Spanish For Dummies
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Spanish For Dummies

Susana Wald, Cecie Kraynak

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Spanish For Dummies

Susana Wald, Cecie Kraynak

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Learn Latin American Spanish quickly and painlessly

The job market for those who are bilingual is expanding rapidly.Businesses and government agencies are hiring translators; retailers and advertisers are concentrating more energy in targeting the Spanish-speaking; and hospitals and agencies are seeking to overcome language barriers.

Whether you're a student studying Spanish, a traveler gearing up for a trip to a Spanish-speaking country and need to learn the basics, or a upwardly mobile looking to get ahead of the pack in your career by learning a second language, Spanish For Dummies, 2 nd edition is your hands-on guide to quickly and painlessly learn Latin American Spanish that includes:

  • Expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
  • A refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary complete with even more essential vocabulary, exercises, and more
  • A revamped and expanded bonus CD-ROM that includes real-life dialogue to aid in your learning

Whether you're looking to learn Spanish for use in the home, class, at the office, or on the go, Spanish For Dummies, 2 nd edition has you covered!

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For Dummies
Part I
Getting Started
In this part . . .
This part lets you get your feet wet by introducing you to Spanish basics, including a brief primer on everything you need to know about Spanish grammar to start speaking it. You discover how to recite your ABCs; pronounce words and phrases like a native speaker; and meet, greet, and exchange pleasantries with other Spanish speakers. We show you how to count in Spanish (up to a million!), tell time, talk about days and dates, and convert your favorite measurements into metric equivalents. Finally, we encourage you to start speaking Spanish at home, where you can pick up all sorts of useful words and phrases.
Chapter 1
Spanish in a Nutshell
In This Chapter
Making the transition from English to Spanish grammar
Getting a handle on a few very common expressions
Counting to ten, telling time, and making dates
Picking up a few Spanish words and phrases that come in handy at home
Speaking Spanish when you’re out and about or travelling
Everyone wants to know Spanish, but learning it takes considerable time and effort. That’s okay. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we didn’t learn Spanish overnight.
However, you can wrap your brain around basic Spanish grammar and get up to speed on Spanish words and phrases in a matter of minutes. That’s what this chapter is all about. Here we provide the short ’n’ sweet version of the rest of this book, so you can start speaking and understanding Spanish immediately.
Tackling Basic Grammar
Studying grammar (language rules) is kind of a buzz kill...

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