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Welcome to Vol. 14 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Your weekly Spanish lesson with sound samples, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. Is there a grammar concept you'd like to see included here? (something not yet present in our online tutorial). Let us know at email spanish online. Best wishes for a lovely Easter and Passover to all. ¡Felices Pascuas a todos!

Lesson of the Week: Greetings and Polite Things to Say

From the La Cucaracha Grammar Chapter

When traveling to new places you always want to make sure to be polite, so learning how to use greetings, please and thank you, I'm sorry, etc. - is muy importante! If you wander around a Spanish speaking market one of the first things you'll hear is "con permiso" - which is similar to "excuse me" in English. Find a friend and practice using the expressions below. You might like to try acting out situations where you would need to say things - for example, "lo siento", "se puede" or "salud." It is much easier to remember words when you've experienced the meaning of the word, rather than just memorized it!

I remember one time in Italy I went to a hotel late at night, and they had no rooms. The apologetic manager kept saying "mi dispiace! mi dispiace!" - which if your Italian isn't too good, sounds like they are telling you they don't like something. In reality it means "I'm sorry." I certainly never forgot the word, or how to use it. The process of interpretation and attaching meaning while in a situation is key to adding words to your vocabulary permanently, rather than just long enough to fill out a quiz sheet.

polite words in Spanish

hear audio mp3Click above to hear an mp3 of some polite Spanish words

mucho gusto
el gusto es mío
me llamo
¿cómo se llama?
¿cómo te llamas?
te presento

nice to meet you
my pleasure

my name is
what is your name? (formal)
what is your name?
let me introduce...

buenos días
buenas tardes
buenas noches

good morning
good afternoon
good night

hear audio mp3
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¿cómo está Ud.?
¿cómo estás? (tú)
¿cómo le va?
estoy bien
¿qué pasa?
¡nos vemos!
hasta luego
hasta pronto

how are you? (formal)
how are you?
how is it going?
I am fine
what's happenin’?
be seeing you!
see you later
see you soon

Activity/Worksheet: Greetings & Polite Words

Quiz: Greetings & Polite Words

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Spanish Practice Idea:

Try to read at least one Spanish news article a day. Since you're already familiar with the themes (assuming you keep up on current events...) it will help you to understand more of the vocabulary, even if the words are new to you. Here are some sites you may want to use:

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Travel Spot of the Week

visit Sevilla and practice your Spanish!

Sevilla, Spain

Arguably one of the of the most enchanting cities in Spain, Sevilla has it all: flamenco, gypsies, the 3rd largest cathedral in the world, delicious food like gazpacho and paella, Moorish gardens lined with orange trees, and much more. The orange trees lining many of the streets are quite a site to see - although a friend of mine tried eating one and found out they are more for show than for sustenance! For history, click here For a virtual photographic tour through Sevilla, click here For a weblog journey to Sevilla done by a professional photographer, click here


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