Bienvenidos! Welcome to The Everything
If you already have some formal knowledge of Spanish under your belt, you'll appreciate this book as a quick reference or refresher. The thematic organization will make it easy to find the information you're looking for.
No prior experience with Spanish? No problem! You may be surprised to find out how much of the Spanish language you've already absorbed from the world around you. Spanish is everywhere these days. In fact, many words in common usage in American English today have been adopted directly from Spanish. In addition to the Spanish vocabulary you already have, we'll build up your skills in an easy-to-understand way. Don't worry! Anyone can learn a foreign language, with a little bit of patience and a willingness to try. Perhaps along the way you'll even fall in love with this beautiful language, and dedicate yourself to further study of it.
No phrase book can hope to present a language in its entirety. You can use The Everything
The following sections are organized by vocabulary theme or situation. Each thematic section provides you with the words and phrases you'll need for most typical encounters, from meeting someone for the first time, to travel, dining out, and working together in a business setting. Each vocabulary word and phrase is followed by a transliteration to help you pronounce it properly. You can also refer back to the pronunciation guide whenever you need a reminder.
In addition to thematic sections, there's also a collection of must-have words and phrases for basic communication, organized into one section for quick, at-a-glance reference. Use it on the spot as the need arises, or in combination with the appropriate thematic chapter for more in-depth conversation.
And there's also a section that covers idioms, sayings, and slang to give you a feel for the flavor of everyday conversation in Spanish. While not necessary for navigating the streets of Barcelona, closing a business deal in Mexico City, or ordering a meal in Miami, having a few idioms and slang words in your arsenal will make it easier to connect with the native speakers around you.