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Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the United States. Modern Language Association, www.mla.org, 11/5/04 So it is natural that many people want to learn how to speak basic conversational Spanish, but it seems like a much bigger task than you have time for. However, Speak Basic Spanish In No Time can help you learn Spanish for every day interaction with non-English speaking Hispanics at work, the store, school and more. Chapters are organized by situations such as At The Work Place, Shopping, At the ...

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Overview

Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the United States. Modern Language Association, www.mla.org, 11/5/04 So it is natural that many people want to learn how to speak basic conversational Spanish, but it seems like a much bigger task than you have time for. However, Speak Basic Spanish In No Time can help you learn Spanish for every day interaction with non-English speaking Hispanics at work, the store, school and more. Chapters are organized by situations such as At The Work Place, Shopping, At the Restaurant and Travel, so you can quickly identify the phrases you need to learn. You can also download audio files from our website for pronunciation practice. You will no longer have to be uncomfortable around Spanish-speaking people with the help on Speak Basic Spanish In No Time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789732231
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 10/20/2004
  • Series: In No Time
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,373,421
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry C. Rios has always had a passion for writing, but his greater passion has always been to share his knowledge of the Spanish language. After receiving a degree in accounting from New Mexico State University, he spent the first half of his career writing. He wrote functional specifications that were coded by programmers and the operating manuals for accounting systems he designed. Upon retirement from federal service, as a budget officer, he pursued his passion by starting an English-to-Spanish translation service on the Internet in 1999. He provides English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English translation with audio at www.sayitinspanish.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Who Should Read This Book.

How to Use This Book.

What's in the Book?

Special Elements.

Useful Lists.

Other Special Information.

Using the Audio Files.

What This Book Will Do for You.

I. QUICK GUIDE TO THE BASICS.

1. The Rules-Short and Sweet.

Pronouncing Vowels and Using Special Characters.

Pronouncing Vowels.

Using Special Characters and Accent Symbols.

Letters and Letter Combinations that Create Unique Spanish Sounds.

Using Masculine and Feminine Nouns.

Using Masculine and Feminine Adjectives.

Tackling Two Spanish Grammar Complexities.

Using the Prepositions para and por.

Matching Verbs to their Subject and Tense: Infinitives and Conjugation.

Summary.

2. Letters, Numbers, Dates, and Dollars.

The Alphabet.

Numbers.

Ordinal Numbers.

Fractions.

Whole Numbers.

Dollar Amounts.

Dates.

Time.

Units of Measure.

Weight.

Dimensions.

Measurements in Recipes.

Summary.

II. TALKING ABOUT YOUR DAILY LIFE.

3. Getting to Know One Another.

Breaking the Ice.

Basic Greetings and Their Follow-up.

Informal Greetings.

Formal Greetings.

Responses to Your Greeting.

Talking About Who You Are.

Exchanging Names.

Describing Where You Are From.

Summary.

4. Discussing Your Family and Friends.

Discussing Marital Status.

Other Long-term or Significant Relationships.

Talking About Your Spouse and Children.

Talking about Your Family Members' Occupations.

Describing School Grade Levels.

Discussing University Majors.

Describing Other Relationships.

Extended Family Relationships.

Other Family Relationships.

Friends and Acquaintances.

Terms of Endearment.

Summary.

5. Talking About Your Town, Home, and Personal Belongings.

Talking about Your Town, City, or Neighborhood.

Describing Where You Live.

Talking about the Neighborhood.

Describing Your Home.

Talking About the House.

Describing the Details of Your Home.

The Yard.

The Garage.

Talking about Personal Possessions.

Describing Clothes.

Talking About Television.

Discussing Pets.

Hiring Maintenance and Repair Workers.

Describing Maintenance Problems and Necessary Repairs.

Asking about Specific Skills.

Renting Out an Apartment/House.

Summary.

6. Discussing Work and Other Activities of Daily Life.

Talking About Work.

Describing Where You Work.

Describing Job Satisfaction.

Describing Workplace Conditions.

Greeting a New Employee.

Requesting Office Supplies.

Discussing Previous Work Experiences.

Conversations About Sports.

Participating in Sports.

Discussing Spectator Sports.

Other Activities of Daily Life.

Summary.

7. Shopping.

The Parking Lot.

General Shopping.

Store Signs.

Interaction with a Sales Clerk.

Shopping for Groceries.

Domestic Help and Grocery Shopping.

Casual Conversation About Grocery Shopping.

Food Item Names.

Following Recipes.

Shopping at a Mercado.

Bargaining for the Best Price.

Finalizing Your Purchase and Making Returns.

Summary.

8. Eating Out.

Finding a Restaurant.

Making Reservations.

Conducting the Business of Dining.

Placing an Order.

Ordering Breakfast Items.

Ordering Lunch and Dinner Items.

Ordering Side Dishes.

Ordering Beverages.

Ordering Desserts.

Learning to Pronounce the Names of Popular Dishes.

Understanding the Ingredients in Hispanic Dishes.

Paying for Your Meal.

Registering Complaints.

Asking for Assistance.

Finding the Powder Room.

Asking for Medical Assistance.

Summary.

9. Managing Your Health.

Social Conversation About Health.

Talking About Physical Exams and Medical Test Results.

Discussing Healthy Practices and Remedies.

Going to the Doctor or Hospital.

Explaining That You Need to See a Doctor.

Scheduling an Appointment.

Talking with Your Doctor.

Providing Insurance Information.

Being Admitted to the Hospital.

Using the Pharmacy.

Discussions About Diet and Exercise.

Talking About Diet and Weight Loss.

Describing Exercises and Exercise Equipment.

Summary.

III. SPECIAL SITUATIONS.

10. Staying at a Hotel.

Making Reservations.

Discussing the Hotel's Amenities.

Inquiring About Rates.

Checking In.

Asking for Bell Captain/Hop Assistance.

Asking About Hotel Services.

Asking About Transportation and Auto Services Near the Hotel.

Getting to the Airport from the Hotel.

Reporting Problems with the Room.

Using the Telephone.

Summary.

11. Discussing Science and Computers.

Simple Conversations About Nature and Natural Sciences.

Discussing Our Natural Environment.

Talking About the Seasons.

Casual Conversations About Weather.

Describing Colors and the Color Spectrum.

Discussing Wildlife.

Talking About Animals.

Discussing Birds.

Talking About Computers.

Common Computer Tasks and Features.

Conversations About the Use of Software.

Talking About the Internet.

Exchanging Information About Email.

Summary.

12. The Professional World.

Discussing Auto Sales, Real Estate, and Investments.

Discussing an Automobile Purchase.

Discussing Real Estate Sales.

Making Investments.

Talking About Legal Matters.

Discussing Legal Services.

Advertising Legal Services.

Advertising in the Media.

Creating Newspaper Ads.

Advertising on the Radio.

Television Advertising.

Creating an Internet "Presence".

Summary.

13. The Political World.

United States Constitution.

Branches of Government.

Federal Government.

State Government.

Local Government.

The Government and its Citizens.

Speaking About Your Rights as a U.S. Citizen.

Discussing Your Responsibilities as a Citizen.

Summary.

14. Must-Know Words, Phrases, and Sentences.

Words and Phrases for Emergencies.

Using Spanish Terms for Where, When, Who and Other Interrogatives.

Using "What".

Using "Who" and "Whom".

Using "Which".

Using "When".

Using "Where".

Using "Why".

Using "How".

Using Frequency Adverbs (You'll Always Be Glad You Know These Terms).

Words That Link Phrases.

Using Common Rejoinders.

Practicing Conversational Spanish.

Summary and Conclusion.

IV. APPENDICESS.

A. References and Resources.

Books on Learning Spanish.

Learn Spanish Using Audio Systems.

Websites That Help You Learn Spanish.

Spanish Language Newspapers Online.

Spanish Language Television Programming.

Magazines en Español.

Index.

Index of Spanish Terms.

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Preface

Introduction

How do you feel when you hear someone speak in a language that you do not understand? Do you try to ignore their conversation or pretend that you just don't care? Do you think they're being rude and wonder if they might be talking about you? My primary language is Spanish, and I was exposed to being the language "outsider" when my family and I lived in Honolulu, Hawaii. As I rode the elevator to our apartment on the 38th floor, I would hear people speaking in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, and I did not understand a thing they were saying. It took me a while to get over being uncomfortable in those situations. After you read this book, you won't have to worry about being uncomfortable when you hear someone talking in Spanish. This book will teach you to speak and understand basic conversational Spanish.

Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time makes it fun and easy to learn to speak Spanish. This book is designed especially for someone who wants to learn quickly to have casual conversations in Spanish, but does not have the time to go through a voluminous textbook and absorb numerous advanced language conventions. You will not be required to master any grammatical rules, nor will you be required to read a ton of material. And, you'll learn how to speak as well as what to say. There are certain unique sounds in Spanish not found in the English language. This book will teach you how to generate those sounds without having to put your mouth, lips, and tongue through impossible gyrations. You will learn by hearing.

This book allows you to select the material you want to learn from the table of contents and godirectly to that chapter. Many books on learning Spanish require that you learn complicated syntax and how to generate complicated Spanish sounds, without audio. In Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time, each chapter includes easily accessible audio files that will teach you how to speak Spanish by hearing the words in a clear, slow voice. That is how we learned to talk when we were children—by hearing others talk.

Caution - After you learn the phrases and techniques presented in this book, a Spaniard will understand your Spanish and you will understand the majority of his Spanish. You may notice, however, that his pronunciation of certain words is different. In Spain, for example, they pronounce the letters "ci" and "ce", which sound like "see" and "seh" in English, with a "th" sound. The Spanish word "gracias" pronounced "grah-see-us" in Latin American countries is pronounced "gra-thee-us" in Spain. The second thing you will notice is that a Spaniard uses "vosotros" as the plural of tú, instead of "ustedes."

Before we move any further, though, let me define the assumptions I've made about whom you will be talking to in Spanish. There is a never-ending debate over what to call people whose native tongue is Spanish. Some of the names tossed around are Latino, Spanish, Hispanic, Hispano, Mexican, Mexican-American, Spanish-American, and Chicano. These names are derived from an individual's country of origin, ancestry, or culture. I do not plan to enter or attempt to settle the debate. I had to settle on a term that identifies a group of people based on the language they speak, and not their country of origin, ancestry, or culture. The term Hispanic will be used throughout this book to refer to a person whose primary language is Spanish. The translated Spanish is that which is spoken in most Latin American countries. It does not include the Castilian Spanish spoken in Spain.

Who Should Read This Book

Learn to speak basic Spanish and you will be amazed at how it will change your life. You no longer have to live in or travel to Texas, New Mexico, or California to encounter Hispanic residents, shopkeepers, and business owners. Nearly every part of the United States has seen a dramatic increase in the Hispanic population. If you can't speak Spanish, you are missing valuable opportunities to interact with this important segment of our nation's life and culture.

You may simply want to learn enough Spanish to carry on a casual conversation with non—English-speaking Hispanics about family, jobs, schools, weather, food, clothes, pets, or leisure activity. This alone is an experience that will enrich your life. You will have the confidence to enter a Hispanic restaurant or other business and know what you are ordering or purchasing. If you require assistance at some business from Hispanic employees that do not speak English you will be able to convey your needs to them.

If you are in business, this book will provide you with the ability to communicate with Hispanics in Spanish. You will be able to market your products to Hispanics, in Spanish, in person, and through any advertising medium. And, if you are planning a visit to Spain or other Spanish-speaking regions of the world, this book will prepare you for making reservations, eating out, and holding basic, casual conversations with the local residents.

How to Use This Book

This book provides an extensive list of words and sentences, with audio, arranged by topic. Some expressions, such as greetings, are repeated in a couple of chapters. This helps to make the conversation presented in that chapter more complete. You don't need to read this book from cover-to-cover. You can browse through the table of contents and find the chapter that contains the topic you want learn and go directly to that chapter. Cross-references guide you to related information elsewhere in the book, so you can take advantage of techniques and examples that build upon each other. Each chapter identifies the audio file that contains the related translations. If you learn the majority of the translated material within a chapter you will be able to converse about the subjects covered in that chapter.

What's in the Book?

Part I, "Quick Guide to the Basics," takes you quickly through the basics of Spanish grammar and pronunciation. The only chapter of this book that contains material resembling instruction is Chapter 1, "The Rules—Short and Sweet." It provides a few basic rules on grammar, explains noun and adjective gender, and introduces you to the Spanish accent. It is not really necessary to learn the material in that chapter to learn to speak Spanish, but it will help you understand how a combination of letters, with an accent thrown in here and there, can sound so different in English and Spanish. If you read the material on the effect of accents on pronunciation, you will be able to read and pronounce written Spanish words not included in this book.

Chapter 2, "Letters, Numbers, Dates, and Dollars," gives you a quick, useful guide to using the alphabet, numbers, and units of measurement in Spanish.

Part II of this book is titled "Talking about Your Daily Life." In this part of the book, you learn how to conduct simple conversations about the people, places, things, and events that make up your world. Imagine the many directions a conversation can take if you greet someone with the simple question, "How are you?" The response may be a plain "I'm fine," or the reply may lead you into a discussion of health issues; problems at home, the house, at work; or a bad meal at the restaurant.

From that first "getting to know you" conversation to talks about your family members, home, job, friends, and hobbies, in Part II of this book you learn basic terms and phrases for talking about your life in Spanish. You learn how to describe your clothes and discuss interests such as television programs and pets, as well as how to hire home repair workers and rent a house or apartment. You learn how to talk with others about your job, school, sports, and other personal interests. This part also describes important terms and phrases you'll use when shopping, cooking, going to the doctor, eating out, and other common daily activities.

In Part III, "Special Situations," you learn how to participate in simple conversations about a wide variety of special situations you might encounter. You learn phrases and simple sentences you'll use when staying at a hotel, or when discussing nature, weather, seasons, and other scientific subjects. You'll also learn how to describe and discuss computers and their technologies, as well as a variety of professional topics, including sales, investments, and legal issues. You also learn how to talk about the media, politics, government, and your rights and responsibilities as a citizen. Finally, this part offers a fast-track reference to selected words, phrases, and sentences that you're almost certain to use as you begin speaking in Spanish.

Special Elements

Throughout this book, you'll find a variety of special elements, including lists, sidebars, icons, and other "extras" designed to catch your eye and call out items of special interest relevant to the nearby text. Some of these items are described here, but as you read the book, you'll quickly spot these special elements and learn how to use their information as you learn the basics of conversational Spanish.

Useful Lists

Each chapter of the book opens with an "In This Chapter" section that gives you a quick scan of what you'll do or learn within that chapter. Each chapter also includes Listen Up! lists that point you toward all of the audio files that accompany the chapter's text. Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time also includes a variety of bulleted and numbered lists to help you quickly learn—and remember—series of items and simple steps.

Other Special Information

In addition to traditional notes and tips, we'll call out other helpful information in easy-to-spot graphic formats, to help make Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time an interesting and informative guide. Watch for these helpful items:

Talking Points - Throughout the book, you'll notice these sidebars, designed to bring you examples, short anecdotes, and insights into Hispanic life and culture that will make the process of learning to speak Spanish more meaningful and enjoyable for you!

Caution - Speaking of... items direct you to information elsewhere in the book or resources guide that is related to the current topic.

Caution - Say It Right... This icon marks especially important grammar or pronunciation guides, potential areas of confusion, or other "heads-up" information that will help you become fluent quickly and avoid common language errors.

Caution - Listen Up... Listen up! references direct you to the appropriate audio file for the current section.

Finally, all translated text is shown in italics, and this translated text is also included on the accompanying audio file.

Using the Audio Files

The audio files are maintained at http://www.quepublishing.com. Type the ISBN of the book (10-digit number listed next to the bar code on the back of your book) into the Search field. On the book's web page you'll find a More Information box listing the audio files. You can listen to the audio files online or download them onto your computer. If you download them to your computer, you can copy them to a CD and play them without having to go online. The audio file will include the English words or sentences and their translations into Spanish. You will be able to read the words and sentences in your book as you play the audio for the respective topic. A few repetitions will help you learn basic written and spoken Spanish words and their meaning in English.

All translations are presented with the English text and audio followed by the respective Spanish translated text and audio. If you initiate the conversation, your statement will be shown in English. If the Hispanic person initiates the conversation, that person's statement will be shown in English followed by the Spanish translation. This allows you to hear in English what the Hispanic person has said in Spanish.

To ensure that you hear what the Hispanic person meant to say, every effort is made to have the translated text reflect the meaning of the original statement. Literal translation does not always convey the intended meaning of a statement. For example, the literal translation of "passing the buck" results in a phrase that says, "transferring the dollar." A non-literal translation results in the more accurate translated phrase, "transferring responsibility." Every effort is made to have the target language reflect what the original language meant to convey.

What This Book Will Do for You

What do you have to gain by learning to speak Spanish? In my opinion, the most significant thing you will gain is that you will bond with some of the friendliest people on earth. Many non–English-speaking Hispanics know how to speak a little bit of English. They will not initiate a conversation because they do not know how it will be received. If, however, someone makes an effort to speak to them in their native language, they will make every effort to understand what you are trying to say to them. They will help your attempt to communicate with them by applying whatever knowledge they may have of the English language.

Secondly, if you are in some kind of business, you will be able to capitalize on a growing lucrative market. Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time provides you with a significant number of translated conversations that you can use to communicate with your Hispanic clients and inform them about your business. The translated material can also be used in advertising and television commercials.

You can be proud of the fact that you have taken the first step in learning a new language. You will be glad that you did.


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Introduction

Introduction

How do you feel when you hear someone speak in a language that you do not understand? Do you try to ignore their conversation or pretend that you just don't care? Do you think they're being rude and wonder if they might be talking about you? My primary language is Spanish, and I was exposed to being the language "outsider" when my family and I lived in Honolulu, Hawaii. As I rode the elevator to our apartment on the 38th floor, I would hear people speaking in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, and I did not understand a thing they were saying. It took me a while to get over being uncomfortable in those situations. After you read this book, you won't have to worry about being uncomfortable when you hear someone talking in Spanish. This book will teach you to speak and understand basic conversational Spanish.

Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time makes it fun and easy to learn to speak Spanish. This book is designed especially for someone who wants to learn quickly to have casual conversations in Spanish, but does not have the time to go through a voluminous textbook and absorb numerous advanced language conventions. You will not be required to master any grammatical rules, nor will you be required to read a ton of material. And, you'll learn how to speak as well as what to say. There are certain unique sounds in Spanish not found in the English language. This book will teach you how to generate those sounds without having to put your mouth, lips, and tongue through impossible gyrations. You will learn by hearing.

This book allows you to select the material you want to learn from the table of contents and go directly to that chapter. Many books onlearning Spanish require that you learn complicated syntax and how to generate complicated Spanish sounds, without audio. In Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time, each chapter includes easily accessible audio files that will teach you how to speak Spanish by hearing the words in a clear, slow voice. That is how we learned to talk when we were children--by hearing others talk.


Caution - After you learn the phrases and techniques presented in this book, a Spaniard will understand your Spanish and you will understand the majority of his Spanish. You may notice, however, that his pronunciation of certain words is different. In Spain, for example, they pronounce the letters "ci" and "ce", which sound like "see" and "seh" in English, with a "th" sound. The Spanish word "gracias" pronounced "grah-see-us" in Latin American countries is pronounced "gra-thee-us" in Spain. The second thing you will notice is that a Spaniard uses "vosotros" as the plural of tú, instead of "ustedes."

Before we move any further, though, let me define the assumptions I've made about whom you will be talking to in Spanish. There is a never-ending debate over what to call people whose native tongue is Spanish. Some of the names tossed around are Latino, Spanish, Hispanic, Hispano, Mexican, Mexican-American, Spanish-American, and Chicano. These names are derived from an individual's country of origin, ancestry, or culture. I do not plan to enter or attempt to settle the debate. I had to settle on a term that identifies a group of people based on the language they speak, and not their country of origin, ancestry, or culture. The term Hispanic will be used throughout this book to refer to a person whose primary language is Spanish. The translated Spanish is that which is spoken in most Latin American countries. It does not include the Castilian Spanish spoken in Spain.

Who Should Read This Book

Learn to speak basic Spanish and you will be amazed at how it will change your life. You no longer have to live in or travel to Texas, New Mexico, or California to encounter Hispanic residents, shopkeepers, and business owners. Nearly every part of the United States has seen a dramatic increase in the Hispanic population. If you can't speak Spanish, you are missing valuable opportunities to interact with this important segment of our nation's life and culture.

You may simply want to learn enough Spanish to carry on a casual conversation with non--English-speaking Hispanics about family, jobs, schools, weather, food, clothes, pets, or leisure activity. This alone is an experience that will enrich your life. You will have the confidence to enter a Hispanic restaurant or other business and know what you are ordering or purchasing. If you require assistance at some business from Hispanic employees that do not speak English you will be able to convey your needs to them.

If you are in business, this book will provide you with the ability to communicate with Hispanics in Spanish. You will be able to market your products to Hispanics, in Spanish, in person, and through any advertising medium. And, if you are planning a visit to Spain or other Spanish-speaking regions of the world, this book will prepare you for making reservations, eating out, and holding basic, casual conversations with the local residents.

How to Use This Book

This book provides an extensive list of words and sentences, with audio, arranged by topic. Some expressions, such as greetings, are repeated in a couple of chapters. This helps to make the conversation presented in that chapter more complete. You don't need to read this book from cover-to-cover. You can browse through the table of contents and find the chapter that contains the topic you want learn and go directly to that chapter. Cross-references guide you to related information elsewhere in the book, so you can take advantage of techniques and examples that build upon each other. Each chapter identifies the audio file that contains the related translations. If you learn the majority of the translated material within a chapter you will be able to converse about the subjects covered in that chapter.

What's in the Book?

Part I, "Quick Guide to the Basics," takes you quickly through the basics of Spanish grammar and pronunciation. The only chapter of this book that contains material resembling instruction is Chapter 1, "The Rules--Short and Sweet." It provides a few basic rules on grammar, explains noun and adjective gender, and introduces you to the Spanish accent. It is not really necessary to learn the material in that chapter to learn to speak Spanish, but it will help you understand how a combination of letters, with an accent thrown in here and there, can sound so different in English and Spanish. If you read the material on the effect of accents on pronunciation, you will be able to read and pronounce written Spanish words not included in this book.

Chapter 2, "Letters, Numbers, Dates, and Dollars," gives you a quick, useful guide to using the alphabet, numbers, and units of measurement in Spanish.

Part II of this book is titled "Talking about Your Daily Life." In this part of the book, you learn how to conduct simple conversations about the people, places, things, and events that make up your world. Imagine the many directions a conversation can take if you greet someone with the simple question, "How are you?" The response may be a plain "I'm fine," or the reply may lead you into a discussion of health issues; problems at home, the house, at work; or a bad meal at the restaurant.

From that first "getting to know you" conversation to talks about your family members, home, job, friends, and hobbies, in Part II of this book you learn basic terms and phrases for talking about your life in Spanish. You learn how to describe your clothes and discuss interests such as television programs and pets, as well as how to hire home repair workers and rent a house or apartment. You learn how to talk with others about your job, school, sports, and other personal interests. This part also describes important terms and phrases you'll use when shopping, cooking, going to the doctor, eating out, and other common daily activities.

In Part III, "Special Situations," you learn how to participate in simple conversations about a wide variety of special situations you might encounter. You learn phrases and simple sentences you'll use when staying at a hotel, or when discussing nature, weather, seasons, and other scientific subjects. You'll also learn how to describe and discuss computers and their technologies, as well as a variety of professional topics, including sales, investments, and legal issues. You also learn how to talk about the media, politics, government, and your rights and responsibilities as a citizen. Finally, this part offers a fast-track reference to selected words, phrases, and sentences that you're almost certain to use as you begin speaking in Spanish.

Special Elements

Throughout this book, you'll find a variety of special elements, including lists, sidebars, icons, and other "extras" designed to catch your eye and call out items of special interest relevant to the nearby text. Some of these items are described here, but as you read the book, you'll quickly spot these special elements and learn how to use their information as you learn the basics of conversational Spanish.

Useful Lists

Each chapter of the book opens with an "In This Chapter" section that gives you a quick scan of what you'll do or learn within that chapter. Each chapter also includes Listen Up! lists that point you toward all of the audio files that accompany the chapter's text. Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time also includes a variety of bulleted and numbered lists to help you quickly learn--and remember--series of items and simple steps.

Other Special Information

In addition to traditional notes and tips, we'll call out other helpful information in easy-to-spot graphic formats, to help make Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time an interesting and informative guide. Watch for these helpful items:


Talking Points - Throughout the book, you'll notice these sidebars, designed to bring you examples, short anecdotes, and insights into Hispanic life and culture that will make the process of learning to speak Spanish more meaningful and enjoyable for you!

Caution - Speaking of... items direct you to information elsewhere in the book or resources guide that is related to the current topic.

Caution - Say It Right... This icon marks especially important grammar or pronunciation guides, potential areas of confusion, or other "heads-up" information that will help you become fluent quickly and avoid common language errors.

Caution - Listen Up... Listen up! references direct you to the appropriate audio file for the current section.

Finally, all translated text is shown in italics, and this translated text is also included on the accompanying audio file.

Using the Audio Files

The audio files are maintained at quepublishing.com. Type the ISBN of the book (10-digit number listed next to the bar code on the back of your book) into the Search field. On the book's web page you'll find a More Information box listing the audio files. You can listen to the audio files online or download them onto your computer. If you download them to your computer, you can copy them to a CD and play them without having to go online. The audio file will include the English words or sentences and their translations into Spanish. You will be able to read the words and sentences in your book as you play the audio for the respective topic. A few repetitions will help you learn basic written and spoken Spanish words and their meaning in English.

All translations are presented with the English text and audio followed by the respective Spanish translated text and audio. If you initiate the conversation, your statement will be shown in English. If the Hispanic person initiates the conversation, that person's statement will be shown in English followed by the Spanish translation. This allows you to hear in English what the Hispanic person has said in Spanish.

To ensure that you hear what the Hispanic person meant to say, every effort is made to have the translated text reflect the meaning of the original statement. Literal translation does not always convey the intended meaning of a statement. For example, the literal translation of "passing the buck" results in a phrase that says, "transferring the dollar." A non-literal translation results in the more accurate translated phrase, "transferring responsibility." Every effort is made to have the target language reflect what the original language meant to convey.

What This Book Will Do for You

What do you have to gain by learning to speak Spanish? In my opinion, the most significant thing you will gain is that you will bond with some of the friendliest people on earth. Many non–English-speaking Hispanics know how to speak a little bit of English. They will not initiate a conversation because they do not know how it will be received. If, however, someone makes an effort to speak to them in their native language, they will make every effort to understand what you are trying to say to them. They will help your attempt to communicate with them by applying whatever knowledge they may have of the English language.

Secondly, if you are in some kind of business, you will be able to capitalize on a growing lucrative market. Speak Basic Spanish...In No Time provides you with a significant number of translated conversations that you can use to communicate with your Hispanic clients and inform them about your business. The translated material can also be used in advertising and television commercials.

You can be proud of the fact that you have taken the first step in learning a new language. You will be glad that you did.

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