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                                                       Spanish for Beginners - Lesson 1
                                                                      Further speaking & listening practice
       What to do here:
             1    To improve your listening skills, click on the Spanish words in blue and
                  listen to them as many times as you want.
             2    To improve your speaking skills, read the lines out loud, along with the
                  native speaker. Try to keep up with the speed and imitate the intonation.
             3    Repeat each line several times.



                       a
                     Di´logo 1                                         Dialog 1
                        ıa:
                     Mar´             ıas,      e        a
                              Buenos d´ Ana, ¿qu´ tal est´s?           Mary:    Good morning, Anne, how are you?
                     Ana:                        u
                              Bien, gracias, ¿y t´?                    Anne:    Fine, thanks, and you?
                        ıa:
                     Mar´     Bien.                                    Mary:    Fine.



                       a
                     Di´logo 2                                         Dialog 2
                     Juan:    Hola, buenas tardes.                     John:    Hello, good afternoon.
                                                         u o
                     Ricardo: Hola, me llamo Ricardo, y t´ ¿c´mo       Richard: Hello, my name is Richard, and you,
                              te llamas?                                        what’s your name?
                     Juan:               o
                              Juan. ¿De d´nde eres?                    John:    John. Where are you from?
                     Ricardo: De Inglaterra.                           Richard: England.

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                        a
                      Di´logo 3                                           Dialog 3
                         e
                      Jos´:         Hola, buenas noches, te presento      Joseph:         Hello, good evening, this is my
                                    a mi amigo Pedro.                                     friend Peter.
                      Margarita: Encantada.                               Margaret: Pleased to meet you.
                      Pedro:        Encantado.                            Peter:          Pleased to meet you.
                                     a
                      Margarita: ¿Est´s de vacaciones?                    Margaret: Are you on holiday?
                      Pedro:         ı.
                                    S´                                    Peter:          Yes.
                                       e          a
                      Margarita: ¿En qu´ hotel est´s?                     Margaret: Which hotel are you in?
                      Pedro:        En el “Sol y Playa”.                  Peter:          The ‘Sun and Beach’
                                          e
                      Margarita: ¡Yo tambi´n!                             Margaret: Me too!
                      Pedro:        Entonces, ¡hasta pronto!              Peter:          Then, see you soon!
                      Margarita: ¡Hasta la vista!                         Margaret: See you!
                         e
                      Jos´:             o
                                    ¡Adi´s!                               Joseph:         Goodbye!

         Learning tips:
             1    If you’re having difficulty saying a particular word (“llamo”, for instance),
                  practise saying it on its own. Then say it together with the word before it
                  (“me llamo”), then add the word after it (“me llamo Ricardo”), then add
                  one more word, and so on.
             2    For more tips on how to improve your Spanish fast and efficiently, visit our
                  blog at languagebookworld.com
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                                                                                           Further vocabulary practice
       Vocabulary drill: Type in the appropriate words. Fill in the gaps with words you learned in our two free Lesson
       1 podcasts. If you want to review them, here are the links to the words and phrases.


             1     Buenos                , Margarita.

             2     ¿D´nde
                     o                    tu amiga Ana?                                 Click here to see the answers


             3         e o
                   No s´ c´mo se                    el hotel.

             4     Juan y yo                   artistas.

             5          o
                   ¿De d´nde                    tu padre?

             6     Mi director                  llama Pedro

             7     Mi amigo es                   Inglaterra.

             8     Dos y dos                   cuatro.

             9                         a
                   El Hotel Central est´                    la playa.

             10        a
                   ¿Est´s                vacaciones?

             11    Ricardo                Margarita son amigos.

             12       e     e
                   Jos´, ¿qu´                     a
                                               est´s?

       Learning tip: You may want to repeat this vocabulary drill if you’ve made more than two mistakes. Knowing
       the basics well is essential if you want to learn Spanish fast.
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             1     Buenos                , Margarita.                        1      ıas
                                                                                   d´       (Good morning, Margaret)

             2       o
                   ¿D´nde                 tu amiga Ana?                      2        a
                                                                                   est´     (Where is your friend Anne?)

             3         e o
                   No s´ c´mo se                    el hotel.                3     llama      (I don’t know the name of the hotel)

             4     Juan y yo                   artistas.                     4     somos      (John and I are artists)

             5          o
                   ¿De d´nde                    tu padre?                    5     es     (Where is your father from?)

             6     Mi director                  llama Pedro                  6     se     (My director’s name is Peter)

             7     Mi amigo es                   Inglaterra.                 7     de      (My friend is from England)

             8     Dos y dos                   cuatro.                       8     son      (Two plus two equals four)

             9                         a
                   El Hotel Central est´                    la playa.        9     en      (The Central Hotel is by the beach)

             10        a
                   ¿Est´s                vacaciones?                         10    de      (Are you on vacation?)

             11    Ricardo                Margarita son amigos.              11    y      (Richard and Margaret are friends)

             12       e     e
                   Jos´, ¿qu´                     a
                                               est´s?                        12    tal     (Joseph, how are you?)

       Learning tip: You may want to repeat this vocabulary drill if you’ve made more than two mistakes. Knowing
       the basics well is essential if you want to learn Spanish fast.
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                                                                                                      Translation practice
       Translation exercise: Translate these ten sentences into Spanish. All the words and phrases have come up in
       our two free Lesson 1 podcasts.


             1     What’s the name of the hotel?


             2     I don’t know where your director is.                                     Click here to see the answers


             3     My name is Joseph, and you, what’s your name?


             4     Hello, how are you?


             5     Which hotel is your father in?


             6     More slowly, please.


             7     Where are you?


             8     This is my friend Richard.


             9     I don’t know his name.


             10    Margaret is on the beach.

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       Translation exercise: Translate these ten sentences into Spanish. All the words and phrases have come up in
       our two free Lesson 1 podcasts.
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             1     What’s the name of the hotel?
                                                                              1      o
                                                                                   ¿C´mo se llama el hotel?

             2     I don’t know where your director is.
                                                                              2        e o        a
                                                                                   No s´ d´nde est´ tu director.

             3     My name is Joseph, and you, what’s your name?
                                                                              3                e     u o
                                                                                   Me llamo Jos´, y t´ ¿c´mo te llamas?

             4     Hello, how are you?
                                                                              4             e        a
                                                                                   Hola, ¿qu´ tal est´s?

             5     Which hotel is your father in?
                                                                              5          e          a
                                                                                   ¿En qu´ hotel est´ tu padre?

             6     More slowly, please.
                                                                              6     a
                                                                                   M´s despacio, por favor.
             7     Where are you?
                                                                              7      o       a
                                                                                   ¿D´nde est´s?
             8     This is my friend Richard.
                                                                              8    Te presento a mi amigo Ricardo.
             9     I don’t know his name.
                                                                              9        e o
                                                                                   No s´ c´mo se llama.
             10    Margaret is on the beach.
                                                                             10                 a
                                                                                   Margarita est´ en la playa.
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       Improving your pronunciation

           1     A good pronunciation will help you communicate successfully and will dramatically boost your
                 confidence in Spanish. That’s why we’ll put so much emphasis on it in all our extra podcasts and
                 study materials.
           2     Here we’re going to practise listening to the vowels and saying them.
           3     Click on each of the five vowels below to hear them and repeat them after the native speaker.
           4     Remember that the Spanish vowels all have a pure and unchangeable sound.



                                        a             e            i             o             u

           5     Now click on these words and pay particular attention to the vowels. Repeat the words after the
                 native speaker:



                          Ana               eres               ı
                                                              s´               pronto                u
                                                                                                    t´




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       Tips on how to get the Spanish vowels always right


           1     The Spanish “a” is like the “a” in “father”. Avoid saying it like in “able” or “malt”.
           2     The Spanish “e” is like the “e” in “egg”. Avoid saying it like in “elastic” or “mechanic”.
           3     The Spanish “i” is like the “i” in “machine”. Avoid saying it like in “shirt”, “bit” or “mine”.
           4     The Spanish “o” is like the “o” in “lots”. Avoid saying it like in “so” or “comfort”.
           5     The Spanish “u” is like the “u” in “put”. Avoid saying it like in “hut” or “pupil”.
           6     To get the Spanish vowels always right, remember this sentence:




                              Father put lots of eggs in the machine




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       Practising numbers 1 to 5

           1     Click on the numbers in blue to hear how they sound in Spanish.
           2     Repeat them after the native speaker. Make sure you’ve learned them well before starting the exercises
                 on the next two pages.


                                  1             2            3               4                5
                                  uno          dos           tres          cuatro            cinco



       Pronunciation mistakes you might be making

           1     Watch out for the “o” in “uno”, “dos”, “cuatro” and “cinco”. Check that you’re saying it like in the
                 English word “lots”. In particular, make sure it doesn’t sound like the “o” in the English word “so”.
           2     Make sure your “e” in “tres” doesn’t sound like in the English word “need”, but like in “egg”.
           3     Check your “ua” in “cuatro”. Both vowels have to be said clearly.
           4     Finally, in “cinco”, make sure your “i” sounds like in “machine”, and not like in “shirt” or “bit”.




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       Telephone numbers - speaking practice

           1     Native speakers always say numbers very fast, which makes even the simplest ones very tricky to
                 catch. This and the next exercise will help you get used to the speed.
           2     The faster you can say the numbers yourself, the easier you’ll find it to understand them when others
                 say them.
           3     Let’s practise saying these telephone numbers at real conversation speed.
           4     Click on each number and say it out loud, along with the native speaker. Your ideal target here is to
                 keep up with the speed while pronouncing the numbers correctly!


                           225 5344           114 5223          543 3441           334 2112           251 4235



           5     Repeat this exercise several times over the next few days. Remember, it’s important that you say the
                 numbers out loud, not just quietly. Inevitably at this early stage, words will sound better in your head
                 than when you say them!




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       Exercise - hearing & understanding the numbers

           1     Click on the question marks to hear one of the three numbers in each group. Which one has been
                 said in each case? Type in your answers in the spaces below each group.
           2     Repeat this exercise a few times over the next few days in order to learn 1 to 5 really well.
           3     Many larger Spanish numbers look and sound similar to the five numbers in this lesson. Knowing 1 to
                 5 well will make it easier for you to learn other numbers later on.




                        ?              ?             ?               ?                   ?         ?              ?
                       3452           3431          5412            4235             1121         5344           2332
                       4452           3441          5421            4325             1221         5334           2323
                       3352           3432          4512            4335             1112         5443           2333

           4     Type in the numbers you hear:


                       0000           0000          0000            0000             0000          0000           0000


                                                         Click here to see the answers




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       Exercise - hearing & understanding the numbers

           1     Click on the question marks to hear one of the three numbers in each group. Which one has been
                 said in each case? Type in your answers in the spaces below each group.
           2     Repeat this exercise a few times over the next few days in order to learn 1 to 5 really well.
           3     Many larger Spanish numbers look and sound similar to the five numbers in this lesson. Knowing 1 to
                 5 well will make it easier for you to learn other numbers later on.




                        ?              ?             ?              ?             ?              ?               ?
                       3452           3431          5412           4235          1121           5344             2332
                       4452           3441          5421           4325          1221           5334             2323
                       3352           3432          4512           4335          1112           5443             2333

           4     Type in the numbers you hear:


                       0000           0000          0000           0000          0000           0000             0000


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                       3452           3441           5412          4335           1221          5344             2323

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                                                                                                  Further verb practice
       Ser: to be

           1      We’re now going to practise the verb ”ser” (to be), which we learned on the Lesson 1 free extra
                  podcast.
           2      These words are essential in everyday Spanish, and very handy. It’s important that you know them well.
           3      Click on the words in blue to hear them. Then repeat them out loud. Make sure you’re saying them
                  correctly!

                 soy            eres                 es                somos               sois             son
                 I am          you are           he/she/it is          we are             you are          they are


       Pronunciation mistakes you might be making

           1      Make sure the “y” in “soy” sounds exactly like the Spanish “i”. Click on “i” in the pronunciation
                  practice above to check its sound.
           2      Make sure the “e” in “eres” and “es” sounds like the “e” in the pronunciation practice above, and not
                  like in the English words “erode” or “fern”.
           3      Make sure you’re saying the “o” in “somos”, “sois” and “son” like the “o” in the pronunciation
                  practice and not like in the English words “some”, “love”, or “so” (i.e., with an extra “u” or “w”
                  sound at the end).




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       Verb drill: Fill in the gaps with the right form of the verb ser - to be:



           1          o
                 ¿De d´nde                 el amigo de Juan?
                                                                                                  Click here to see the answers
           2                                     o
                 (Talking to John and Mary) ¿De d´nde                       ?

           3     Me llamo Pedro y                    artista.

           4     Tres y dos               cinco.

           5     Tu itinerario                 diferente.

           6               o
                 Ana, ¿de d´nde                  ?

           7     Ana y yo                de Inglaterra.

           8     El hotel               bueno.

           9     Ana y Ricardo                   mis clientes.

          10      u
                 T´ y yo                turistas.


       Vocabulary notes
           1                                 ıas” in the dialogs. “Bueno” is the singular of “buenos” (good).
                 Bueno : we’ve seen “buenos d´
           2     Mis: we’ve come across “mi amigo” in the dialogs. “Mis” is the plural of “mi” (my).
           3     Clientes and turistas: “Clientes” is the plural of “cliente” (client) and “turistas” is the plural of
                 “turista” (tourist). These two words first came up on the Lesson 1 free Extra Podcast. We’ll learn the
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           1     ¿De d´nde
                      o                    el amigo de Juan?                       1    es     (Where is John’s friend from?)

           2     (Talking to John and Mary) ¿De d´nde
                                                 o                          ?      2    sois      (Where are you from?)

           3     Me llamo Pedro y                    artista.                      3    soy     (My name is Peter and I’m an artist)

           4     Tres y dos               cinco.                                   4    son     (Three plus two equals five)

           5     Tu itinerario                 diferente.                          5    es     (Your itinerary is different)

           6     Ana, ¿de d´nde
                           o                     ?                                 6    eres      (Anne, where are you from??)

           7     Ana y yo                de Inglaterra.                            7    somos       (Anne and I are from England)

           8     El hotel               bueno.                                     8    es     (The hotel is good)

           9     Ana y Ricardo                   mis clientes.                     9    son     (Anne and Richard are my clients)

          10     T´ y yo
                  u                     turistas.                                 10    somos       (You and I are tourists.)


       Vocabulary notes
           1                                 ıas” in the dialogs. “Bueno” is the singular of “buenos” (good).
                 Bueno : we’ve seen “buenos d´
           2     Mis: we’ve come across “mi amigo” in the dialogs. “Mis” is the plural of “mi” (my).
           3     Clientes and turistas: “Clientes” is the plural of “cliente” (client) and “turistas” is the plural of
                 “turista” (tourist). These two words first came up on the Lesson 1 free Extra Podcast. We’ll learn the
                 Spanish plurals in the next few podcasts.                                                             previous             next

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                           ıas,
       When to use buenos d´ buenas tardes and buenas noches

           1     Unlike in English, these three expressions have more to do with whether you’ve had your lunch or
                                                                                               ıas
                 dinner than with the actual time of day. Roughly speaking, you’d say buenos d´ in the hours between
                 getting up and having lunch, buenas tardes between lunch and dinner or at least dusk, and buenas
                 noches between dusk or dinner and going to bed. Spanish speakers often have their meals later than
                                                                               ıas
                 English speakers, so it’s common to hear people say buenos d´ at 2.00 pm and later. Buenas tardes,
                 especially in summer, can be said till 9.00 pm and later.
           2     Perhaps the most interesting of the three expressions is buenas noches. Buenas noches doesn’t
                 necessarily mean “I’m” or “you’re going to bed”, like in English, although it means that too. Buenas
                 noches is what you say when you meet someone after dinner, often hours before going to bed, so it
                 translates both as good evening and good night.
           3     The rules on how to use these expressions are very vague, but if you’re uncertain about how to greet
                 people, you can simply say buenas. It’s a very common expression and it covers all times of day!




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       The inverted question mark and exclamation mark: “¿” and “¡”

           1     As you will have noticed in the dialogs and exercises in this lesson, in Spanish you have to use an
                 inverted question mark at the beginning of a question. This is done to indicate that a question is
                 starting. Because of the way Spanish verbs and other words work, without the question mark it’s often
                 unclear whether something has been asked or simply stated. Here’s an example:

                                                 a
                                              Est´s de vacaciones – You are on vacation
                                                a
                                            ¿Est´s de vacaciones? – Are you on vacation?


           2     The inverted question mark must be used in all questions, including those that are obvious, like:

                                                    o
                                               ¿De d´nde eres? – Where are you from?


           3     Exclamations come with an inverted exclamation mark too, as we’ve seen in the dialogs:

                                                                 e
                                                        ¡Yo tambi´n! – Me too!
                                                      ¡Hasta la vista! – See you!




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       How to type in the inverted question mark: “¿”

           1     Press Alt, and while still pressing it, press also 168 on the number pad (that’s the group of numbers on
                 the right hand side).

           2     Altenatively, Press Alt, and while still pressing it, press also 0191 on the number pad.
           3     On Microsoft Word: press Alt + Crtl + Shift + ? all at the same time.


       How to type in the inverted exclamation mark: “¡”

           1     Press Alt, and while still pressing it, press also 173 on the number pad (that’s the group of numbers on
                 the right hand side).

           2     Altenatively, Press Alt, and while still pressing it, press also 0161 on the number pad.
           3     On Microsoft Word: press Alt + Crtl + Shift + ! all at the same time.




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       Facts about Mexico. Did you know that ...?

           1     Mexico shares its borders with the USA, Guatemala and Belize.
           2     It’s the 14th largest country in the world.

           3     With a population of 109 million people, it’s the most populous Spanish-speaking country.
           4     The Aztecs were also known as Mexicas, the word which gave its name to the country.
           5                              a      e
                 The Spanish explorer Hern´n Cort´s conquered Mexico in the early 16th century.
           6     The first university in the Americas was founded in 1551 in Mexico City by Charles V.
           7     Spanish is spoken by 97% of its population. Other languages spoken in Mexico are: Nahuatl, Yucatec
                 Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec, Tzeltal Maya, Otomi, Totonac and many others.
           8     Mexico has contributed to all aspects of culture. Some of the most renown Mexicans are: Frida Kahlo,
                                                                                  a
                 Cantinflas, Pancho Villa, Carlos Fuentes, Jorge Negrete, Benito Ju´rez, Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz,
                 Emiliano Zapata, etc.
           9     Some of the best Mexican movies are: Like Water for Chocolate, The Crime of Padre Amaro, The
                                                           a      e                            o
                 Devil’s Backbone, Amores perros, Y tu mam´ tambi´n, Pan’s Labyrinth, El callej´n de los milagros
                 (Midaq Alley), etc.




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           1     Learning foreign languages has been my hobby, career, business and passion for over thirty years. I
                 started with English, then French, German and Italian. I then went for Portuguese and in March 2007 I
                 started studying Japanese. My mother tongue is Spanish. Knowing foreign languages is a precious
                 asset for me. I use them on a daily basis!
           2     I have learned foreign languages mostly on my own, but also with private tutors and in small group
                 courses. At University I did History in Madrid (Spain) as a first degree, and then I did a masters in
                 English Literature in the UK.
           3     I set up in business in 1994. At first I taught Spanish and did translations full time. Then, while still
                 teaching, I wrote two language learning publications: Learn Spanish At Your Own Pace (book + 2
                 audio cds) and Spanish for Beginners cd-rom.
           4     The publishing side of the business expanded and in 2003 we launched our first website,
                 www.spanish-online.co.uk. Soon the language-bookworld.com cluster of websites was developed and I
                 now work full time on our podcast, multimedia lessons, forum, seven websites, blog and Squidoo
                 lenses.




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