Plazas Lugar de encuentros

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-10-04
  • Publisher: Heinle
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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 Multimedia CD-ROM, Lab Audio CDs, iLrn: Heinle Learning Center, and a text-specific website.

Table of Contents

Preliminar: -Ímucho Gusto!
Communicative goals: Greet others, introduce yourself and say good-bye
Exchange personal information (origin, address, etc.)
Identify quantities of objects
Ask and answer questions
Vocabulary: 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 1-30
Question words and inflection
En Una Clase De Espa++Ol: Los Estados Unidos
Communicative goals: Identify people and things in the classroom
Specify colors
Describe everyday activities
Talk about academic courses and university buildings
Tell time
Vocabulary: In the classroom
The colors
Foreign languages and other academic courses and majors
University places and buildings
The time and the days of the week
Structures: Definite and indefinite articles and how to make nouns plural (gender of nouns)
Present tense of regular -ar verbs
En Una Reuni++N De Familia: M++Xico
Communicative goals: Define and ask about family relationships
Indicate ownership and possession
Describe people and things
Indicate nationality
Express physical states
Count from 30 to 100
Describe daily activities at home or at school
Vocabulary: The family
Physical features and personality
Numbers 30 to 100
Structures: Possessive adjectives
Possession with de(l)
Common uses of the verb ser
Agreement with descriptive adjectives
Present tense of -er and -ir verbs
Common uses of the verb tener
El Tiempo Libre En Colombia
Communicative goals: Describe leisure-time activities
Express likes and dislikes
Express plans and intentions
Describe basic actions, places and activities in town
Talk about the months, seasons, and the weather
Vocabulary: Sports and leisure-time activities
The months, the seasons, and weather expressions
Structures: Gustar + infinitive and gustar + nouns
Ir a + destination or infinitive
Irregular yo verbs
Saber, conocer, and the personal a
En La Casa: Espa++A
Communicative goals: Describe the features of your home or personal residence
Talk about furniture and appliances
Describe household chores
Make commands
State locations and describe feelings
Describe actions in progress
Count from 100 and higher
Vocabulary: Home and furniture
Appliances and household chores
Numbers 100 to 1,000,000
Structures: Present tense of stem-changing verbs (e>ie, o>ue, e>i)
More idioms with tener
Affirmative t+  commands
Common uses of estar
La Salud: Bolivia Y Paraguay
Communicative goals: Identify parts of the body
Describe daily routines and hygienic practices
Talk about what you have just finished doing
Talk about illnesses and health conditions
Describing people, things, and conditions
Pointing out people and things
Vocabulary: The human body
Health care (illnesses, symptoms, and medical treatments)
Structures: Reflexive pronouns and present tense of reflexive verbs
Acabar de + infinitive
Ser vs
Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
-+Quieres Comer Conmigo Esta Noche? Venezuela
Communicative goals: Talk about foods and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Make comparisons
Order food in a restaurant
Describe past events in detail
Vocabulary: Food and beverages
Dining out
Structures: Comparatives and Superlatives
Verbs regular in the preterite
Verbs with spelling changes in the preterite
Verbs with stem changes in the preterite
De Compras: Argentina
Communicative goals: Talk about shopping for clothing
Make emphatic statements about possession
Talk about singular and/or completed events in the past
Make selections and talk about sizes and other shopping preferences
Describe ongoing and habitual actions in the past
Vocabulary: Clothing and fashion
Structures: Stressed possessive adjectives and pronouns
Verbs irregular in the preterite
Direct object pronouns
Imperfect tense
Fiestas Y Vacaciones: Guatemala Y El Salvador
Communicative goals: Talk a
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