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Spanish All-in-One For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-46244-7
696 pages
August 2009
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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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book I: Speaking in Everyday Settings 7

Chapter 1: Warming Up with the Bare Basics 9

Chapter 2: Uno, Dos, Tres: Numbers, Colors, Dates, and Time 23

Chapter 3: Greetings, Salutations, and Farewells 39

Chapter 4: Engaging in a Little Chitchat 53

Chapter 5: Speaking of Food 69

Chapter 6: Going Shopping 89

Chapter 7: Conversing Over the Phone 109

Chapter 8: Asking Directions 121

Chapter 9: Dealing with Emergencies 133

Book II: Grasping Basic Grammar Essentials 149

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Your Parts of Speech 151

Chapter 2: Addressing Gender Issues 165

Chapter 3: Dealing with the Here and Now: Present Tense Verbs 181

Chapter 4: ¿Qué? Asking Questions 201

Chapter 5: What’s Happening: Present Participles and the Present Progressive Tense 213

Chapter 6: Two More Simple Tenses: Future and Conditional 221

Chapter 7: Spicing Up Your Talk with Adjectives and Adverbs 231

Chapter 8: Defi ning Relationships with Prepositions 247

Book III: Mastering More Advanced Grammar Essentials 257

Chapter 1: Getting Bossy with the Imperative Mood 259

Chapter 2: Getting Object Pronouns Involved 271

Chapter 3: Involving Yourself in the Action with the Reflexive 281

Chapter 4: Been There, Done That: Past (Preterit) Tense 289

Chapter 5: Continuing in the Past with the Imperfect Tense 301

Chapter 6: Getting That Subjunctive Feeling 307

Chapter 7: Forming the Compound Tenses 323

Book IV: Spanish at Work 337

Chapter 1: Spanish for Healthcare Workers 339

Chapter 2: Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals 367

Chapter 3: Spanish for Educators and Administrators 383

Chapter 4: Spanish for Banking and Financing 401

Chapter 5: Spanish in the Office 417

Chapter 6: Spanish for Hotel and Restaurant Managers 437

Chapter 7: Spanish for Builders, Mechanics, and Factory Workers 459

Chapter 8: Spanish for Real Estate Professionals 471

Chapter 9: Spanish for Gardening and Landscaping 491

Book V: Appendixes 503

Appendix A: Spanish Verbs 505

Appendix B: Spanish-English Mini Dictionary 585

Appendix C: English-Spanish Mini Dictionary 605

Appendix D: About the CD 627

Index 631

End-User License Agreement 669

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