By Gail Stein
Grasp Spanish in precisely one day
When time is of the essence, belief Countdown to Spanish to aid readers grasp the language speedy and successfully. equipped into 24 units—each of that's designed to take not more than one hour to study—this self-instruction ebook provides fabric in a "countdown" style, from Hour 24 down to zero, permitting freshmen to gauge their development alongside the way.
Beginning with a simple creation of grammar and vocabulary basics, the devices stream quick to sensible conversational abilities for either holiday and enterprise tourists. Upon crowning glory of the guide—the an identical of only one day—readers desirous to observe their newly honed language talents should be in a position to speak in a number of daily, real-world occasions.
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Extra resources for Countdown to Spanish: Learn to Communicate in 24 Hours
Actuar (ahk-too-wahr)—to act yo actúo nosotros actuamos tú actúas vosotros actuáis él, ella, Ud. actúa ellos, ellas, Uds. actúan Another verb like actuar is *continuar (kohn-tee-noo-wahr). Conjugating Spelling-Change and Irregular Yo Verbs Some verbs in Spanish require a spelling change in order to preserve correct pronunciation according to the rules of the language. Note the changes that occur in verbs with these endings: • Verbs ending in consonant + -cer or -cir change c to z before o or a: convencer (kohn-behn-sehr) to convince: yo convenzo esparcir (eh-spahr-seer) to spread: yo esparzo • Verbs ending in vowel + -cer or -cir change c to zc before o or a: conocer (koh-noh-sehr) to know: yo conozco conducir (kohn-doo-seer) to drive: yo conduzco • Verbs ending in -ger or -gir change g to j before o or a: coger (koh-hehr) to seize: yo cojo dirigir (dee-ree-heer) to direct: yo dirijo escoger (ehs-koh-hehr) to choose: yo escojo exigir (ehg-see-heer) to demand: yo exijo fingir (feen-heer) to pretend: yo finjo proteger (proh-teh-heer) to protect: yo protejo recoger (rreh-koh-hehr) to pick up: yo recojo 38 03 (027-046) chapter 2200 8/1/03 10:33 AM Page 39 22:00 • WORKING WITH PRESENT-TENSE VERBS • Verbs ending in -guir change gu to g before o or a: distinguir (dees-teen-geer) to distinguish: yo distingo The verb seguir (seh-geer) to follow or continue, is a common verb that has a stem change and a spelling change: yo sigo nosotros seguimos tú sigues vosotros seguís él, ella, Ud.
Escuchas lo rápidamente que él habla? Do you hear how fast he speaks? Indefinite Articles The indefinite article refers to persons and objects not specifically identified: a dog, some cats. ) unless the noun is modified: Soy profesora. I’m a teacher. Es americana. She’s (an) American. But: Soy una buena profesora. I’m a good teacher. Es una americana importante. She’s an important American. • Before or after certain words that generally have the article in English: otro día another day cierto hombre a certain man cien libros a hundred books mil dólares a thousand dollars tal mujer such a woman ¡Qué lástima!
39 03 (027-046) chapter 2200 8/1/03 10:33 AM Page 40 COUNTDOWN TO SPANISH dar las gracias (a) to thank Me dan las gracias. ) dar un paseo to take a walk ¿Quieres dar un paseo? ) dar una vuelta to take a stroll Vamos a dar una vuelta. ) darse cuenta de to realize Me doy cuenta de mi error. ) darse prisa to hurry Tengo que darme prisa. ) • hacer (ah-sehr) to make, do: yo hago. Below is a list of common idiomatic expressions that use the verb hacer. EXPRESSION MEANING EXAMPLE hacer buen (mal) tiempo to be nice (bad) weather Hace buen tiempo.
Countdown to Spanish: Learn to Communicate in 24 Hours by Gail Stein