A Spanish Grammar designed for English speakers
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A self-study Spanish grammar that helps you come prepared to class
To show you how to get from an English to a Spanish sentence structure.
All the essentials
Straightforward lessons that focus on the rules and not the exceptions. Covers the Spanish grammar taught in beginning college courses.
Tips to help you learn common Spanish verbs and word forms, and to remember them.
one point per chapter
In each bite-sized lesson, author Emily Spinelli explains one grammar rule and illustrates it with English and Spanish examples.
Explained in English
To help you learn Spanish grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.
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Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know
Learn terms used in English and Spanish grammar such as conjugation, gender, number, and agreement—they play a minor role in English, but an important role in Spanish.
“Red” : rojo or roja? Depends on what is described: a car → rojo; a dress → roja
Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent Spanish sentence structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way.
“This is the book I was talking about.” → series of steps → Este es el libro de que hablaba. (word-for-word: this is the book about which I was talking
Learn what are parts of speech so you can identify English and Spanish nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions. This will help you choose the correct Spanish equivalent to the English word.
“Leaves” : sale or hojas? Depends on its part of speech: verb → sale; noun → hojas
Learn to identify the function of words used in English and Spanish grammar so you can choose the correct Spanish equivalent to the English word.
Learn what are English and Spanish subjects, Spanish direct and indirect objects.
“Him” : lo or le? Depends on its function: direct object → lo; indirect object → le