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Contents of Platiquemos
Units 1 and 2: These chapters contain basic
greetings, words and expressions that will give you a practical
start in learning the language. A primary purpose of Units 1 and
2 is to give students a good grounding in pronunciation. Because
of the importance of pronunciation, each utterance in these units
is spoken by six different speakers, representing Mexico, Spain,
the Caribbean, the Southern Cone. We have also included pronunciations
from non-native speakers with good pronunciations to give you a
basis for comparison. The song for Unit 1 is La Adelita,
perhaps the most famous song from the Mexican Revolution; for Unit
2 La Malagueña from Spain.
Unit 3: Gender of singular nouns and adjectives.
The song for Unit 3 is Alma Llanera, a classic song from
the Llano region of northern South America.
Unit 4: Number in nouns and adjectives, and
the irregular verb estar. The song is En mi viejo San
Juan, from Puerto Rico in the classic "trio" genre which is
found in music from almost every Spanish-speaking country.
Unit 5: The irregular verb ser. The
song is Guitarra, guitarra mía composed by Argentina's immortal
Carlos Gardel and sung by the legendary Trío Los Panchos.
Unit 6: Present tense forms of regular verbs
ending in -ar, and the use of definite articles with titles
in reference to persons. The song is El amor de mi bohío,
a Cuban folk song.
Unit 7: Present tense forms of regular verbs
ending in -er, the demonstrative forms este, ese,
aquel, and the distribution of ser and estar.
The song is Yo vendo unos ojos negros, a folk song from Chile.
Unit 8: Present tense forms of regular verbs
ending in -ir, obligatory contractions, and noun-adjective
agreement. The song is the Mexican National Anthem Himno nacional
de la República Mexicana, representative in both style and lyrics
of patriotic music from all over Latin America.
Unit 9: The irregular auxiliary verb haber,
regular -do forms in the present perfect construction, full
forms of possessives, and adjective position. The song is Cristo
ya nació en Paracaguina, from Nicaragua.
Unit 10: Personal a, direct clitic
pronouns, -do forms functioning as modifiers, theme class
in present tense forms.
Unit 11: Shortened forms of possessives,
the negative particle with verbs, unemphatic "some, any" from English.
Unit 12: Subject pronouns, pronouns after
phrase relators, components of phrases, statement intonation patterns
in normal and contrastive statements, adjective agreement in remote
Unit 13: -ndo forms and the present
progressive construction, possessive constructions with de,
nominalized possessive constructions, question intonation patterns
in information questions, placement of negative participles.
Unit 14: Present tense forms of the irregular
verbs ir, dar, and ver, the periphrastic future
construction, question intonation patterns in yes-no questions,
theme class in -do forms of verbs.
Unit 15: Indirect clitic pronouns with one
object, indirect clitic pronouns with two objects, question intonation
patterns in yes questions, review of possessive constructions.
Unit 16: Redundant constructions with indirect
clitic pronouns, question intonation patterns in "no" questions,
review of possessive constructions.
Unit 17: Past I (preterit) forms of regular
verbs, question intonation patterns in affirmative confirmation
questions, possessive phrases with quien.
Unit 18: Past II (imperfect) tense forms
of regular verbs, past II tense forms of irregular verbs, question
intonation patterns in negative confirmation questions, review of
word order in information questions.
Unit 19: Past I (preterit) and II (imperfect)
in the same construction, question intonation patterns in "echo"
questions, review of Spanish simple tense for English verb construction
Unit 20: Direct and indirect clitics in the
same construction, exclamatory qué, cómo; question
intonation patterns in choice questions, review of postposed full-form
Unit 21: Irregular preterit verb forms (verbs
with extended stems, or verbs taking regular er or ir
endings, verbs with modified stems, verbs with suppleted stems),
statement intonation intonation patterns in deliberate statements,
review of theme class in imperfect tense forms.
Unit 22: Present tense irregular verbs with
stem vowel changing, statement intonation patterns, sentence modifiers,
review of theme class in preterit tense forms.
Unit 23: Present tense irregular verbs (velar
stem extensions and mixed stem-vowel changing), present tense of
miscellaneous irregular verbs (caer, traer, oir, hacer, decir,
saber), statement intonation patterns in leave-taking, review
of the obligatory clause relator que.
Unit 24: Reflexive clitic pronouns, reflexive
clitic pronouns with progressive and periphrastic future verb constructions,
expressions for time of day, review of gender class assignment of
Unit 25: Reflexive and indirect clitic pronouns
in the same construction, review of verb-subject order in dependent
Unit 26: Reflexive and indirect clitic pronouns
in the same construction, review of verb-subject order in certain
Unit 27: Formal and informal command forms
for regular verbs, formal and informal command forms for irregular
verbs, review of nominalized possessives.
Unit 28: Regular and irregular indirect command
forms, hortatory command forms, review of Past I (preterit) tense
Unit 29: Clitic pronouns with command forms,
clitic pronouns in constructions with infinitives and with -ndo
forms, review of present perfect construction.
Unit 30: General review, Units 1 - 29. Verb
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