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Spanish Class 1 at Hubpages Café
What is Hubpages Café?
Hubpages Café is here, our virtual place, where we can have a nice cup of coffee and learn some Spanish together. If you haven't got some Spanish coffee at home today don't worry, grab any coffee but make it short and strong, like a Spanish 'cortado' (expresso with milk).
I love Spanish, my family still lives there and I often visit them. So this year I thought it would be fun to share my knowledge and love for the Spanish language with everyone.
Welcome to Hubpages Café, where I am happy to be your volunteer Spanish teacher and bring you one Spanish class per weekend. You can join at any time and just catch up on the previous classes. This is light and fun, at your own pace!
Vamos! (Let's go)
What do I need for a Spanish Class at Hubpages Café?
Nothing much, just 30 minutes to spare, a notebook and pen if you wish and that's about it! It's fun and easy.
Now I will be following the Sueños World Spanish 1 by BBC Active, but will be adding my own twist to it to make it light and fun.
At the end of the day we are just having a Spanish Class over a nice cup of coffee!
Oh yes, I almost forgot! Remember to bring your cortado!
Ready to Start your First Spanish Class at Hubpages Café?
So let's get started with a fun and totally free Spanish class. You can always leave me a comment I am happy to answer all your queries!
Let's have some fun!
Let's start with the basics, saying hello, how are you and goodbye. f you are planning a quick January beak in the Spanish sun this should come in handy.
'Hola!' - Hola is the most common greeting word in Spanish, it gets you around for anytime of the day. Just like the good old Hello in English, Hola is suitable for any occasion.
But you probably already knew that, didn't you? No problem, let's get more technical! *sipping coffee*
'Buenos Dias' - Good morning
'Buenas tardes' -Good afternoon
'Buenas Noches' - Good evening
As you can see from here we are now greeting people based on the time of the day - pretty formal, huh? If you are a complete beginner I suggest sticking to 'Hola', as it's better to build your vocabulary on a wider range of things to say, rather than learn how to say the same thing in more than one way.
The book is actually teaching you all of this, but I'm going to take a light and fun approach to Spanish, from a perspective of someone who learnt the language rather than a teacher. Hopefully you can still learn lots but with a pinch of fun!
What do you prefer?
'Cómo Estás' or 'Qué Tal'?
How are you?
Okay, now that you've said hello you probably want to at least ask 'how are you?' There are two ways to say it but once again I advise you to pick one, whichever sticks in your mind faster, and use that one for the time being:
'Cómo estás' - how are you
'Qué tal' - how are you/ what's up/ how it is going
'Qué tal' is slightly more informal but still perfectly suitable in any situation. I personally always use 'cómo estás', it just comes more natural to me. I suggest you also find your flow with the language, and just let the words come to you. Maybe you find it easier to pronounce one expression than the other, and that's perfectly fine.
Moving on? Want to say goodbye already? Oh well...
This is gonna be super-dooper-easy!
Okay, that's it, the Spanish kept it simple for this one, only one way to say bye, no stress, no confusion?
Really, you may ask? *sipping coffee with a guilty look on my face*
No...unfortunately this is far from the truth...
Okay let's have a fun go at saying good bye in Spanish:
'Hasta Luego' - See you later/ Until later
'Nos Vemos' - See you later/ We see each other later
'Hasta Pronto' - Until soon
'Hasta mañana' - See you tomorrow / Until tomorrow
Now just as in English, you can also say a longer form of goodbye such as 'Bye, good night'. Here is how:
'Adiós, buesnos días' Bye, good morning!
'Adiós, buenas tardes' Bye, good afternoon!
'Adiós, buesnas noches' Bye, good evening / good night!
Okay, phew, I took it off my chest, told you all the options, but really, for the time being, unless you are already familiar with Spanish, scrap everything.
Just use 'Hola', 'Cómo estás' and 'Adiós'.
Keep it short, sweet and fun!
Hasta La Proxima
Okay, okay, I admit it, I didn't tell you this one *sipping coffee with a guilty look on my face again*
'Hasta la próxima' means until next time, and here I could also use 'Hasta la próxima semana' as we are meeting next week.
'Próxima' - Next
'Semana' - Week
Any questions, leave a comment, let's have a chat!