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Spanish Lesson Seventy-Three: Money and Currency

Updated on February 10, 2014

Hey Friends...

We just finished learning another compound tense. Now we can take a breather and learn something a bit lighter than this last lesson. Thanks so much for sticking with me throughout all these lessons. I started in June of 2012, so it's been a long time coming since I've started to share my love for the Spanish language. I'm hoping that you too have gained some sort of affection for learning new languages. It feels like you've been given the power to say what you need to say when the situation calls for it.

That is why, at times, the themes of my lessons are so arbitrary. You just never know what type of information you may need in a situation. So I hope you're learning lots and I hope you're ready for this week's topic!

Objectives

  • To Familiarize oneself with vocabulary pertaining to money and currency
  • To Learn how to discuss money and currency in the Spanish language
  • To Gain an understanding of how money is described in the Spanish language

Hace Buen Tiempo?

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Money and Currency

Yep... Money and Currency

I know it seems like I choose these topics randomly and I sometimes do. I keep a list of topics and I go down the list and check the ones that are haven't been touched at all. So a few weeks ago, I already knew what topic we would be discussing and when it would fall between the major grammar lessons.I'm hoping this lesson helps everyone just talk about money and counting money and knowing how to tell your friends how much they owe you. This is an everyday thing, right?

If you have any suggestions for topics, let me know, and I'd be glad to feature them and discuss them. There's so much minutiae to language, so it's hard to get all the small. I can assure you, however, that we will get all the big stuff. Guaranteed.

English Word
Spanish Equiv
Money
El Dinero
Cheap
Barato(a)
Expensive
Caro(a)
Dollar
El Dólar
Peso
El Peso
Cent
El Centavo
To Cost
Costar
To Owe
Deber*
How Much?
¿Cuánto?
How Many?
¿Cuántos?
Bill
El Billete
Change
El Cambio
Check
El Cheque
Tip
La Propina

Today's Vocabulary

Hey Friends,

So obviously, today's vocabulary is on money and currency. Everything you'll need for today's lesson will be there. You might want to review Cardinal Numbers, though I'm sure you don't need to. Note that on the word "costar" I put in parenthesis (o-->ue). That is to indicate a stem change in the Present Indicative. Just make sure you honor that stem change in all tenses save for the nosotros form.

There are a lot of cool things to learn today. You'll also find words to describe shopping experience like expensive and cheap. Also there are pertinent verbs for the topic. Once you've finished your review of these words, check out today's lesson.

  • Used to discuss debt or owing someone
  • Used to discuss cost
  • Used to discuss how much or how many

Discussing Money and Currency

Hey Friends,

So today we're going to discuss Money and currency. If you didn't know any of this before, it's awesome. I try to be as random as possible with the themes. It really helps to learn more vocabulary and ever nook and cranny of the language. So I hope these lessons have been, are, and always will be helpful to those who read them. So yeah, I guess on with the today's lesson. Let's learn some Spanish!!

So let's pull up the normal categories of things to discuss using vocabulary!


Compare And Contrast

Este lápiz es mas caro que esta pluma. This pencil is more expensive than this pen. Don't forget more being "mas" and than being "que" in the case of comparing and contrasting things. Note that Caro is a masculine adjective and can change to reflect a feminine noun.


Like Or Dislike

No me gusta cuánto este lapiz cuesta. I don't know much much this pencil costs. Remember that "costar" has a stem change in the Present Indicative. It has an O-->UE stem change.


Use In Context

Necesitamos el cheque. We need the check. The word "cheque" sounds EXACTLY like "check". So don't stress this word.


Ask A Question

¿Cuántos dólares necesitas? How many dollars do you need? Nouns that end in "r" or "d" just need an "es" to make the noun plural. Remember that tip.


Extra Note:

In Mexico, the comma is used to separate the change amount or Cambio of any given amount. When you look at some that says 912,50, it means 912 pesos and 50 cents. I know... it's confusing. Watch the video for more information on forming large numbers and about Mexican currency. Thanks for reading!

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      Stretch 2 years ago

      At last, soomene who knows where to find the beef

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      A.E. Williams 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thank you!! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Abigail 3 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Great hub, always looking for free Spanish lessons. I will at this to my list!