Day 1: My Goal is to be able to speak the Spanish Language which will allow me to communicate with native Spanish Speakers. By spending 2 hours a day practicing and learning 10 Words, 10 Common Phrases, and Grammar rules for the next 60 days I should be able to improve my Spanish – let us see where this challenge will take me.
10 Spanish Words A Day
- Afternoon – Tarde
- Air conditioner – Aire Acondicionado
- Airplane – Avion
- Air Port – Aero Puerto
- Autumn – Otoño
- April – Abril
- Arm – Brazo
- August – Agosto
- Bathe – Bañar
- Bath Room – Baño
10 Common Phrases
- Hola > Hello – very casual way to great someone
- Adiós > Goodbye – I don’t really like saying adiós instead we can say Hasta luego which means see you later. Ascii Code is Alt+162 ó
- Buenos días > Good Morning – the i in Días is typed by pressing atl+161 on your windows keyboard – I am not sure if the same applies on Mac.
- Buenas tardes > Good Afternoon – used from 12pm onwards
- Bunas noches > Good Night – You can say this when you are about to sleep.
- Sí > Yes
- No > No
- Nos vemos > See you later – You can say this in place of Adíos, used in a very casual way.
- Hasta mañana > See you tomorrow – lets say you just finish your shift at work you can say Hasta mañana!
- ¿Quál es tu nombre? > What is your name? – alt+168 = ¿; alt+160 = á
Basic Spanish Grammar
- Word Order – I read book – subject + verb + object; Yo leo libros subject + verb + object.
- Example – I ate an apple – Yo comí una manzana
- Omission of the Subject in Spanish – Spanish has alot more flexibility in such that you can omit the subject in a conversation. When it is clear as to who or what the subject is most Spanish speaking speakers will omit the subject all together.
- Exmaple – Instead of saying Yo leo libros. – you can say leo libros or instead of saying Yo comí una manzana you can say comí una manzana.
- Forming a Negative Sentence – by adding the word No before the verb makes your sentence negative.
- I don’t read books. you can say No leo libros.
- I didn’t eat an apple. you can say No comí una manzana.
- Forming Questions in Spanis The simplest way to turn a statement to a question is by simply raising our intonation at the end of the sentence. In writing we need to include the punctuation ¿ at the beginning and ? athe end of the sentence. Another way to turn a statement into a question is by adding a question tag at the end of the statement, such as right? or like ¿no? The final way to turn a statement into a question is by switching the subject and the verb so from S + V + O we have V + S + O.
- Juan reads books? we can say ¿Juan lee libros?
- Juan reads books, doesn’t he? we can say Juan lee libros ¿no?
- Does Juan read books? we say ¿Lee Juan libros?
Day 1 Quiz: Begin Quiz
- Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – 10 Spanish Words A Day
- Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – 10 Common Spanish Phrases
- Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – Intro to Spanish Grammar
- Spanishdict.com – Spanish Learning website translation, conjugation, vocabulary, grammar, pronounciation.
- theasciicode.com – very good resource for international alphabet
- Almudena Fernandez – Amazing Wife – Te Amo mi Amor…