Strategies for Learning Spanish

Strategies for Learning Spanish

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0131071602
  • 9780131071605

Table of contents

1. Why Should I Learn Spanish? Time well spent. Speaking Spanish without leaving home. Looking at your motives. Getting organized. Nuts and bolts: Phrases for the classroom, gender. 2. Understanding a Different Culture. Becoming the 'Other.' A tour of an American town. Examining our attitudes. What is culture anyway? Nuts and bolts: Masculine and feminine nouns; The definite and indefinite article. 3. Grammar, and Nonsense, and Learning. How do we feel about grammar? Why study grammar? Getting a foothold on Spanish. Living with less than perfection. Nuts and bolts: Recognizing parts of speech. 4. Homo Grammaticus. The verb. The subject. Subject pronouns. The pronoun 'it.' The direct object. The indirect object. Verbs that take indirect object pronouns. Double object pronouns. Nuts and bolts: Direct and indirect objects. 5. Learning Vocabulary. Getting started. Practical aids. Organizing what we have to learn. Breaking things down. Nuts and bolts: More useful phrases; vocabulary practice. 6. Approaching Reading. Understanding what we read. Looking for clues. Organizing what we know. Looking at the whole format. Nuts and bolts: Purr words in Spanish; parts of speech. 7. Listening with a Purpose. How do we listen in English? Learning to relax. How to make sense of what we hear. The Spanish and English sound system. Nuts and bolts: Questions. 8. Speaking Our Mind. Attitudes toward oral expression. Bringing anxiety into the open. Its not what you say, its how you say it . . . The art of deception. Conquering stress. Saying what you mean. Learning from our errors. Nuts and bolts: Polite requests. 9. Writing to Communicate. Is writing part of our life? Being realistic: What you can and cant do. Doing it with style. Combining what we know. Making the most of our errors. Nuts and bolts: Syllabification; dividing written Spanish; accents; punctuation. 10. Verbs with a Temper. Time and tense. The way we look at things: Aspect. Expressing present and future time. Getting people to do things for us. Memorizing verb forms. Voice: The true passive. Avoiding the passive. Nuts and bolts: Practice with the passive. 11. Could We Talk about the Past? How we deal with past events and experiences in English. Talking about the recent past. Getting more remote. Tenses that let us talk about the past: The preterite and the imperfect. Uses of the preterite and imperfect. Looking at the beginning of events. Nuts and bolts: How to study verb forms. 12. Expressing Spatial and Temporal Relations. What is a preposition? Learning to classify reality in a different way: Space, and destination in English and Spanish. More about space. Discussing time and destination. Special problems: Por and para. Devising and evaluating your own strategies. Nuts and bolts: More practice with prepositions. 13. Looking to the Future. Looking at how far weve come. Changing attitudes. Reassessing our goals. Affective reactions. Carrying on. Answ
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