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Spanish For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Susana Wald, Cecie Kraynak

ISBN: 978-0-470-87855-2 February 2011 432 Pages


Learn Latin American Spanish quickly and painlessly

The job market for those who are bilingual is expanding rapidly. Businesses and government agencies are hiring translators; retailers and advertisers are concentrating more energy in targeting the Spanish-speaking ; and hospitals and agencies are seeking to overcome language barriers.

Whether you’re a student studying Spanish, a traveler gearing up for a trip to a Spanish-speaking country and need to learn the basics, or a upwardly mobile looking to get ahead of the pack in your career by learning a second language, Spanish For Dummies, 2nd edition is your hands-on guide to quickly and painlessly learn Latin American Spanish that includes:

  • Expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
  • A refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary complete with even more essential vocabulary, exercises, and more
  • A revamped and expanded bonus CD-ROM that includes real-life dialogue to aid in your learning

Whether you’re looking to learn Spanish for use in the home, class, at the office, or on the go, Spanish For Dummies, 2nd edition has you covered!


Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Spanish in a Nutshell.

Chapter 2: Warming Up with Spanish Grammar Basics.

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Basic Expressions.

Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight.

Chapter 5: Speaking Spanish at Home.

Part II: Spanish in Action.

Chapter 6: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk.

Chapter 7: Asking for Directions.

Chapter 8: Dining Out and Going to the Market.

Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy.

Chapter 10: Going Out on the Town.

Chapter 11: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunications.

Chapter 12: Recreation and the Great Outdoors.

Part III: Spanish on the Go.

Chapter 13: Planning a Trip.

Chapter 14: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land.

Chapter 15: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More.

Chapter 16: Finding a Place to Stay.

Chapter 17: Handling Emergencies.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Pick Up Spanish Quickly.

Chapter 19: Ten Things Never to Say in Spanish.

Chapter 20: Ten or So Favorite Spanish Expressions.

Chapter 21: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Spanish.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Mini-Dictionary.

Appendix B: Verb Tables.

Appendix C: On the CD.

Appendix D: Answer Keys.