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#3 – ¡Hablas Muy Rápido!

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Spanish Blog 365
Post 3/365

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We learn Spanish so we can … speak Spanish!

We want our conversations to be deep and flowing from the start, but that’s not how it works out.
Ten paciencia  Have patience. We’re getting there.

It’s about communicating.
Even if you are just starting, you have to start somewhere. Use the Spanish you do know.


Today,
we’ll learn some Spanish that will help you keep a conversation going.

If you don’t understand, use your Spanish to let the other person know.

-No entiendoI don’t understand
Notice the “o” at the end of this example.  That’s important!  It means “I” or… “Yo“.

-No comprendoI don’t understand.
¡Con cuidado! -be careful!  … Perhaps you’ve heard No comprende, but the “e” at the end here means “you” don’t understand.

You can use this to verify that your partner does understand.

-¿Comprende? – Do you understand?
or to ask, “You don’t understand?” ¿No comprende?

Remember, to talk about yourself use the “o” at the end.  No entiendo or No comprendo.

Add:
-Repita, por favo
r – Say it/repeat it again, please

-Hable más despacio, por favor – Speak a little slower, please.

You can use these phrases alone or string them together.

-No entiendo, repita, por favor.

-Repita un poco más despacio, por favor    Say that again a little slower, please.           

-No entiendo. Repita más despacio, por favor.

Note: ‘lento’ (see photo above) is the same as ‘despacio’
Hable más lento o Hable más despacio
= Speaker slower, please

 

To say excuse me, say… Perdón or Disculpe

In a class, perhaps follow it with…Tengo una pregunta.I have a question.

Perdón profesora, tengo una pregunta.

Follow that up with:

 ¿Cómo se dice ________ en español?  – How do you say ________ in Spanish?

The response would be: Se dice _______. – You say ___________.

Tengo una pregunta. ¿Cómo se dice ‘notebook’ en español?

Se dice ‘cuaderno’.

Your Spanish-speaking friend who is learning English may ask you,

¿Cómo se dice libro en inglés? , to which you’d respond…Se dice book. or simply book.

 

¿Cómo se dice…?
is a great phrase that helps you to be proactive building the vocabulary that you need for your work or other situations.
Challenge yourself to ask the Spanish-speakers around you, ¿Cómo se dice_________?
Try to learn at least 10 new words a week by using this phrase.

Without the above phrases, a conversation might shut down right away.
Even if our conversation is not deep in the beginning, these will help to move a conversation a little further along, giving you important practice on the path to fluency.

Extra, Extra
Coming back to the word “tengo.”  It’s pronounced like the Argentinean dance the tango, but it means I have.
Notice the “o” on the end of Tengo – “o” means yo! (I)
Remember:  Quiero and No comprendo or No entiendo?
o” means yo!

‘Tengo’  is a very high-frequency word.
Tengo – I have.  We’ll be using it a lot!

(No) tengo un gato – I (don’t) have a cat
Tengo un perro – I have a dog
Tengo 5 minutos – I have 5 minutes
Tengo una pluma – I have a pen

Action Step:
Go back and make the above negative by adding the word “no”.

Here’s to your Spanish!

Gracias y hasta pronto,
Carolina

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