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Introduction to Spanish

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OBJECTIVE: Learn Spanish.
TASK:
Acquire whatever it takes to get you the right amount of exposure and experience to master another language: Spanish!
PERPLEXED?
Wait 'til you learn to say things you can't say in English!
What's New! - ¡Qué Hay de Nuevo!
31 October, 2006: Below are the latest pages to be added or updated:
Intro to Cognates: Nouns ending -sion
Spanish Prepositions: Hasta
Spanish Prepositions: Según
Vocabulary List: Buildings
Definite & Indefinite Articles
Intro to Conditional Perfect Tense Conjugation

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INTRODUCTORY AREAS
Grammar Terms
Pronunciation
Numbers
Time
Date
Gender
Noun Cognates
Adjectives
Pronouns
Reflexive
Verbs
Verb Conjugation
Verb Tenses
Prepositions
Spanish Folksongs
GETTING STARTED

Choose one of the links to the left to get started studying any area that you're interested in. If you're a beginner, you may want to cover the Pronunciation section first. After that, it is recommended that you go into a section of numbers study or vocabulary study - just to get you used to hearing words pronounced, and to give you an idea how to say words as you see them.

It doesn't matter which areas you go into after you start, because if you have any sense of curiosity whatsoever, you'll find yourself learning something on each and every page.

Language is a very personal thing! We all talk about things that interest us, and walk away from conversations that we find dull or boring. You only need to study those areas that you want to develop in, though you'll find that most of the material will become inter-related in due course.

As long as you're proceeding in your own development, and as long as you're able to say what YOU want to say, don't let anyone else tell you that "you have to say this or that in any given way." There's a lot of flexibility in Spanish, and you can learn to speak it however you wish.


LESSONS
Batch 1
SPANISH LESSONS

This link takes you to the Spanish lessons provided in this website. More lessons are in progress, and the listing given only represents the first grouping: Batch-01. Batches 02 thru 05 are currently in progress. No date has been established for their appearance, but Batch 02 is progressing rapidly and should be in by December, 2006.

If you follow each lesson carefully, you will be able to pick up quite a bit through each one. There are sound files included, which make the learning process even easier, since you can listen to each file as many times as it takes. Be certain that your browser has associated .ra and .rm files with RealMedia Player, so that the files can be heard and the page not go away! QuickTime opens sound files in your browser window, thus hiding the material you're studying.

Check back frequently for more additions to the lessons, as the progress is occurring fairly quickly nowadays.


VOCABULARY LISTS
Buildings
Colors
Interrogatives
Monetary Units
Numbers
Prepositions
Foods:Vegetables
Birds
Cats & Dogs
"Handses"
Hooved Animals
Insects
Reptiles/Amphibians
Family & Relatives
Anatomy
Clothing
Nationals
Professions A-D
Professions E-L
Professions M-Q
Professions R-Z
Sports
Terrain
Time Words
SPANISH VOCABULARY LISTS

Vocabulary builders! Seeing Spanish words and hearing them help comprehension development, as well as audio-visual association for the written word.

If there are particular areas and terminologies that you are interested in, go into those areas and pick up the vocabulary that you will use. You needn't try to pick up vocabulary that isn't a part of your own universe. Learn what you want to learn!

As you progress through your own vocabulary development, you will find yourself recognizing more and more words that you haven't even studied yet, simply through assimilation. It really works!

Further pages are currently being produced, including transportation & vehicles, fruit & nuts, other food groups, buildings & constructions, etc.

These pages are also in a constant state of progression, with exercises being added to provide direction in your language learning efforts. It is also helpful to follow links to sponsor sites, to USE the vocabulary that you are learning.


VERB LISTS
ALPHABETICAL
K
Ñ
RR
W
X

Master Verb List
Master -AR
Master -ER
Master -IR
Regular -AR
Regular -ER
Regular -IR
Ending -car
Ending -gar
Ending -iar: i - í
Ending -zar
Ending -zco
Stem Change e->ie
Stem Change o->ue
Stem Change e->i
SPANISH VERB LISTS

Having problems figuring out what to do with this verb or that one? These verb lists are useful study tools, as they provide hints concerning variations in the conjugation of different types of verbs. If you can look at the lists and conjugate all of the verbs listed in all tenses, you speak Spanish!

The "Spanish Verb Lists" Page identifies the various levels of study for each of the pages listed.

By no means is every single verb in the Spanish language found in these pages. These listings and the vocabulary included are merely enough to provide sufficient exposure to put you well on your way to getting it all down. As you learn more of your own vocabulary, you can find more terms in dictionaries or through personal inquiry.

There is an alphabetical listing across the top of all of the verb list pages, leading to a list of verb beginning with the particular letter chosen.

Another crucial element for your mastery of Spanish verbs is to have some good reference materials on hand. Get yourself some Spanish Verbs Reference materials as soon as you can!

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VERB CONJUGATION
Indicative Mood
Present Tense
Imperfect Tense
Preterite Tense
Future Tense
Conditional Tense
 
Progressive Tenses
Present Progressive
Imperfect Progressive
Preterite Progressive
Future Progressive
Conditional Progressive
 
Perfect Tenses
Present Perfect
Past Perfect
Future Perfect
Conditional Perfect
 
Perfect Progressive Tenses
SPANISH VERB CONJUGATION

A difficult area for any language is the study of verbs and what happens to them when you're trying to communicate. This is called conjugation.

The first major hurdle in conjugating a verb is to recognize the timeframe of the action. This is called tense recognition.

There are 5 basic time-frames for Spanish verbs, those being present, past (imperfect & preterite), future, and conditional. For more information on these, see Introduction to Verb Tenses.

Even so, more divisions occur through a division into mood, being indicative or subjunctive. Indicative mood is used when the action is real and valid. Subjunctive mood is used to communicate conjecture, doubt, suspicion, wish, etc. These will become clearer through usage.

More divisions occur in recognition of actions in progress (progressive tenses) and perfective aspects.

Progressive tenses are formed through using the verb "to be" (estar) plus a present participle. These tenses show all actions as on-going, "being done."

Perfect tenses are formed through using the verb "to have" (haber) plus a past participle. These tenses show all actions as completed, "having been done."

Though the number of charts may seem overwhelming, a bit of diligence and effort will pay off in your recognizing patterns throughout. If you look at English objectively and analyze the number of variables in verb conjugation (spelling being the worst), you will see that Spanish is much easier in its formations.

The pages listed do not include all of the conjugation patterns that exist in Spanish. More pages are being developed, further providing examples for the subjunctive, progressive, and perfect tense formations. Check back often!