Tactical Spanish for Law Enforcement Officers

Table of Contents

Introduction

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Unit 1   Spelling words & names

2
Vocabulary:  Alphabet & Cognates
2
Vocabulary:  Cognates
3
Mini-Grammar: Verb To Write
4
Cultural Info: Last names ending in S
4
Check point
4

Unit 2     Talking to adults and children

5
Mini Grammar:  Masculine and Feminine Words
5
Cultural Info:  Formal and Informal Spanish
6
Vocabulary:  Basic Traffic Stop Words
8
Vocabulary:  Spanglish
9
Check Point
9

Unit 3      Courtesy

11
Vocabulary :  Greetings & Basic Commands
11
Cultural Info:  Mexican & Border Slang
13
Mini Grammar:  Basic Conjugation
13
Check Point
13

Unit 4     Asking someone's  name

14
Vocabulary:  Field Interview Questions
14
Cultural Info:  The Name Game
15
Mini-Grammar:  What & Which
15
Check point
16

Unit 5    Conducting a routine traffic stop

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Vocabulary:  Traffic Stop Commands and Questions
17
Mini Grammar:  Basic Conjugation
18
Cultural Info:  The Police
18
Check Point
18

Unit 6   Asking age, weight & height

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Vocabulary:  Numbers
20
Vocabulary:  Asking someone's weight
21
Vocabulary:  Asking someone's height
22
Vocabulary:  Asking someone’s age
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Cultural Info:  Quinceañera
22
Mini-Grammar:  Three basic verbs
22
Check Point
23

Unit 7   Asking someone's date of birth

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Vocabulary:  The time
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Vocabulary :  Months of the year
24
Vocabulary:  Asking someone's date of birth
24
Vocabulary:  Days of the week
25
Mini Grammar:  Verb: To be born
26
Cultural Info:  Happy Birthday
26
Check Point
26

Unit 8    Describing people and objects

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Vocabulary:  Colors
27
Vocabulary:  Skin Color
27
Vocabulary:  People
28
Vocabulary:  Features
28
Vocabulary:  Sizes
29
Vocabulary:  Clothing
29
Mini Grammar:  Applying proper gender
30
Vocabulary:  Describing people
30
Cultural Info:  Terms of Endearment and nicknames
31
Vocabulary:  Objects
31
Check Point
32

Unit 9    Giving Directions

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Vocabulary:  Places
33
Mini Grammar:  Verb To Be -Temporary & Permanent
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Vocabulary:  Prepositions
34
Vocabulary:  Giving Directions
34
Cultural Info:  Colloquial expressions
34
Check Point
35

Unit 10  Handling Traffic Accidents

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Vocabulary:  Transportation
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Vocabulary:  Questions for Traffic Accidents
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Mini Grammar:   Verb To Be - Temporary/ Plural
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Cultural Info:  Slang for Transportation
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Check Point
37

Unit 11    Asking about Family Background

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Vocabulary:  The Family
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Vocabulary:  Race
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Vocabulary:  Nationality
39
Cultural Info:  Profanities
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Grammar Note:  Verb: To Live
40
Check Point
40

Unit 12    Searching for Weapons & Drugs

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Vocabulary:  Weapons
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Vocabulary:  Parts of the Body
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Vocabulary:  Arrest
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Vocabulary:  Drugs
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Mini Grammar:  The future tense
43
Cultural Info:  Slang for Drugs
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Check Point
43

Unit 13   Asking questions for Field Interview/ Citation/ Booking Sheet

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Mini Grammar:  Present Perfect Tense
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Vocabulary:  Questions for Field Interview/Citation/Booking Sheet
45
Cultural Info:  Getting Personal
47
Check Point
47

Unit 14   Conducting a sobriety test

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Vocabulary:  Questions for DUI
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Mini Grammar:  For + ing Verbs
49
Cultural Info:  Slang for Alcohol related words
49
Check Point
49

Unit 15   Handling Domestic Violence

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Vocabulary:  Family Members II
50
Cultural Info:  Godparents
50
Vocabulary:  Questions for Domestic Violence
50
Mini Grammar:  Verbs for Domestic Violence
51
Check Point
52

Unit 16   Establishing the Circumstances of the Crime

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Vocabulary: Type of Hair
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Vocabulary: Jewelry
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Mini Grammar:  Verb To Know
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Mini Grammar:  Impersonal Past Plural
54
Cultural Info:  Slang for Crime & Punishment
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Check Point
55

Unit 17    Obtaining information about Gangs

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Mini Grammar:  Verb To See
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Cultural Info:  Colloquial expressions with "andar"
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Check Point
57

EXERCISES

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Exercise 1   Spelling Words
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Exercise 2   Masculine And Feminine Words (Definite Article)
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Exercise 3   Masculine And Feminine (Indefinite Article)
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Exercise 4   Masculine And Feminine (Plural)
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Exercise 5   Formal and Informal Spanish
63
Exercise 6   Basic Traffic Stop Words
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Exercise 7   Courtesy
65
Exercise 8   Asking someone’s name
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Exercise 9   Field Interview Questions I
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Exercise 10  Traffic Stop Commands
70
Exercise 11  Conducting a Routine Traffic Stop
71
Exercise 12  Basic Conjugation
71
Exercise 13  Numbers
73
Exercise 14  Months and Days
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Exercise 15  Asking someone’s date of birth
77
Exercise 16  Asking Height, Weight & Age
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Exercise 17  Describing people
79
Exercise 18  Time
81
Exercise 19  Colors And Objects
82
Exercise 20  Clothing
84
Exercise 21  Describing people’s clothing II
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Exercise 22  Describing people by sizes and features
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Exercise 23  General questions for Describing people
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Exercise 24  Nationality
90
Exercise 25  Family
92
Exercise 26  Occupations
95
Exercise 27  To Be (Permanent)
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Exercise 28  To Be (Past Tense)
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Exercise 29  To Know (people/ places/data)
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Exercise 30  To recognize
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Exercise 31  Places/ To work
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Exercise 32  “To Be" (Temporary)
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Exercise 33  To Be (Temporary – Past Tense)
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Exercise 34  Prepositions/ Directions
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Exercise 35  Weapons
110
Exercise 36  Body parts
111
Exercise 37  Arrest/ Commands
112
Exercise 38  Future Tense
113
Exercise 39  Drugs
114
Exercise 40  Transportation
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Exercise 41  Handling Traffic Accidents
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Exercise 42  To want
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Exercise 43  To drink/ to take
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Exercise 44  To Drink & To Take (Past Tense)
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Exercise 45  Field Interview II
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Exercise 46   Conducting a Sobriety Test
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Exercise 47  Handling Domestic Violence
126
Exercise 48   Time Details
131
Exercise 49   Establishing circumstances of the crime
132
Exercise 50  Hair
135
Exercise 51  Jewelry
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Exercise 52  Crime Related Verbs
137
Exercise 53  Physical Abuse/ Domestic Violence
140
Exercise 54  Basic Traffic Stop Part 2
141
Exercise 55  Obtaining information about Gangs
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ANSWERS

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VOCABULARY

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Alphabet (Alfabeto)
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Pronunciation   (Pronunciación)
161
Numbers (Números)
162
Months (Meses)
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Days   (Días)
162
Time   (La Hora)
162
Hair   (Pelo)
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Clothing   (Ropa)
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Colors   (Colores)
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Sizes   (Tamaños)
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Jewelry   (Alhajas)
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Objects   (Objetos)
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Family members
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People   (Gente)
165
Race    (Raza)
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Features   (Señas particulares )
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Nationality   (Nacionalidad)
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Places   (Lugares)
167
Prepositions   (Preposiciones)
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Directions   (Direcciones)
167
Transportation   (Transporte)
167
Weapons   (Armas)
168
Arrest   (Arresto)
168
General commands   (Imperativos Generales)
168
Field interview/ citation/ booking sheet (formularios)
169
Additional questions and phrases for a citation
170
Parts of the body   (Partes del cuerpo)
171
Drugs (Drogas)
171
D.U.I.   (Manejando bajo la influencia)
172
Sobriety test   (Examen  de sobriedad)
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Diseases   (Enfermedades)
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First aid questions   (Preguntas de primeros auxilios)
174
Crime report questions   (Informe sobre crimen)
175
Domestic violence   (Violencia doméstica)
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Profanities   (Malas palabras)
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Danger expressions  (Expresiones de peligro)
178
Dayworkers (Jornaleros)
179
Cognates – Nouns
180
Cognates – Verbs
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