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As a key component of The Basic Spanish Series, BASIC SPANISH FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE, 2E is a communication manual designed to serve those in the world of business who seek basic conversational skills in Spanish. Written for use in two-semester or three-quarter courses, it presents typical everyday situations that business and accounting students, pre-professionals, and professionals may encounter at their workplace, on business travel, or while communicating with business partners abroad. BASIC SPANISH FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE, 2E introduces essential business vocabulary and notas culturales written from a cross-cultural perspective. It provides students with opportunities to apply, in a wide variety of practical contexts, the grammatical structures presented in the corresponding lessons of the Basic Spanish core text. The second edition of BASIC SPANISH FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE has several new features: a new trivia feature that gives students interesting facts related to the chapter theme; a new advanced translation section in the Repaso selftest sections and a brand new chapter 20.
Ana C. Jarvis, a native of Paraguay, was born in Asuncion and attended school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Riverside, in 1973. Presently an instructor of Spanish at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Jarvis previously taught at Mesa Community College, the University of California, Riverside, San Bernardino Valley College, Brigham Young University, and Riverside City College. In addition to authoring numerous Spanish textbooks, she has published several short stories in Spanish. In 1988, she was chosen "Faculty Member of the Year" at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Raquel Lebredo was born in Camagüey, Cuba. She attended school in Havana and later enrolled at the University of Havana, where she received a Ph.D. in education in 1950. She was subsequently employed as an elementary school principal, and taught literature and language at a preparatory school in Havana. After living in Spain for a period of time, she moved in 1968 to the United States. Dr. Lebredo was awarded a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Riverside, in 1973. Since then she has taught Spanish at Claremont Graduate School, Crafton Hills College, the University of Redlands, and California Baptist University, and has authored several Spanish textbooks. In 1985, she was chosen "Faculty Member of the Year" by the student body at California Baptist University, and in 1991 she received a YWCA "Women of Achievement" award. Prof. Lebredo is retired.
Leccion preliminary. Conversaciones breves (Brief conversations). Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Gender and number. 2. The definite and indefinite articles. 3. Subject pronouns. 4. The present indicative of ser. 5. Cardinal numbers 0-39. Business Communication: Greetings, farewells, and introductions in personal and telephone interaction with other people. Leccion 1. El viaje de negocios. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The present indicative of regular -ar verbs. 2. Interrogative and negative sentences. 3. Forms and position of adjectives. 4. Telling time. 5. Cardinal numbers 300-1,000. 6. Uses of hay Business Communication: Travelling by plane- making plane reservations - arriving in a foreign country. Leccion 2. En dos aeropuertos mexicanos. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar:1. Agreement of adjectives, nouns, and adjectives. 2. The present indicative of regular -er and -ir verbs 3. Possession with de. 4. Possessive adjectives. 5. The personal a. Business Communication: Dealing with immigration officers and custom inspectors Exchanging dollars for foreign currencies. Leccion 3. En el hotel. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The irregular verbs ir, dar, and estar. 2. Ir a+ infinitive. 3. Uses of the verbs ser and estar. 4. Contractions Business Communication: Making hotel reservations. Giving personal and credit card information. Complaining about hotel accommodations. Leccion 4. Las comidas. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The irregular verbs tener and venir. 2. Expressions with tener. 3. Comparative forms. 4. Irregular comparative forms Business Communication: Dining at a restaurant. Finding information about typical local food. Asking about the ingredients and preparation of food. Leccion 5. Comprando para importer. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Stem-changing verbs (e:ie). 2. Some uses of the definite article. 3. The present progressive. Business Communication:Importing goods; making an appointment to buy goods abroad; Conducting a subsequent interview. Inquiring about the quality and prices of goods and about payment terms. Repaso (Lecciones 1-5). Leccion 6. Vendiendo para exporter. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar:1. Stem-changing verbs (o:ue). 2. Affirmative and negative expressions. 3. Pronouns as object of a preposition. 4. Direct object pronouns. Business Communication: Visiting with a prospective client in a Latin American country. Negotiating to sell merchandise to be exported from the United States. Leccion 7. Medios de comunicacion. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Stem-changing verbs (e:i). 2. Irregular first-person forms. 3. Saber contrasted with conocer. 4. Indirect object pronouns. Business Communication: Inquiring about the availability of communication facilities in a foreign country. How to procure and use communication facilities. Leccion 8. El transporte de pasajeros. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Pedir contrasted with preguntar. 2. Special construction with gustar, doler, and hacer falta. 3. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. 4. Direct and indirect object pronouns used together. Business Communication: Using different means of passenger transportation; Taking a bus or a taxi; Renting a car; Requirements for renting and driving a car in a foreign country. Leccion 9. El transporte de mercancias. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Possessive pronouns. 2. Reflexive constructions. 3. Command forms: Ud. and Uds. 4. Uses of object pronouns with command forms. Business Communication: Transporting merchandise by air, train, or truck; Old problems and new solutions regarding the transportation of merchandise between two countries. Leccion 10. Contratando personal. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The preterit of regular verbs. 2. The preterit of ser, ir and dar. 3. Uses of por and para. Business Communication: Conducting an interview when hiring personnel. Repaso (Lecciones 6-10). Leccion 11. La contabilidad de la empresa (I). Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Time expressions with hacer. 2. Irregular preterits. 3. The preterit of stem-changing verbs (e:i and o:u). 4. Command forms: tu. Business Communication: Dealing with accounting and accountants. Leccion 12. La contabilidad de la empresa (II). Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. En and a as equivalents of at. 2. The imperfect tense. 3. The past progressive. 4. The preterit contrasted with the imperfect. Business Communication: Dealing with accounting and accountants. Leccion 13. El impuesto sobre la renta. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. Changes in meaning with the imperfect and preterit of conocer, saber, and querer. 2. Hace meaning ago 3. Uses of se. 4. ¿Que? and ¿Cuál? used with ser. Business Communication: Preparing an income tax return for a Spanish speaker with limited or no knowledge of English. Leccion 14. En la agencia de publicidad. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The past participle. 2. The present perfect tense. 3. The past perfect (pluperfect) tense Business Communication: Determining a client's advertising needs; Working in sales at a department store. Leccion 15. Abriendo cuentas. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The future tense. 2. The conditional tense. 3. Some uses of the prepositions a, de, and en. Business Communication: Helping customers at the bank. Repaso (Lecciones 11-15). Leccion 16. Solicitando prestamos. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The present subjunctive 2. The subjunctive with verbs of volition. 3. The absolute superlative. Business Communication: Informing bank customers about different types of loans. Leccion 17. Comprando una casa. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The subjunctive to express emotion. 2. The subjunctive with some impersonal expressions. 3. Formation of adverbs. Business Communication: Advising clients about the purchase or sale of real estate; refinancing properties. Leccion 18. Alquilando un local commercial. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The subjunctive to express doubt, disbelief, and denial. 2. The subjunctive to express indefiniteness and nonexistence. 3. Diminutive suffixes. Business Communication: Renting commercial space. Leccion 19. Vendiendo y comprando seguros. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The subjunctive after certain conjunctions. 2. The present perfect subjunctive. 3. Uses of the present perfect subjunctive. Business Communication: Selling insurance to a Spanish-speaking prospective client. Leccion 20. En el bufete de una abogada. Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar: 1. The imperfect subjunctive. 2. Uses of the imperfect subjunctive. 3. If clauses. Business Communication: Talking about Latin American business; Debating free trade agreements; Using facts to support your arguments. Repaso (Lecciones 16-20). Appendix A: Introduction to Spanish Sounds and the Alphabet. Appendix B: Verbs. Appendix C: Useful Classroom Expressions. Appendix D: Weights and Measures. Spanish-English Vocabulary. English-Spanish Vocabulary.