Spanish For Dummies

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Whether you want to take up Spanish from scratch or brush up on your existing skills, this practical, easy-to-follow guide is for you! Inside you'll find helpful lessons, cultural facts, handy references and much more, including a Spanish-English mini-dictionary and common verb lists. Learn how to use your skills in a variety of everyday contexts, and discover 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 your one-way ticket to speaking mainland Spanish with confidence.

Spanish For Dummies includes:

Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1: You Already Know a Little Spanish
Chapter 2: The Nitty Gritty: Basic Spanish Grammar

Part II: Spanish in Action
Chapter 3: Hola! Hello! Greetings and Introductions
Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk
Chapter 5: Dining Out and Going to Market
Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy
Chapter 7: Going Out on the Town
Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation
Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone
Chapter 10: At the Office and Around the House

Part III: Spanish on the Go
Chapter 11: Money, Money, Money
Chapter 12: Dónde Está? (Where Is It?): Asking Directions
Chapter 13: Checking into a Hotel
Chapter 14: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More
Chapter 15: Planning a Trip
Chapter 16: Help! Handling Emergencies

Part IV: The Part of Tens
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Speak Spanish Quickly
Chapter 18: Ten Favourite Spanish Expressions
Chapter 19: Ten Holidays to Remember
Chapter 20: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Spanish

Part V: Appendixes
Appendix A: Spanish-English Mini Dictionary
Appendix B: Spanish Verbs
Appendix C: On the CD
Appendix D: Spanish Facts


Note: CD files are available to download after purchasing the e-Book version

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About the author

Pedro Vázquez Bermejo is a Spanish teacher living in London. He tutors privately as well as being the BBC's in-house Spanish teacher. He is a proofreader, editor and adviser on Sega Multilingual role games at Soho Voice Over studios. Susana Wald is a language instructor, translator and publisher.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
May 14, 2010
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Pages
392
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ISBN
9780470664520
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Language
English
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Genres
Foreign Language Study / Spanish
Reference / Dictionaries
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This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Your comprehensive guide to speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish!

Want to speak Spanish? Looking to improve your Spanish skills? Now you can start today with these minibooks, which give you the expert instruction you need to master Spanish basics and beyond. From numbers and vocabulary to common phrases, conversations, and much more, you'll see how to communicate effectively in Spanish and use it in real-life situations. The practical exercises will give you greater confidence — and the bonus CD helps you start speaking Spanish from day one!

Warm up with the basics — handle greetings and small talk and review pronunciation rules, letters, numbers, and dates

Speak in everyday settings — handle greetings and small talk, order food and purchase goods, talk on the phone, ask for directions, and deal with emergencies

Grasp grammar essentials — learn to identify and use the various parts of speech while you conjugate verbs in the simple past, present, and future tense

Stretch your skills — issue commands with the imperative mood, take action on object pronouns, talk about yourself with the reflexive, and wish and hope with the subjunctive

Take Spanish to work — communicate with colleagues or customers at the office, tailor phrases to your line of work, and review example workplace scenarios for common professions

Open the book and find:

Basic and advanced Spanish grammar

Pronunciation tips and vocabulary charts

Verb conjugations for regular and irregular verbs

Masculine and feminine nouns

Tips for using adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases

Proper ways to ask questions

The inside scoop on the key verb haber

Key phrases for numerous work environments

Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish dictionaries

Bonus CD Includes

Features dialogues by native Spanish speakers

Allows you to hear Spanish as it's really spoken

Please see the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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3. DICTIONARY. A 5000-word English-to-Spanish mini dictionary to provide you with easy access to all the most useful vocabulary.

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British spelling is used throughout, although for some technical and scientific words the more common international/American spellings have been used. We hope you enjoy the book, and that it proves helpful to you, whether on vacation, business, or if you are learning Spanish for pleasure.

¡Buena suerte! (good luck!)

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