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Speaking Spanish in the USA: Variations in Vocabulary Usage

Speaking Spanish in the USA: Variations in Vocabulary Usage
Author/Publisher: Alberto Barugel Ph.D.
Emphasis: Vocabulary
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Native speakers as well as intermediate and advanced students of Spanish as a second language tend to lapse into a pattern of errors—or more properly, neologisms—when communicating in formal written and spoken Spanish. The author has been able to document the use of such terms in oral and written communication, in both formal and informal contexts. He asserts that in most cases, these "errors" are acceptable modes of speech in informal, American-style conversation—which he calls "United States Spanish." The intention of his manual is not to change the way people express themselves, but rather to help language students distinguish between United States usage and standard academic usage. He insists that "there is nothing wrong with communicating in Spanglish in a bilingual, bicultural environment; the important thing is to be aware that you’re using it." His book presents 500 entries in alphabetical order, then asks students to test themselves by identifying them as either standard or U.S. Spanish, and learning to switch from one to the other. Following 50 brief exercises, the book concludes with an English-to-Spanish index and additional cross-referencing indexes.

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Speaking Spanish in the U.S.A.

Native speakers of Spanish as well as intermediate and advanced students of Spanish as a second language increasingly use words and expressions that bear the influence of American English. This highly original book documents the use of such terms in oral and written communication, both in formal and informal contexts. The author’s intention is to help you distinguish between United States usage and standard academic usage. He presents 650 entries in alphabetical order, then asks you to—

  • Test yourself by identifying each entry as either standard or U.S. Spanish

  • Learn how to switch from one form of speech to the other.

    Praise from an authority on Spanglish:

    “Spanish in the United States exists in a state of mutation. Will the language of Cervantes

    ultimately disappear? Will it be revamped into an altogether new form of communication? By cataloguing and analyzing variations in usage (or “abusage,” as some might describe it), Alberto Barugel insinuates the answer. His book is an invaluable resource destined to infuriate the purists and be admired by the average person.”

    —Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, and author of
    Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language


  • Product Details

    • Paperback: 336 pages
    • Publisher: Barron''s Educational Series; Bilingual edition (April 1, 2005)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764129538
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764129537
    • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
    • Average Customer Review:

      4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - good for avoiding spanglish
    I have been learning Spanish for just about 4 months as my third language and I have already found this book useful. This is a very good book for pointing out false cognates, even for beginning spanish students. By using this book you can avoid misusing spanish words that looks like their english equivalents at very early stage of learning spanish. The list in this book is much much longer and detailed than the short lists given in any spanish grammar book and alike. The most famous example is probably the word "actual". You can search inside the book in this website to see the layout. Well,false cognates exist between different languages. They also exist between Japanese and Chinese.


    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Thank you
    The book was in good condition and did not take too long in arriving.


    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Speaking Spanish in the USA by Alberto Barugel
    As a PhD in Spanish and a bilingual teacher, I find this book to be a valuable tool for bilingual education and for University students majoring in Spanish. In addition, I believe it would serve Spanish teachers in comprehension of the neologies Spanish and Hispanic students are employing.
    Language is an evolving process, and as we accepted new vocabulary to the language in the past, we have to accept these new modern terms or at least acknowledge and recognize their meanings.
    I would recommend it highly as a reference book and or as a support for the traditional Spanish text book.
    Dr. Nechama Kramer-Hellinx


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