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Shopping and Bargaining in Spanish

by Dave Clark May 27th, 2011 More

Spanish Video Lesson – Shopping and Bargaining in Spanish

I Love Bargaining in Spanish!

For some people, bargaining to get the lowest price when shopping in Latin America is awkward and uncomfortable. However, Spanish speakers expect you to do it – it’s part of their culture! I have bargained hundreds of times in Latin America and absolutely loved it! Here are a few of the techniques I used. If you try them, please let us know about it by commenting here on our blog or on our Facebook page. Our question of the week on Facebook will be, “What do you want to buy?” (see below for Spanish equivalent).

Here’s Your Vocabulary of the Week (taken from the video above):

What do you want to buy?

¿Qué quiere comprar?

I want to buy…

Quiero comprar…

…a shirt

…una camisa

…a souvenir

…un recuerdo

…a hat

…un sombrero

…a hat (baseball cap)

…una gorra

…a poncho (ready for this one?)

…un poncho

…a purse

…una bolsa

…a wallet

…una billetera

To bargain


How much does it cost?

¿Cuánto cuesta?

No way, too much

Demasiado, ni hablar

I only have 10 pesos

Solamente tengo diez pesos

I’m going to buy it in another store

Voy a comparlo en otra tienda

It’s much cheaper there

Es mucho más barato allí

Thank you very much

¡Muchas gracias!

For more vocabulary, visit our page on Spanish clothes. Please come tell us what you want to buy in Spanish on your next trip to Latin America at Facebook Fiesta Friday page. And remember…if you want to learn other languages, be sure to visit our home page to learn a foreign language.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 27, 2011 – Comprehension

June 3, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

June 10, 2011 – What to Say When You’re Angry

¡Hasta luego Amigos!



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Get Well Soon…In Spanish

by Dave Clark May 20th, 2011 More

Spanish Lesson – Get Well Soon!

Hi Spanish blog readers. This week Jake is very ill (out yesterday and today). As a result, our video didn’t get up yesterday. I thought I would take the opportunity to give you an impromptu lesson on how to have empathy in Spanish.

I hope you take the chance to wish Jake, and anyone else who is ill from our Facebook group, a nice “Get well soon”. Please join us on Facebook Fiesta Friday to talk and chat with others.

Here is the vocabulary:

I’m sorry you feel sick. Lo siento que te sientes enfermo.
I can only imagine how you must feel. Sólo puedo imaginar como debe sentirse.
What a shame! ¡Qué pena!
What a shame! (another variation) ¡Qué lástima!
Is there anything I can do to help? ¿Hay algo que puedo hacer para ayudar?
I hope you get well (recover) soon! ¡Espero que te recuperes pronto!
You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Vas a estar en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.
Poor thing/guy! ¡Pobrecito!
Poor thing/girl! ¡Pobrecita!
I hope things get better soon! ¡Espero que las cosas se mejoren pronto!

Again, I think it would be great if you all helped me show sympathy for Jake on Facebook – if enough people do it, I’ll text him and have him look at all of your comments.

Note: these Spanish phrases are also useful if you have a Spanish-speaking neighbor or coworker who isn’t feeling well.

Remember to Join us on Facebook Fiesta Friday – ¡Hasta luego!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 27, 2011 – How to Bargain/Shop

June 3, 2011 – Comprehension

June 10, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

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How Are You Feeling – Spanish Lesson

by Jake Beus May 12th, 2011 More

Spanish Video Lesson – How Are You Feeling?

Let’s Talk About Feelings
How are you feeling? More than likely someone is going to ask you that question. Now you can be prepared to answer that question. Please visit Visual Link Spanish for Facebook Fiesta Friday and practice what you have learned in the video lesson above. Don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings. Don’t run away from your feelings. A random Facebook participant will win 3 months free access to the Visual Link Spanish Level 1 Online.

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

How are you feeling? ¿Cómo se siente?
How are you feeling? (Informal) ¿Cómo te sientes?
I feel sick. Me siento enfermo.
I don’t feel well. No me siento bien.
I feel sad. Me siento triste.
I feel excited. Me siento emocionado.
I feel happy. Me siento feliz.
I feel angry. Me siento enojado.
Why do you feel sad? ¿Por qué te sientes triste?

Something special can happen when you talk about your feelings with others. You just might fall in love when you open your heart and start talking about your feelings. Don’t let life and love pass you by, and learn how to say I love you in Spanish. Please come and tell us how you are feeling in Spanish on our Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 20, 2011 – How to Bargain/Shop

May 27, 2011 – Comprehension

June 3, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

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Cinco de Mayo and Spanish Greetings Video Lesson

by Dave Clark May 5th, 2011 More

Cinco de Mayo and Greetings – Spanish Lesson

Learn a little about Cinco de Mayo and Come Practice Spanish Greetings!

What is Cinco de Mayo? How do they celebrate it in the US, and how do they celebrate it in Mexico? Watch the video (above) and find out. Also, learn some Spanish greetings so you can come practice with us on Facebook. The words are taken from the Visual Link Spanish Level I course. For free demo lessons, and to learn more about the Visual Link Spanish course, click to learn Spanish with free lessons!

Prepare yourself to practice Spanish greetings by watching the video, then review the Spanish vocabulary below and come get to know as many people as you can on Facebook Fiesta Friday. By participating with us on Facebook, you’ll get to practice Spanish and have the opportunity to win free Spanish software from Visual Link! One lucky winner will receive 3 months of free Spanish online lessons with our new Level 1 online course.

Important Announcement: Our new Level I 5.0 course is now available! It now has 524 interactive lessons, games and activities, as well as speech recognition, comprehension lessons and new virtual trips you can earn.

Watch a Demo of our New Level I Coure Here:

Here’s the Spanish vocab from the video lesson – enjoy!

When is Cinco de Mayo?              ¿Cuándo es Cinco de Mayo?
It’s May 5th! ¡Es el cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo yesterday! ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo ayer!
Hello.    Hola.
Good morning. Buenos días.
Good afternoon.              Buenas tardes.
Good evening. / Good night.      Buenas noches.               
How are things?               ¿Qué tal?
How is it going? ¿Cómo le va?    
How are you?    ¿Cómo está (Ud.)?
How have you been?     ¿Cómo ha estado? 
Very well.            Muy bien.
Fine, thanks.      Bien, gracias.
Great.   Genial.
Excellent.            Excelente.
So-so.   Más o menos.
Very bad.            Muy mal.
How about you?               ¿Y usted?
How about you (informal)?         ¿Y tú?
Nice to meet you.            Mucho gusto.
Delighted.           Encantado/a.

Visit this page for more Spanish greetings or to practice with our fun Lingo Dingo games. Come get to know as many people as you can on our Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 13, 2011 – How Are You Feeling?

May 20, 2011 – How to Bargain/Shop

May 27, 2011 – Comprehension Practice

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