BEGINNERS COURSE, SPRING 2017, CLASS 1

In our first class, we talked about Spanish pronunciation and we saw some examples of words with those particular pronunciations.

“ñ” in España (Spain),  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) , hermano (brother)
“v” in volver  (go back, come back),  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 and we practiced them in pairs.
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.

Estoy fenomenal – I feel great
Estoy más o menos – I’m so-so
Estoy mal – I feel bad
Estoy fatal – I’m really bad

Adiós – Bye
Hasta luego- See you!

We then learned some useful questions and answers about personal information...

¿Cómo te llamas? - What is your name?
Me llamo........ - My name is..... (I am called:...)
Mucho gusto - pleased to meet you. 

¿De dónde eres? - Where are you from?
Soy de Irlanda - I am from Ireland

¿Dónde vives? - Where do you live?
Vivo en Sligo - I live in Sligo.

To conclude, we learned the numbers in Spanish:
1.uno
2.dos
3.tres
4.cuatro
5.cinco
6.seis
7.siete
8.ocho
9.nueve
10.diez





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