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Portada hablamos spanishI hope you enjoyed my last posts. But today I want to tell you something really important.

It isn’t very often that I come across something in the world of Learning Spanish that truly impresses me, but recently I came Across a learn Spanish guide that is simply outstanding. Before telling you what it’s about, I just want you to be clear on What it is NOT.

It is NOT a guide to Spanish that teaches you how to learn Spanish by memorizing every aspect of grammar and vocab before actually learning how to speak it. It does NOT encourage you to hold off taking part in real conversations till you have a large vocabulary..

Learn Spanish / Quiz 7

Como estan tus conocimientos de Español?

Descarga la Prueba # 7 / Interrogacion.

How’s Your knowledge of Spanish

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Spanish Grammar / Spanish Translate Rules

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Rules to create Spanish words from English words.

How to Communicate in Spanish using hundreds of Spanish Words that you can translate easy, using quick rules that you didn’t know you Knew.

You already know hundreds of Spanish words. You just need to learn some easy patterns to translate English words to Spanish.

It’s easy to learn these Spanish words and use them immediately.

The Rule: Most English words that end in “tion” can be made into Spanish by changing “ tion “  to  “ ción “.

Examples:

 English                            Spanish

Action                                Acción

Activation                         Activación

Adoption                          Adopción

Celebration                       Celebración

Description                       Descripción

Evolution                          Evolución

In the PDF ( download version )you can find some more words.

 

The Rule: Many English words that end in “ic” can be made into Spanish by changing “ ic “  to  “ ico “.

Examples:

 English                            Spanish

Academic                         Académico

Electric                             Eléctrico

Alcoholic                           Alcohólico

Geometric                        Geométrico

Hidraulic                           Hidráulico

In the PDF ( download version )you can find some more words.

 

The Rule: Many English words that end in “ate” can be made into Spanish by changing “ ate “  to  “ ar “.

Examples:

 English                            Spanish

Activate                            Activar

Evaporate                         Evaporar

Fabricate                          Fabricar

Calculate                          Calcular

Separate                           Separar

In the PDF ( download version )you can find some more words.

Spanish Vocabulary. Formal and informal phrases

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imagesCA5YHIZJ In Spanish the personal pronoun “Tu” is always used for informal dialogues or phrases, usually with known people, and the personal pronoun “Usted” is used in formal conversations with strangers.

En  español  el pronombre personal  “ Tu “  es siempre utilizado para frases o diálogos informales, generalmente con personas conocidas,Y el pronombre personal  “ Usted “ es utilizado para conversaciones formales o con personas desconocidas.

 

Ejemplos:

– Buenos días, cómo está usted? (formal)

– Estoy bien, gracias.

– Y su familia? (formal)

– Muy bien.

– Hola, cómo estás ? o qué tal? (informal)

– Estoy bien, gracias.

– Y tu familia? (informal)

– Bien Gracias!

– Cuál es su nombre? (formal)

– Mi nombre es Juan. Y usted, cómo se llama? (formal)

– Me llamo Carlos. Es un placer.

– El placer es mío.

– Cuál es tu nombre? (informal)

– Mi nombre es Maria. Y , cómo te llamas?

– Me llamo Andrea. Mucho gusto.

– Encantada.

– Cuál es su profesión? (formal)

– Soy Abogada, y usted? (formal)

– Soy Doctora.

– A qué te dedicas? (informal)

– Soy profesora, y ? (informal)

– Soy periodista.

Ways to Learn a Language

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This guide is for those who, want to get started with learning a language. It offers direction, motivation, and creative ideas toward this end.

Typical expressions at the restaurant

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pareja en restauranteTypical expressions at the restaurant

Let´s take a look at some vocabulary from “the restaurant”, with some of the most typical questions and answers that you might find yourself a part of in a restaurant. We going to use “Usted” (you formal), to the waiter and “Ustedes” to the customers.

Pedro y su novia (Julia)  han ido a cenar a un restaurante. Ahora, Alfredo está hablando con el mesero (waiter).

– Mesero: Buenas noches, ¿Van a cenar?

– Pedro: Sí, la carta por favor.

5 minutos después……

– Mesero: ¿Qué van a comer? (What are you going to eat?)

– Pedro: Quisiera un bisteck (steak).

– Mesero: ¿Cómo le gusta? (here we have 3 possibilities to answer: jugoso (red), termino medio o 3/4 (médium) o bien cocido(well done).

– Pedro: Termino Medio por favor.

– Mesero: ¿Lo va a acompañar con algo?

– Pedro: Papas fritas

– Mesero: Bien, ¿Y la señora qué va a comer?

– Julia: Me gustaría probar el “lomo a la pimienta” (lomo: thick flank/ pimienta= pepper)….y…para acompañarlo quiero una ensalada de remolacha (beet), zanahoria (carrot), tomate(tomato) y cebolla (onion).

– Mesero: Muy bien, ¿Qué van a tomar?

– Pedro: Vino tinto (red wine), una botella de Malbec

– Mesero: Tenemos muchos, ¿Cuál desean?

– Pedro: El más barato, por favor (the cheapest, please)

30 minutos después, Pedro y su novia han terminado de comer; el mesero se acerca.

– Mesero: ¿me puedo llevar los platos? (Can I take the plates?.)

– Julia: Sí, claro

– Mesero: ¿Desean comer algún postre? (any dessert)

– Julia: No, gracias, la cuenta por favor.

– Mozo: Sí, cómo no (yes, of course)

– Alfredo: ¿Aceptan tarjeta de crédito?

– Mesero: No, solamente efectivo. (cash only)

– Pedro: Bien, gracias.

Pedro y Julia salen del restaurante, la cuenta ha sido de 50 $, ellos han dejado 5 $ de propina (tips) para el mesero (En Venezuela se deja normalmente alrededor del 10% del costo de la cena).

 

 

 

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Learn spanish while singing a song

A fun and different way to learn Spanish is listening to music and reading the subtitles, that way we get to know the sounds.
I personally like the music of Enrique Iglesias to learn Spanish because Enrrique has a  smooth and clear voice style, so you can learn Spanish easily.
Listen the song and try to follow the subtitles.

Learn Spanish / Quiz 6

Como estan tus conocimientos de Epañol?

Descarga la Prueba # 6  ” Colores “

How’s your knowledge of Spanish?

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The Español Episodes

It isn’t very often that I come across something in the world of learning Spanish that truly impresses me, but recently I came across probably the best resource I’ve seen for beginner Spanish learners.

Have you ever heard of edutainment? I hadn’t until recently either, it’s a great idea and I kicked myself when I found out! You know how sometimes you find a show on TV or a comic strip that just gets you hooked? One where you just can’t wait for the next episode to find out what happens next?

Introducing…. ‘The Español Episodes: The Latin American adventures of Maria and Miguel’.

The Español Episodes are a series of twelve fantastic online episodes in an interactive eBook format. Every month you can receive instant online access to a new episode. Each episode is like a chapter in a novel. You’ll be left on the edge of your seat craving more Spanish and dying to hear what you’re in for next. Your journey follows Maria and Miguel as they chat with locals, catch buses, make bookings and do enviable activities – while you sit back and relax!

Each episode includes a complete interactive audio conversation in Spanish and in English, as well as a separate Conversation Audio section.
We’ve also included Rocket Languages’ amazing Rocket Record for you to practice and perfect your pronunciation. You can simultaneously be engrossed in reading the Spanish transcripts as the characters as you hear them speak to one another. You’ll be able to say the words and also just how the words look, how they’re spelled, and what they mean!

Read the Spanish transcripts as the characters speak to one another. You’ll learn just how the words, look, how they’re spelled and what they mean! Listen as our friends make bookings, catch buses, arrange activities, and chat with the locals. You’ll quickly learn to recognize exactly how Spanish is supposed to sound too!If you are planning on travelling I would go as far to say that you can’t go without this series. Try Episode One, and see for yourself. You won’t just pick up all of the essential phrases and words to use in your own adventure. You’ll also find out tons about the fascinating Latin American culture and pick up some amazing travel tips.

Your Spanish will take off rapidly. By associating your learning with an enjoyable and engaging story you won’t be able to get the Spanish words out of your head if you tried!
To find out more, go get your first installment of The Español Episodes.
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Learn Spanish / Verb To Be

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The translation for the verb TO BE in Spanish has to different words: “ SER “ or “ ESTAR”. We are going to show you the difference between SER vs ESTAR:

Part I: The Verb: “ SER “

Spanish Quiz 5

Como estan tus conocimientos de Espanol?

Descarga la Prueba # 5

How’s your knowledge of Spanish

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