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Spanish All-in-One For Dummies

By: The Experts at Dummies Published: 08-10-2009

A value-packed guide to speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish

Spanish All-in-One For Dummies is the first Dummies All-in-One title in the foreign language category–nearly 800 pages of expert instruction to help people master Spanish basics and beyond. This comprehensive volume features content from all For Dummies Spanish language instruction titles, including Spanish For Dummies, Intermediate Spanish For Dummies, Spanish Verbs For Dummies, and Spanish For Dummies Audio Set. The book's audio CD provides readers with an effective tool to help them start speaking Spanish from day one. Plus, the practical exercises give readers greater confidence in communicating in Spanish, whether traveling or in business.

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Spanish All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 02-14-2022

Spanish is a language that requires verb conjugation according to the person you’re speaking to and speaking about, so starting with present and past participles and the range of subject pronouns, you can talk about doing things all day long — and all day yesterday as well. In learning any language, the ABCs come in handy as does the proper form for all the questions you’ll be asking.

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How to Ask Questions in Spanish

Article / Updated 02-14-2017

When you’re trying to master a new language such as Spanish, you have a lot of questions. Plus, you need question words if you just want to ask for general information. The following table lists the questions you’re likely use:

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How to Conjugate Regular Spanish Verbs

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

As in almost every language, in Spanish you have to conjugate verbs because you use a different form of the verb depending upon who you’re talking to, who you’re talking about, and when the action took place. Conjugating verbs in Spanish means giving them different endings. The following tables show the endings to change (they’re in boldface) for regular verbs ending in –ar and regular verbs ending in –er and –ir. -ar Verbs: hablar (to speak) Person Present Preterit Imperfect Future Conditional Present Subjunctive yo hablo hablé hablaba hablaré hablaría hable tú hablas hablaste hablabas hablarás hablarías hables él, ella, Ud. habla habló hablaba hablará hablaría hable nosotros hablamos hablamos hablábamos hablaremos hablaríamos hablemos vosotros habláis hablasteis hablábais hablaréis hablaríais habléis ellos, ellas, Uds. hablan hablaron hablaban hablarán hablarían hablen -er and -ir Verbs: beber (to drink) and subir (to go up) Person Present Preterit Imperfect Future Conditional Present Subjunctive yo bebo 
subo beb’ 
subí beb’a 
subía beberŽ 
subiré beber’a 
subiría beba 
suba tú bebes 
subes bebiste 
subiste bebías 
sub’as beberás 
subir‡s beber’as 
subirías bebas 
subas él, ella, Ud. bebe 
sube bebió 
subi— bebía 
sub’a beberá 
subir‡ bebería 
subir’a beba 
suba nosotros bebemos 
subimos bebimos 
subimos beb’amos 
subíamos beberemos 
subiremos beber’amos 
subiríamos bebamos 
subamos vosotros bebŽis 
subís bebisteis 
subis beb’ais 
subíais beberŽis 
subiréis beber’ais 
subiríais beb‡is 
subáis ellos, ellas, Uds. beben 
suben bebieron 
subieron beb’an 
sub’an beberán 
subir‡n beberían 
subir’an beban 
suban

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Spanish Subject Pronouns

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

When speaking Spanish, the pronoun you use depends upon the person you’re speaking to and the person you’re speaking about. And, just as in English, you change pronouns according to person — I, you, he or she and we, you, they. The following table shows all the Spanish subject pronouns: Singular Plural 1st Person yo (I) nosotros/as (we [male or mixed group/female]) 2nd Person tœ (you 
[informal]); Ud. (you [formal]) vosotros/as (you [informal; male or mixed group/female]); Uds. 
(you [formal]) 3rd Person Žl (he); ella (she) ellos/as (they [male or mixed group/female])

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Spanish Alphabet

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

The alphabet is the building block of any language, Spanish included. The following table goes through the pronunciation of each of the 27 letters of the Spanish alphabet, which is the same as the English ABCs except for the extra ñ: a (ah) b (bveh) c (seh) d (deh) e (eh) f (eh-feh) g (Heh) h (ah-cheh) i (ee) j (Hoh-tah) k (kah) l (eh-leh) m (eh-meh) n (eh-neh) ñ (eh-nyeh) o (oh) p (peh) q (koo) r (eh-reh) s (eh-seh) t (teh) u (oo) v (bveh) w (doh-bvleh bveh/doh-bvleh oo) x (eh-kees) y (ee gree eh-gah) z (seh-tah)

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How to Form Participles of Regular Spanish Verbs

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Verbs are what breathe life and action into Spanish and every other language. Forming present and past participles in Spanish lets you talk in active present tense to say, “I’m dancing,” and about what you did last night: “I danced!” The following tables show you how to form present and past participles for regular Spanish verbs ending in –ar, –er, and –ir. Forming Present Participles in Spanish Ending Verb Example Meaning Participle Meaning -ar bailar to dance bailando dancing -er comer to eat comiendo eating -ir subir to go up subiendo going up Forming Past Participles in Spanish Ending Verb Example Meaning Participle Meaning -ar bailar to dance bailado danced -er comer to eat comido eaten -ir subir to go up subido gone up

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