Breaking Out of Beginner’s Spanish

Breaking Out of Beginner’s Spanish

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Many language books are boringa€”this one is not. Written by a native English speaker who learned Spanish the hard waya€”by trying to talk to Spanish-speaking peoplea€”it offers English speakers with a basic knowledge of Spanish hundreds of tips for using the language more fluently and colloquially, with fewer obvious qgringoq errors. Writing with humor, common sense, and a minimum of jargon, Joseph Keenan covers everything from pronunciation, verb usage, and common grammatical mistakes to the subtleties of addressing other people, qtricksterq 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.WORDS. Besides greeting people, expressing thanks is probably the daily act that most requires a modicum of civility. Gracias is the ... In Spanish, asin English, the most typical way of asking permission is essentially to excuse oneself forhaving the audacity toask. Thus we ask a ... permite?is sometimes used ironically, as when someone is clearly blocking the way; say it very innocently for greatest effect.

Title:Breaking Out of Beginner’s Spanish
Author:Joseph J. Keenan
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-01-01


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