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Spanish Conversation Step 2

by Jake Beus June 30th, 2011 More

Spanish Video Lesson – Spanish Conversation Step 2

Conversational Spanish

I hope you enjoyed the video. I apologize for the visual quality of the video. We tried a new lens on the video camera and it didn’t work out very well. You still were able to learn an important lesson on Spanish conversation. You may already understand the Spanish greetings, and now you’ll be able to move to the next step in an actual conversation. Please practice what you’ve learned with others on our Facebook page.

In the beginning of my Spanish learning journey I would go through a basic greeting with someone, then I would have no idea what to say next. That is why this lesson was created. I want you to be able to have a conversation with others, not just greet them. I hope that you will all go on Facebook and practice conversing with each other.

Here is the vocabulary from the video:

What’s new? ¿Qué hay de nuevo?
How long have you lived here? ¿Cuánto tiempo hace que vives aquí?
Where are you from? ¿De dónde eres?
What’s it like there? ¿Cómo es allí?
Tell me about your family. Cuéntame de tu familia.
How many kids do you have? ¿Cuántos hijos tienes?
What do you do for work? ¿De qué trabajas?
What do you do for work? ¿A qué te dedicas?
What do you like to do for fun? ¿Qué te gusta hacer para divertirte?

I hope that this has been a fun little lesson for you. I hope to see you on Facebook!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

July 8, 2011 – How to Build Sentences

July 15, 2011 – Spanish Pick-Up Lines

July 22, 2011 – Telephone Spanish

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What Do You Like To Do in the Summer?

by Jake Beus June 23rd, 2011 More

Spanish Video Lesson – Summer Activities

Summertime Spanish

I don’t know if there is anybody in the world who is excited as I am to say “It’s summertime people!”. Hopefully you have taken a moment and watched the video. Please visit Visual Link Spanish on Facebook so you can practice what you have learned in this video with others. Please share what you like to do in the summertime with us in Spanish.

Summertime is the time for fun. Hopefully you can find a little time to have some fun. Take in the summer heat and play in the water. Enjoy the hot summer nights. See a summer concert or two. There is so much room for activities! Do as many things as you can, then tell us what you did and how it was. If you haven’t done them yet, tell us what you plan on doing. Just tell us what you like to do in this beautiful time of year called summer.

Here is the vocabulary from the video:

What do you like to do during the summer? ¿Qué le gusta hacer durante el verano?
I like… Me gusta…
…to go on/do picnics. …hacer picnic.
…to play tennis …jugar tenis.
…to go swimming. …ir a nadar.
…to go to the beach. …ir a la playa.
…get a sun tan. …broncearme.
…read books. …leer libros.
…to go on bike rides. …pasear en bicicleta.
…to go on a hike. …ir de excursión.
…to play sports. …jugar deportes.
I play on a baseball team. Juego en un equipo de béisbol.
What do you like to do? ¿Qué le gusta hacer?
With emphasis, What do YOU like to do? ¿A Ud. qué le gusta hacer?

I hope that this has been a fun little lesson for you. I hope to see you on Facebook!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

July 1, 2011 – Who Knows?

July 8, 2011 – ?? What do you want to learn?

July 15, 2011 – ?? What do you want to learn?

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Express Your Anger in Spanish

by Jake Beus June 16th, 2011 More

Spanish Video Lesson – Mad Spanish

Expressing Your Anger in Spanish

Even the calmest people get angry sometimes. It happens in every language. Please visit Visual Link Spanish on Facebook so you can practice what you have learned in this video with others. This is your opportunity for you to get angry at others and not get in trouble for it. Please keep the language clean though and remember that this is playful of course. If you don’t follow that rule then I just might get angry with you and you don’t want that, haha.

Please share some things you say in Spanish when you are angry. Can you keep a straight face when you say these things out loud or to another person? You can work on your acting skills at the same time.

Here is the vocabulary from the video:

Don’t talk to me like that! ¡No me hables así!
I don’t believe you. No te creo.
Shut up! ¡Cállate!
Why did you do that? ¿Por qué hiciste eso?
You bug me. Me molestas.
You make me feel angry. Me haces sentir enojado.
I hate you. Te odio.
Why can’t we be friends? ¿Por qué no podemos ser amigos?
Calm down! ¡Cálmate!
Don’t touch me! ¡No me toques!
Do you want to fight? ¿Quieres pelear?
You don’t scare me. No me asustas.
I am angry. Estoy enojado.
Let’s kiss! ¡Besamos!

I hope that this has been a fun little lesson for you. I hope to see you on Facebook!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

June 24, 2011 – Summer Activities

July 1, 2011 – ?? What do you want to learn?

July 8, 2011 – ?? What do you want to learn?

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Taking a Taxi

by Jake Beus June 9th, 2011 More

Spanish Video Lesson – Taking a Taxi

Taking a Taxi and Bargaining with the Driver

Taking a taxi in a foreign country can be a fun and interesting experience. If you watched the video, you’ll see that Dave explains how you can bargain for a better price with the taxi driver. It is actually expected that you bargain for a better price. If they notice that you don’t look like a native, they will give you a higher price than normal because they suspect that you don’t know any better. Have you ever noticed that things generally cost more in tourist locations? I think that it might be expected that tourists will pay more for anything because they are tourists and not necessarily bargain hunters. That doesn’t have to be the case when bargaining for a taxi. Use the phrases that Dave taught you, and you will have a bit more fun and save a few dollars at the same time.

Please visit us on Facebook and answer the question “¿A dónde quiere ir?”, which means “Where do you want to go?”. Answer by saying: “Quiero tomar un taxi a…” (I want to take a taxi to…) and then tell us (we will act like the drivers) where you want to go. It will be good practice and you just might win something for your participation.

If you didn’t take any notes from the video, here is the new vocabulary you will find helpful in your humble beginnings of the acquisition of this great language called Spanish:

Taxi Taxi
Where can I take a taxi? ¿Dónde puedo tomar un taxi?
How much is it to the hotel? ¿A cuánto está al hotel?
How much is it to the Garzas Hotel? ¿A cuánto está al hotel Las Garzas?
How much is it to the airport? ¿A cuánto está al aeropuerto?
No way…too much. Demasiado…ni hablar.
I’m going to take another taxi. Voy a tomar otro taxi.
I’m a gringo but I’m not dumb. Soy gringo pero no soy tonto.
(female) I’m a gringa but I’m not dumb. Soy gringa pero no soy tonta.
Can you recommend some tourist spots? ¿Puede recomendar algunos lugares turístocos?
That was nice of you. Muy amable.
Thanks for taking us. Gracias por llevarnos.

When taking a taxi in a foreign country, you should take advantage of the opportunity to speak to your taxi driver. Practice new Spanish sayings have learned and ask questions about the place you are visiting. You may learn about a hidden gem in the foreign country which you otherwise would have never known. Be sure to thank the taxi driver for his/her services. I look forward to seeing where you want to go in a Taxi on the Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

June 17, 2011 – What to Say When You’re Angry

June 24, 2011 – Summer Activities

July 1, 2011 – ?? What do you want to learn?

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Spanish Comprehension

by Jake Beus June 2nd, 2011 More

Spanish Video Lesson – Understanding Native Speakers

Understanding Native Speakers

Be sure to visit us on our Facebook page and share what you’ve learned as well as experiences you’ve had in regards to understanding native speakers. You just might win a free Spanish Comprehension Trainer. When I first began learning Spanish, I found it very difficult to understand native Spanish speakers. I had mostly listened to Spanish from people who spoke it as their second language. It seemed like the natives spoke a million miles per hour. They spoke so fast that I wondered if they ever took a breath. I’ve never been able to breathe very good from my nose so I wondered if I would be able to speak like them someday, let alone understand them.

Over time it was amazing that they seemed to speak slower and slower. I didn’t even notice at the time, but looking back I saw that my brain was adjusting to the Spanish language. I don’t have any study to back this up, but I think that we are too tense when we are learning languages. Or maybe it is too focused. If you can relax a little bit and allow your brain to absorb the language and the new information, you will fare better. It is important to listen to as much Spanish from native speakers as possible. Listen to Spanish music, watch Telemundo, do whatever you need to do.

If you didn’t take any notes from the video, here is the new vocabulary you will find helpful in your humble beginnings of the acquisition of this great language called Spanish:

Slower please. Más despacio, por favor.
Could you please repeat it? ¿Podría repetirlo, por favor?
I am learning Spanish. Estoy aprendiendo español.
I don’t understand. No comprendo.
I don’t understand. No entiendo.
It’s difficult for me to speak. Me es difícil hablar.
You speak very fast. Usted habla muy rápido.
How do you say… in Spanish? ¿Cómo se dice…en español?

As you are getting started, it will surely be helpful for you to learn some Spanish greetings so you’ll be able to at least understand those from the conversation. Please come share and practice what you learned from this blog post and video with us on the Visual Link Spanish Facebook page. Also please share any interesting experiences you have had while listening and conversing with native Spanish speakers.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

June 10, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

June 17, 2011 – What to Say When You’re Angry

June 24, 2011 – Summer Activities

¡Hasta luego Amigos!

Dave

 

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