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Spanish For Dummies, Enhanced Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-97607-3
392 pages
May 2011
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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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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: Realising that You Know a Little Spanish Already 9

Chapter 2: Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty: Basic Spanish Grammar 25

Part II: Spanish in Action 41

Chapter 3: ¡Hola! Hello! Greetings and Introductions 43

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 63

Chapter 5: Dining Out and Going to Market 77

Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy 101

Chapter 7: Organising a Night on the Town 121

Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation 141

Chapter 9: Talking on the Telephone 163

Chapter 10: Looking Around the Home and Office 175

Part III: Spanish on the Go 199

Chapter 11: Money, Money, Money 201

Chapter 12: Asking Directions: ¿Dónde Está? (Where Is It?) 213

Chapter 13: Checking into a Hotel 229

Chapter 14: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis and More 245

Chapter 15: Planning a Trip 267

Chapter 16: Handling Emergencies 283

Part IV: The Part of Tens 305

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Speak Spanish Quickly 307

Chapter 18: Ten (Plus Two) Favourite Spanish Expressions 311

Chapter 19: Ten Holidays to Remember 315

Chapter 20: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Spanish 321

Part V: Appendixes 325

Appendix A: Mini Dictionary 327

Appendix B: Spanish Verbs 343

Appendix C: About the CD 353

Appendix D: Spanish Facts 355

Index 359

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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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