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April Fool’s Day Spanish Lesson

by Jake Beus March 31st, 2011 More

April Fool’s Day Funny Photo Contest


Facebook Spanish Vocabulary

As you saw in the video, it’s time for the “Funny Photo Facebook Contest” for April Fool’s Day. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you’re doing, you should participate in this contest. Obviously let’s keep it clean and tasteful, but let’s have some fun at someone else’s expense! For one day of the year, (and for this contest it’s actually 3 days) it is absolutely okay to do that. Here are the rules for the Facebook contest.

1. Take a picture of a prank you did.
2. Post it on our Facebook wall.
3. Give your photo a brief description in English.
4. Get your friends to “like” your photo.

The person who receives the most “likes” on their photo wins the Visual Link Spanish course of their choice. Bundles are not included. The contest ends on Sunday, April 3rd, at midnight, Mountain Standard Time. It would also be nice if you would comment on each other’s photos with the vocabulary I just taught you or with anything thing else you want to say about their photos as well.

Here is the vocabulary from the video in case you can’t remember or forgot to take notes.

I like your photo. Me gusta tu foto.
I really like/love your photo. Me encanta tu foto.
It’s clever. Es listo.
It’s very witty/funny. Es muy gracioso.
It’s surprising. Es sorprendente.
It’s funny. Es chistoso.
It’s awesome. Es chévere.
It’s impressive. Es impresionante.
You have a good sense of humor. Tienes un buen sentido del humor.
I want to do this prank. Quiero hacer esta broma.

Please come and post your photos and practice your Spanish with us on our Facebook page for Facebook Fiesta Friday. I hope you can have fun with the jokes and that you do them all in good humor. If you happen to play a joke on your spouse and it gets a little bit out of hand, you may need to learn how to say I love you in Spanish to patch things up. So have fun, but be careful as well.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

April 8, 2011 – Music – Spanish Music Lesson

April 15, 2011 – Things I Am Going to Do

April 22, 2011 – I Just Barely Game (Talk about things you just barely did.)

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Computer Parts in Spanish

by Dave Clark March 24th, 2011 More

Which is better – Windows or Mac? Learn to Say it in Spanish.

 

Computer Parts Vocabulary / Windows-Mac Debate:

Or should I say Mac-Windows debate? (Since I’m writing this blog, I’m putting Windows first since I like it better. 🙂 ) This week, we’re going to teach you how to say computer parts in Spanish, we also want to hear on Facebook Fiesta Friday, whether or not you like Mac or Windows better. Come share your opinions and even though there may be a little “calor” in the discussion, remember, we’re all part of one big happy Facebook Fiesta Friday community (thanks to Visual Link Spanish).

Be sure and come to Facebook Fiesta Friday ready with your opinion. I’m hoping for a record turnout! Two lucky winners of this week’s debate will receive our new online Level I Spanish course (it’s now revised and better than ever!) for 5 months!

Here is the vocabulary from the video to get you primed for the Windows-Mac Facebook Fiesta Friday debate.

Windows is better. Windows es mejor.
Mac is better. Mac es mejor.
Windows is horrible. Windows es horrible.
Mac is horrible. Mac es horrible.
I don’t like Windows. No me gusta Windows.
I don’t like Mac. No me gusta Mac.
Those who use Windows are smarter. Los que usan Windows son más inteligentes.
Those who use Mac are smarter. Los que usan Mac son más inteligentes.
Windows always crashes/fails. Windows siempre falla.
stupid (don’t use this word – offensive) estúpido
the keyboard el teclado
the mouse el mouse / el ratón
the monitor el monitor
the screen la pantalla
the printer la impresora
the computer la computadora
the internet el internet
the speakers los parlantes
las bocinas (Mexico)

Please come and practice with me, Dave, Jake and 7,600 more people on our Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

This week, there are a few pages we are highlighting right here on our Learn a Language website:

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

April 1, 2011 – April Fool’s Day! Come share your funny photos and describe them in Spanish!

April 8, 2011 – Music week

April 15, 2011 – To be determined.

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Spanish Doctor Visit

by Jake Beus March 17th, 2011 More

Describe Your Pain Spanish Video Lesson


Doctor Visit Spanish Vocabulary:

If you are going to visit a foreign country, you should know that it’s important to be prepared. Sometimes unfortunate things happen when you’re traveling. I would like to thank Lisa Ferguson on Facebook for suggesting this idea to have a lesson about describing your pain or illness in Spanish to a doctor. If a doctor can’t understand what you’re saying, it will make his/her job to treat your illness even more difficult. That’s just one more reason for you to learn Spanish. This Spanish lesson could save your life one day, or at least make your life a little bit less painful. Watch the video lesson above and check out the table with vocabulary below. For more body parts, check out our list of Spanish body parts so you can more accurately describe your pain.

One purpose of the Spanish video lesson is for you to be able to practice what you learn on Facebook Fiesta Friday, where practically the whole world comes to practice their Spanish every Friday! It certainly helps that we give away free learn Spanish software to at least one participant each week.

Here is the vocabulary from the video in case you can’t remember or forgot to take notes.

What hurts you or what’s hurting you? ¿Qué te duele?
Does this hurt you? ¿Esto te duele?
How do you feel? ¿Cómo se siente?
My stomach hurts. Me duele el estómago.
My throat hurts. Me duele la garganta.
I can’t sleep at night. No puedo dormir en la noche.
I get heartburn often. Tengo acidez a menudo.
I can’t move my finger. No puedo moverme el dedo.
I twisted my ankle. Me torcí el torbillo.
I have a headache. Tengo un dolor de cabeza.
I don’t like pills. No me gustan las pastillas.
I need more pills. Necesito mas pastillas.
I burned myself. Me quemé.

Please come and practice with me, Dave, and 7,600 more people on this page: http://www.facebook.com/visuallinkspanish. Share your pains and illnesses with us, and I say that because I’m pretty sure you can’t spread illness over the Internet. There is a huge list of Spanish words separated into categories  for you to learn if you haven’t browsed around yet.  We want to help you learn a language with thousands of words, phrases, and verbs in each language. Have fun and I hope to see you on Facebook!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

March 25, 2011 – Computer Parts in Spanish and PC vs. Mac. Tell us what’s better!

April 1, 2011 – April Fool’s Day! Come share your funny photos and describe them in Spanish!

April 8, 2011 – To be determined.

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How to Order and Speak in a Spanish Restaurant

by Dave Clark March 10th, 2011 More

Ordering at a Restaurant in Spanish Video Lesson

One goal of the Spanish video lesson is to help you prepare to practice on Facebook Fiesta Friday, where practically the whole world comes to practice their Spanish every Friday! Many come to try to win the free Spanish software that we give away to at least one lucky participant each week.

Vocabulary to Order Food at a Restaurant in Spanish :

In this week’s video lesson, you can watch Jake and me order some restaurant food in Spanish. I’m the customer and Jake is my waiter. If you want to learn to say more food items in Spanish, go to our Spanish food page or this page for additional Spanish food.

Here is the vocabulary from the video in case you don’t have a photographic memory.

waiter mozo/mesero
waitress mesera
What would you like to order? ¿Qué le gustaría ordenar?
I would like to order… Me gustaría ordenar…
…a hamburger …una hamburguesa
…a steak …un bistec
…chicken …pollo
I’m a vegetarian Soy vegetariano/a
…a salad …una ensalada
…an apple …una manzana
Do you have apples? ¿Tienen manzanas?
And to drink? ¿y de tomar?
to drink (variation) beber – ¿y de beber?
I would like to drink… Me gustaría tomar…
…water …agua
…a Coke …una Coca (Cola)
…a soda …un refresco
…coffee …café
…tea …té
…beer …cerveza

Please come and practice with Jake, me and over 7,500 more people on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/visuallinkspanish. Be sure and check out all of our pages so you can learn a language – or many languages. Our site is growing fast, we now receive over 50,000 visitors a month! Have a great semana, and I hope to see you on Facebook Fiesta Friday!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

March 18, 2011 – Describe your illness to a doctor. Share your sickness with us!

March 25, 2011 – Computer Parts in Spanish and PC vs. Mac. Tell us what’s better!

April 1, 2011 – April Fool’s Day! Come share your funny photos and describe them in Spanish!

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What country Do You Want to Visit?

by Jake Beus March 3rd, 2011 More

Talking About Travel Spanish Video Lesson


Talking Travel Spanish Vocabulary:

If you are like me, you spend more time talking about traveling or vacations than you actually spend traveling or on vacation. I hope that one day I’ll be able to see and visit the places I want to, and I hope the same for you. Hopefully you enjoyed the Spanish video lesson and will now be able to talk about the country you’d like to visit and why.

One purpose of the Spanish video lesson is for you to be able to practice what you learn on Facebook Fiesta Friday, where practically the whole world comes to practice their Spanish every Friday! It certainly helps that we give away free learn Spanish software to at least one participant each week.

Here is the vocabulary from the video in case you can’t remember or forgot to take notes.

Where do you want to travel? ¿A dónde quieres viajar?
I want to travel to… Quiero viajar a…
I would like to visit… Me gustaría visitar a…
I want to go to… Quiero ir a…
Italy, because I like… Italia, porque me gusta…
Italian food la comida italiana
Italian music la música italiana
the beautiful cities las ciudades hermosas
the wonderful people la buena gente
because my family lives there porque allí vive mi familia
I don’t care, I want to get out of here. No me importa, quiero salir de aquí.
I don’t like to travel. No me gusta viajar.
I don’t like airplanes. No me gustan los aviones.
It’s too much stress. Es demasiado estrés.

Please come and practice with me, Dave, and 7,500 more people on this page: http://www.facebook.com/visuallinkspanish. You can learn how to say other countries in Spanish besides Italy on the Spanish countries page. I’d love to hear what country you’d like to visit and why you’d like to visit. I know I mentioned it in the video, but if any of you reading this have a desire to take me to Italy and pay for it, I promise it will be fun. There are many more Spanish words on this website available for you to learn if you haven’t browsed around yet. We’d love to hear your feedback! We want to help you learn a language with thousands of words, phrases, and verbs in each language. Have fun and I hope to see you on Facebook!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

March 11, 2011 – Ordering at a restaurant. Share your experience with us!

March 18, 2011 – Describe your illness to a doctor. Share your sickness with us!

March 25, 2011 – Computer Parts in Spanish and PC vs. Mac. Tell us what’s better!

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