- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; Bilingual edition (April 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764129538
- ISBN-13: 978-0764129537
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Speaking Spanish in the USA: Variations in Vocabulary Usage Paperback – April 1, 2005
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Speaking Spanish in the U.S.A.
Native speakers of Spanish as well as intermediate and advanced students of Spanish as a second language increasingly use words and expressions that bear the influence of American English. This highly original book documents the use of such terms in oral and written communication, both in formal and informal contexts. The author’s intention is to help you distinguish between United States usage and standard academic usage. He presents 650 entries in alphabetical order, then asks you to—
Praise from an authority on Spanglish:
“Spanish in the United States exists in a state of mutation. Will the language of Cervantes
ultimately disappear? Will it be revamped into an altogether new form of communication? By cataloguing and analyzing variations in usage (or “abusage,” as some might describe it), Alberto Barugel insinuates the answer. His book is an invaluable resource destined to infuriate the purists and be admired by the average person.”
—Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, and author of
Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language
About the Author
Alberto Barugel, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Modern Languages, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ. He has published widely in academic journals.
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Language is an evolving process, and as we accepted new vocabulary to the language in the past, we have to accept these new modern terms or at least acknowledge and recognize their meanings.
I would recommend it highly as a reference book and or as a support for the traditional Spanish text book.
Dr. Nechama Kramer-Hellinx