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: 7/6/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 877,350
  • 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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