Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish

Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish


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Learn the basics of the Spanish language with this easy-to-use guide by one of America's most prominent language teachers.

Anyone can read, write, and speak Spanish in only a few short weeks with this unique and proven method, which completely eliminates rote memorization and boring drills. With original black and white illustration by Andy Warhol, Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish will provide readers with a solid foundation upon with to build their language skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385410953
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/28/1989
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 40,572
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.15(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Margarita Madrigal was an American language teacher who wrote 25 books on seven languages, including the popular Madrigal's Magic Key to... and An Inviatation to... series.

Table of Contents

1.Leccion Numero Uno1
Words that are identical in Spanish and English
How to convert English words into Spanish words
How to form sentences
Lists of words that are similar or identical in Spanish and English
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "al," "ble," "ic," "ent," and "ant"
Basic differences in spelling between Spanish and English
2.Leccion Numero Dos14
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "ist," "ous," and "ion"
The use of these words in sentences
3.Leccion Numero Tres23
How to convert nouns that end in "ion" into verbs
How to form questions
4.Leccion Numero Cuatro27
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "ty"
Conversation using "tome" (I took) and "tomo" (you took)
5.Leccion Numero Cinco33
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "ry" and "em"
Conversation using "visite" (I visited) and "invite" (I invited)
6.Leccion Numero Seis39
A simple way of converting English verbs into Spanish verbs
How to use these verbs in sentences
7.Leccion Numero Siete46
Conversation using "hable" (I spoke, talked)
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "ce" and "cy"
8.Leccon Numero Ocho52
An easy way to convert Spanish nouns you know into verbs
How to form questions in the past tense
9.Leccion Numero Nueve62
How to greet people
Conversation using "Como esta?" (How are? How is?)
10.Leccion Numero Diez68
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "in" or "ine"
Conversation using "compre" (I bought) and "compro" (you bought)
11.Leccion Numero Once75
How to express future action
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "ive"
Test Your Progress82
12.Leccion Numero Doce87
Further practice in expressing future action
Conversation using "trabajar" (to work)
The days of the week
13.Leccion Numero Trece95
Verbs that end in "er" and "ir"
Practice in expressing future action with these verbs
How to form adverbs
14.Leccion Numero Catorce101
How to form the past tense singular of "er" and "ir" verbs
List of "er" and "ir" verbs that are similar to their English equivalents
How to form the plural of nouns
15.Leccion Numero Quince109
Conversation using "ver" (to see) and "trabajar" (to work)
How to use Spanish adjectives
16.Leccion Numero Diez y Seis115
Conversation using "leer" (to read)
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "cle" and "y"
17.Leccion Numero Diez y Siete121
How to form the past tense plural of "ar" verbs
Conversation using "pasar" (to pass, to spend time)
18.Leccion Numero Diez y Ocho129
Past tense plural of "er" and "ir" verbs
The months of the year
19.Leccion Numero Diez y Nueve138
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "ct"
Conversation using "cantar" (to sing) and "oir" (to hear)
20.Leccion Numero Veinte146
Conversation using "estar" (to be)
How to form Spanish words from English words that end in "ure" and "ute"
Test Your Progress153
21.Leccion Numero Veintiuno157
How to form the Spanish equivalents of English participles that end in "ing"--"singing," "working," etc.--and their use in conversation
22.Leccion Numero Veintidos164
How to form the present tense singular of "ar" verbs
Conversation using these verbs
23.Leccion Numero Veintitres173
How to form the present tense singular of "er" and "ir" verbs
Conversation using these verbs
Further practice with Spanish adjectives
24.Leccion Numero Veinticuatro181
How to form the plural of the present tense
25.Leccion Numero Veinticinco191
A simple way to convert Spanish verbs into nouns
Conversation using "tuve" (I had) and "estuve" (I was)
26.Leccion Numero Veintiseis203
Use of "ir" (to go) in the present and past tenses
Conversation using "hice" (I did, made) and "vine" (I came)
27.Leccion Numero Veintisiete213
How to form the present perfect tense with the auxiliary "haber ..." (to have ...)
Conversation using these verbs
28.Leccion Numero Veintiocho224
Spelling changes in verbs
The numbers
29.Leccion Numero Veintinueve238
Complete review of the most useful and important tenses of verbs
Further practice in using these verbs
30.Leccion Numero Treinta245
Verbs that have slight changes in the stem
Test Your Progress256
31.Leccion Numero Treinta y Uno260
An easy way to learn irregular verbs
A list of the principal irregular verbs showing their similarity to each other
The present and past tenses of these verbs
32.Leccion Numero Treinta y Dos280
How to use him, her, and you in Spanish conversation
33.Leccion Numero Treinta y Tres290
Dialogues using him, her, and you
34.Leccion Numero Treinta y Cuatro300
How to use to him, to her, to you, and for him, for her, for you in Spanish conversation
35.Leccion Numero Treinta y Cinco308
Further practice in the use of to him, to her, to you
How to combine pronouns
36.Leccion Numero Treinta y Seis314
Practice using the irregular verbs in conversation
37.Leccion Numero Treinta y Siete327
Verbs which end in "cer"
How to use "me gusta" (I like) and "le gusta" (you like)
A menu vocabulary
38.Leccion Numero Treinta y Ocho341
How to use "me" (myself) and "se" (yourself)
Test Your Progress362
39.Leccion Numero Treinta y Nueve367
How to say I used to ... you used to ... in Spanish
40.Leccion Numero Cuarenta378
How to give commands in Spanish
List of frequently used commands
Test Your Progress390
41.Leccion Numero Cuarenta y Uno394
How to express hope, fear, doubt, and desire in Spanish
42.Leccion Numero Cuarenta y Dos411
How to express past hopes, fears, doubts, and desires in Spanish
How to say I would ... you would ... etc., in Spanish
43.Leccion Numero Cuarenta y Tres424
Stem-changing verbs I, II, III
Lists of all types of stemchanging verbs
44.Leccion Numero Cuarenta y Cuatro436
Irregular past participles
Verbs that end in "uir"
Impersonal verbs
How to use the verb "deber" (should, ought, must)
Passive voice
Negatives and double negatives
45.Leccion Numero Cuarenta y Cinco443
The familiar form of address
Stresses and accents
Common Spanish Expressions451

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Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my boyfriend, because I am from El Salvador, and he MUST learn spanish to speak to my mom! This book is great to learn the language! The author teaches the most important parts first and then goes into more detail, and she also makes you understand the relationship between english words and spanish words, so you easily understand how to pronounce them. Also she teaches conversations early in the book, so you can actually start practicing. I am so glad I bought this book for my boyfriend! After just a few weeks from starting the book he can actually converse with my mom! :o)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book about 6 years ago. I just came to this site to see if she had any other materials available and decided to write this review. Like I said, I bought the book about 6 yrs ago but just decided to read it last spring in preparation for a missionary trip that I was taking to Mexico. Well, the book was very helpful, but I crammed in about 2 months and forgot most of what I had learned when I got there. I came home in July and reviewed everything I read and read about 3/4 of the way through the book. I went back to Mexico again in September. The difference was amazing! I have never taken a Spanish lesson in my life, yet with the help of this book I was able to communicate quite well with the kids. I could get most ideas across to adults, and could converse enough to buy goods at the store. I am trying to finish the book before I go back in January, but I want to say, I cannot picture it being any easier than this. This book is great. It makes it fun, and through repetition and exercise you really learn enough to get by without a huge amount of effort. Thanks Margarita!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well-organized and clear enough to make learning Spanish on your own a lot of fun. For starters, the book provides an introduction to Spanish grammar, followed by verb lists, exercises on forming sentences, and exercises on translation. I would recommend it to both beginners and to Spanish speakers looking for a refresher course or reference material. The author focuses quite a bit on cognates - the words that are similar in both Spanish and English - so you can build your vocabulary pretty quickly and easily. Also, this book addresses past tense before you get to the present tense, which is great for learning conversational Spanish. The exercises are also useful because they give you plenty of practice, plus the answers are provided so you can check on your progress. If you really want to make the most of this book, try using it with the Learning Spanish Like Crazy audio course. It will teach you a lot of spoken Spanish in a way that will help you retain everything you've read and learned in Madrigal's. I would highly recommend keeping this book on hand as a learning tool and as a reference for later on in your Spanish studies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is absolutely great. It makes the study and teaching easy, fun and very enjoyable. I, as a Spanish teacher in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, have personally learned a lot about my own language and been able to help several people who have been inmersed with me into the fascinating world of learning the spanish language. In ten years teaching Spanish I have worked with this book and all my students who know it, have a very nice opinion about it and, in order to learn Spanish by themselves when it is not possible for them to be tutored, my students keep asking me what method is the best and I have always reccomended this one since I have seen so many other ones and some of them are boring, complicated, slow and take a long time to get through the whole book and, at the very end, they end up just speaking a few sentences. Some other methods are great, but I find this one as the best. I also want to thank this exceptional author for habe been written this great book, which is for me an excellent support tool in my everyday leesons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have purchased 30 or more books teaching Spanish to the non-speaker. . . this one is by far the best. Simply learning vocabulary is not enough when trying to communicate in Espanol, whether you are attempting to speak or to listen. This book easily and fully explains the how and why of this beautiful language, complimenting any good Spanish dictionary. Learning a new language is a slow process and Ms. Madrigal lessens your fears and helps you to succeed at your own speed. If you can only purchase one book - this MUST be it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have so many apps, cds, and books but this is the easiest one to learn from of them all. Its so symplified that you remember what your taught. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book helped me speak, read, and write in Spanish as if I was a native speaker! I completed the course in only 3 weeks. I couldn't put the book down.
4crazyboys More than 1 year ago
This book is so helpful! It begins explaining how there's thousands of words in Spanish that you already know. For instance, English words ending in -or- like doctor, professor, aggressor etc... are the same. Also this book goes on to explain how to convert English forms of words into Spanish quickly and easily. I really like how this book teaches the past tense first which is what we mostly use in our stories and discussions with people anyway. This book has been so helpful and has given me an understanding of the Spanish language that I never had before. Is it easy to learn a new language? NO. It takes work and dedication and practice but the book certainly makes it easier. My only negative opinion is typos. Typos are abundant in this edition and I wonder if I had the hard copy if it would be so riddled with spelling errors and typos. Somebody needs to have edited this better like say, an actual NATIVE speaker who could spot these things quickly. That is the only reason I gave it a 4 star rating.
RBHolb More than 1 year ago
I've been using this book as a review, and I am enjoying it. Instead of memorizing lists of grammatical rules, the reader starts by getting rules for converting (many) English words into Spanish. This is a way of easing the reader into learning, and is a great way to build a Spanish vocabulary. On the negative side: There is no recording to go along with it, and the vocabulary is a little dated (learning how to say "Don Ameche did not invent the telephone" is a joke few will get anymore). Nonetheless, I recommend this book to anyone trying to teach tehmselves Spanish.
Raven-Rainstorm More than 1 year ago
This one was shown to me by and school teacher, she uses it in her 1-5yr old classes. I bought it and it is very helpful. It stares off in some of the ealiler lesson showing you the class related words in english and spanish, this is helpful in that you gain many words easyer just by the raltionship. For example doctor is doctor in both however the verbal acent is in a different place. The books goes on to add phrases and word banks and more. It your wondering how well one really learns with it, i will say this. I really just read through it pick it up now and then,have trying and i picked up a lot. I knew much of what i heard i did however have trouble with the correct accent since your are just reading the langage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST Spanish book I have come across. I would give it 6 stars if there were 6 to give.It is easy to follow and understand. I have two Spanish text books which are not as great as this book.
ReadOneforMe More than 1 year ago
For beginners, this book is highly recommended. It reads well and is understandable. I started a Spanish class at a senior center, and we started out with words and verbs. What I really needed from the beginning were the words that form sentences, that is, (el-the, una-an, un-a,) This book teaches about how to place endings on words. It is a great tool for any person who is taking Spanish for the first time. It will be a great reference tool as classes progress.
CharmedLife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very helpful book that made me realize I already knew a lot more Spanish than I thought! I'll admit that I haven't been able to finish reading it (yet), but I got a lot out of it.
xandreax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
very helpful! a great beginning book for someone serious about learning Spanish. It will give you a good solid foundation for vocabulary and grammar.
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I purchased this months ago because it told me it would be available in may... now the date has arrived and it says September?! What a joke.
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