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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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Learning Conjugations? Keep It Simple

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!

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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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