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Spanish for dummies / by Susana Wald and the language experts at Berlitz ; Berlitz series editor, Juergen Lorenz.

By: Wald, Susana [author.].
Contributor(s): Lorenz, Juergen [editor.] | Lorenz, Juergen | Berlitz Publishing Company [issuing body.] | Berlitz Publishing Company.
Material type: TextTextSeries: --For dummies: Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Publishing Inc., [2000]Copyright date: ©2000Description: xxii, 396 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.).Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780764551949; 0764551949.Subject(s): Spanish language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English | Spanish language -- Self-instruction | Spanish language | Spanish language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English | Spanish language -- Self-instructionGenre/Form: Textbooks. | Self-instruction. | Textbooks -- for English speakers. | Sound recordings. | Textbooks. | Programmed instructional materials.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Spanish for dummies.Online resources: URL | URL
Contents:
Introduction -- What's special about Spanish -- About this book -- Why we wrote this book -- Conventions used in this book -- Foolish assumptions -- How this book is organized -- Icons used in this book -- Where to go from here -- Part I: Getting started. You already know a little Spanish -- The nitty gritty: basic Spanish grammar -- Part II: Spanish in action. ¡Buenos días! Hello! Greetings and introductions -- Getting to know you: making small talk -- Dining out and going to market -- Shopping made easy -- Going out on the town -- Enjoying yourself: recreation -- Talking on the phone -- At the office and around the house -- Part III: Spanish on the go. Money, money, money -- ¿Dónde está? (where is it?): asking directions -- Checking into a hotel -- Getting around: planes, trains, taxis, and more -- Planning a trip -- Help! Handling emergencies -- Part IV: The part of tens. Ten ways to speak Spanish quickly -- Ten favorite Spanish expressions -- Ten holidays to remember -- Ten phrases that make you sound fluent in Spanish -- Part V: Appendices. Dictionaries -- Verbs -- On the CD -- Spanish facts.
Summary: "Is speaking Spanish nothing more than a bad high school memory for you? Are the phrases "Yo quiero Taco Bell" and "Hasta la vista, baby" the extent of what you can say in Spanish? Whether you need a quick primer for an upcoming business trip or want to build on a basic understanding of the language, Spanish For Dummies can help. But the book is more than just a language text full of cool phrases and useful vocabulary -- it's also a cultural guide for those moments when you really need to know how and why things are done. Part of what makes this book so valuable is its whole-language approach to Spanish. Instead of burdening you with endless vocabulary lists and tricky grammar rules, Spanish For Dummies gives you the tools to take your Spanish on the road. Focus on everyday situations and hone your small-talk skills that help you with basic communication in Spanish. What's more, the authors have scattered throughout the book tidbits that contextualize the language so you understand the people, places, and things that are unique to Spanish-speaking cultures. An audio CD enables you to hear Spanish as it's really spoken by presenting dialogues between native Spanish speakers"--Publisher's description.
Item type Current location Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Standard Kirkland Campus
General PC 4129 .E5 W35 2000 Available 30579003625875
Total holds: 0

Text in English and Spanish.

Includes index.

Introduction -- What's special about Spanish -- About this book -- Why we wrote this book -- Conventions used in this book -- Foolish assumptions -- How this book is organized -- Icons used in this book -- Where to go from here -- Part I: Getting started. You already know a little Spanish -- The nitty gritty: basic Spanish grammar -- Part II: Spanish in action. ¡Buenos días! Hello! Greetings and introductions -- Getting to know you: making small talk -- Dining out and going to market -- Shopping made easy -- Going out on the town -- Enjoying yourself: recreation -- Talking on the phone -- At the office and around the house -- Part III: Spanish on the go. Money, money, money -- ¿Dónde está? (where is it?): asking directions -- Checking into a hotel -- Getting around: planes, trains, taxis, and more -- Planning a trip -- Help! Handling emergencies -- Part IV: The part of tens. Ten ways to speak Spanish quickly -- Ten favorite Spanish expressions -- Ten holidays to remember -- Ten phrases that make you sound fluent in Spanish -- Part V: Appendices. Dictionaries -- Verbs -- On the CD -- Spanish facts.

"Is speaking Spanish nothing more than a bad high school memory for you? Are the phrases "Yo quiero Taco Bell" and "Hasta la vista, baby" the extent of what you can say in Spanish? Whether you need a quick primer for an upcoming business trip or want to build on a basic understanding of the language, Spanish For Dummies can help. But the book is more than just a language text full of cool phrases and useful vocabulary -- it's also a cultural guide for those moments when you really need to know how and why things are done. Part of what makes this book so valuable is its whole-language approach to Spanish. Instead of burdening you with endless vocabulary lists and tricky grammar rules, Spanish For Dummies gives you the tools to take your Spanish on the road. Focus on everyday situations and hone your small-talk skills that help you with basic communication in Spanish. What's more, the authors have scattered throughout the book tidbits that contextualize the language so you understand the people, places, and things that are unique to Spanish-speaking cultures. An audio CD enables you to hear Spanish as it's really spoken by presenting dialogues between native Spanish speakers"--Publisher's description.

Includes index.

Disc is labeled CD-ROM in error.