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Preface ix Acknowledgments xi CHAPTER 1: Getting Started 3 Pronunciation of Spanish 3 Nouns and Plurals 5 Articles and Plurals 6 Names of Animals 6 CHAPTER 2: The Body and How to Describe It 11 Adjectives 11 External Body Parts 14 Internal Organs 15 CHAPTER 3: Verbs: Where the Action Is 19 Regular Verbs 19 Weak-Kneed Verbs 22 CHAPTER 4: Irregular Verbs 25 Four Essential Irregular Verbs: tener, estar, ser, and ir 25 World's Simplest Verb: hay 32 CHAPTER 5: How Long Has the Cow Had a Fever? 33 Duration of Time 33 The Present Perfect 34 The Verb dar 36 Feeding Vocabulary 37 CHAPTER 6: The Past and Accidents 41 Past Time Verbs 41 Accidents 46 CHAPTER 7: Telling People What to Do 49 Verbal Shorthand 49 Giving Commands 50 Giving Something to Somebody 53 Polite Suggestions 54 CHAPTER 8: Taking a Clinical History 57 CHAPTER 9: The Diagnostic Exam 61 CHAPTER 10: Cattle 67 Special Vocabulary 68 Illnesses 69 CHAPTER 11: Horses 75 Special Vocabulary 76 Illnesses 76 CHAPTER 12: Sheep and Goats 79 Special Vocabulary 79 Illnesses 80 CHAPTER 13: Swine 83 Special Vocabulary 83 Illnesses 84 CHAPTER 14: Dogs and Cats 87 Special Vocabulary 87 Illnesses 89 CHAPTER 15: Exotic Pets 93 Special Vocabulary 93 APPENDIX: Registration Forms 99 Answer Key to Exercises 103 Dictionary 109

About the Author

Bonnie Frederick is Professor of Spanish at Texas Christian University. She has published several books on women's literature, and she is co-author, with Dr. Mosqueda, of Spanish for Animal Scientists and Food Animal Producers. Juan Mosqueda is a Professor of Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Natural Sciences, Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico.


"A useful feature is access to a Web site where readers can listen to native pronunciation of words and download pronunciation exercises. As a teaching tool, this is priceless, particularly because most communications between veterinarians and Spanish speaking clients will be oral.... This book is a useful introduction to Spanish.... Any attempts to communicate to owners in their native language will be met with relief and appreciation, and the book succeeds in providing a basic working version of the Spanish language." - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, December 2008

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