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This highly successful program offers a flexible, concise introduction to grammar and communication for students and professionals seeking a working knowledge of the Spanish language. Designed for one- or two-semester courses in Introductory Spanish, Basic Spanish Grammar offers a wealth of features and components that also make it ideal for college extension courses, adult and continuing education courses, and Spanish courses for professionals or special purposes. In six correlated manuals, students apply the structures presented in Basic Spanish Grammar to practical contexts and develop vocabulary for specific purposes.

Reviews first and second level Spanish and introduces third level concepts, using conversational exchanges, practice exercises, and self-tests.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395962978
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/13/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.62 (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.

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.

Francisco Mena-Ayllon, a native of Madrid, Spain, received his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Riverside, in 1973. He has taught Spanish language and literature courses at the University of California, Riverside, Oberlin College, California State University, Chico, the University of Redlands, and Crafton Hills College. In addition to authoring numerous Spanish textbooks in the United States, he has published a book about Federico Garcia Lorca and several volumes of his own poetry. His poetry has been published in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. His work has also been included in several anthologies of contemporary Spanish poets, and he is listed in Quien es quien en las letras espanolas, 1978 (Who's Who in Spanish Letters), as an important contributor to contemporary Spanish literature. Prof. Mena-Ayllon is retired.

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Table of Contents

Leccion preliminar I 1. Greetings and farewells 2. Cardinal numbers 0-39 3. The alphabet 4. Personal information 5. Days of the week 6. Months of the year 7. Colors En el laboratorio Leccion preliminar II 1. Gender and number 2. The definite and indefinite articles 3. Subject pronouns 4. The present indicative of ser 5. Uses of hay 6. Cardinal numbers 40-299 En el laboratorio Leccion 1 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 En el laboratorio Leccion 2 1. Agreement of articles, nouns, and adjectives 2. The present indicative of regular -er and -ir verbs 3. Possession with de 4. Possessive adjectives 5. The personal a En el laboratorio Leccion 3 1. The irregular verbs ir, dar, and estar 2. Ir a + infinitive 3. Uses of the verbs ser and estar 4. Contractions En el laboratorio Leccion 4 1. The irregular verbs tener and venir 2. Expressions with tener 3. Comparative forms 4. Irregular comparative forms En el laboratorio Leccion 5 1. Stem-changing verbs (e:ie) 2. Some uses of the definite article 3. The present progressive 4. Ordinal numbers En el laboratorio ¿Cuánto sabe usted ahora? Lecciones 1-5 Leccion 6 1. Stem-changing verbs (o:ue) 2. Affirmative and negative expressions 3. Pronouns as object of a preposition 4. Direct object pronouns En el laboratorio Leccion 7 1. Stem-changing verbs (e:i) 2. Irregular first-person forms 3. Saber contrasted with conocer 4. Indirect object pronouns En el laboratorio Leccion 8 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 En el laboratorio Leccion 9 1. Possessive pronouns 2. Reflexive constructions 3. Command forms (Ud. and Uds.) 4. Uses of object pronouns with command forms En el laboratorio Leccion 10 1. The preterit of regular verbs 2. The preterit of ser, ir, and dar 3. Uses of por and para 4. Seasons of the year and weather expressions En el laboratorio ¿Cuánto sabe usted ahora? Lecciones 6-10 Leccion 11 1. Time expressions with hacer 2. Irregular preterits 3. The preterit of stem-changing verbs (e:i and o:u) 4. Command forms (tuacute;) En el laboratorio Leccion 12 1. En and a as equivalents of at 2. The imperfect tense 3. The past progressive 4. The preterit contrasted with the imperfect En el laboratorio Leccion 13 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 En el laboratorio Leccion 14 1. The past participle 2. The present perfect tense 3. The past perfect (pluperfect) tense En el laboratorio Leccion 15 1. The future tense 2. The conditional tense 3. Some uses of the prepositions a, de, and en En el laboratorio ¿Cuánto sabe usted ahora? Lecciones 6-10 Leccion 16 1. The present subjunctive 2. The subjunctive with verbs of volition 3. The absolute superlative En el laboratorio Leccion 17 1. The subjunctive to express emotion 2. The subjunctive with some impersonal expressions 3. Formation of adverbs En el laboratorio Leccion 18 1. The subjunctive to express doubt, disbelief, and denial 2. The subjunctive to express indefiniteness and nonexistence 3. Diminutive suffixes En el laboratorio Leccion 19 1. The subjunctive after certain conjunctions 2. The present perfect subjunctive 3. Uses of the present perfect subjunctive En el laboratorio Leccion 20 1. The imperfect subjunctive 2. Uses of the imperfect subjunctive 3. If clauses En el laboratorio ¿Cuánto sabe usted ahora? Lecciones 16-20 Appendixes: A. Spanish Pronunciation. B. Verbs. C. Careers and Occupations. D. Answer Key to ¿Cuánto sabe usted ahora? Sections. Spanish-English Vocabulary. English-Spanish Vocabulary. Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    Better than Berlitz!

    I have been studying Spanish on my own for 3 years now and this book is by far the best book I've used. My teacher had given it to me to study on my own after taking two years of Spanish and it was this book that really helped me get an intermediate level. I like learning different languages and have also used Living Language, Berlitz, Learn the Fast and Fun Way,and Teach yourself series. This book surpasses them all in its ability to teach and retain it. Every little thing has several exercises at the end to help you retain it. I especially found the translating exercises really helpful. You are given for several exercises the English and are then asked to translate it into Spanish, which really helped me think in that language and understand what it turns out I didn't as well when just reading through the instruction. You basically have a lesson focused on Grammar and then a few vocab words that you use in the exercises. You find the exercises build upon themselves as what you saw in Lesson 2 is being applied in Lesson 10 so you don't forget what you've already done and it just builds on itself like a pyramid. The book also has little footnotes throuhout that even as a beginner I wouldn't have thought of. The way it teaches reminds me of the Berlitz Essential series but broken down even more and with several exercises for each point, unlike Berlitz and making it easier to retain and digest. It's so simple and beautiful how easy it is to use and friendly :-O This is the best I've ever found in one book! I'm referring to an earlier edition. It's so user friendly it's scary! If you can afford to just get a used copy this is the best book I've encountered out of all of them!

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