9780131116122

Open Door to Spanish A Conversation Course for Beginners, Level 2

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    9780131116122

  • ISBN10:

    0131116126

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-06-30
  • 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

Donde estaban?
The imperfect tense (singular) of -ar verbsp. 1
Spanish words ending in -ionp. 6
Asking and telling where your friends werep. 9
Que queria Ud.?
The imperfect tense (singular) of -er and -ir verbsp. 13
Expressing age with tenerp. 14
Saying what you and others wanted to dop. 19
Using subject pronounsp. 19
Que tenian?
How to form the imperfect tense of regular -ar verbsp. 25
Ser and estar in the imperfectp. 28
How to form the imperfect tense of regular -er and -ir verbsp. 29
Haciamos muchas cosas
Differences between the preterite and the imperfect tensesp. 35
Expressions that are used with the preteritep. 38
Parts of the bodyp. 39
Review of noun/adjective agreementp. 44
Haciendo una variedad de actividades
The present progressive tense of -ar verbsp. 53
The present progressive tense of -er and -ir verbsp. 55
Talking about what your friends are doingp. 59
Hablando de mas actividades
The past progressive tensep. 63
The preterite forms of llegar and venirp. 65
Asking and telling what people saidp. 69
The preterite tense of creerp. 72
Una excursion a la playa
Stressing and accenting Spanish wordsp. 77
Comparativesp. 84
Las profesiones
Review of the present tensep. 89
Specialty storesp. 92
Professionsp. 93
Talking about activitiesp. 96
Las fiestas
Irregular present tense verbsp. 103
Talking about giftsp. 106
Superlativesp. 109
El cumpleanos
-e to -ie stem-changing verbsp. 113
The verb quererp. 118
Una excursion al campo
-o to -ue stem-changing verbsp. 127
The double negativep. 128
Saber and poder with infinitivesp. 129
Saber in the present tensep. 130
Los quehaceres domesticos
Present tense irregular verbs (new and review)p. 135
-e to -ie/-i stem-changing verbsp. 137
Making plans to attend a partyp. 139
El fin de semana
More irregular verbs in the present tensep. 145
Making weekend plansp. 148
Review of plural forms and adverbsp. 149
En el restaurante
Formal commands (the imperative)p. 155
Commands with direct object pronounsp. 157
Irregular command formsp. 158
Nosotros commandsp. 160
Ordering in a restaurantp. 161
En la joyeria
Indirect object pronounsp. 165
Direct and indirect object pronouns togetherp. 168
The familiar commandp. 171
Negative informal commandsp. 172
Los deseos y las esperanzas
How to form the present subjunctivep. 177
Uses of the present subjunctivep. 178
Preparativos para una fiesta
Reflexive pronouns and verbsp. 187
Talking about birthdaysp. 191
De visita
The present perfect tense (-ar verbs)p. 195
The past participle (-er and -ir verbs)p. 197
Paying a visitp. 201
Las casas
Review of preterite tense irregular verbsp. 205
The preterite of hacer, traer, and darp. 208
The preterite of poder and ponerp. 210
Si fuera posible!
How to form the past subjunctivep. 215
Uses of the past subjunctivep. 216
Expressions with the past subjunctivep. 220
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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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