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Spanish Vocabulary An Etymological Approach

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ISBN-10: 0292716680

ISBN-13: 9780292716681

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Brodsky

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Unlike other vocabulary guides that require the rote memorization of literally thousands of words, this book starts from the premise that using the etymological connections between Spanish and English wordstheir common derivations from Latin, Greek, and other languagesis the most effective way to acquire and remember vocabulary. This approach is suitable for beginners as well as for advanced students. Teachers of the language will also find much material that can be used to help motivate their students to acquire, and retain, Spanish vocabulary. Spanish Vocabulary is divided into four parts and four annexes: Part I provides background material on the origins of Spanish and begins the…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 653
Size: 6.17" wide x 9.23" long x 1.72" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

DAVID BRODSKY is a writer and consultant currently residing in Aix-en-Provence, France. He holds advanced degrees from MIT and Yale University. His extensive experience working abroad as an economist and project manager showed him how foreign languages can be learned—and taught—in far more effective and less complicated ways than the normal “rote” approach.

Abbreviations and Symbols
Simplified Gender Rule
Spanish as a Romance Language
""Learned"" versus ""Popular"" Words
Latin: A Few Useful Tools
Classical Vocabulary
""Learned"" Latin Words
""Learned"" Greek Words
Popular Vocabulary: The Shape of Spanish
Addition of ""Helping"" e : esnob = snob
Initial f to h : higo = fig
Vowel Changes: e to ie , o to ue , etc.
Basic Consonant Changes: p/b, t/d