A self-study Spanish grammar that helps you come prepared to class

step-by-step examples

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.

Study Tips

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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Back Cover
Table of Contents
Find the grammatical term you are looking for in our detailed table of contents
Review Booklet & Answer Key
Test your understanding of English and Spanish grammar rules
Sample Chapter
Learn “What are Direct Object Pronouns?” and how they work in English and Spanish
Textbook Correlations
Correlations help you match the relevant chapter to your Spanish textbook

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“This is a very valuable tool for learning Spanish. Not only does this book do a wonderful job of teaching Spanish grammar, it also gives the student valuable tips and information to help accelerate the student’s learning”
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“Excellent book!! Provides students with the essentials of their own native grammar necessary to comprehend the similarities and differences between English and Spanish.”

Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know

What is gender, agreement and number?

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

Step-by-step Spanish sentence structure

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

What are nouns, verbs and adjectives?

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

What are subjects and objects?

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

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