9780131116115

Open Door to Spanish A Conversation Course for Beginners, Level 1

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    9780131116115

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    0131116118

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-07-08
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

Margarita Madrigal's books have been used by thousands around the world. Former successful users applaud the Madrigal Method: its simplicity, its copious use of cognates, and its humor. The conversations, explanations, exercises, activities, and tapes inOpen Door to Spanish teach readers to recognize the large number of words and expressions that are alike in English and in Spanish (cognates), strategies and rules for converting English words to Spanish, hints for identifying large numbers of new words in Spanish, formulas to help readers use Spanish verbs to describe events in the past, present, and future. Conversational topics include donde estaban? que queria ud? que tenian? haciamos muchas cosas, haciendo una variedad de actividades, hablando de mas actividades, una excursion a la playa, las profesiones, las fiestas, el cumpleanos, una excursion al campo, los quehaceres domesticos, el fin de semana, en el restaurante, en la joyeria, los deseos y las esperanzas, preparaciones para una fiesta, de visita, las casas and si fuera possible! For individuals interested in a simple, yet comprehensive guide to conversational Spanish.

Table of Contents

En el restaurante
Similar words in English and Spanish (cognates)
2(1)
Sentence formation
3(1)
-or words in Spanish
4(4)
Ordering food in a restaurant
8(6)
Lugares de interes
Negatives
14(3)
Definite and indefinite articles (masculine)
17(1)
-al words in Spanish
18(1)
Del
19(1)
Ordering food in a restaurant
20(6)
Con los amigos
Feminine words
26(1)
-ent and -ant words in Spanish
27(1)
Definite and indefinite articles (feminine)
28(2)
The familiar form tu
30(1)
Greeting a friend
31(4)
La vida en la ciudad
Gender of nouns
35(1)
Colors
36(2)
-ic words in Spanish
38(1)
Noun and adjective agreement (number and gender)
39(2)
Nationalities
41(1)
Asking for country of origin
42(7)
En el centro
The present tense of -ar verbs, singular forms
49(2)
Forming questions
51(2)
Changing -ous words into Spanish
53(6)
El trabajo
Negating sentences
59(2)
-ble words in Spanish
61(2)
How to use the singular present tense of -ar verbs
63(1)
Questions with donde
64(1)
Talking about where people work
65(4)
Hablamos por telefono
The present tense of regular -ar verbs (singular and plural forms)
69(3)
Uses of nada
72(1)
Meanings of the usted form in the present tense
73(3)
Using the telephone
76(1)
More -ar verbs in Spanish
77(4)
En casa
The verb estar (to be)
81(6)
Asking and telling where people or things are located
87(4)
¡Vamos todos!
The verb ir (to go)
91(1)
Al
92(3)
¿Donde? and ¿adonde?
95(1)
Days of the week
95(1)
Asking and telling destinations
95(6)
¡Vamos a comprar ropa!
Expressing the future with ir + a + infinitive
101(1)
Clothing
102(2)
Planning and talking about purchases
104(7)
¡Vamos a leer!
-er and -ir infinitives
111(3)
Expressing the future with ir + a + infinitive (continued)
114(1)
Using estar to express conditions
115(1)
Telling time
116(7)
¿Lees el periodico?
The present tense of -er and -ir verbs, singular forms
123(4)
Estar to express conditions (continued)
127(10)
¿Que venden?
The present tense of all regular -er and -ir verbs
137(5)
Talking about stores and the merchandise they sell
142(5)
¿Que tiene usted?
The verbs tener, venir, and querer
147(6)
Expressing likes with gustar
153(2)
Making introductions
155(6)
¿Te gusta la musica?
The present tense of tocar, cantar, and tomar
161(4)
Forming adverbs with -mente
165(3)
Numbers 13--1,000, 1,000--1,000,000
168(2)
More on telling time
170(5)
De visita en Mexico
Talking about Mexico
175(6)
En el aeropuerto
The months of the year
181(2)
The past tense of the verb ir
183(2)
Traveling by airplane
185(6)
Los pasatiempos
The past tense (preterite) of -ar verbs, singular forms
191(4)
The personal a
195(2)
Llevar and tomar
197(2)
Talking about weekend activities
199(4)
Las vacaciones
The past tense (preterite) of all regular -ar verbs
203(5)
Jugar, estar, tener, and andar in the past
208(2)
The seasons of the year
210(1)
Talking about vacations
211(5)
La vida diaria
The past tense (preterite) of leer
216(3)
The past tense (preterite) of all regular -er and -ir verbs
219(2)
Using direct object pronouns
221(3)
Describing symptoms and illnesses
224

Excerpts

INTRODUCTION TheThird EditionofOpen Door to Spanishand the accompanying cassettes have been thoroughly updated and revised, and are appropriate for classroom use or for self-instruction. After completing both levels of the program, users can look forward to conducting simple conversations successfully in Spanish as well as understanding many advertisements and articles written in Spanish. Even a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish can be important when applying for a job. Applicants with an ability to understand more than one language are often given preference for jobs in medicine, social work, tourism, government, and other businesses. APPROACH Margarita Madrigal's books have been used by thousands of students around the world. Former successful students applaud theMadrigal Method:its simplicity, its copious use of cognates, and its humor. The conversations, explanations, exercises, activities, and tapes inOpen Door to Spanishteach students to recognize the large number of words and expressions that are alike in English and in Spanish (cognates), strategies and rules for converting English words to Spanish, hints for identifying large numbers of new words in Spanish, and formulas to help students use Spanish verbs to describe events in the past, present, and future. Students report extraordinary retention rates and the human quality of instructors adopting Margarita's approach. The many conversations inOpen Door to Spanishreflect what people say every day on the streets, in restaurants and cafes, on the phone, or at home with friends and family. Spanish is fun!

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