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Tune Up Your Spanish: Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Spoken Spanish

Tune Up Your Spanish: Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Spoken Spanish
Author/Publisher: Mary McVey Gill , Brenda Wegmann
Emphasis: Spoken Spanish
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Readers can tune up their conversation skills with Tune Up guides--the next best thing to a year abroad!

Getting beyond sounding like a beginner is more than just a matter of learning more vocabulary and grammar. It's also about understanding the culture and developing the right mind set for thinking, listening, and talking like a native.

The next best thing to a year abroad, the books in this exciting new series offer language learners an entertaining and practical way to hone their foreign-language conversation skills. Tune Up books are structured around 10 key areas for improvement, covering everything from tricky grammatical structures to gestures, slang, and humor. In each area, key phrases are presented in "Top Ten" lists, including everyday expressions for filling pauses, icebreakers, and more. An excellent brushup for learners returning to a language they studied in high school or college, Tune Up books feature:

  • Practical advice on improving conversation skills
  • Valuable insights into how difficult verbs and structures work
  • Tips on how to avoid taboos and common faux pas
  • A 60-minute audio CD with key phrase lists and exercises

From the Back Cover

See, Feel, and Say Things the Spanish Way!

If you are among the many people who studied Spanish in high school, college, or even beyond but still get stuck when it comes to actually speaking the language, this book is for you. Tune Up Your Spanish will help you refresh and build on what you already know and give you the confidence to put it into practice. By demonstrating the connection between spoken language, body language, sound, and ways of thinking, Tune Up Your Spanish takes you beyond basic grammar to help you find your Spanish voice and --agarrar la onda--get with it (literally, "catch the sound wave").

Structured around ten "Tune Ups," this fun, informative, and highly effective book provides:

  • Practical and realistic advice for improving spoken Spanish
  • Over 100 "Top Ten" lists of key Spanish phrases and expressions
  • Interjections, vocal noises, and physical gestures that make the most of nonverbal communication
  • An understanding of the reductions and linking that occur in Spanish when spoken at natural speed
  • Essential phrases for venting emotion, sharing enthusiasm, and expressing irony
  • Cultural guidance for rules of courtesy
  • Practical language for everything from saving money at a restaurant to resolving problems in a hotel to starting a conversation or a relationship
  • An overview of regional variations from expressions to festivities to food

Also included are preview questions and review exercises for each chapter, an answer key, plus an invaluable audio CD that presents key phrases from throughout the book, tips on pronunciation and rhythm, and engaging audio exercises. From idioms and attitude to gastronomic adventures and conversation starters, now you can discover what it means to see, feel, and say things the Spanish way!


Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071432264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071432269
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review:

    4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - tune up your spanish
given the other ALL 5 star reviews..I ordered this book. I have many spanish cd's and books. I'd say I am no beginner, possibly intermediate??? This book is for beginners. Maybe not people who can't count to 10, but a beginner none-the-less. Spend your money on pimsleur and you'll be happier (or better yet borrow pimsleur from the library)...I'd say a 3 star rating from me was generous.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A Helpful Read
This book was recommended to me by my tutor. As the book suggests, you definitely need to know some basic Spanish before you buy it but if you are a bit rusty and you want to "Tune up your Spanish" as the title says - then this is your book. It has some great phrases to learn and wonderful text that is easy, captivating and instructive. This book is NOT boring and is a great tool to have in your bookcase.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A Pefrect 10
This is #1 of the top 10 Spanish instruction books that I have read to date. It delivers all that it promises and more. The 60-minute audio CD is as excellent as the book. I have numerous Spanish instruction books, videos, magazines and CD programs, and this really ties it all together. A+


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - spanish your way CD-ROM
I ordered this shipped to a man in prison who is trying to learn spanish. -- Apparently it was sent & he likes it .


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Fabulous Book
This book was introduced to me while I was in Mexico to increase my fluency, and after reading it, I determined to buy it when I returned.

The book begins where classroom Spanish ends. It tells you what folks are really saying and different ways they say it and adds to your repertoire of phrases and expressions that can make your conversation more humorous and enjoyable for yourself and those to whom you are speaking.

It is divided into 10 sections which cover most of the experiences you may or may not want to have in a Spanish-speaking culture, including shopping, travel, active listening, love and romance, and my favorite - Understanding how language, culture, and humor interact. The book is filled with idiomatic expressions and sayings which Spanish-speakers use often and love to hear. It tells you the degree of strength/crudness of different expressions and the words that are innocuous in one culture and vulgar in another to prevent major embarassment.

I haven't listened yet to the accompanying CD but plan to enjoy it as much as I enjoy the book. For anyone who wants to enrich their use of expressions and speak more of the vernacular, this is the book to get. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to do more than read write and listen to Spanish.


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