So, I thought this week it would be a good time to get some phrases together of vocabulary we have learnt so far.
Let’s have a quick refresh, do you remember what these words mean? Cast your mind back to week one!
- Buenos días
- ¿Cómo estás?
- ¿Habla inglés?
How are you doing? Did you get them right? Not sure? Head back to Learn Spanish. A Free Blog Series. and brush up there!
Ready to move forward? Feeling confident? Let’s practise some week two vocabulary! Are you ready?
- How do you say a,b,c in Spanish?
- How do you spell out your name in Spanish?
Difficult? Give it another go and refresh your mind here: Learn Spanish: A Free Blog Series #2
Now, we’re really getting somewhere. You’re on week three and you’re doing great.
- Hasta pronto.
- ¿Cómo te llamas?
How did you do with the unexpected early Spanish lesson? Did you manage to pick up some family words?
You’ve already taken the first steps to learning the Spanish language. 20 words and the alphabet which is the core pronunciation of all Spanish words, impressive! Keep it up!
Now, somebody is probably going to message me saying “yes, and what do you do when they reply in pure Spanish“. Nobody expects you to speak fluently from the get-go. Nobody expects you to hold a full conversation like you would in English. But, just think about all those people who make your holiday or time here enjoyable, those who go out of their way to try and make your day easier by speaking in English. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to show your appreciation and give their native language a whirl? Trust me, they really do value it.
Even if they do reply in Spanish, it’s good listening practice. Don’t tune out. Tune in. Try and grasp what they’re saying. You initiated the conversation so the chances are you’ll know what they’re talking about. Try to listen to where one word ends and another one begins. Listening to native speakers is a massively effective way to learn.
Give it a go. Shyness is only holding you back. Plus, if you don’t understand, you can always ask them to repeat themselves in English. It helps them too!
Let’s get some basic phrases to help you speak español!
I am Lauren
soy (like soya without the a!)
I am ___ years old
Tengo ___ años
ten-GOH ___ an-YOS
This is my daughter
Esta es mi hija
es-TAH ess me ee-JAH
This is my son
Este es mi hijo
es-TEA ess me ee-JOH
Where are you from?
¿De dónde eres?
day DON-day air-ESS
Where is the beach?
¿Dónde está la playa?
DON-day es-TAH lah p-lie-YAH
Notice anything with this is my daughter and this is my son? ‘This’ ‘este‘ and ‘esta‘ changes with who you are referring to. Input any family member in the same way. Este es mi padre, esta es mi madre. Este es mi hermano, esta es mi hermana.
How did you find it? Put some of those into practice and see how you get on!
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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.