Como Se Dice?

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2004-07-01
  • Publisher: Heinle
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Cómo se dice...? has successfully prepared and motivated over one million students to continue their study of Spanish. The program features a balanced, four-skills approach that stresses communicative competency and cultural awareness as well as the mastery of language structures. It remains one of the best-selling programs available today because it is flexible, easy to use, and adaptable to any teaching and learning style. Based on reviewer suggestions, the authors have incorporated many exciting new and enhanced features in the Eighth Edition to address the needs of today's Spanish language class. New! Lesson-opening dialogues, now available on video, provide an alternative, interactive way of presenting the lesson vocabulary and grammar and also reinforce new material visually and aurally. Cultural practices and products presented in the dialogues are examined further in the Aspectos culturales (formerly Lo sabía Ud.?) culture section. Enhanced! Vocabulary presentations are further contextualized via illustrations and short descriptive phrases and sentences in Spanish. Vocabulary is reinforced aurally via word-, phrase- and sentence-level practice including mechanical exercises, for recognition and production, and more open-ended, conversational activities. Enhanced! To accommodate a range of learning styles, more illustration-based and audio-based activities are integrated in the chapter practice; special learning tips, tied to actual tasks, appear throughout the chapter to actively involve students; skill-building strategies and practice help students develop their reading and process-writing skills; and a paced listening-skills program features instruction and practice that progress from syllabic, full-word, and inter-word to full phrases and sentences. Enhanced! A learner-centered interior design presents a visually clear and appealing layout based on two-page spreads and a new art/illustration program aids visual-spatial memory to reinforce learning. New! To facilitate course planning, icons in the text correlate in-text material with corresponding sections of specific ancillaries and annotations in the Instructor's Edition are now in Spanish! Expanded! Integration of culture through vocabulary and Estructuras presentations and practice actively involves students in learning. Coverage of U.S. Hispanics and cultural products, practices, and comparisons has been expanded. Panoramas hispánicos, now appearing in every lesson, feature a country of the Spanish-speaking world or a national group within the Hispanic U.S. and are accompanied by cross-cultural comparison questions. Expanded! Practice in each lesson of the student text now features a greater quantity and variety, including new Hablemos practice following each set of Práctica activities. The workbook, laboratory manual, and testing program now include illustration-based activities/question types, more contextualized practice, and more varied test question types. New! The video features four types of footage to improve listening skills and expand cultural knowledge: dramatic footage of lesson-opening dialogues and 18 main grammar points (one per lesson); new geographic footage accompanied by simple descriptive narratives in Spanish; and unrehearsed, semi-scripted theater improvisations on the lesson theme. A supplementary literary appendix provides additional literary selections and supporting practice for instructors teaching three-semester courses.

Table of Contents

Saludos y despedidas
Un dia con Maria Ines Comunicacion
Greetings and farewells, introducing yourself, getting and giving phone numbers, days of the week and dates Pronunciacion
The Spanish a and e Estructuras
The alphabet
Cardinal numbers 0–30
Days of the Week
Months and Seasons of the year
Subject pronouns
Present indicative of ser Asi somos ¡Vamos a leer!
Nuevos miembros de la Organizacion de Estudiantes Hispanos Para escribir Panorama Hispanico
Los mexicoamericanos Video section Leccion
En la universidad
El primer dia de clases Comunicacion
Classroom expressions, useful questions and answers, polite expressions Pronunciacion
The Spanish i, o and u Estructuras
Gender and number
Definite and indefinite articles
Cardinal numbers 31–100
Telling time
Present indicative of regular -ar verbs
Negative and interrogative sentences
Possession with de ¡Vamos a leer!
La profesora del ano Para escribir Panorama Hispanico
Los cubanoamericanos Video section Self-test
Lecciones 1–2 Leccion
Por telefono
Dos puetorriquenas en Nueva York Comunicacion
Telephone calls, describing people Pronunciacion
Linking Estructuras
Possessive adjectives
Cardinal numbers 101–1,000
Descriptive adjectives
Forms, position, and agreement with articles and nouns
Present indicative of regular -er and -ir verbs
Present indicative of the irregular verbs tener and venir ¡Vamos a leer!
El mensaje de Aurora Para escribir Panorama Hispanico
Los puertorriquenos en los Estados Unidos Video section Self-test
Lecciones 1–3 Leccion
Costumbres y tradiciones
Julia visita la Ciudad de Mexico Comunicacion
Planning weekend activities, needs and preferences, state of mind Pronunciacion
The Spanish b, v, d, and g (before a, o, or u) Estructuras
Pronouns as objects of prepositions
Present indicative of the irregular verbs ir, dar and estar
Ir a + infinitive
Present indicative of e:ie stem changing verbs
Expressions with tener ¡Vamos a leer!
Sociales Para Escribir Panorama Hispanico
Mexico Video section Leccion
Las Comidas
En un restuarante Comunicacion
Restaurants, menus, ordering meals, paying the bill and talking about the weather Pronunciacion
The Spanish p, t, c in the combination ca, ca, cu and q Estructuras
Comparative forms
Irregular comparative forms
Present indicative of o:ue stem-changing verbs
Present progressive
Uses of ser and estar
Weather expressions ¡Vamos a leer!
¿Que hemos comer cada día? Para escribir Panorama hispanico
Guatemala y El Salvador
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