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This preliminary section provides the learner with essential background knowledge regarding the Spanish-speaking world. It outlines the countries whose primary language is Spanish and the general distribution of Hispanics in the United States. It traces the origins and major developments of the language, and includes Spanish words commonly known by English speakers. It also introduces cognates and how they expand one’s vocabulary base, word gender, the pluralization of words, universal gestures and body language in Hispanic cultures, and regional variations regarding pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. Those who read, practice, and absorb well this material will possess a reasonable acquaintance with the Spanish-speaking community.
 
 
The Hispanic World
Spanish Language Roots
Spanish You Already Know
Cognates
Word Gender
Plurals
Hand Gestures
Regional Differences
 
  The Hispanic World
Spanish Language Roots
Spanish You Already Know
Cognates
Word Gender
Plurals
Hand Gestures
Regional Differences
  The Alphabet
Pronunciation
Word Stress
  Greetings & Farewells
Cardinal Numbers
Ordinal Numbers
Ages
Days, Months, Etc.
Time
Colors
The Weather
The Body
The Family
Meals, Condiments, Drinks
Fruits, Veggies, Meat, Poultry
Fish, Dairy, Grains, Other
Spanish Cuisine & Measures
Money
Travel & Distance Conversions
Sports
  Definite & Indefinite Articles
Pronouns
Regular Verbs
Hay (there is/are)
Tener (to have)
Ser/Estar (to be)
Ir (to go)
Hacer (to do/make)
Negation
Adjectives
Possessive Adjectives
Demonstrative Adjectives
Questions
  Languages
Meeting People
Directions
Accommodations
Communication
Clothing
Shopping
Dining Out
Emergencies
   
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