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  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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PLAZAS is the place where culture and language find common ground! This accessible introduction to Spanish uses the background of vibrant, Spanish-speaking cultures from around the world to expose you to the language as it is actually used in everyday conversation. With helpful visuals, contemporary examples, and carefully crafted grammar and vocabulary presentations, PLAZAS is your key to success in the course and in the language! And to ensure that you make the grade, PLAZAS is supported by many dynamic learning tools, which are available for an additional cost. These include a Student Activities Manual, a Premium Website, iLrn: Heinle Learning Center, and more!

Table of Contents

Cap?tulo preliminar
Mucho gusto!
Greetings and good-byes
Numbers 0 to 30 ?
Interrogative words
Structures ?
Subject pronouns and the present tense of the verb ser ?
The verb form hay and numbers 0-30
En una clase de espa?ol: Bienvenidos a Los Estados Unidos
In the classroom
The colors
Foreign languages and other academic courses and majors
University places and buildings
Definite and indefinite articles, gender, and how to make nouns plural
Present tense of regular ar verbs
Telling time and talking about the days of the week
En una reuni?n familiar: M?xico
The family
Physical features and personality
Possession with de(l) and possessive adjectives
Common uses of the verb ser
Agreement with descriptive adjectives?Present tense of -er and -ir verbs
The verb tener
Numbers 30 to 100
El tiempo libre: Colombia
Sports and leisure-time activities?Places
Gustar + infinitive and gustar + nouns
Ir a + destination or infinitive
Irregular yo verbs
Saber, conocer, and the personal a ?
The months, the seasons, and weather expressions
En la casa: Espa?a
Home and furniture?Appliances and household chores
Structures?Present tense of stem-changing verbs (e> ie,o> ue,u> ue,e> i)
Affirmative t? ?commands
The verb estar
Numbers 100 and above
La salud: Bolivia y Paraguay
The human body
Health care (illnesses, symptoms, and medical treatments)
Reflexive pronouns and present tense of reflexive verbs
Acabar de + infinitive Treated as ASD
Ser vs. estar
Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
?Quieres comer conmigo esta noche?: Venezuela
Food and beverages
Dining out
Comparatives and superlatives ?
Weights and measurements
Verbs regular in the preterite and verbs with spelling changes in the preterite
Verbs with stem changes in the preterite
De compras: Argentina y Uruguay
Clothing and fashion
Stressed possessive adjectives and pronouns
Verbs irregular in the preterite
Direct object pronouns
Imperfect tense
Fiestas y vacaciones: Guatemala y El Salvador
Parties and celebrations
The beach and the countryside
Interrogative words
The preterite vs. the imperfect
Affirmative and negative expressions
Hace and hace que
De viaje por el Caribe: Cuba, Puerto Rico y La Rep?blica Dominicana
Airline travel
Indirect object pronouns
Double object pronouns
Prepositions of location, adverbs, and relevant expressions
Formal commands and negative tu? commands
Las relaciones sentimentales: Honduras y Nicaragua
Personal relationships
Receptions and banquets
Present perfect
Reciprocal constructions with se, nos, os
Adverbs and adverbial expressions of time and sequencing of events
Relative pronouns
El mundo del trabajo: Panam?
Professions and trades
The office, work, and the job hunt
Por vs. para
The subjunctive mood
Las finanzas personales
The present subjunctive with statements of volition
El medio ambiente Costa Rica
Rural and urban geography
Conservation and exploitation
Subjunctive following verbs of emotion, impersonal expressions, and ojala?
The subjunctive with verbs or expressions of doubt and uncertainty and adjectives clauses
El mundo del espect?culo: Peru y Ecuador
TV programs and movies
The arts
Subjunctive with purpose and time clauses
No-fault se construction
La vida publica: Chile
Politics and voting
Civic concerns and the mass media
The future tense
The condicional tense
Present perfect subjunctive
Los avances tecnologicos: El mundo hispano
Technological advances
The computer
Past (imperfect) subjunctive
If clauses
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