50 Ways to Improve Your Spanish: A Teach Yourself Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071760614
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/12/2011
  • Series: TY: Language Guides Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 936,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Chambers has wide experience teaching Spanish in secondary schools and adult education.

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Table of Contents

How to use this book / 1 Using the dictionary / Avoiding literal translations – look for synonyms / 2 Which word for you? / Tú / vosotros / usted / ustedes / American usage / Be consistent / 3 Kommon speling errers / Basic rules of spelling / misspellings with z and qu / ”Double “s” will cause distress!” / Remember the CaRoLiNe rule for permitted double consonants! / 4 Capital offence – capital or small letter? / Spanish saves ink and effort and avoids using capitals unless… / 5 Say it right – pronunciation points / Including commonly mis-stressed works e.g. significa; preocupa; continúo / continuo; / Pronouncing h; -r- and –rr-: pero, perro; ch; g / j; c / z / 6 Accentuate the positive / Rules on written accent / irregular stress / question words / pronouns / use of accent to distinguish meaning: mi / mí; latest ruling on when to accentuate solo, etc. / 7 Eliminate the negative / 8 Masculine or feminine? / Basic rules with common exceptions and points to watch, / 9 Gender Issues / Nouns of either gender / Changes meaning / 10 Article or no? / Where Spanish / English usage differs / 11 Agreements / Remember: singular / collective noun + singular verb / Masculine and feminine adjective agreements. / Remember to make predicative adjectives agree / 12 Clear and present danger. / Problems with present tenses. / 13 Which past tense to use? / imperfect / preterite / misuse of present perfect / 14 I’d eat more pud if I could. / Preterites of common verbs / 15 Liking and disliking / Gustar / 16 What’s the Spanish for Patio? / False friends / English incorrect Spanishisms / 17 Don’t put your foot in it! Turns of phrase / 18 Orders are orders / Word order / 19 What you never end a sentence with / Basic prepositions / 20 Por / para / Misuse can affect the meaning / para / por mi novia. / 21 Leave it out! – Errors with linking prepositions / 22 Overuse / misuse of para / 23 Time of day / 24 Figure out numbers / When to put y between numbers / cien / ciento / when numbers agree / weird numbers like quinientos / not un mil / un ciento / un millón + de / Use of cardinal for ordinal numbers / 25 Being and having / 26 Differences between ser / estar / 27 It’s very hard – / muy / mucho / 28 Use your head! – / Possessives with parts of the body / 29 Here, there and everywhere – / Demonstratives and todo / todos / Misuse of esto, eso, aquello – never used adjectively / 30 Descriptions and value judgements / try to go beyond the five basic adjectives / 31 Yeah but, no but…! / Linking phrases with pero / sino / 32 Saying and telling / hablar and decir / other ways of saying / telling / 33 Expressing opinions / creer / negatives / me parec / 34 Personal pronouns / 35 Letter writing / 36 Don’t be rude: Politeness expressions / 37 If I were you... / Common slips with si in conditional sentences / Glossary of grammatical terms / Transcript of audio download

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