- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 21, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071432264
- ISBN-13: 978-0071432269
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tune Up Your Spanish: Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Spoken Spanish 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
See, Feel, and Say Things the Spanish Way!
If you are among the many people who studied Spanish in high school, college, or even beyond but still get stuck when it comes to actually speaking the language, this book is for you. Tune Up Your Spanish will help you refresh and build on what you already know and give you the confidence to put it into practice. By demonstrating the connection between spoken language, body language, sound, and ways of thinking, Tune Up Your Spanish takes you beyond basic grammar to help you find your Spanish voice and --agarrar la onda--get with it (literally, "catch the sound wave").
Structured around ten "Tune Ups," this fun, informative, and highly effective book provides:
- Practical and realistic advice for improving spoken Spanish
- Over 100 "Top Ten" lists of key Spanish phrases and expressions
- Interjections, vocal noises, and physical gestures that make the most of nonverbal communication
- An understanding of the reductions and linking that occur in Spanish when spoken at natural speed
- Essential phrases for venting emotion, sharing enthusiasm, and expressing irony
- Cultural guidance for rules of courtesy
- Practical language for everything from saving money at a restaurant to resolving problems in a hotel to starting a conversation or a relationship
- An overview of regional variations from expressions to festivities to food
Also included are preview questions and review exercises for each chapter, an answer key, plus an invaluable audio CD that presents key phrases from throughout the book, tips on pronunciation and rhythm, and engaging audio exercises. From idioms and attitude to gastronomic adventures and conversation starters, now you can discover what it means to see, feel, and say things the Spanish way!
About the Author
Mary McVey Gill and Brenda Wegmann are experienced authors of ESL and Spanish-language textbooks and materials for self-study.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not merely a book that gives you some insight to the Spanish Language and guides you through some useful phrases. NO! It is much more. Each chapter is, in fact, a chapter, not a list of words for you to memorize. For example, Amor y Pasión was my favorite chapter. The author pulls you into each chapter with interesting facts within the Spanish Culture and History that relate to the title of the chapter. There is no so much information that you feel overwhelmed, but enough to where you sit back and go...."Oh, so that's why ...."
Since the making of this book, there is an updated version. I have both! I prefer the newer and revised version; however, it lacks a few of the chapters that you find in the original. Amor y Pasión is one of the chapters missing. So, I recommend that anyone interested in buying the book should buy this one. They are both great, but this one has a bit more in it than the other.
Another good thing about this book is that it is not bulky. It is not small either; it is the perfect size to squeeze into your purse. I carry it with me to read when I am bored or stuck someplace. My copy is actually very worn from so much use. However, I would like to note, that if you are mostly looking for just a phrasebook, this book isn't for you. It has a lot of good words and phrases, but that isn't what it is solely. Still, it is a good read. I'm not one for defacing books, but if you still want phrases without too much reading, just go through and highlight them. The phrases are mostly separated from the text, but there are some treats and key words hidden in the texts as well.
Either way, happy reading!!!
The book begins where classroom Spanish ends. It tells you what folks are really saying and different ways they say it and adds to your repertoire of phrases and expressions that can make your conversation more humorous and enjoyable for yourself and those to whom you are speaking.
It is divided into 10 sections which cover most of the experiences you may or may not want to have in a Spanish-speaking culture, including shopping, travel, active listening, love and romance, and my favorite - Understanding how language, culture, and humor interact. The book is filled with idiomatic expressions and sayings which Spanish-speakers use often and love to hear. It tells you the degree of strength/crudness of different expressions and the words that are innocuous in one culture and vulgar in another to prevent major embarassment.
I haven't listened yet to the accompanying CD but plan to enjoy it as much as I enjoy the book. For anyone who wants to enrich their use of expressions and speak more of the vernacular, this is the book to get. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to do more than read write and listen to Spanish.