The most important distinguishing point between Conversational Spanish Adults: Seeing What You’re Hearing! and every other basic Spanish textbook is the phonetic transcription feature. Every word in the book has “sound mapping” to tell the reader what the word sounds like. Chapter 1 introduces the student to the similarities and differences between the English and Spanish alphabets. Chapter 2 guides the reader through the social niceties of meeting and greeting friends and acquaintances on an everyday basis. The student uses complete sentences to ask about and respond to how his or her partner is feeling. Chapter 3 teaches the reader to tell time in Spanish. The student will chat with his or her partner about today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and how special holidays are celebrated in other cultures. Chapter 4 enables the reader to talk about his or her family, the human body, and winter and summer clothing. The student will tell his or her partner about the rooms in the house and the plants in the yard. The dialogues in Chapter 5 prepare the reader to understand the menu in a Latin American restaurant. One student is the waiter and his or her partner is the guest in the restaurant. They plan a dialogue and present it to their classmates. Chapter 6 takes the reader on a vicarious shopping trip to a Spanish-speaking country. The student has the opportunity to “buy” items such as leather and pottery and discuss clothing sizes and colors with his or her partner. In Chapter 7 the reader travels to Central America and the Caribbean, North America, South America, and Spain by bus, train, plane, and automobile. The student and his or her partner dress appropriately for the weather. In Chapter 8 the reader is introduced to a multitude of hobbies and sports both indoor and outdoor. The student and his or her partner discuss the physical and mental advantages of playing a sport. They also talk about music and the various genres of movies.