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How to Lose the Fear of Speaking “Spanglish.”

How to Lose the Fear of Speaking “Spanglish.”

We are often shy when it comes to making mistakes, especially when we don’t have “YET” all the tools or experience necessary because “We are just learning.” In this video I will mention how to recognized the problem and to build confidence to overcome it. Also, I’ll  make them available for you to practice and to learn Spanish while enjoying it.

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Las Partes del Cuerpo

I always find students asking for the different parts of the body. Here, there is a picture to start with; then, print the crossword and practice. If there is a word that your don’t know, use the dictionary.

Crucigrama las partes del cuerpo

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Perú, Tierra Única! Watch, Listen and Read

La National Geographic presenta un reportaje único sobre el Perú, la tierra de los Incas. Una tierra de una riqueza y patrimonio histórico únicos.  Machu Picchu, es un antiguo poblado andino que data del siglo XV. Una obra maestra de ingeniería y arquitectura declarada patrimonio de la humanidad en 1983.

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View of the Machu Picchu landscape. Machu Picchu is a city located high in the Andes Mountains in modern Peru.

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2. Spanish Popular Slang

Cada loco con su tema:  (every crazy person has a subject) “It’s his / her hobbyhorse.

Ejemplo: déjalo que hable.  (Let him talk.)

 

Me cae gordo: (To fall fat on me)He/she is a pain.

Ejemplo: Ese político me cae gordo. (That politician is a pain.) Continue reading 2. Spanish Popular Slang

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Learning Conjugations? Keep It Simple

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When learning conjugations it’s easy to fall in the trap of thinking too much and complicating the answer. Until you master conjugations, keep it simple. Remember, usually the question tells you the conjugation and the pronoun. Do not change it. You will make a great progress if you just remember that when the question is addressed to “YOU“; then you answer in the “I” form.  Example: Do you study Spanish? Yes,  I do.  Same for the plural. Do “YOU ALL” study Spanish? Yes WE do. Other than that, you should keep the same conjugation and pronoun as you would in English. Also, we are going to write pronouns until conjugations become a second nature to you. Let’s see how this work in Spanish.

Infinitivo:  Hablar = to speak

Practice: hablar / español =  speak / Spanish.

Conjugación: 

Yo hablo = I speak

hablas – you speak (informal you) Continue reading Learning Conjugations? Keep It Simple

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En El Restaurante – Vocabulario

Learning Spanish the real way. This is a very practical vocabulary so next time you go to a Hispanic restaurant, try it!

Vocabulario Activo:

Personal:

Anfitrión (a)      =         host / hostess

Cliente (m.f)       =        customer

Cocinero (a)        =       cook

Gerente (m.f.)     =       manager

Mesero (a)          =       waiter (1)

Camarero (a)     =       waiter (1)

(1) the word is rarely use. Most people call them by their name.

Objetos:

Botellla               =        bottle

Cubiertos (m)     =        silverware

Cuchara              =         spoon

Cuchillo (m)      =         knife

Mantel (m)        =          tablecloth

Mesa                   =        table

Menú (m)           =        menu

Palillo (m)          =        toothpick

Plato (m)             =        plate

Servilleta           =         napkin

Silla                    =        chair

Tenedor (m)      =          fork

Vaso    (m)          =        glass

Vela                    =        candle

Servicio:

Barato                =         cheap

Bebidas              =         beverages / drinks

Bufé    (m)          =        buffet

Caro                    =        Expensive

Entremés (m)     =         appetizer

Especialidad        =       specialty

Plato    (m)            =      dish

Plato fuerte (m)    =      main dish

Poner la mesa       =      to set the table

Quitar la mesa      =      to clear the table

Reclamación         =      complaint

Servicio (m)           =     service

Expresiones:

Desean algo para tomar?  = Do you want something to drink?

Puedo traerles unos entremeses?  = May I bring you some appetizer?

Cuál es la especialidad de la casa? =  What’s the specialty of the house?

Tarjeta de crédito o débito     =  Credit or debit card

La cuenta, por favor.               =         The check, please.

Cobrar más de la cuenta         =          to overcharge

Comida de segundo plato       =          second fidle / cast-off

Cuánto dejamos de propina? =          How much do we tip?

To be polite, we use expression such as: gustaría, desearía, apetece

Le gustaría + infinitive or a noun.  (would you like…) Example:

Le gustaría un vino? Le gustaría acompañar… con un vino?

(would you like some wine? would you like to accompany… with some wine?

Sí, me gustaría… =  I would like

Sí, por favor. = Yes, please

Sí, un vino rojo. = Yes, red wine.

Sí, qué clase de vino tiene? Yes, what’s available?

Sí, tiene vino blanco?  = Yes, do you have white wine?

Sí, Tiene Chardonnay? = Do you have Chardonnay?

No. Gracias. = No, thank you.

Desearía + infinite or a noun:  (Do you want …) Example:

Desearía un vino? Desearía acompañar … con un vino?

Sí, desearía…  = yes, I want…

Do you want some wine?  Do you want to accompany … with some wine?

Le apetece un vino? Do you feel like a wine?

Sí, me apetece… = yes, I feel like…

Apetecer is mostly used to express what we feel like eating. However, it’s not wrong to say would you like or do you want.

Other ways to order:

Yo prefiero = I prefer

Yo quiero = I want

yo deseo = I want / I desire

traigame =  bring me

Y nunca olvide decir “por favor y gracias.”

(don’t forget to say please and thank you)

Recuerda, “lo cortés no quita lo valiente.”

(It’s an expression that translates “You don’t lose anything by being polite/ it doesn’t hurt to be polite.”)

Buen apetito!