Basics of Spanish

By: Kelli Holstine

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Jairojehuel. (2014, June 6). Se Habla Espanol [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://pixabay.com/p-375830/?no_redirect

Introduction

Spanish is spoken in many places around the globe, and Mexico is one of many countries that speak it.  Many people are coming to the United States of America from Mexico, which is why it is helpful to know at least the basics of the Spanish language.

Spanish is a fun language to learn, and it is one of the easiest.  With all of the resources that are provided in the world, almost everyone has access to a study tool to practice the Spanish language.  The button below is a good resource to study Spanish, but it is one of many.

Link in the button is from:

Study Languages, LLC. (1997). Learn Spanish. Retrieved from http://studyspanish.com/

Writing in Spanish

To understand the basics of writing in Spanish, you must first understand how verbs work.  To use a verb, you have to change the endings.  For example, "to dance" is "bailar."  If you want to say "I dance," you have to change the ending and make it "bailo."  The picture shows the corresponding endings for all verbs.  This list goes in order of I (yo), you (tú), he/she (él/ella), we (nosotros), they (ellos).  The AR endings have an extra one, "ais."  This is for the Spanish word "vosotros," which is like saying "y'all."

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Robinson, A. (2009). Verbos Regulares [Picture]. Retrieved from http://slideplayer.us/slide/151837/

In order to put verbs into sentences, you need some nouns.  Nouns are words that you must memorize (unless you keep a dictionary in your pocket all the time).  Some nouns are included below.  Do your best to use them creatively!

Practice

Vocabulario

bicicleta -- bicycle

papas fritas -- French fries

galletas -- cookies

gustar -- to like

cantar -- to sing

hermano -- brother

tener -- to have

Using the list of words above, write a paragraph about yourself.  Write about your likes, dislikes, family members, and hobbies.  Even if you do not have a brother, use all of the words above.  It will be good practice for everything we just learned.  Write your paragraph in the comment stream below.  Write it in the format of a letter to someone you do not know.  You are telling this person a little bit about yourself.

References

Jairojehuel. (2014, June 6). Se Habla Espanol [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://pixabay.com/p-375830/?no_redirect

Robinson, A. (2009). Verbos Regulares [Picture]. Retrieved from http://slideplayer.us/slide/151837/

Study Languages, LLC. (1997). Learn Spanish. Retrieved from http://studyspanish.com/

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