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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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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

Regatear

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!

Dave

 

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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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Spanish Lesson – I Have Always Wanted To…

by Jake Beus April 28th, 2011 More

I Have Always Wanted To – Spanish Lesson


I Have Always Wanted To Spanish Vocabulary

More than likely, you have spent a considerable amount of time thinking and talking about things that you have always wanted to. After watching the video and reviewing the vocabulary below, please share a few things that you have always wanted to do with us on Facebook for Facebook Fiesta Friday. Whatever you share doesn’t necessarily have to be real. Be creative. By participating on our Facebook page, you have the opportunity to win free Spanish software. You will get 3 months free of the new Level 1 Online. I am excited to see what you come up with.

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

I have always wanted… Siempre he querido…
to go to a Packers game. ir a un partido de los Green Bay Packers.
to be a millionaire. ser millonario.
to go to Italy. ir a Italia.
to quit my job. renunciar a mi trabajo.
to go skydiving. hacer paracaidismo.
to be famous. ser famoso/a.
to learn Spanish. aprender español.
to invent something. inventar algo.
to travel the world. viajar por el mundo
to participate in the Olympics. participar en los Juegos Olímpicos.

It is perfectly okay for you to practice and use the examples I gave you. I would also encourage you to come up with your own. You may want to check out the Spanish verbs list to be able to talk about more things you’ve always wanted to do. The list of Spanish words in different categories will also help you talk about things you’ve always wanted to do. Please come and share your great ideas with us on the Visual Link Spanish Facebook page.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

May 6, 2011 – Spanish Greetings

May 13, 2011 – How Are You Feeling?

May 20, 2011 – How to Bargain/Shop

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Spanish Lesson – I just barely…(Acabo de)

by Dave Clark April 21st, 2011 More

I Just Barely – Spanish Lesson


I Just Barely…Spanish Vocabulary

What did you just barely do? Come learn how to tell us things you’ve just barely done. Please answer those questions on Facebook for Facebook Fiesta Friday. Two of the most creative answers will win an online subscription to the new Visual Link Spanish course. I look forward to your creative answers amigos!

Here is the vocabulary from the video to help refresh your memory. (If you just killed a monster, for example, copy the phrase below and you can paste it right into Facebook!)

What have you done lately? ¿Qué ha hecho últimamente?
I just… (acabo de…literally means “I finished from”) Acabo de…
…sent an email …mandar un email
…climbed a mountain …escalar una montaña
…ate lunch …almorzar
…killed a monster …matar un monstruo
…won a million dollars …ganar un millón de dólares
…read an awesome book …leer un libro muy chévere
…survived an earthquake …sobrevivir un terremoto
How do you say…? ¿Cómo se dice…?
You say… Se dice…
It’s true Es verdad
It’s a lie/ some countries word for lie is joke Es una mentira
It’s not  true No es verdad

Feel free to continue to study Spanish with our free lessons. This week, we just added a new fun free Spanish game to our website, just go to any of our Spanish lessons, and you can try our fun and free Capital Defense game! We hope you enjoy all our resources to help you learn a language for free!

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

April 29, 2011 – I Have Always Wanted To…

May 6, 2011 – Cinco de Mayo and Spanish Greetings

May 13, 2011 – How are you feeling?

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I Am Going To – Spanish Lesson

by Jake Beus April 14th, 2011 More

I Am Going To – Spanish Lesson


Things I Am Going To Do Spanish Vocabulary

What are your plans? What are you going to do today? What are you going to do tomorrow? What are you going to do for the rest of your life? Please answer those questions on Facebook for Facebook Fiesta Friday. By participating on our Facebook page, you have the opportunity to win free Spanish software. You will get 3 months free of the new Level 1 Online. I look forward to reading your answers to the questions.

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

What are you going to do? ¿Qué vas a hacer?
I am going to… Voy a…
go out with my girlfriend salir con mi novia
go to the movies ir al cine
kiss my wife besar a mi esposa
kiss my husband besar a mi esposo
find the love of my life encontrar el amor de mi vida
learn Spanish aprender español
be a millionaire ser millonario
travel the world viajar por el mundo
live a better life vivir una vida mejor
enjoy life disfrutar la vida

Please continue to study Spanish and browse around this website for free. The website is still new, so if you find a mistake or think of something that we should add to the website, please let us know. There are 6 other languages you can learn as well as French to English and Spanish to English. Our goal is to provide the best resource to learn a language for free.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

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

April 29, 2011 – I Have Always Wanted To…

May 6, 2011 – Spanish Greetings

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Music – Spanish Lesson

by Dave Clark April 7th, 2011 More

Spanish Music Vocabulary Lesson


Spanish Music Vocabulary

If you have ever spent time in Spain or in Latin America, you will notice that the people love their music and that most of them love to dance. Any time they get together for any type of celebration, there is usually some sort of dancing at the celebration. So if you want to connect with them socially, it will help if you can be able to talk about music and dancing.

The vocabulary from the lesson is below, but you can get more Spanish vocabulary on the Spanish music page. Practice this new vocabulary on Facebook Fiesta Friday for a chance to win free Visual Link Spanish software. Facebook Fiesta Friday is simple: Every Friday we post a video lesson on the Facebook page like this one, and you go practice what you learn with us. Answer the questions we post. Each week we give away free Spanish software.

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

I like… Me gusta…
american music música americana
latin music música latina
salsa music música salsa
meringue music música merengue
tango music música tango
rap music música rap
rock music música rock
classical music música clásica
new age music música nueva época
My favorite artist is… Mi artista favorito/a es…
Do you like to dance? ¿Le gusta bailar?
I like to dance. Me gusta bailar.

Please come and talk about what kind of music you like and whether or not you like to dance on our Facebook page for Facebook Fiesta Friday. You may not think it’s very important for you to learn this, but this Spanish vocabulary will help you to connect socially with the Latin American people.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

April 15, 2011 – Things I Am Going to Do

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

April 29, 2011 – I Have Always Wanted To…

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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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