|Making Language Learning Fun and Effective|
The En Realidad Series of Books to Help You Learn Spanish!
|What You Will Learn in Book One:|
Realidad: Spanish for Beginners, Book One by John F. St. Clair (ISBN 978-0-9820963-0-7) presents vocabulary of greetings, farewells, family members, at the airport,
traveling by air and obtaining emergency hotel reservations. Dialogs called
"pláticas" offer practice in speaking one on one. De improviso...
scripted, more extensive dialogs end each lesson.
Essential grammar includes the forms and use of the regular present tense verbs plus the basic irregular verbs ser, estar, tener, ir. Verbs with irregular first-person singular forms, stem-changing and reflexive verbs are also covered in Book One. Nouns, adjectives, articles and many other areas are covered as well. Special emphasis is placed on word order in the early lessons.
Book One is for the
absolute or nearly absolute beginner.
|What You Will Learn in Book Two:|
Realidad: Continuing Spanish, Book Two presents vocabulary and useful phrases about
rooms of a dwelling, dining at a friend's house, dining at a restaurant, food and drink
items, traveling on the high-speed train and much more.
All essential grammar from Book One is reviewed in the first three lessons. The two past tenses, preterite and imperfect and the object pronouns are presented as new material in the rest of the lessons.
Book Two is for persons who have taken Spanish some time ago and need a refresher before going on. It is also recommended for persons who have studied grammar but need to add vocabulary and who need practice in speaking.
|How You Will Learn Vocabulary in Both Books|
|New vocabulary is
introduced from chapter to chapter in graded episodes of a continuing story. The
student is brought along by filling in the new vocabulary in order to find out what
happens in each chapter of the continuing story.
A complete dictionary of all vocabulary words and phrasic modules from English to Spanish and Spanish to English is provided. Each word or phrase is annotated with the lesson number in which it is introduced. Book Two dictionary is comprehensive for both books.
Forty-five of the most frequent Spanish verbs as annotated in the Big Red Book of 555 Spanish Verbs are featured plus many others in Book One. All fifty plus many more are included in Book Two.
|How You Will Gain Fluency: Phrasic Modules|
are prefabricated pieces of language akin to the modules used in computer
programming. These are modules of words commonly spoken together including but not
limited to idiomatic expressions. Identifying and learning phrasic modules
quickly builds usable language for conversation and increases fluency from the
The phrasic modules are introduced by means of the story and are italicized in the body of the story for easy recognition by the student. Exercises are provided to help students learn and apply the modules to appropriate situations.
|How to Check Your Work: Answer Key|
|Both books come standard
with a full answer key but may be special-ordered without. The answer keys include a
translation of the story and the scripts for De improviso dialogs as well as answers to
If you are going to use these books for self-study, you should order them with the answer key so that you can check your work.
|Book Specifications and How to Order|
|Both books are available
ring-bound or comb-bound
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Book One: ISBN
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