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to all. ¡Felices Pascuas a todos!
of the Week: Greetings and Polite Things to Say
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!
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.
above to hear an mp3 of some polite Spanish words
el gusto es mío
¿cómo se llama?
¿cómo te llamas?
nice to meet you
my name is
what is your name? (formal)
what is your name?
let me introduce...
to hear mp3
¿cómo estás? (tú)
¿cómo le va?
are you? (formal)
how are you?
how is it going?
I am fine
be seeing you!
see you later
see you soon
& Polite Words
& Polite Words
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
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