Learn Spanish: A Free Blog Series #4

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Learn Spanish: A Free Blog Series #4
La Familia

Welcome back to another edition of the Learn Spanish: A Free Blog Series. This week we will be learning about the family.

Most people love talking about their family. So, I thought I’d put it fairly early on in the guide.

Practice


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How did you find greeting and introducing yourself? Did you practice on anybody? Saying hello is so important, most Spanish will say hello to one another when passing on the street, even if you don’t know each other. So, be sure to say Hola to anybody you may come across.

Test yourself:

How do you say hello and goodbye in Spanish?
Say “My name is ___.” in Spanish.

La Familia


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La abuela – Grandmother
lah a-BWAY-lah

El abuelo – Grandfather
el a-BWAY-low

El marido – Husband
el mar-EE-doh

La mujer – Wife
lah moo-HAIR

El primo – Cousin (male)
el PREE-moh

La prima – Cousin (female)
Lah PREE-mah

El tío – Uncle
el TEE-oh

La tía – Aunt
lah TEE-ah

La nieta – Grandaughter
lah NEE-eh-tah

El nieto – Grandson
EL NEE-eh-toh

To refer to parents or children, you make the masculine singular into the plural. For example, my parents in Spanish is mis padres. This is why you may hear some Spanish people refer to “my fathers“.

Introducing your Family


 

“Pues, te voy a presentar a todos”
PW-ees, TAY BOY ah pre-SEN-tah ah tohDOS
-Right, I’m going to introduce you to everybody

“Esta es mi madre”
ESS-tah es me MAH-dray
This is my mother

“Este es mi padre”
ESS-tea es me PAH-dray
– This is my father

“Tengo dos hermanos”
TEN-gow dos air-MAH-noss
– I have two brothers

“No tengo hijos”
NO TEN-gow EE-hohs
– I do not have children

Spanish Tip:


In Spanish, people and things are all masculine and feminine. Usually, masculine words end in an ‘E’ or an ‘O’, whereas feminine words end in an ‘A’. There are exceptions! With Spanish, you must use ‘el’ (the) or ‘un’ (a/an) for masculine and ‘la’ (the) or ‘una’ (a/an) before the noun.

Feminine: La mesa (the table), la chica (the girl), una mesa (a table) una chica (a girl)
Masculine: El balcón (the balcony), el hombre (the man), un balcón (a balcony), un hombre ( a man).

Buena Suerte


Good luck introducing your family! Point to members of your family this week and say it in Spanish. Dish out an old photo album and point to who they are in Spanish. Remember to use la or el!

Hasta luego,

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This guide is a free blog series. This information has been picked up by practising speaking with locals in the Comunidad Valenciana area. Any resemblance to any book, guide or learning Spanish resources, is purely coincidental. This guide is not intended as a substitute for other resources or teaching. This guide does not guarantee fluency in Spanish.

 

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Hola! I'm Lauren ("Loh - run") — A twenty-something, engaged, English girl living on the Costa Blanca, obsessed with travel, love and elephants.

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