BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2017, CLASS 1
In our first class, we introduced ourselves and we talked briefly about our knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
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 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!
To conclude, we revised the numbers in Spanish: