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Spanish Demystified [NOOK Book]


Start speaking Spanish faster than you can say, ¿cómo se dice?

Want to learn to speak Spanish but need to consult a dictionary just to find el baño? No problema! With Spanish Demystified you'll develop language skills so quickly you'll be saying hasta la vista to your phrasebook in no time.

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Start speaking Spanish faster than you can say, ¿cómo se dice?

Want to learn to speak Spanish but need to consult a dictionary just to find el baño? No problema! With Spanish Demystified you'll develop language skills so quickly you'll be saying hasta la vista to your phrasebook in no time.

Beginning with everyday Spanish expressions and a review of basic Spanish pronunciation, this book covers key grammar fundamentals such as common verb tenses, nouns, pronouns, and gender. Step by step, you'll build your Spanish vocabulary with essential words, idioms, and phrases and quickly master this versatile language. Test yourself at the end of every chapter for reinforcement that you're fast on your way to speaking, writing, and understanding Spanish.

This fast and easy guide features:

  • Clear grammatical explanations that illustrate how the language works

  • Numerous examples that place new vocabulary in practical context

  • Helpful writing and speaking exercises that bring the Spanish language to life

  • Coverage of everyday topics and conversational expressions

  • Quizzes at the end of each chapter that reinforce new language skills

Simple enough for a beginner but challenging enough for a more advanced student, Spanish Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this popular language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071596558
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,259,326
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Jenny Petrow is an experienced developer of Spanish-language, bilingual, and ESL curriculum for such publishers as McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, and the language website She has lived in Madrid, Guatemala, and Peru, and worked as a Spanish instructor in Brazil. When not writing and editing language textbooks, Jenny consults on education issues in international development and plays the cello.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1:
Introduction to Spanish
The Spanish You Already Know
The Spanish Alphabet and Pronunciation
Regional Variations in Pronunciation
Chapter 2:Talking About People and Things
Nouns and Gender
Definite and Indefinite Articles
Use of Indefinite Articles
Use of Definite Articles
The Plural Form of Nouns
Pronunciation: Word Stress
Chapter 3:Indicating Possession
Personal Pronouns
Possessive Adjectives
An Introduction to Verbs
The Verb Ser
Countries and Nationalities
Making a Sentence Negative
Asking Yes/No Questions
Verb Roots and Endings
Verbs Ending in -ar: Present Tense
Uses of the Present Tense
Chapter 4:Describing People and Things Adjectives
The Question Words ¿Quién?, ¿Qué?, ¿Cuál?, ¿Por qué?
Verbs Ending in -er: Present Tense
Verbs Ending in -ir: Present Tense
Chapter 5:Talking About Time and Location
The Question Words ¿Dónde?, ¿Cómo?, ¿Cuándo? and ¿Cuánto?
The Verb Estar
Prepositions of Place and Location
The Verb Ir
Cardinal Numbers
Ordinal Numbers
Days, Months, and Seasons
Hellos and Goodbyes



Chapter 6:Using Common Idioms and Expressions
The Verb Hay
The Verb Hacer
Talking About the Weather
The Verbs Tener and Venir
Uses of Tener
Chapter 7:Expressing Likes and Dislikes
Stem-Changing Verbs in the Present Tense
The Personal A
Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns
The Verb Gustar
Other Verbs that Behave like Gustar
Chapter 8:Expressing Current Actions
The Present Progressive with Estar
Forming Present Participles
The Present Progressive with Ir and Seguir
Indefinite Adjectives
Indefinite Pronouns
Double Negatives
Possessive Pronouns
The Verbs Saber and Conocer
Chapter 9:Using Reflexive Verbs
The Future with Ir + a
More Irregular Verbs in the Present Tense
Reflexive verbs
Reflexive Verbs With Multiple Meanings
Reciprocal Verbs
Chapter 10:Making Comparisons
Making Comparisons
Comparatives and Superlatives with Verbs
The Exclamation¡Qué!
Ser or Estar?


Chapter 11: Making Commands
Making Commands with the Imperative Mood
Formal Commands
Familiar Commands
First-Person Plural Commands
Commands with Reflexive Verbs
Making Commands More Polite
The Irregular Verbs Dar and Decir
Direct Object Pronouns
Chapter 12:Using the Future and the Conditional
The Future Tense
Uses of the Future Tense
Indirect Object Pronouns
The Pronoun Lo
The Conditional Tense
Augmentative Forms of Nouns
Chapter 13:Talking About the Past with the Preterite
The Preterite Tense
Double Object Pronouns
Using Adjectives as Nouns
The Preterite of Irregular Verbs
Chapter 14:Describing Actions in the Past with the
The Imperfect Tense
The Imperfect Progressive
Using Iba a, Volver a, and Acabar de
Adverb Formation
Expressions of Time with Hacer
Chapter 15:Using the Preterit and the Imperfect
Preterit vs. Imperfect
Verbs that Change Meaning in the Preterit and Imperfect
Uses of the Preterit and the Imperfect Relative Pronouns and Adjectives


Chapter 16:Introduction to the Subjunctive Introduction to the Subjunctive
Present Subjunctive of Regular Verbs
Present Subjunctive of Stem-Changing Verbs
Present Subjunctive of Irregular Verbs
Spelling Changes in the Present Subjunctive
Using the Subjunctive to Express Doubt and Uncertainty
Chapter 17:More About the Subjunctive
Using the Subjunctive to Express Wishes, Wants, and Desire
Impersonal Expressions and the Subjunctive
Questioning Existence with the Subjunctive
A Review of the Subjunctive
Chapter 18:Using the Past Participle
The Past Participle
Using the Past Participle as an Adjective
The Passive Voice
The Present Perfect Tense
The Past Perfect Tense
Chapter 19:Using the Imperfect Subjunctive The Imperfect Subjunctive
Uses of the Imperfect Subjunctive
Choosing Between the Subjunctive and the Conditional
Conditional Sentences with Si Clauses
Chapter 20: TK


English-Spanish Glossary
Spanish-English Glossary
Answer Key
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

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    This is a very good book to start with - the grammar is easily explained and it has a very large vocabulary build-up. -- What makes this book stand out is that it brings up grammar, vocabulary and context-used-words that do not come up in most other beginner's books. You learn the basics + alot of extra treats. -- In other words this book is particularly strong in application - how spanish is actually used and communicated as opposed to 'textbook-spanish'. -- The weakpoints of this book are that there are no reading texts or dialogs and not enough vocabulary exercises. Usually you only get lines to translate, and you have to memorize large vocabulary listings - which can be a very boring way to learn. -- But overall this is an excellent and user-friendly book to use.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    The book's content is wonderful. Four or five stars. Unfortunat

    The book's content is wonderful. Four or five stars.
    Unfortunately, the nook version is UNUSABLE.
    The Spanish text samples do not resize when the nook's text size is altered.
    And too often (~5 pages in my 64 page sample), the Spanish samples are cut off
    mid-phrase on the right-hand side of the screen. As far as I can tell, these samples
    are an image, not text.
    I may well buy this book -- but not on the nook.

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