BEGINNERS COURSE, SUMMER 2015, CLASS 1
In the first session of our beginner’s course, we introduced ourselves and we talked briefly about the different stereotypes and characteristics we find in the Spanish culture. We also talked about our knowledge of Spanish we had before starting.
We also talked about the Spanish pronunciation and we saw some examples of words with those particular pronunciations.
“ñ” in España (Spain), uña (nail), niño (child)
“ll” in lluvia (rain), llave (key), llamar (call, ring)
“j, g” in mujer (woman), gente (people) genio (genious)
“q” in queso (cheese) que (what)
“r, rr” in perro (dog) borracho (drunk), ratón (mouse)
“h” in hola (hello) hielo (ice), hermano (brother)
“v” in volver (go back, come back), volar (fly), ver (see)
“c, z” in cien (one hundred), zapato (shoe), diez (ten)
(It was also worth mentioning that we only have five sounds to the five vowels a,e,I,o,u, unlike the vowels in the English language which there are twelve sounds).
We learnt the basic introductions:
Hola – hello
Buenos días – Good morning
Buenas tardes – Good afternoon / evening
Buenas noches – Good night
¿Qué tal? – How are you?
Bien, gracias. ¿y tú? – Fine, thanks. And you?
Muy bien, gracias. – I’m good, thanks.
Adiós – Bye
Hasta luego- See you!
Hasta pronto – See you soon.
Hasta la vista – See you soon / see you again.