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In this Spanish lesson we will learn the basic introductions in Spanish. Greeting people in Spanish and exchanging pleasantries are fundamental and essential skills. The first thing we will look at is how to say Hello in Spanish and how to greet people at specific times of the day with either Buenos días, Buenas tardes, or Buenas noches. We will then look at asking someone’s name in Spanish and responding with Me llamo…. (I am called…). Finally we will see various ways of asking someone how they are in Spanish and how to respond if you are asked the same question. The key with every Spanish lesson at every stage of every Spanish course, no matter what the level, is to practice what you have learned. That old saying “Practice makes perfect” is absolutely true and it is impossible to progress with Spanish or any foreign language if you don’t practice. I suggest that you work on all of the “activities” that accompany each of my Spanish lessons and write out sentences and vocabulary lists in Spanish reviewing all of the new things you have just seen. Don’t forget also to get stuck in and speak as much Spanish as you can, ideally with native speakers if you are visiting or living in Spain or Latin America, if you have Spanish speakers living in your neighbourhood or if you can find a Spanish speaking online buddy or teacher.

Lesson notes

Hola: Hello
Buenos días: Good morning
Buenas tardes: Good afternoon
Buenas noches: Good evening, Good night
¿Cómo te llamas?: What´s your name? (friendly)
¿Cómo se llama usted?: What´s your name (formal)
Me llamo: I am called
Mucho gusto: Nice to meet you
¿Qué tal? / ¿Cómo estás? : How are you? (friendly)
¿Cómo está usted? How are you? (formal)
Bien: well, ok
Muy bien: Very well
Mal: Bad
¿Y tú? : And you? (friendly)
¿Y usted? And you? (formal)
Gracias: Thank you
Adiós: Good bye
Hasta luego: See you later


Put the dialogue in order…

(answers will be given in the next lesson)

-Me llamo Antonio ¿Cómo estás?
-Muy bien, gracias. ¿y tú?
-Hola, buenas tardes. ¿Cómo te llamas?
-Me llamo Lola, ¿y tú?
-Bien ¡hasta luego!


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