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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 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.
Who Should Read This Book.
How to Use This Book.
What's in the Book?
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.
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.
2. Letters, Numbers, Dates, and Dollars.
Units of Measure.
Measurements in Recipes.
II. TALKING ABOUT YOUR DAILY LIFE.
3. Getting to Know One Another.
Breaking the Ice.
Basic Greetings and Their Follow-up.
Responses to Your Greeting.
Talking About Who You Are.
Describing Where You Are From.
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.
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.
Talking about Personal Possessions.
Talking About Television.
Hiring Maintenance and Repair Workers.
Describing Maintenance Problems and Necessary Repairs.
Asking about Specific Skills.
Renting Out an Apartment/House.
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.
The Parking Lot.
Interaction with a Sales Clerk.
Shopping for Groceries.
Domestic Help and Grocery Shopping.
Casual Conversation About Grocery Shopping.
Food Item Names.
Shopping at a Mercado.
Bargaining for the Best Price.
Finalizing Your Purchase and Making Returns.
8. Eating Out.
Finding a Restaurant.
Conducting the Business of Dining.
Placing an Order.
Ordering Breakfast Items.
Ordering Lunch and Dinner Items.
Ordering Side Dishes.
Learning to Pronounce the Names of Popular Dishes.
Understanding the Ingredients in Hispanic Dishes.
Paying for Your Meal.
Asking for Assistance.
Finding the Powder Room.
Asking for Medical Assistance.
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.
III. SPECIAL SITUATIONS.
10. Staying at a Hotel.
Discussing the Hotel's Amenities.
Inquiring About Rates.
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.
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.
Talking About Animals.
Talking About Computers.
Common Computer Tasks and Features.
Conversations About the Use of Software.
Talking About the Internet.
Exchanging Information About Email.
12. The Professional World.
Discussing Auto Sales, Real Estate, and Investments.
Discussing an Automobile Purchase.
Discussing Real Estate Sales.
Talking About Legal Matters.
Discussing Legal Services.
Advertising Legal Services.
Advertising in the Media.
Creating Newspaper Ads.
Advertising on the Radio.
Creating an Internet "Presence".
13. The Political World.
United States Constitution.
Branches of Government.
The Government and its Citizens.
Speaking About Your Rights as a U.S. Citizen.
Discussing Your Responsibilities as a Citizen.
14. Must-Know Words, Phrases, and Sentences.
Words and Phrases for Emergencies.
Using Spanish Terms for Where, When, Who and Other Interrogatives.
Using "Who" and "Whom".
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.
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 of Spanish Terms.