Spanish Short Stories for Beginners

8 Unconventional Short Stories to Grow Your Vocabulary and Learn Spanish the Fun Way!

Author: Olly Richards

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781514646083

Category:

Page: 276

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Improve your comprehension, grow your vocabulary and ignite your imagination with these eight unconventional Spanish short stories!In this book you will find: Short stories from a variety of compelling genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller, so you'll have great fun reading, whilst learning a wide range of new vocabulary! Stories broken down into manageable chapters, so you always make progress with the story and feel a sense of achievement without great difficulty reading! Realistic amounts of new vocabulary so you're not overwhelmed by complex words. Instead of pausing to look up every word, you'll absorb new vocabulary from the context of the story, and have the satisfaction of that moment when you say: "I totally understood that sentence!" Carefully-written Spanish using straightforward grammar that is comprehensible for beginner and intermediate level learners. You'll enjoy reading and learn new grammatical structures without any feelings of overwhelm and frustration. Plenty of natural dialogues in each story, so that you can learn conversational Spanish whilst you read, and improve your speaking ability at the same time! Regular plot summaries, comprehension questions and word reference lists, so that help is always on hand when you need it. You'll be able to focus on enjoying reading and having fun, rather than fumbling around with dictionaries and struggling through dense text with no support. A five-step plan for reading the stories in this book the smart way. These step-by-step instructions show you exactly how to make the most out of the book and maximise your learning! Spanish Short Stories for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level (A1-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference). The eight captivating stories are designed to give you a sense of achievement and a feeling of progress when reading.You'll finally be able to enjoy reading in Spanish, grow your vocabulary in a natural way, and improve your comprehension at the same time.Based on extensive research into how people most enjoy and benefit from reading in a new language, this book eliminates all the frustrations you have experienced when trying to read in Spanish: Dull topics that are no fun to read Books so long you never reach the end Endless chapters that make you want to give up Impenetrable grammar that frustrates you at every turn Complex vocabulary that leaves you with your head buried in the dictionary Instead, you can just concentrate on what you came for in the first place - enjoying reading and having fun! If you're learning Spanish and enjoy reading, this is the book you need to rekindle your passion for the language and take your Spanish to the next level!So what are you waiting for? Scroll up and grab your copy now!

Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish

Author: Joseph J. Keenan

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292761953

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 235

View: 4082

Many language books are boring—this one is not. Written by a native English speaker who learned Spanish the hard way—by trying to talk to Spanish-speaking people—it offers English speakers who have a basic knowledge of Spanish hundreds of tips for using the language more fluently and colloquially, with fewer obvious "gringo" errors. Writing with humor, common sense, and a minimum of jargon, Joseph J. Keenan covers everything from pronunciation, verb usage, and common grammatical mistakes to the subtleties of addressing other people, "trickster" words that look alike in both languages, inadvertent obscenities, and intentional swearing. He guides readers through the set phrases and idiomatic expressions that pepper the native speaker's conversation and provides a valuable introduction to the most widely used Spanish slang. With this book, both students in school and adult learners who never want to see another classroom can rapidly improve their speaking ability. Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish will be an essential aid in passing the supreme language test—communicating fluently with native speakers.

Pragmatics & Language Learning

Author: Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig,J. César Félix-Brasdefer,Alwiya S. Omar

Publisher: Natl Foreign Lg Resource Ctr

ISBN: 0824831373

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 407

View: 3928

This volume in the series PRAGMATICS & LANGUAGE LEARNING offers fresh perspectives on standard topics such as the use and learning of speech acts and the pragmatic meanings of linguistic resources, while documenting researchers' increasing attention to pragmatics in computer-mediated communication and to conversation analysis as an analytical approach.

Spanish for Medical Personnel: Basic Spanish Series

Author: Ana Jarvis,Raquel Lebredo

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495902667

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 352

View: 5523

BASIC SPANISH FOR MEDICAL PERSONNEL is a communication manual designed to serve those in the medical professions who seek basic conversational skills in Spanish. Written for use in two-semester or three-quarter courses, it presents everyday situations that medical students, pre-professionals, and professionals may encounter at work settings such as hospitals, emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and clinics when dealing with Spanish-speaking patients and personnel in the United States. BASIC SPANISH FOR MEDICAL PERSONNEL introduces essential medical vocabulary, practical reference information, and medical notes written from a cross-cultural perspective. It provides students with opportunities to apply, in a wide variety of practical contexts, the grammatical structures presented in the corresponding lessons of the Basic Spanish core text. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Perfecting the Pronouns in Spanish

A Workbook Designed with You in Mind.

Author: Gordon Smith-Durán,Cynthia Smith-Durán

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781985806481

Category: Spanish language

Page: 190

View: 574

We really appreciate that you have taken an interest in this book. We are confident that you won't be disappointed. Why? Because it was written specifically with you in mind as well as every other student of the Spanish language who really wants to get control of their pronouns. Our promise to you. We promise you that once you have worked through the straightforward systems, the easy explanations and the practical exercises found in this book, you will be able to do the following with confidence: - Understand the job of each pronoun. - Easily choose between Direct and Indirect pronouns. - Construct perfect sentences even when they contain three pronouns. - Easily identify the meaning of the SE pronoun in any sentence. ...and so much more. Using the pronouns well is something you can achieve, now! We have created some simple-to-follow systems, imagery and metaphors that will allow you to know when and how to use each pronoun correctly. All you need to do is to work through the book in the order that we have presented it and you'll find that all that frustration and confusion you may have had in the past will disappear forever. Un saludo, Gordon y Cynthia.

A History of the Spanish Language through Texts

Author: Christopher Pountain

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134678541

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

View: 3622

A History of the Spanish Language through Texts examines the evolution of the Spanish language from the Middle Ages to the present day. Pountain explores a wide range of texts from poetry, through newspaper articles and political documents, to a Bunuel film script and a love letter. With keypoints and a careful indexing and cross-referencing system this book can be used as a freestanding history of the language independently of the illustrative texts themselves.

Exorcising History

Argentine Theater Under Dictatorship

Author: Jean Graham-Jones

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838754245

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 259

View: 2122

"In Exorcising History, Jean Graham-Jones documents, contextualizes, and analyzes theater produced in Buenos Aires during Argentina's military dictatorship of 1976-83 and the nation's subsequent return to democracy. The plays discussed, while not necessarily constituting "political theater," are indeed political in that each is conditioned by sociopolitical structures present at the moment of creation. It is in this way that the plays lend themselves to Graham-Jones's examination of how personal and collective histories enter into theater production, in the creation of dramatic worlds that re-create and revise the "outside" world."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Pocket Por and Para

The Only Book You'll Ever Need!

Author: Gordon Smith-Durán,Cynthia Smith-Durán

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519347367

Category: Spanish language

Page: 200

View: 3324

Why should I buy this book? This is not the first book that has dealt with Por and Para in Spanish, nor will it be the last. In truth, there are already lots of good books out there. So, what is it that sets this one apart? What's the difference that makes the difference? There's only one: This book will help you use Por and Para fantastically well, whether you have a good memory or not! Would you be surprised if we told you that everything you need to know about Por and Para is already available on the internet and written into book after book? So, why do you still not know how to use Por and Para accurately? Because up until now no one has given you an easy to remember, no nonsense system that's simplicity itself. Pooling together their cumulative 30 years of teaching experience, Gordon and Cynthia Smith-Duran, co-owners of LightSpeed Spanish, have developed just that system. 'Pocket Por and Para' is probably the only book you will ever need to study on this subject. The great news is that thousands of students have already enjoyed success with this unique system. And you can join them too!"

The Common Sense of Teaching Foreign Languages

Author: Caleb Gattegno

Publisher: Educational Solutions World

ISBN: 0878252312

Category: Education

Page: 252

View: 7202

Gattegno wrote this book as a scientist interested in learning processes, as a student interested in the mastery of foreign languages, and as a teacher interested in providing his students with ideal learning conditions. These perspectives combined with years of research, travel, and fieldwork create a full insight into the problem of learning a foreign language. He argues that learning a language should not be about recitation and memorization, but about the natural learning processes we have used since birth. "In fact," he writes, "We can no more say that we remember our language than that we remember how to stand up or walk.

Demystifying the Spanish Subjunctive

Feel the Fear and 'Subjunctive' Anyway

Author: Gordon Smith-Durán,Cynthia Smith-Durán

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781512073027

Category:

Page: 326

View: 7050

We, Gordon and Cynthia of LightSpeed Spanish, are totally excited to bring you the book that really does demystify the Present and Past Spanish Subjunctive. Most students of the Spanish language shy away from this subject and it's no wonder! So many books on the market make it look complex and difficult to understand. Yet here at LightSpeed Spanish we have developed the perfect system to walk you through the entire range of the Spanish Subjunctive, step by step. This comprehensive book uses simple, easy to understand explanations that won't leave you mind boggled, while it guides you through the creation of over 600 Subjunctive sentences. By the time you've finished this learning journey we anticipate that you will be more confident, more at ease and far more able to use the Spanish Subjunctive in every facet of your communication. It really is a must buy for any serious student of the Spanish language!

Compound Words in Spanish

Theory and History

Author: María Irene Moyna

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027248346

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 451

View: 3428

This is the first book devoted entirely to the history of compound words in Spanish. Based on data obtained from Spanish dictionaries and databases of the past thousand years, it documents the evolution of the major compounding patterns of the language. It analyzes the structural, semantic, and orthographic features of each compound type, and also provides a description of its Latin antecedents, early attestations, and relative frequency and productivity over the centuries. The combination of qualitative and quantitative data shows that although most compound types have survived, they have undergone changes in word order and relative frequency. Moreover, the book shows that the evolution of compounding in Spanish may be accounted for by processes of language acquisition in children. This book, which includes all the data in chronological and alphabetical order, will be a valuable resource for morphologists, Romance linguists, and historical linguists more generally.

Developing Writing Skills in Spanish

Author: Javier Muñoz-Basols,Yolanda Pérez Sinusía,Marianne David

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415590825

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 367

View: 1261

Developing Writing Skills in Spanish provides intermediate and advanced level students with the necessary skills to become competent and confident writers in the Spanish language. With a focus on writing as a craft, Developing Writing Skills in Spanish offers a rich selection of original materials including narrative texts, expository essays, opinion pieces and newspaper articles. Each chapter covers a specific kind of writing and is designed to help tackle the material in small units. The book aids students in crafting clear, coherent and cohesive manuscripts by means of guided practice and step-by-step activities. Key features: Guidance on how to structure a variety of texts: narrative, descriptive, expository, argumentative, academic, journalistic, legal and scientific. Sequenced exercises on style, writing conventions, word choice, syntax and grammar. Reference lists and tables with specialized vocabulary, transition words and other useful expressions. Strategies and tips for planning manuscripts, brainstorming ideas, vocabulary enrichment, editing and proofreading. Includes original samples, as well as fragments from newspapers, well-known literary works and essays by notable Hispanic authors and journalists. Website with additional activities to reinforce the content of each chapter and a teacher's guide with valuable support materials at: www.developingwritingskills.com Designed as a classroom text, self-study material or simply as a resource on writing, Developing Writing Skills in Spanish is the ideal supplement for all intermediate to advanced students of Spanish.

Spanish Short Stories

Author: none

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141960302

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

View: 5810

This second volume of short stories contains more diverse and lively writing from the Spanish-speaking world. Again much of it is from Latin America, Carlos Fuentes being Mexican, Norberto Fuentes Cuban, and the other writers having their roots in Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia and the Argentine. Only Ana Maria Matute is a native of Spain. This highly entertaining selection of stories, together with a chapter from Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel ‘Conversation in the Cathedral’, explores stylistic contrasts and gives an insight into the cultural and social milieu of the Spanish-speaking world. With notes on unusual Spanish words and phrases, it will be of great value to English students of the language as well as a helpful companion to Spanish-speaking students of English.

A Student Grammar of Spanish

Author: Ron Batchelor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139447254

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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A Student Grammar of Spanish, first published in 2006, is a concise introduction to Spanish grammar, designed for English-speaking undergraduates. Assuming no prior knowledge of grammatical terminology, it explains each aspect of Spanish grammar in clear and simple terms, provides a wealth of glossed examples to illustrate them, and helps students to put their learning into practice through a range of fun and engaging exercises. Clearly organized into thirty units, each covering a different aspect of the grammar, the book functions both as an essential reference guide and a comprehensive workbook. Individual topics can be looked up via a user-friendly cross-referencing system, and concise definitions are provided in a useful glossary of grammatical terms. The exercises, which include paired and group activities, are suitable for both classroom use and self-study. Each unit is split into two levels, basic and intermediate, making this grammar the perfect accompaniment to any first or second year undergraduate course.

Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish

A Creative and Proven Approach

Author: Margarita Madrigal

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307754871

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 512

View: 8280

Learn the basics of the Spanish language with this easy-to-use guide by one of America's most prominent language teachers. Anyone can read, write, and speak Spanish in only a few short weeks with this unique and proven method, which completely eliminates rote memorization and boring drills. With original black and white illustration by Andy Warhol, Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish will provide readers with a solid foundation upon with to build their language skills. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Spanish Among Amigos Phrasebook, Second Edition

Author: Nuria Agulló

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071754164

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 208

View: 9840

Talk with your Spanish-speaking friends easily If you want to converse with your Spanish-speaking pals in their own language, Spanish Among Amigos Phrasebook is for you. True-to-life conversations between Spanish friends Pepa and Pili and their American buddy open each chapter, providing vivid demonstrations of how Spanish terms and phrases are used in everyday speech. You can monitor your progress with fill-in-the-blank exercises that mimic real-life conversations at the end of each chapter. This new edition now boasts a 30-plus-minute audio recording of all 12 dialogues from the book--plus three brand-new online-only dialogue--available as a free download at mhprofessional.com. By listening to the audio and learning phrases from the book, you can do more than "get by" with your Spanish skills--you can immerse yourself into culture through natural and friendly conversations.

Modern Spanish Grammar

A Practical Guide

Author: Christopher Pountain,Juan Kattan-Ibarra,Christopher J. Pountain,Juan Kattán-Ibarra

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113448254X

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 472

View: 9930

Modern Spanish Grammar: A Practical Guide is an innovative reference guide to Spanish, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume.The Grammar is divided into two parts. The shorter section covers traditional grammatical categories such as word order, nouns, verbs and adjectives. The larger section is carefully organized around language functions and notions such as: giving and seeking information putting actions into context * expressing likes, dislikes and preferences comparing objects and actions.All grammar points and functions are richly illustrated and information is provided on register and relevant cultural background. Written by experienced teachers and academics, the Grammar has a strong emphasis on contemporary usage. Particular attention is paid to indexing and cross-referencing across the two sections. This is the ideal reference grammar for learners of Spanish at all levels, from elementary to advanced. It will prove invaluable to those with little experience of formal grammar, as no prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and a glossary of terms is provided. The book will also be useful to teachers seeking back-up to functional syllabuses, and to designers of Spanish courses.