Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Streetwise Spanish (Book + 1CD): Speak and Understand Colloquial Spanish (Streetwise (Mcgraw Hill)) 2nd Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0071460866
ISBN-10: 0071460861
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$12.95 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$16.77 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
26 New from $11.15 40 Used from $2.68 1 Collectible from $10.99
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Get a FREE Amazon Echo with homework help
Choose from 40+ subjects with online tutors from The Princeton Review. Learn more
$16.77 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Streetwise Spanish (Book + 1CD): Speak and Understand Colloquial Spanish (Streetwise (Mcgraw Hill))
  • +
  • The Red-Hot Book of Spanish Slang: 5,000 Expressions to Spice Up Your Spainsh
  • +
  • Dirty Spanish: Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F*%# Off!" (Dirty Everyday Slang)
Total price: $41.21
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

¡Agarra la onda!--learn the Spanish they speak en el calle.*

How would you ask "What's up?" in Cancun? How do they say, "Don't bug me!" in Punta Cana? And how would a Spaniard tell you to "Go jump in the lake!"? Spanish is spoken by more than 340 million people in twenty-three countries. And in each region, the people have their own special take on the language. Fortunately, with Streetwise Spanish, you can turn regional differences from "problems" into colorful expressions that add flair to your language and help you sound at home anywhere.

This audio edition of the bestselling guide takes you on a grand tour of everyday Spanish as it's spoken around the world. With the help of thirty dialogs, enacted by native speakers, it clues you in on the idioms, colloquialisms, slang, and vulgarisms currently used by Spanish speakers of all walks of life, from LA to Las Palmas, Madrid to Manila.

The best guide to everyday Spanish, Streetwise Spanish, Audio Edition tells you how with:

  • An audio CD featuring thirty dialogs spoken by Spanish speakers from more than fifteen countries--for authentic regional accents
  • Dozens of cartoons, jokes, and anecdotes
  • An overview of "signature" words differentiating speakers across the Spanish-speaking world
  • Engaging exercises that let you test comprehension and fine-tune skills
  • Articles explaining how cultural attitudes influence the use of slang
  • Vocabulary lists and a mini-dictionary

* Get with the program! (literally, Catch the sound wave!)--Learn the Spanish they speak on the street.

About the Author

Mary McVey Gill and Brenda Wegmann are experienced teachers of Spanish and English as a Second Language. Together they have authored numerous textbooks and language-learning guides for Spanish and ESL.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Series: Streetwise (Mcgraw Hill)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071460861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071460866
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Thomas F. Ogara on January 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
There are a plethora of books purporting to deal with Spanish slang on the market; a surprisingly large number of them have come out in just the last few years. After having checked out many of them, I must say that this is far and away the best one that I have encountered to date.
One of the problems with dealing with colloquialisms in Spanish is that they differ so much from region to region. This book addresses this by setting the dialogues in different Hispanic countries, including (dare I say it?) that particularly large Hispanic country called the United States, specifically in California and Florida. The book then selects out the colloquialisms covered in the lesson and tells you what the equivalent terms are in other Hispanic countries.
Another problem with learning colloquialisms, and this is true in any language, is that they tend to vary considerably depending on the social type you're dealing with: students, business types, street people, etc. Not infrequently, the learner may have to deal with several different strata in the course of his or her travels, and so familiarity with several situations is called for. The different lessons, and lectures, in this book intentionally vary the milieu of the characters so that you get an even spread.
The book also has an abundance of cultural notes and asides, jokes, and situational items to polish up your skills. Among the features I enjoyed best was the essay on that famous Hispanic folk art, the "piropo", including examples of the genre, along with some snappy comebacks for women to use when encountering this phenomenon on the street.
So may study aids come out on Spanish every year that it's hard to single out the real winners. This book is definitely one of them, and regardless of your interest in the language you'll find your money well spent on this one. To top it all, it's a good read!
Comment 155 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This book is the best birthday present I ever got from a friend...It is at once a GREAT read, with hilarious jokes, situations, and catroons sprinkeled throughout; and a solid educational resource...although you won't find it in your high school Spanish class. Also, it covers a wide spectrum of slang, from innocent proverbs to informal greetings to more risque or vulgar phrases. Which of course help you to be an informed global citizen, haha. When you think you're done learning all the words for one lesson, you can quiz yourself with the brief excercises at the end of each chapter!
But wait, there's more! Since Spanish is the official language of a dazzling 21 countries, this book also does a great job at pointing out and explaining regional differences. All in all, this book will teach you to greet, express a multitude of emotions, complain, respond to lewd comments, spout proverbs, and overall feel a lot more comfortable with your usage and understanding of everyday Spanish. With readings, excercises, vocab lists, fun, and a dictionary in the back, this book is your one-stop for picking up tons of casual Spanish as it is really spoken.
Comment 70 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised more people haven't written a review of this book. In fact, I was reading a review of a similar book, "Street Spanish, Volume 1", and the reader who wrote the review stated that "Streetwise Spanish" is the best in this genre. I agree. I have been largely unimpressed with the Street Spanish series, which I have browsed through but never bought. I am proud to say I own a copy of "Streetwise Spanish". The editorial description posted here at Amazon is very thorough, describing all the features and instruction methods of this book, so I'll just add a brief commentary.

I think the dialogues in this book are great. They're based on a variety of everyday situations, which facilitates self-study. In the preface, the authors state that they chose the thematic approach because it helps readers retain new vocabulary words better. Dialogue-based instruction is nothing new, of course, but the problem with many textbooks is the exchanges are stilted, wooden -- and usually just plain lame. "Streetwise Spanish" provides a refreshing departure from the so-called conversations that many other books pass off as examples of language in action.

Besides the realistic dialogue, the book contains vignettes that focus on culture, traditions and literature of the Spanish-speaking world. The essays range from a primer on Spanish names to a primer on "palabrotas" (bad words) and their euphemisms. Another essay describes the preoccupation Chileans have with pigeonholing people into one social class or another, a practice that gives rise to a uniquely Chilean set of slang terms that defy translation. This book links language and culture so well that at times it reads more like National Geographic. BTW, there's also a companion volume, a dictionary/thesaurus.
Read more ›
Comment 50 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is a book that the market has been waiting a long time for! As a Spanish professor I think that one can only take so many text books before craving some real "street" Spanish. My students hear Spanish alot outside of class and they often have questions about Slang. This is a great book for learning new vocabulary and colloquial expressions, but also, with the CD, it is awesome to have the opportunity to listen to native speakers from different countries engaged in conversation with notes about the various accents you're hearing. I highly recommend this book to any of my high intermediate and above students.
3 Comments 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Streetwise Spanish (Book + 1CD): Speak and Understand Colloquial Spanish (Streetwise (Mcgraw Hill))
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Streetwise Spanish (Book + 1CD): Speak and Understand Colloquial Spanish (Streetwise (Mcgraw Hill))