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Let’s Play: Add a Word to the Last Word.

Agrega una palabra a la última palabra.  Ejemplo

Flor

Flor – Jardín

Jardín – Rosa

Rosa – Roja

Roja…

We will start very simple. We are using nouns in this game. You can also write the meaning if you wish.  Participants will join a FREE session.

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Expresiones Para Conversar

These are very useful expression to have handy while learning Spanish

Confiesa que…                                                           El / ella / ud. confesses that

Cuenta que…                                                              El/ ella / ud. says that

Piensa que…                                                               El / ella / ud. thinks that

Afirma que…                                                              El / ella / ud. afirms that

Cree que…                                                                  El / ella / ud. believes that

Explica que…                                                             El / ella / ud. explains that

Le parece que…                                                         El / ella / ud. thinks that

Contesta / responde que.                                           El / ella / ud. answers that

Al principio                                                                at first

Primero                                                                       first

Luego                                                                          then; next, later

Enseguida                                                                   immediately

Antes                                                                           before

Antes de eso                                                               before that

Después/más tarde                                                      afterward; later

Después de eso                                                           after that

Por último                                                                   finally (last in a series)

Por fin/finalmente                                                      finally!

Al final                                                                       in the end

Así que / entonces                                                      so…  (logical result)

Por eso                                                                        that’s why

Por consiguiente/ por lo tanto                                    therefore

Sin embargo                                                                however

A pesar de (eso)                                                          despite, in spite of (that) / Nevertheless

A pesar de (que) / aunque                                          even though

Aún así / con todo y eso                                             still, and yet…

Al igual que                                                                just like, as

De la misma manera/forma/modo                              in the same way

Como consecuencia/resultado                                    as a result

Una razón por la cual                                                 one reason why

Ya que, puesto que, como                                          since

Conducir a, llevar a                                                    to lead to

Parecerse a                                                                  to resemble

Ser similar / parecido/ semejante a                            to be similar to

A diferencia de                                                           unlike

Diferenciarse de                                                         differ from

En cambio                                                                   instead

En contraste con                                                         in contrast to / with

Por un lado…                                                             on one hand…

Por otro lado/ por el otro…                                        on the other hand

 

 

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So You Think English is Easy?

Many people think that English is easier than Spanish because of the verbs conjugation. Well… it’s not always the case. Please read to the end. It’s true and funny.

1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present 

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object. 

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row .

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries inFrance . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’ 

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speakUP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report ?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, workUP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.   We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP ! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UPwith a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry UP.

Now, do you think you can learn Spanish?

Note: A Spanish language student shared this article years ago in class. Not sure where he got it from but it made them think twice.

 

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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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