Countdown to Spanish: Learn to Communicate in 24 Hours by Gail Stein

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 fast and successfully. geared up into 24 units—each of that is designed to take not more than one hour to study—this self-instruction publication provides fabric in a "countdown" style, from Hour 24 down to zero, permitting newbies to gauge their growth alongside the way.

Beginning with a simple advent of grammar and vocabulary basics, the devices circulation speedy to functional conversational abilities for either holiday and company tourists. Upon finishing touch of the guide—the an identical of only one day—readers desirous to follow their newly honed language talents may be capable of converse in quite a few daily, real-world occasions.

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Other verbs like traducir are conducir (kohn-doo-seer) to drive, conduct, or lead, *producir (proh-doo-seer), *reducir (rreh-doo-seer). • traer (trah-yehr) to bring: yo traigo • ver (behr) to see: yo veo • • • • Other Irregular Verbs The following verbs are irregular in all forms, and you should memorize them: 40 03 (027-046) chapter 2200 8/1/03 10:33 AM Page 41 22:00 • WORKING WITH PRESENT-TENSE VERBS decir (deh-seer)—to say, tell yo digo (dee-goh) nosotros decimos (deh-see-mohs) tú dices (dee-sehs) vosotros decís (deh-sees) él, ella, Ud.

Esos platos 3. estas catedrales 4. las flores 5. aquellos hombres Part II Change the feminine markers and nouns to their masculine counterparts. 6. una amiga 7. esa francesa 8. la actriz 9. esta policía 10. aquella profesora 26 03 (027-046) chapter 2200 8/1/03 10:33 AM Page 27 Working with Present-Tense Verbs MASTER THESE SKILLS • Subject nouns and pronouns • Conjugating -ar verbs • Conjugating -er and -ir verbs • Using shoe verbs properly • Conjugating spelling-change and irregular yo verbs • Conjugating other irregular verbs • Speaking in the present In this chapter you will learn how to conjugate verbs in the present tense so that they agree with their subject noun or pronoun.

I like spring (summer, fall, winter). But: Voy a España en (el) otoño. I am going to Spain in the fall. • With most geographical names (rivers, mountains, oceans, countries, states, and cities): Vivo en los Estados Unidos. I live in the United States. El Amazonas es un río. The Amazon is a river. • Before verb infinitives used as nouns (although when the infinitive is the subject of the sentence, the definite article may be omitted): (El) llegar temprano es bueno. ) • Before nouns of weight or measure: dos dólares la docena (two dollars a dozen) The definite article is omitted: • Before nouns in apposition, except where there is a family or business relationship: Madrid, capital de España, es una ciudad maravillosa.

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