally
Looking for accented vowels
Understanding accents on diphthongs
Punctuation Plus!
Some Basic Phrases to Know
The Nitty Gritty: Basic Spanish Grammar
Simple Sentence Construction
Forming Questions
Introducing Regular and Irregular Verbs
Regular verbs
Irregular verbs
El or Ella? Pronouns in Hiding
That Whole Gender Thing
Lots about articles
Adjectives
Numbers: When Everything Counts
It's You, You Know: The Tu/Usted Issue
Spanish in Action
Buenos Dias! Hello! Greetings and Introductions
Greetings: Formal or Friendly
Using Names and Surnames
What's in a name?
Introducing the verb llamarse
Introductions: Solemn and Social
Introducing yourself formally
Free to Be the Way You Are
To be permanent: ser
Conjugating ser (to Be)
Adios, pronouns
A Second "Be" for Your Bonnet
Speaking about Speaking: Hablar
Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk
Using the Key Questions: Seven Ws and an H
All about accent marks
Weather or Not, Here You Come
The Verb Entender: To Understand/to Know About
People and Families
Vivir: The Verb to Live
A Little about Diminutives
Dining Out and Going to Market
Buen Provecho! Enjoy Your Meal!
Table terms
Phrases for food and drink
Three Verbs Used at the Table
To take and to drink: The verb tomar
For drinking only: The verb beber
For eating: The verb comer
At the Restaurant: Trying Exotic Foods
About sauces: Hot, cold, and spicy!
Getting What You Want: The Verb Querer
Ordering beverages
Using the Shopping Verb: Comprar
Using shopping terms
At the Market
Buying fruit
Buying vegetables
Shopping for fish
Knowing the measures: Weight and volume
At the Supermercado
Numbers to Know
Shopping Made Easy
Shopping at the Department Store
Using the Verb Probar (To Try)
Creating a colorful you
Shopping for shirts
Checking fibers and fabrics
Wearing and Taking: The Verb Llevar
Comparisons: Good, Better, Best, and More
When Superlatives Fail: Exaggerations
Shopping for Finer Objects
For the shopping sophisticate
Shopping in Traditional Markets
Typical market items: A treasure trove
Bargaining at a typical market
Shopping for copper, glass, clay, and wood stuff
Shopping for embroidered clothes
Shopping for baskets
Going Out on the Town
Timing Is Everything
Having a Good Time
Using the Inviting Verb Invitar
Using the Dancing Verb: Bailar
Having a Good Time at Shows and Events
At the cinema
At the theater
At art galleries and museums
At the opera
Using the Singing Verb: Cantar
Enjoying Yourself: Recreation
The Good and the Bad of Going Outdoors
Typical Walking Phrases
Trees and Plants
Checking Out the Animals
Saying What You Like: The Verb Gustar
Strolling Along: The Walking Verb, Pasear
Playing Ball Games
Pre-Columbian games
The most popular ball game: Futbol
Baseball's #2
Tennis players star
The Playing Verb: Jugar
The Swimming Verb: Nadar
Playing Chess in Spain
The Reading Verb: Leer
The Writing Verb: Escribir
Talking on the Phone
Opening Lines
Dealing with "Porridge" (When You Can't Make Out the Words)
A Word about "Spelling Out"
Calling: Llamar
Phone-y Verbs: To Call, to Leave, and to Listen and Hear
Using the Simple Past Tense
You called? The past tense of llamar
Did you leave a message? The past tense of dejar
Have you heard? The past tense of escuchar
At the Office and Around the House
Buildings Small and Tall
How big is this building?
Which floor comes first?
At work
Some Typical Phrases or Idioms: Asunto
Using Emplear: The Hiring Verb
Hacer: The Doing, Making Verb
Speaking of Houses
Some rental wisdom
Some Variations on the Renting Verb
Spanish on the Go
Money, Money, Money
Using the ATM
Using Your Credit Card
Using Travelers' Checks
Using the Verb Cambiar (To Exchange)
Exchanging Your Dollars for the Local Currency
Currency Wise: Impressing Friends with Latin American Currencies
Donde Esta? (Where Is It?): Asking Directions
Donde? The Question for Going Places
Adonde Vamos? Where Do We Go?
Where in Your Body: Orienting Space to Your Person
Understanding Spatial Directions
Mapping the Place
The Verb that Takes You Up: Subir
The Verb that Goes Down: Bajar
Here and There and Everywhere
Ordinal Numbers: The Big Countdown
Cerca and Lejos: How Far Should You Go?
Checking into a Hotel
Check Out the Hotel Before You Check in
Registering and Checking Out the Water
Dormir: The Sleeping Verb
Using Despertar: The Waking Up Verb
Being Possessive
Possessive adjectives
Possessive pronouns
Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More
Getting Around
Finding the train station
Checking your documents on the train
Dealing with the Customs Office
Registering cameras, computers, and other equipment
Using the Verb Traer (to Bring)
Practicing the bringing verb
Getting a Taxi, Bus, or Car Rental
Getting the bus to take you there
Driving Concerns
Driver's licenses
Road signs
Renting a Car
Questions about driving
Questions about the road
Scheduling Issues: Running Late, Early, or On Time
The Outgoing Verb: Salir
Using the Waiting Verb: Esperar
Practicing the waiting verb
Getting around in the City
Planning a Trip
Making Travel Plans
Planning for the Weather
Timing your trip: pick a month
Mastering Visas and Passports
Using the Verb to Go: Ir
Traveling into the simple future: ir a viajar
Scheduling hours and minutes
Packing: Less Is More
Taking Along Your Computer
Help! Handling Emergencies
Shouting for Help
Handling Health Problems
Helping out: Using ayudar (to help)
Reflex action: Helping yourself with pronouns
Painful phrases for when it hurts
Telling where it hurts
Describing symptoms
Braving the dentist
Insuring that you get reimbursed
Getting Help with Legal Problems
Stick 'em up: Words when robbed
Reporting to the police
Using the Searching Verb: Buscar
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways to Speak Spanish Quickly
Go to Spanish-Speaking Places
Investigate Your Neighborhood
Listen to Radio and TV
Rent a Movie
Check Out Your Library
Read the Liner Notes
Create a Game (Secret or Not)
Use Stickers
Say It Again, Sam
Ten Favorite Spanish Expressions
Que tal?
Quiubo?
Que paso?
Como van las cosas?
Del uno!
Cuanto cuesta?
A cuanto?
Un asalto!
Una ganga!
Buen provecho!
Salud!
Buen viaje!
Ten Holidays to Remember
Ano Nuevo
La Fiesta de Reyes
Paradura del Nino
Carnaval
Viernes Santo
Dia de la Madre
Nuestra Senora de Aiquina
Nuestro Senor de los Milagros
Dia de los Muertos
Dia de Santiago
Your Own Holiday
Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Spanish
Esta es la mia!
Y eso con que se come?
Voy a ir de farra
Caer fatal
Nos divertimos en grande
Ver negro para
Paso sin pena ni gloria
Asi a secas!
La cosa va viento en popa!
Appendixes
Dictionaries
Spanish-English Mini Dictionary
English-Spanish Mini Dictionary
Verbs
Spanish Verbs
Irregular Spanish Verbs
On the CD
Spanish Facts
People living in Spanish-Speaking Countries
Where In the World Is Spanish Spoken?
Index
Book Registration Information
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