By Gail Stein

Grasp Spanish in precisely one day

When time is of the essence, belief Countdown to Spanish to aid readers grasp the language speedy and successfully. geared up into 24 units—each of that's designed to take not more than one hour to study—this self-instruction booklet provides fabric in a "countdown" type, from Hour 24 right down to zero, permitting inexperienced persons to gauge their growth alongside the way.

Beginning with a uncomplicated creation of grammar and vocabulary basics, the devices movement quick to functional conversational abilities for either holiday and enterprise tourists. Upon of completion of the guide—the similar of only one day—readers wanting to practice their newly honed language talents should be in a position to speak in quite a few daily, real-world events.

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We’re writing a poem. For -er and -ir verbs whose stems end in a vowel, add -yendo: creer (to believe) creyendo leer (to read) leyendo oír (to hear) oyendo traer (to bring) trayendo • Stem-changing -ir verbs change the stem vowel from e to i and from o to u: decir (to say, tell) diciendo dormir (to sleep) durmiendo morir (to die) muriendo pedir (to ask) pidiendo sentir (to feel) sintiendo venir (to come) viniendo 44 03 (027-046) chapter 2200 8/1/03 10:33 AM Page 45 22:00 • WORKING WITH PRESENT-TENSE VERBS • Note the following irregular gerunds: ir (to go) yendo poder (to be able to) pudiendo TIME’S UP!

Esta policía 10. aquella profesora 26 03 (027-046) chapter 2200 8/1/03 10:33 AM Page 27 Working with Present-Tense Verbs MASTER THESE SKILLS • Subject nouns and pronouns • Conjugating -ar verbs • Conjugating -er and -ir verbs • Using shoe verbs properly • Conjugating spelling-change and irregular yo verbs • Conjugating other irregular verbs • Speaking in the present In this chapter you will learn how to conjugate verbs in the present tense so that they agree with their subject noun or pronoun. By the end of the lesson you will be able to speak, read, and write entire sentences in Spanish.

VERB PRONUNCIATION MEANING abrir ah-breer to open asistir ah-sees-teer to attend *aplaudir ah-plow-deer to applaud koo-breer to cover *decidir deh-see-deer to decide *describir dehs-kree-beer to describe escribir ehs-kree-beer to write oh-mee-teer to omit partir pahr-teer to divide, share recibir rreh-see-beer to receive subir soo-beer to go up, climb sufrir soo-freer to suffer vivir bee-beer to live cubrir *omitir Notice that -er and -ir verbs have the same endings except for the nosotros and vosotros forms, where -er verbs use an e and -ir verbs use an i.

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