Friday, July 24, 2015

Habla Espanol?

Taking beginner Spanish lessons at the Lake Chapala Society using the Warren Hardy (WH) method is for English majors, or teachers in general.  For Mike and I, the foundation course by Warren Hardy proved to be too difficult to grasp.  My FAITH in God makes my task of learning a new language after the age of 60 entirely possible!  The right teacher and the right
method are critical to our success! In our initial six week class using the WH method, the course began with ten students, five of which were there to repeat the beginning course for the second and third time. Our goal
remains to speak Spanish conversationally with the service staff at the cafe, the gas station attendant and with our maid.  We have found that if we SMILE while speaking what vocabulary we do know, our audience is most gracious, and they never try and correct our
grammar, they simply smile and nod with respect as they are thankful that we are trying. One Spanish teacher from the states reminded us to consider how we all learned English as a baby?
We mimicked our parents and siblings.  We learned a few words like ball, water, milk, etc. before we ever learned how to speak sentences properly. So the overwhelming amount of vocabulary
and advanced use of verbs and nouns will come later.  So what words are most useful?  LEARN these: Por favor, muchas gracias, Adios, Buenas Dias, como esta, quanto questa, and la quenta por favor. TRANSLATION: Please, thank you, good-bye, good morning, how are you, how much is it, check please!  READ COMMENTS below for more important vocabulary.


    A double LL is pronounced YA
    CaLLe = street ( kai ya )
    LLaves = keys ( ya ves )
    TortiLLa = tortilla ( tor tee ya )
    PoLLo = chicken ( poy ya or por yo )

    Besos = kiss
    Amor = love
    Mui Bueno = very good
    Day sigh uno = breakfast
    Comida = lunch
    La Cena = dinner
    Bwen Pro Vecho = Enjoy meal to fullest
    Escribo por favor = write please

    If you ask how much is it? Quanto questa?
    They speak real fast and you do not comprehend how much - ask Escribo por favor

    "H" is always silent ( pronunciation )
    Hablar = speak ( ablar )
    Huevos = eggs ( wayvos )
    Helado = ice cream ( aye la do )

  4. SMALL SENTENCES that are useful
    I am hungry = Tango Hambre ( silent H )
    I have a house = Tango la casa
    I have blue eyes = Tango ojos azules
    I have brown hair = Tango KaByeYo castano
    I have a dog = Tango un perro
    I have a husband = Tango un esposo
    I have a wife = Tango un esposa
    I am 65 years old = Tango saycenta cinco anos

  5. VOCABULARY WORDS to put into practice:
    Buscar = to look for ( shop )
    Cambiar = change ( no cambiar = no chage )
    Caminar = walk
    Comprar = buy
    LLegar = to arrive ( yeah gar )
    Limpiar = to clean
    Recordar = to remember
    Trabajar = to work
    Tomar = to drink ( waiter asks Que tomar? )
    Necesito = I need ( necessito bano )
    Bano = bathroom
    Mesa = table
    Libro = book
    La Casa = the house
    Manejar = to drive
    Coche = car
    Viajar = to travel
    Voy a walmart = I am going Walmart
    Me gusta = I like
    Quiero = I want
    Tango que = I have to
    Por Que = Why
    Donde = where
    Como = how
    que = what
    pero = but
    con = with
    un poco = a little
    todo = all
    mi = my
    tus = your
    conmigo = with me
    contigo = with you
    con nosotros = with us
    Puedo = I can
    Regalo = gift

    El lunes = Monday
    El Martes = Tuesday
    El Miercoles = Wednesday
    El Jueves = Thursday
    El Vieernes = Friday
    El Sabado = Saturday
    El Domingo = Sunday
    Proximo Semana = next week
    Mas tarde = later on
    Buenas Dias - Good morning
    Buenas Tardes = Good afternoon
    Buenas noches = Good night

    Mas uvia las noches = much rain tonight

  7. VOCABULARY READING SIGNS and more words
    Banco = bank
    Pagar = to pay
    Reducto Velocidad = reduce velocity - speed
    Alto = stop
    Con permiso por favor = excuse me please
    Cerrado = closed ( cafe )
    Abierto = open ( shop or cafe )
    Las Bebidas = the drinks
    Las botanas = appetizers
    El postre = the desert
    Listo ? = ready ? (asking if ready to order)
    Mi corazon = my heart
    Mi amiga en Christo = My girlfriend in Christ
    Dios te Bendiga = God bless you