Many language books are boring-this one is t. Written by a native English speaker who learned Spanish the hard way-by trying to talk to Spanish-speaking people-it offers English speakers who have a basic kwledge of Spanish hundreds of tips for using the language more fluently and colloquially, with fewer obvious gringo errors. Writing with humor, common sense, and a minimum of jargon, Joseph J. Keenan covers everything from pronunciation, verb usage, and common grammatical mistakes to the subtleties of addressing other people, trickster words that look alike in both languages, inadvertent obscenities, and intentional swearing. He guides readers through the set phrases and idiomatic expressions that pepper the native speaker's conversation and provides a valuable introduction to the most widely used Spanish slang. With this book, both students in school and adult learners who never want to see ather classroom can rapidly improve their speaking ability. Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish will be an essential aid in passing the supreme language test-communicating fluently with native speakers.
During thirty years of living and traveling in Latin America, JOSEPH J. KEENAN has worked as a journalist and conservationist across the countries of the region. He lives in Mexico City.