Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological Approach by David Brodsky

Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological Approach

byDavid Brodsky

Paperback | February 1, 2008

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$48.62 online 
$52.50 list price save 7%
Earn 243 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Unlike other vocabulary guides that require the rote memorization of literally thousands of words, this book starts from the premise that using the etymological connections between Spanish and English words—their common derivations from Latin, Greek, and other languages—is the most effective way to acquire and remember vocabulary. This approach is suitable for beginners as well as for advanced students. Teachers of the language will also find much material that can be used to help motivate their students to acquire, and retain, Spanish vocabulary.

Spanish Vocabulary is divided into four parts and four annexes:

  • Part I provides background material on the origins of Spanish and begins the process of presenting Spanish vocabulary.
  • Part II presents "classical" Spanish vocabulary—words whose form (in both Spanish and English) is nearly unchanged from Latin and Greek.
  • Part III deals with "popular" Spanish vocabulary, which underwent significant changes in form (and often meaning) during the evolution from Latin to Spanish. A number of linguistic patterns are identified that will help learners recognize and remember new vocabulary.
  • Part IV treats a wide range of themes, including words of Germanic and Arabic origin, numbers, time, food and animals, the family, the body, and politics.
  • Annex A: Principal exceptions to the "Simplified Gender Rule"
  • Annex B: 700 words whose relations, if any, to English words are not immediately obvious
  • Annex C: -cer verbs and related words
  • Annex D: 4,500 additional words, either individually or in groups, with English correspondences

About The Author

David Brodsky, , who currently resides in Aix-en-Provence, France, is also the author of Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r) and French Verbs Made Simple(r). He holds advanced degrees from MIT and Yale University.
Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r)
Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r)

by David Brodsky

$15.99$19.92

Available for download

Not available in stores

French Verbs Made Simple(r)
French Verbs Made Simple(r)

by David Brodsky

$21.29$26.58

Available for download

Not available in stores

Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren
Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren

by Charles Reitz

$45.59$56.99

Available for download

Not available in stores

Details & Specs

Title:Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:653 pages, 9.23 × 6.17 × 1.72 inPublished:February 1, 2008Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292716680

ISBN - 13:9780292716681

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological Approach

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Abbreviations and Symbols
  • Simplified Gender Rule
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Background
    • 1.1. Spanish as a Romance Language
    • 1.2. "Learned" versus "Popular" Words
    • 1.3. Latin: A Few Useful Tools
  • Part II: Classical Vocabulary
    • 2.1. "Learned" Latin Words
    • 2.2. "Learned" Greek Words
  • Part III: Popular Vocabulary: The Shape of Spanish
    • 3.1. Addition of "Helping" e: esnob = snob
    • 3.2. Initial f to h: higo = fig
    • 3.3. Vowel Changes: e to ie, o to ue, etc.
    • 3.4. Basic Consonant Changes: p/b, t/d, c/g
    • 3.5. Other Distinctive Consonants (or Lack Thereof)
  • Part IV: Selected Topics
    • 4.1. Goths and Other Germans
    • 4.2. Arabs and Muslims
    • 4.3. Numbers and Quantities
    • 4.4. Time
    • 4.5. Ser and Estar
    • 4.6. Food and Animals
    • 4.7. Religion
    • 4.8. The Family
    • 4.9. Body, Spirit, and Mind
    • 4.10. Romance (Languages) and Politics
  • Annexes: Additional Words
    • A. Principal Exceptions to the "Simplified Gender Rule"
    • B. 700 Not-So-Easy Words
    • C. Verbs Ending in -cer and Related Words
    • D. 4,500 Relatively Easy Words
  • Selected References