Countdown to Spanish (Countdown Series): Learn to Communicate in 24 Hours / Edition 1

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Converse in Spanish like a native speaker in only 24 hours

So you're leaving for Spain or Latin America in a few days and you don't speak a word of the language? What will you do if you get lost in Seville and have to ask for directions? Or you're in the mood for paella and want to make a restaurant reservation? Or you fall ill in Buenos Aires and need to see a doctor? Believe it or not, it isn't too late! With Countdown to Spanish, in just 24 hours you'll learn to speak like a native in all sorts of everyday situations.

This unique and efficient countdown self-instruction is organized into 24 units, each designed to take no more than one hour to study. Beginning with an introduction to basic pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, the units advance quickly to practical conversational skills for both vacation and business travelers. By the time you count down to 00:00 hours, you'll know how to:

  • Sound like a native, from syllable stress to vowels sounds
  • Recognize and properly use nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
  • Ask and answer all types of important questions
  • Get help anywhere, from the auto shop to the post office to the dry cleaner's
  • Cope with travel needs at the airport, train station, or hotel
  • Conduct business effectively

Neither a daunting textbook nor a flimsy phrase book, this unique language system combines grammar and vocabulary instruction into manageable, highly effective 60-minute lessons. Once you've completed the lessons, you'll be ready try out your newly honed skills on the beaches of CancĂșn. You'll be amazed at what a difference a day makes!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071414234
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/20/2003
  • Series: Countdown Series
  • Edition description: BILINGUAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Stein is a dedicated language instructor who has taught in New York City public schools for more than 30 years. She has written numerous books on language self-instruction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
24:00 Focusing on Pronunciation 1
Master These Skills 1
Perfecting Your Pronunciation 2
Stress 2
Accents 2
Vowels 3
Diphthongs 4
Consonants 5
Having the Right Tools 9
A Final Suggestion 9
Time's Up! 10
23:00 Recognizing and Using Nouns 11
Master These Skills 11
Gender 12
Noun Markers 12
Nouns 17
Cognates 22
Time's Up! 26
22:00 Working with Present-Tense Verbs 27
Master These Skills 27
Subject Nouns and Pronouns 28
Regular Verbs 29
Shoe Verbs 35
Irregular Verbs 39
Uses of the Present Tense 43
The Present Progressive 44
Time's Up! 45
21:00 The Past Tense (The Preterit) 47
Master These Skills 47
Forming the Preterit 48
The Present Perfect Tense 51
The Preterit Perfect 53
The Imperfect 53
The Pluperfect 54
The Preterit Versus the Imperfect 54
Time's Up! 57
20:00 Back to the Future: Speaking Conditionally 59
Master These Skills 59
The Future 60
The Future Tense of Regular Verbs 60
The Future Tense of Irregular Verbs 61
The Future Perfect 62
The Conditional 63
The Perfect Conditional 64
Time's Up! 65
19:00 Adding Adjectives and Adverbs 67
Master These Skills 67
Making Adjectives Feminine 68
Making Adjectives Plural 70
Position of Adjectives 71
Using Ser and Estar with Adjectives 74
Adverbs 77
Adjectives Versus Adverbs 77
Position of Adverbs 80
Time's Up! 80
18:00 Making Acquaintances 81
Master These Skills 81
Greetings and Good-Byes 82
Reflexive Verbs 83
Origins 87
Nationalities 89
The Family 90
Showing Possession 91
Time's Up! 94
17:00 Fielding Invitations and Other Questions 95
Master These Skills 95
Verbs for Invitations 96
Prepositions 97
Places 100
Prepositional Pronouns 101
Extending an Invitation 102
Accepting an Invitation 103
Refusing an Invitation 103
Expressing Indecision and Indifference 104
No 104
Time's Up! 106
16:00 Making Plans 107
Master These Skills 107
Cardinal Numbers 108
Ordinal Numbers 110
Days, Months, and Seasons 111
Dates 112
Telling Time 114
Time's Up! 118
15:00 Using Spanish Around the Home 119
Master These Skills 119
House and Home 120
Chores 121
Stores 121
Deber (to Have to) 122
Tener Que 123
Hay Que + Infinitive 124
Understanding and Forming the Present Subjunctive 124
The Imperfect Subjunctive 129
The Perfect and Pluperfect Subjunctive 130
Offering Encouragement 131
Time's Up! 132
14:00 Offering Ideas and Issuing Commands 133
Master These Skills 133
Making Proposals 134
Commands 134
Getting There 139
Using Idioms 140
Positive Reinforcement 141
Complaints 142
Time's Up! 142
13:00 Asking Questions 143
Master These Skills 143
Asking Yes/No Questions 144
Information Questions 145
Hay 149
Asking for Directions 149
Asking for a Price 150
Questioning New Acquaintances 150
Lack of Communication 151
Time's Up! 152
12:00 Answering Questions 153
Master These Skills 153
Answering Yes 154
Answering No 154
Negative Expressions 157
Pero Versus Sino 158
Answering Information Questions 158
On the Phone 162
Time's Up! 164
11:00 Seeking Help 165
Master These Skills 165
Getting Help Anywhere 166
At the Post Office 166
At the Hair Salon 167
At the Dry Cleaner's 168
Repairs and More Repairs 168
At the Optician's 169
At the Camera Shop 169
At the Jeweler's 170
Special Services and Needs 171
Time's Up! 172
10:00 Expressing Positive Opinions 173
Master These Skills 173
Making Suggestions 174
Leisure Activities 174
Demonstrative Pronouns 176
Object Pronouns 178
Using Accents 183
Positive Feelings 183
Using the Subjunctive to Express Emotions and Feelings 184
Time's Up! 185
09:00 Planning Outdoor Activities 187
Master These Skills 187
Sports 188
The Weather 190
Expressing Negative Opinions 191
Expressing Indifference 191
Using the Subjunctive with Expressions of Doubt 192
Using the Subjunctive After Impersonal Expressions 192
Contrary-to-Fact Conditions 194
Sequence of Tenses of the Subjunctive 194
Time's Up! 195
08:00 Making Comparisons 197
Master These Skills 197
Animals 198
In the Classroom 198
Comparisons of Inequality 199
Comparisons of Equality 206
The Absolute Superlative 207
Comparative and Superlative Expressions 208
The Subjunctive After Superlative Expressions 208
Time's Up! 209
07:00 Meeting Your Needs on the Road and Elsewhere 211
Master These Skills 211
Hotel Accommodations and Amenities 212
Exclamations 213
The Subjunctive in Third Person Commands 214
The Subjunctive After Conjunctions 214
The Subjunctive in Relative Clauses 217
Relative Pronouns 217
Time's Up! 220
06:00 Speaking of Food 221
Master These Skills 221
Quantities 222
Nouns of Quantity 223
Eating Establishments 224
Foods 224
Table Settings 230
Restaurant Etiquette 231
Dietary Restrictions 231
Problems 232
Time's Up! 233
05:00 Medical Needs 235
Master These Skills 235
At the Pharmacy 236
Prepositional Modifiers 237
Parts of the Body 238
Medical Problems 239
At the Doctor's 240
Time's Up! 242
04:00 Clothing Needs 243
Master These Skills 243
Clothing 244
Sizes 245
Alterations 246
Problems 247
Colors 248
Fabrics 250
The Neuter Lo 250
Patterns 250
Sales 251
Making a Purchase 251
Getting Measured 251
Time's Up! 252
03:00 Taking Care of Travel Needs 253
Master These Skills 253
At the Airport 254
At the Train Station 256
Travel by Car 256
The Passive Voice 260
Time's Up! 260
02:00 Managing Your Money 261
Master These Skills 261
At the Bank 262
The Stock Market 264
Present Participles 265
Perfect Participles 266
Time's Up! 267
01:00 The Language of Business 269
Master These Skills 269
Stationery Needs 270
Photocopies 270
Faxes 271
Computers 271
Conducting Business 273
Prepositions Before Infinitives 274
Time's Up! 276
00:00 The Final Countdown 277
Answer Key 283
Appendix A 24 Important Words and Phrases 295
Appendix B Verb Glossary 299
Index 307
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