a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to Spanish class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent Spanish structure.

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions. Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

Tips to help you learn Spanish vocabulary and word forms, and to remember them.

one point per chapter

In each bite-sized lesson, author Emily Spenelli explains one grammar concept and illustrates it with English and Spanish examples.

Explained in English

To help you learn the 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

Parts Of Speech

Learn how to identify English and Spanish nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word. 

“Leaves” : sale or hojas? Depends on its part of speech: verb sale; noun hojas

Functions Of Words

Learn how to identify English and Spanish subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.

Learn to identify the function of words in English and Spanish so you can choose the correct equivalent in Spanish.

“Him” : lo or le? Depends on its function: direct object lo; indirect object → le

English and Spanish Grammatical Terms

Learn of conjugation, gender, number, agreement so you’ll understand these terms that play an important role in Spanish

Learn grammatical terms such as conjugation, gender, number, and agreement that 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 Analysis Of Examples

Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent Spanish 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

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Anna Rivera
Editor of Learning Spanish Products Reviews
"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"
“This book is the Holy Grail of grammar for students studying and learning Spanish...This is an outstanding review for students that are not passionate about grammar. It is easy to follow and well written.”
Linda Q. Sites
Virginia Commonwealth University
“Excellent book!! Provides students with the essentials of their own native grammar necessary to comprehend the similarities and differences between English and Spanish.”

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