Learn 4,000 new words in English!
Spanish speakers learning English will find that words in English are nearly the same as their Spanish counterparts, except for the word ending. This unique book identifies the 23 most common word-ending patterns between these languages and provides almost 4,000 words that follow them. For example, many Spanish words that end in "-ancia" (distancia, importancia, etc.) correspond to English words that end in "-ance" (distance, importance, etc.). Similarly, Spanish words ending in "-ario" (necesario, ordinario, etc.) correspond to English words that end in "-ary" (necessary, ordinary, etc.). Using this system for learning, students can add thousands of new English words to their vocabulary.
Perfect as a classroom supplement or for self-study for ESL students and other Spanish speakers who are learning English, it is appropriate for all ages and levels of experience. The accompanying audio (available for free download) allows students to master pro
nunciation of the most common words and phrases from each chapter by repeating them after a native English speaker.
Tom Means is associate professor of Modern Languages at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York (CUNY). An expert in foreign language learning and teaching, he holds a Ph.D. in Italian and Second Language Acquisition from Rutgers University and he has published widely in the field of foreign language teaching. He is trilingual (English, Italian and Spanish) and also has competency in French and German. His research and practice focus on how languages are best learned and maintained, including the role of technology in language learning and teaching. He is the author of the Instant Vocabulary Builder series for learning Italian, French, Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, and English. Before joining CUNY, Tom taught at Rutgers, Montclair State University, New York University, and Marlboro College in Vermont. He lives in New York City and New Jersey.