How to speak Spanish in Chicago

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Spanish present continuous quiz 1

Complete the Spanish present continuous quiz 1. Good luck!

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Spanish present progressive quizzes

Please complete this Spanish present progressive quizzes. If it is green, it means is correct, if it is red it means you did it incorrectly.

Spanish quiz 1

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House vocabulary in Spanish

Since there are many things you can find in a house vocabulary in Spanish, we have to divide it by many parts. Here you have the different links.

Spanish house vocabulary part 1

Spanish house vocabulary part 2

 

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Spanish vocabulary per theme

Here you have a Spanish vocabulary per theme and by alphabet. It is better to study by context than by word or noun. Even though we recommend to study the main Spanish verbs that you use in your life.

House

Office

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Quiz in Spanish on how to introduce yourself

In this post, you have a Quiz in Spanish on how to introduce yourself. If it is green means is correct if it is red it means is wrong.

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How to use verbs in conversations

How to use Spanish verbs in conversations

In order to learn how to use the Spanish present tense verbs in a conversation, you have to get familiar with the most common verbs and how to use them in context. As you probably know exists regular and irregular verbs.

Also before working on the most common ones you have to learn the most common expressions in Spanish present tense situations.

Una vez por semana (Once a week)

Dos veces por semana (Twice a week)

Seguido (Often)

A veces (sometimes)

Regularmente (usually)

Una vez por año (Once a year) 0;

Please focus in these verbs fist  (Listen to the audio, then read!)

Present tense regular most common verbs 

Present tense irregulars most common verbs

 

 

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How to apply questions from grammar in a conversation

Important Questions for A1 & A2 Beginners

What’s new?

What have you been doing lately?

Useful Expressions for Present Progressive a lot, less, more, a lot more, not much

Qué hay de nuevo?

Qué estas (hacer-to do)  haciendo últimamente?

Expresiones para estudiar en español mucho (a lot), menos (less), mas (more), mucho mas (much more), no mucho (not much)

Estoy trabajando mucho

Estoy comiendo menos

Qué vas hacer este fin de semana?

Qué quieres hacer este fin de semana?

Expresiones en español para estudiar 

Este fin de semana / This weekend

El fin de semana que viene/ próximo  / Next weekend

El año que viene / Next year

Mañana / tomorrow

Esta tarde / this afternoon 

La semana que viene/ próxima / next week

Este año / this year 

Pasado mañana/ the day after tomorrow

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish language exchange

A Spanish language exchange could be a website or an app where you can meet a Spanish native speaker either in person or online. How does it work a Spanish exchange work? If your native tongue is English you can help the Spanish speaker with their English and they will help you in Spanish. This is why most of the platforms that helps you find people are free.  The ones that I am going to share in here are all free.

How to meet people to speak Spanish in your own city?

There is a popular website called http://www.meetup.com that is fascinating because you can find different opportunities to go to restaurants, coffee places or event dance place to practice your Spanish with native speakers. Depending on the city you can find people to exchange English, German or any other language for Spanish. This happens in cities where the tourism is big like Ney York, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, etc. Some other cities like Chicago, which doesn’t have so much international tourism you can find Spanish native people looking to make new friends. Actually I organize one in Chicago called Spanish Events in Chicago where people meet to talk Spanish like many other events in Chicago. This website is on many countries in the world, therefore everybody has the opportunity.

How to Speak Spanish online?

Not everybody lives in a big city or has the time to attend to these events. Therefore there are options online, where you can exchange your native tongue for Spanish.

Most of my students use Spanish language exchange and they met real nice people and also received a lot of requests. When you enter, you can sign up for free like when you create an email. Then pick a language partner that speaks Spanish and chose your native tongue, and you will be in contact with many people and you can share your Skype username, or facetime.

Here are other options:

Language Exchange

My language exchange

https://www.italki.com

Language for exchange

These are websites but also exist apps, where you can do the same thing:

  • Tandem
  • HelloTalk

I will keep you posted with a Spanish article next time!

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Complementary activities

Also to all my students I say what we do is not enough. This is where the resources come. It has to have something that you do outside either a mobile classroom or real one. Social component. Has to have a possibility for them to meet natives, this is where meetup.com comes to practice oraly or conversationexchange.com concept where you can talk on Skype with someone in Mexico. Still I feel you have to give them the option to do groups, and go to their local event. I can talk about this better about the concept of Spanglish later. Apply Spanish to a real person.

 

Resources to do outside the core lesson:

  • Practice what you saw in class with a native speaker

Something like www.conversationexchange.com

OR face to face in your city www.meetup.com

  • Additionally vocabulary

  1. Do it for each level A1:
  • Study extra vocabulary: Just vocabulary do not try to build sentence for now.

Brainstorm in English or your native language all the words that are part of your life and divide them by:

Verbs: work out, eat,

Nouns:

What? Nouns related to them: Chicken, veggies,

Where? Restaurant, house,

How? friends, husband,

 

Then Google the image, and the translation will appear later

 

  1. You can find songs that you really like in Spanish and translate them in order to get emotionaly connected with it and then sign it in the shower or wherever you want

–          Spotifiy

–          Youtube

 

  1. Finally extras watch movies that you already watch in English, watch then in Spanish. Your all time favorites Netflex has to improve that but maybe we can get a cut  for the referals.
  2. Listen to podcasts or radio, even if you do not understand anything in the shower, airport, just as background music. I used to do that with npr everyday when  I was at work doing boring tasks and just in the backgroung help so much my listening skills

BBC mundo en espanol

Top best 100 podcasts in Spanish

Radio ambulante – I remmend this when you have some level because they have so interesting stories

News slow in Spanish

 

If you are or not a beginner at the beginning you are going to feel overwhelmed, but pick the most sexy accent and just listen to eat even if at the beginning you do not understand anything get used to the accent, in the shower, car, airplane while you sleep, when you are doing some boring work. Do not try to control every single word.

 

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