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OLLENDOR

OLLENDORFF'S NEW METHOD

OF LEARNING TO

READ, WRITE, AND SPEAK

THE SPANISH LANGUAGE

A BRIEF

WITH AN APPENDIX

CONTAINING

BUT COMPREHENSIVE RECAPITULATION OF THE RULES, AS
WELL AS OF ALL THE VERBS, BOTH REGULAR AND IRREGULAR;
SO AS TO RENDER THEIR USE EASY AND FAMILIAR
TO THE MOST ORDINARY CAPACITY

TOGETHER WITH

PRACTICAL RULES FOR THE SPANISH PRONUNCIATION

AND MODELS OF SOCIAL AND COMMERCIAL CORRESPONDENCE

THE WHOLE DESIGNED FOR YOUNG LEARNERS
PERSONS WHO ARE THEIR OWN INSTRUCTORS

BY

AND

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UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1848, by

D. APPLETON & CO.,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of New York.

NOTICE. A KEY to the Exercises of this Grammar is published in

a separate Volume

PREFACE.

THE superiority of OLLENDORFFS METHOD of teaching languages is now so universally acknowledged, both in the United States and in Europe, that an adaptation of it to the EUPHONIC CASTILIAN, or SPANISH LANGUAGE, must be considered as a desideratum to persons wishing to learn it. Divested of the abstractedness of Grammar, it contains, however, all its elements; but it develops them so gradually, and in so simple a manner, as to render them intelligible to the most ordinary capacity. The difficulties are met singly, thoroughly analyzed, and made familiar by dint of a varied and interesting repetition,-the most effectual means to impress them on young and unlearned minds, generally averse to thought or reflection, and always prone to trust to their undisciplined memory, a power often treacherous from want of proper direction. It is, therefore, hardly possible to go through this book with any degree of application, without becoming thoroughly conversant with the colloquial, idiomatic, and classic use of the Spanish language. Consequently, persons transacting business in the countries of which the Spanish is the vernacular tongue, will find this work to be their best guide in learning to speak it with propriety.

For the benefit of persons grammatically acquainted with the English, or other languages, a Synopsis of the Spanish has beer annexed as an Appendix, containing tables of the regular conjugations of the verbs, copious lists of the irregular verbs, general rules of etymology, syntax, &c., by means of which they may learn all the peculiarities of the Spanish, and make themselves perfect masters of it in a very short time, without the assistance of a teacher.

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