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Overview

This worktext offers diversified business topics and vocabulary, technology-related vocabulary, cultural notes, and activities on business culture and practices—correlated to the cultural notes—to check and reinforce students' business cross-cultural competency.

  • Applied presentation features realistic dialogues, personalized questions, situational role-plays, and realia-based activities that correspond grammatically with those in Basic Spanish.
  • Practical, specialized vocabulary includes terms essential for communicating in business and financial settings, an in-text audio CD for the worktext, and Un paso más sections that offer additional vocabulary practice and realia-based activities.
  • Cultural focus highlights Hispanic customs and traditions relevant to the subject matter of the lesson, in Notas culturales sections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618687466
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: The Basic Spanish Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Contents
  • Lección preliminar. 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
    • Lección 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
      • Lección 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
        • Lección 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
          • Lección 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 what some dishes consist of, finding out how dishes are served
            • Lección 5. Comprando para importar
              Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar:
              1. Stem-changing verbs (e:ie)
              2. Some uses of the definite article
              3. The present progressive
              Business Communication: Make an appointment to buy goods abroad to be imported to the US, conducting a subsequent interview, finding out about quality and other features of the goods, finding out about prices and paying terms and conditions
              Repaso (Lecciones 1–5)
              • Lección 6. Vendiendo para exportar
                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 US
                • Lección 7. Medios de comunicación
                  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
                  • Lección 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: Dealing with the use of 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
                    • Lección 9. El transporte de mercancías
                      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: Dealing with the transportation of merchandise by air, train, or truck; old problems and new solutions regarding the transportation of merchandise between two countries
                      • Lección 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)
                        • Lección 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:
                          Business Communication: Dealing with accounting and accountants
                          • Lección 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
                            • Lección 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. ¿Qué? and ¿Cuál? used with ser
                              Business Communication: Preparing the income tax declaration for Spanish-speaker with no or limited knowledge of English
                              • Lección 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: Dealing with clients in an advertising agency, working in sales at a department store
                                • Lección 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: Dealing with customers at the bank
                                  Repaso (Lecciones 11–15)
                                  • Lección 16. Solicitando préstamos
                                    Structures from Basic Spanish Grammar:
                                    1. The present subjunctive
                                    2. The subjunctive with verbs of volition
                                    3. The absolute superlative
                                    Business Communication: Dealing with bank customers asking for different types of loans
                                    • Lección 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: Dealing with clients who want to buy or sell real estate, refinancing properties
                                      • Lección 18. Alquilando un local comercial
                                        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
                                        • Lección 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
                                          • Lección 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 to a client with reference to a civil case
                                            Repaso (Lecciones 16–20)
                                            • Appendixes
                                              A. Introduction to Spanish Sounds and the Alphabet
                                              B. Verbs
                                              C. Useful Classroom Expressions
                                              D. Weights and Measures
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