Day 1 : 60 Days Learn Spanish Challenge

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

  1. Afternoon – Tarde
  2. Air conditioner – Aire Acondicionado
  3. Airplane – Avion
  4. Air Port – Aero Puerto
  5. Autumn – Otoño

  1. April – Abril
  2. Arm – Brazo
  3. August – Agosto
  4. Bathe – Bañar
  5. Bath Room – Baño

10 Common Phrases

  1. Hola > Hello – very casual way to great someone
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Buenas tardes > Good Afternoon – used from 12pm onwards
  5. Bunas noches > Good Night You can say this when you are about to sleep.
  6. Sí > Yes
  7. No > No
  8. Nos vemos > See you later – You can say this in place of Adíos, used in a very casual way.
  9. Hasta mañana > See you tomorrow – lets say you just finish your shift at work you can say Hasta mañana!
  10. ¿Quál es tu nombre? > What is your name? – alt+168 = ¿; alt+160 = á

Basic Spanish Grammar

  1. Word Order – I read book – subject + verb + object; Yo leo libros subject + verb + object.
    • Example – I ate an apple – Yo comí una manzana
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Resources:

  1. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – 10 Spanish Words A Day
  2. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – 10 Common Spanish Phrases
  3. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – Intro to Spanish Grammar
  4. Spanishdict.com – Spanish Learning website translation, conjugation, vocabulary, grammar, pronounciation.
  5. theasciicode.com – very good resource for international alphabet
  6. Almudena Fernandez – Amazing Wife – Te Amo mi Amor…

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