Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos: Over 3,000 Slang Expressions, Proverbs, Idioms, and Other Tricky Spanish Words and Phrases They Didn't Teach You in School

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There’s a difference between learning a language and being able to speak it with the familiarity of a native speaker. This book fills that gap, clarifying tricky words and expressions and illuminating the finer points of Spanish wordplay and double meanings.
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Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos: Over 3,000 Slang Expressions, Proverbs, Idioms, and Other Tricky Spanish Words and Phrases They Didn't Teach You in School

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Overview


There’s a difference between learning a language and being able to speak it with the familiarity of a native speaker. This book fills that gap, clarifying tricky words and expressions and illuminating the finer points of Spanish wordplay and double meanings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616087234
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Skyhorse Pocket Guides Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,385,922
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Eleanor Hamer is a writer and a teacher. She is currently the official translator for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Mexico City. She lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Fernando Díez de Urdanivia is a Mexican-born writer, journalist, and teacher of both English and Spanish. He lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

About this Book viii

Symbols ix

Authors' Acknowledgments x

I Expressions 11

A Common Expressions in Spanish 11

1 Verbs 13

2 Expressions Used as Part of a Sentence (Non-Verbs) 50

3 Stand-alone Expressions 65

B Common Expressions in English 73

1 Verbs 74

2 Expressions Used as Part of a Sentence 116

3 Stand-alone Expressions 125

C Proverbs and Sayings 127

1 In Spanish 127

2 In English 138

II Slang in Mexico 143

A Common Slang Expressions 143

1 Verbs 144

2 Slang Expressions Used as Part of a Sentence (Non-Verbs) 180

3 Stand-alone Slang Expressions 213

B Not for Polite Society 225

C The Mexican Albur 233

III False Cognates 237

A Basic False Cognates 237

1 Spanish-English 239

2 English-Spanish 274

B More False Cognates 281

1 Spanish-English 281

2 English-Spanish 289

C Is It or Isn't It? 292

1 Spanish-English 293

2 English-Spanish 327

D Some Special Cases 332

E It's Not Always the Same 339

IV Grammar Hints 367

A SER and ESTAR 367

B PARA and POR; PERO and SINO 374

C Dual Words 378

D Some Dubious Accents 382

E The Diminutive in Spanish 383

F Abbreviations 385

G Latin Words in Spanish 393

H The Use of Prepositions 396

I Homophones 399

J Pronunciation 413

1 Consonants 413

2 The Pronunciation of Vowels 419

K Spelling 420

L The Infamous Subjunctive 422

1 Simple Tenses 428

2 Compound Tenses 429

3 Pluperfect Subjunctive 430

V Living in Mexico 437

A Polite Phrases 437

1 Introductions 437

2 Greetings 439

3 Leave-taking 440

4 Other Politenesses 441

B Modes of Address 443

C On the Telephone 445

D Cultural Curiosities 446

1 Ways of Speaking 446

2 Pets and Animals 447

3 Manners Matter 448

4 Buen Provecho! 448

5 Meal Times 449

6 El Abrazo 449

7 Dress 449

8 Planta Baja!, Por Favor 450

9 Say It With Your Hands 450

10 The Greasing of the Palm 450

11 Compadre! 451

12 Bargaining 451

13 Measurements 452

14 Surnames 452

15 Tú or Usted? 453

16 Driving 453

17 Christmas 454

18 The Mexican Attitude Towards Death 455

E Pre-Columbian Words 459

F Mexican Food 469

G Where Are You From? 480

VI Latin American Construction Vocabulary 483

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