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El Alfabeto, Las Vocales, Sílabas y Más

The fact that we pronounce the same way as we write, makes the Spanish pronunciation easy and “rolling the r” fun stuff. Just do it like in ♪ “row row row your boat” ♫, that’s it! No worries, it’s not a big deal. It’s OK and it will come naturally with time. Same if you don’t say “yo” but “io” that’s OK as well. Remember, accent changes from town to town, city to city, country to country. The good news is, we will understand you and we are in this class to talk naturally. No perfection on earth is required. With that said, let’s listen and repeat how we pronounce. Relax, follow phonetics, and observe how we divide syllabus.  Repeat and do it the best you can. You can also  print the PDF

A – B – C – CH – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – LL – M – N – Ñ – O – P – Q – R – S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z.

VOCALES

A – E – I – O – U

SILABAS

BA – BE – BI – BO – BU

CHA – CHE – CHI – CHO – CHU

DA – DE – DI – DO – DU

FA – FE – FI – FO – FU

HA – HE – HI – HO – HU

LA – LE – LI – LO – LU

LLA – LLE – LLI – LLO – LLU

MA – ME – MI – MO – MU

NA – NE – NI – NO – NU

ÑA – ÑE – ÑI – ÑO – ÑU

PA – PE – PI – PO – PU

RA – RE – RI – RO – RU

SA – SE – SI – SO – SU

TA – TE – TI – TO – TU

VA – VE – VI – VO – VU –

WA – WE – WI – WO – WU

XA – XE – XI – XO – XU

YA – YE – YI – YO – YU

ZA – ZE – ZI – ZO – ZU

These Spanish syllables don’t follow the rule. Listen to the sound.

CA – KA       QUE –  KE       QUI –  KI       CO – KO       CU 

JA       JE – GE       JI – GI       JO       JU 

GA       GUE      GUI       GO      GU 

Pronunciación

Babel

Cha, cha, cha.

Chico

Dado

Faro

Hola

Lago

Llave

Mano

Nano

Ñato

Padre

Rata

Sapo

Tito

Vaca

Washington

Xenofobia

Yale

Zapato

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Jirafa

Gigante

Jengibre

Gerente

Gallo

Guerra

Guineo

Guzmán

Gota

Guapo

Joven

Juego

Casa

Queso

Kilo

Química

Coco

Cucu

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ALFABETO

 

 

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To Study Is Not The Same As To Do Homework.

How to Study Verbs – Study Guide & Example 

Because these classes are meant for you to become conversational, you need to study as much vocabulary as possible and verbs to build up fluency. To study is not the same as to do homework. Study requires of concentration, using tools, going over the homework, figuring out how it works, adding more, going the extra mile analyzing and using some common sense.

I use colors whenever I want you to see something such as similarities and endings. It helps in the study time. Remember. At this point you should still be using the pronouns until you master conjugations. Don’t rush it.

  1. Study your vocabulary. Start with the words and their meaning. Repeat them, visualize them, repeat again this time aloud and listen to yourself.
  2. Connect the words. Start making short sentences with two or three random words. Repeat them, visualize them, repeat again, but this time aloud and listen to yourself
  3. Look at the verbs conjugations sheet. Try practicing some conjugations from the list of regular verbs. Take as much time as you need to practice it until you feel it’s time to move on. The success of the conjugations is repetition and finding common ground. Look at the colors. They mean something. Add any word you may already know in Spanish. Make it fun!

Here is an example of how to study vocabulary.

  • Yo cocino, yo cociné, yo cocinaré, yo estoy cocinando. (present, past, future and progressive – YO)
  • Tú limpias, tú limpiaste, tú limpiarás, tú estás limpiando. (present, past, future and progressive – TÚ)
  • Yo escucho pop, ella escucha rock, nosotros escuchamos música (present several subjects: YO, ELLA, NOSOTROS. Add something.. a word you may know)
  • Pedro y Pablo comparten la comida hoy. Hoy están compartiendo un sanduche. (just select words to make a sentence)

More examples:

  • yo ayudo en casa, tú trabajas en la oficina y ella nada en el lago.
  • Ayer ayudé en casa, tu trabajaste en la oficina y ella nadó en el lago.
  • La próxima semana yo ayudaré en casa, tu trabajarás en la oficina y ella nadará en el lago.
  • Hoy estoy ayudando en casa, tu estás trabajando en la oficina y ella está nadando en el lago.
  • Luis corre con el perro, María lava los platos y los niños saltan.
  • Ayer Luis corrió con el perro, María lavó los platos y los niños saltaron.
  • Mañana Luis correrá con el perro, María lavará los platos y los niños saltarán.
  • Luis está corriendo con el perro, María está lavando los platos y los niños están saltando.

Continue to write and repeat more verb conjugations.

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How to Lose The Fear of Speaking Spanish to Get Along with Others

Whether you are interested in learning Spanish or any other language, you want to be able to get along with others in that language.

What good does it do learning a second language we cannot speak because the anxiety takes over? Fear is a tremendous barrier when it comes to speaking a new language. At Becoming Bilingual, we make sure you feel comfortable enough to speak it. Making a mistake is part of the learning process and we have fun with it. Here you interact with others LIVE – ONLINE and with a native instructor. You get all the help and tools you need to become fluent.

Becoming Bilingual has day and evening sessions. Group and Private Classes. Each group session is 90 minutes. Students can talk, write, share and receive feedback all Live. Students have available activities to practice 24/7.

Have you ever wondered if an adult or senior can learn a second language? The answer is absolutely! They, as well as a child, learn faster for one simple reason: They don’t bother much about the grammar or the “why”, they just want to talk and that by itself makes their learning process much easier. We pride of our two 85+ year old students and both speak Spanish very well! Want to know more? One of them is an online student!

If you want to lose the fear and anxiety that comes with speaking a second language with others; then, Becoming Bilingual is the place for you. No judgement, no anxiety and no stress over it. Here it is all about having fun!

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Hispana? Hispanic? (Bilingual Post)

Hablamos Español

La primera vez que escuché a alguien preguntarme si soy Hispana fue en los Estados Unidos. En mi país, Colombia, jamás alguien me preguntó eso. En los paises latinoamericanos preguntamos de manera diferente: Eres Argentina? Colombiana? Mexicana, Guatemalteca? Hondureña, etc. Utilizamos el pais para definir la nacionalidad de la persona o preguntamos simplemente “De qué país eres?” “De dónde eres?”. Tampoco escuché a nadie preguntar si un Americano es Estadounidense. Todos nos consideramos americanos. En realidad lo somos. Definimos a los “Americanos” como “Norteamericano o Gringo” y así mismo “Centroamericanos” o “Suramericanos / Sudamericanos.”

A propósito, en mi pais “gringo” no es ofensivo como mucha gente lo piensa. Gringo quiere decir alguien blanco, rubio, delgado y atlético. Era la percepción que teníamos de los norteamericanos.  Es mucho más fácil que decir “ES – TA – DOU – NI – DEN – SE.”

The first time I heard someone ask me if I’m Hispanic was in the United States. In my country, Colombia, nobody ever asked me that. In Latin American countries we ask differently: Are you Argentinean? Colombian? Mexican, Guatemalan? Honduran, etc. We use the country to define the nationality of the person or we simply ask “What country are you from?” “Where are you from?”. I also did not hear anyone ask if an American is American. We all consider ourselves Americans. Actually, we are. We define “Americans” as “North Americans or Gringos” and also “Central American” or “South American / South American.”

By the way, in my country “gringo” is not offensive as many people think. Gringo only means, someone white, blond, slim, athletic. That was the perception we had of a North-american person. It’s easier than to say  “ES – TA – DOU – NI – DEN – SE.”

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Memorize

via Daily Prompt: Memorize  We all know many people and schools like to use flash cards. They are great, I have used them with my students; however, when it comes to learning a second language there is a better way and it has proven to be successful because students get to remember the word and learn to use it in the context of a statement.

STEPS TO MEMORIZE VOCABULARY.Vocabulary Chart

  1. Read all the words of the vocabulary.
  2. Go back a read it again but this time visualize, imagine the word.
  3. Go back and connect the words.
  4. Go back and create a story using words from previous vocabulary or add your own with the help of a dictionary.
  5. Go back a read your story aloud.

Example

  1. Read all the words once.

Libro, lápiz, me gusta, manzana, fresas, contigo, ayer, hoy, la tarde, perro

  1. Read them again visualizing them.

Libro:               Imagine the book, you reading it, big, old, great, blue, on the table..

Lápiz:              Imagine a pencil, writing with the pencil, cute pencil, broken pencil, yellow…

Me gusta:        Me gusta comer, bailar, correr… see yourself doing it

Manzana:        Picture yourself buying it, cutting it, eating it, holding it.

Fresas:            Make a juice, eat it with chocolate, enjoying it.

Contigo:           see your friend with you, a dog with you,

Hoy:                 Think of what you would do today.

La tarde:          Imagine what would you do in the afternoon.

Perro:              See a big dog, a puppy, a sleeping dog, a playing dog or a dog peeing your door.

  1. Connect the words

√   El libro y el lápiz.

√  Me gustan las manzanas, las fresas, el libro y el lápiz.

√  En el parque contigo y mi perro

  1. Create a story and see it, imagine it.

“Me gusta el parque. Hoy por la  tarde, voy contigo y el perro. Leo un libro y escribo. También como manzanas y fresas.”

  1. Read it aloud so you can hear yourself.

That is a vocabulary that you will learn by heart for life. Try it. You can do it. ☺