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Demystifying Spanish Grammar: Advanced Spanish Grammar, Clarifying the Written Accents, Ser/Estar (Verbs), Para/Por (Prepositions), Imperfect/Preterite ... Spanish Subjunctive (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Brandon Simpson

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1 Introduction

2 Demystifying the Written Accents in Spanish
Rule 1 for Accents-Stress
Rule 2 for Accents-Monosyllabic Homonyms
Rule 3 for Accents-Diphthong
Rule 4 for Accents-Demonstrative Adjectives/Pronouns
The Diéresis

3 Demystifying Ser & Estar
JETCO/LET Acronyms
Problematic Adjectives
Variable Adjectives
Other Uses of ser/estar

4 Demystifying Para & Por
Basic Uses
Purpose vs. Reason
Other Uses of para/por
Para/Por Can Both be Used

5 Demystifying the Imperfect & the Preterit
"What was going?"/"What happened?"
Imperfect Progressive/Preterit Progressive
Habitual Past
Indirect Speech/Direct Speech
Problematic Verbs
"Used to" in the Sense of "Would"

6 Demystifying the Spanish Subjunctive I
Present Subjunctive/DINNER/DISHES
Negating Certain Verbs
Emotional Reactions
Required Conjunctions
When There Is No Change in Subject
Impersonal Expressions
Adverbial Clauses
Other Adverbial Clauses
Trick Question

7 Demystifying the Spanish Subjunctive II
Imperfect Subjunctive
Note for Literature Students
When There Is No Change in Subject
Imperfect Subjunctive in Adverbial Clauses
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Past Perfect Subjunctive
Conditional Sentences
Concordance of Tenses
Using the Subjunctive with ojalá
Using the Subjunctive with como si
Set Phrases
Future Subjunctive
Future Perfect Subjunctive

8 Conclusion

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone"----GREAT BOOK, BRANDON SIMPSON !!! 5 juin 2008
Par Matthew G. Sherwin - Publié sur
Demystifying Spanish Grammar is quite a good book for Spanish students everywhere. At first I wondered if the book would be able to cover much ground as it is a shorter book than I expected it to be. Wow, was I ever wrong! This Spanish grammar book covers lots of territory and works wonders for helping students of Spanish like me understand basic yet critical concepts about nouns, verbs, prepositions and much more including those pesky Spanish accents. Great!

Here is a list of what the book covers very well:

1) Written accents in Spanish
2) Understanding Ser and Estar
3) Understanding Para and Por (worth the price of admission alone!)
4) Understanding the Imperfect and the Preterit (the simple past tense)
5) Two lengthy sections on understanding the Spanish Subjunctive (excellent)

There are answers to the exercises; a list of other recommended books (wow); an English-Spanish Glossary; extra information on Spanish nouns and even definitions of grammatical terms.

Author Brandon Simpson has an excellent writing style that spells things out remarkably clearly and the overall "feel" of the book is a "user-friendly" one and this book is not difficult to understand. You also still have the ability to re-read parts of the book that are particularly troublesome for you if, for example, you're having trouble differentiating between para and por--this certainly does throw many, many students of Spanish grammar--even the best of students can stumble and fall on this topic.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for people who wish to pursue the formal study of the Spanish language at the entry and intermediate levels. It's also a good book for people who wish to use it to review or refresh their understanding of certain concepts even when they are at the more advanced levels of study. In addition, this book is designed in such a way that you can use it for independent study or you can refer to it when a topic in class just isn't clearly understandable to you. Brandon Simpson has made a huge contribution to the study of the Spanish language; and we are better off for it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good For What it Is 2 juin 2008
Par Michael A. Newman - Publié sur
Don't expect to learn a lot of Spanish or to spend hours reading this book. I went through the entire thing in a couple of hours. The book only goes into six grammatical issues facing foreign learners. For me I picked up a few small tips (using "ser" to indicate event location and a slightly better understanding of when to use the accent mark) but about 95% of the book was covered in my College advance grammer course. The book is good for a quick study before a test in one of the grammar areas and I suspect it is more useful for high school student (who don't have a good understanding of even English grammar) than for College students.

The book does give some acronyms to remember for when to use "ser" vs. "estar" and is good for people that need acronyms to jar their memory.

All in all the material, though sparse is well explained and will be useful for students that have difficulty with the concepts covered.
14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Tool Created by Author Brandon Simpson. 8 août 2008
Par TC - Publié sur
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I am a Spanish major. I am in the process of finishing my last four classes for my B.A. in Spanish. I own too many Spanish reference books to even count. And, I know which areas of grammar usually give non native speakers of the language problems when they write or speak.

A few days ago I recieved this thin, green book in the mail. The title made me curious. I asked myself "Is it possible that this author can demystify Spanish grammar?" Well, the answer is yes. The author, Brandon Simpson, has managed to present and clarify written accents, ser/estar, para/por, the imperfect/preterit, and yes, the dreaded Spanish subjunctive in a very fresh and very user friendly way.

I especially like the way the author uses acronyms like HIDE/STARS to help inforce the usage of the imperfect and the preterit. These types of acronyms along with practice exercises are used throughout the book. And, they do what they were designed to do, they help the learner to remember and understand these often troublesome grammar areas. Mr. Simpson presents all of the above grammar topics in a very precise fashion. His book is a gem for all intermediate to advanced Spanish learners. His creativity and his ability to actually help learners is commendable.

Please note that this book does not cover every aspect of Spanish grammar. The areas mentioned above are the topics of focus. And, if you are studying Spanish, you already know why a focus on these areas and an easy to carry book like this one is necessary.

Brandon Simpson, you did a fine job. I recommend your book to all Spanish learners who want to fine tune their fluency and comprehension of the Spanish language.

Thanks for a wonderful tool!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highest Usefulness-to-Dollar Value I've Ever Seen for Spanish Books 30 octobre 2008
Par Anonymous Coward - Publié sur
This is really one gem of a book!

Brandon chose to cover 6 *practical* areas in Spanish grammar that give non-native speakers the most difficulty. In focusing on these topics, he affords himself the luxury to really delve into each topic and demystify these troublesome points of grammar.

One reviewer (who gave a favorable 4-star review) said "don't expect to learn much Spanish". Brandon's intent was not to teach these topics, but clarify them. You don't learn Spanish from this book -- you learn how to use Spanish CORRECTLY. There's a big difference. This little book is for those of us who have already read the "Por vs Para" or "Ser vs Estar" sections of our textbook, and are still left, at times, scratching our head over which one to use.

Clarifying a focused set of topics would, by itself, make this book worth the price tag. However, this book is special in other ways as well:

First, the book's tone:
Brandon takes on a *very* conversational tone in this book. As I read the book, it felt as if Brandon were sitting in front of me, tutoring me. It's a very personable book, and hence, utterly readable.

Second, Brandon's approach:
One of the remarkable things about this book is how Brandon approaches the demystification. A typical section of this book will:

1. State the difficulties students have with the topic.
2. Discuss the standard treatment of the topic, and why the standard treatment is either insufficient or confusing. In other words, he analyzes and critiques the standard treatment you'd find in a typical textbook.
3. He discusses how he himself stumbled onto his own personal take of the topic.
4. He presents how he himself thinks of the topic, offering illustrative examples of why his take on that particular topic is more effective than the standard treatment.

It's quite remarkable that Brandon chooses to deconstruct the orthodox methodology of Spanish education (e.g. "Ser is permanent and Estar is temporary") and then offer his own replacement methodology.

In that respect, this book actually goes beyond the stated goal of "demystifying Spanish" and begins to approach "Spanish education pedagogy".

My only real criticism of the book is that it left me wanting more of Brandon's insight. I would love to see his take on other topics in Spanish grammar. Perhaps the same book with double the content at double the price.

Which brings me to the last point: the price.

The book is about $12. If you're not completely competent in these topics in Spanish grammar, you would be insane not to plunk down the price of a 6-pack for this book. It is a very high value, very low cost book.

If you're a professor, the book is cheap enough to be on your recommended books list.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Several lessons on a few key points of Spanish Grammar from a talented tutor 20 mai 2008
Par Craig Matteson - Publié sur
Look, I don't know much about Spanish. Most of what I know or can dope out I picked up through my music studies and having to try and read lyrics and texts in various European languages. The only language I studied at all was a year's worth of German as an undergraduate. So, I know a little about what students go through in trying to learn a new language. If you are beyond Spanish 101 and want to get some real help in understanding some key basic elements of the grammar of Spanish works, Brandon Simpson's little book can help you.

Simpson says you should consider this book like sessions with a tutor and I think that is spot on. He sets out to help you with a few problems that his experience tells him most students studying Spanish struggle with.
1) Demystifying the Written Accents in Spanish
2) Demystifying Ser and Estar
3) Demystifying Para and Por
4) Demystifying the Imperfect and the Preterit HIDE/STARS acronyms.
5) And two chapters dealing with the Spanish Subjunctive.

He provides several mnemonics to help you remember the rules, as most good teachers will do, several sets of exercises to help you see if you really understand what you have read, and several appendices to help you get at key information and a list of other books to read and study. Simpson also provides contact information so you can get a hold of him yourself and ask questions.

A handy and useful book. Just remember that it is a few lessons with a tutor to help you learn a few key lessons rather than a big text on the all and all of Spanish grammar.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
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