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Imageauntanne
Feb 14, 2010 10:42 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Here is the Word of the day forum.
Imageauntanne
Mar 4, 2010 6:22 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
First word is something very basic.

Hablo (ah blo) it means I speak. ex. Hablo español. I speak Spanish.
Imageauntanne
Mar 4, 2010 6:24 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Me encanta* - I really like. In this case the thing you really like is said after this. For example: Me encanta la flor. I like the flower.
(may en-cahn'-tuh)

* If the thing you really like is plural add an "n" to the end. For example: Me encantan las flores. I like the flowers.
Imageauntanne
Mar 4, 2010 6:27 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Ok new word. We've learned how to say "I really like" but what if you just "like" something? In that case the phrase you want is:
"Me gusta" (may goo' stah). For example, "Me gusta el carro" I like the car. Like the other word with similar meaning, the subject follows and if plural an "n" is added to "gusta". For example: Me gusta el carro, I like the car but "Me gustan los carros" I like the cars.
Imageauntanne
Mar 4, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
To make a noun (or adjective) plural add an "s" if the word ends in a vowel. If the word ends in a consonant use "es". For example: la flor las flores. To summarize: vowel - s, consonant - es

Not to heap too much information into one short little lesson, all nouns have gender. That is to say they're either masculine or feminine. There are rules as to what makes a word one or the other, but it's a long list and too confusing to memorize, imo. The easiest way is to just memorize the word "la" (fem.) or "el" (masc.) with the word. Dictionaries will put an "m" or "f" behind the translation to tell the learner which is which.
Imageauntanne
Mar 4, 2010 6:34 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Ok, so while I'm here let's do another word. Let's revisit yesterdays word. While "me gusta/gustan" means "I like" a slight spelling change can give you the phrase "I would like". "Me gustaría la floreria": I would like the flower pot. Same rule with the "n" makes it "Me gustarían las florerias": I would like the flower pots.

pron: may goo' stah ree uh
Imageauntanne
Mar 4, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
Well, I'm home early today due to the weather so perhaps today would be a good day to introduce weather vocab.

Nieva (nee a' vah): Snow
Llueve (yu a' vay): Rain
Hace frio (ah' say free' oh): It's cold

Imageauntanne
Mar 4, 2010 6:39 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
In the meantime, let's pick up a new word. It's the word "tengo", it's pronounced like the dance "tango". It means "I have"
So: Tengo flores = I have flowers. Actually the truth is: No tengo flores.
Imageauntanne
Mar 9, 2010 6:25 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
March 9th time for another.
Let's try some garden vocab.*

el árbol - (ahr' bowl) - tree
la flor - (floor) - flower
la planta - (plán tah) - plant
el arbusto - (ahr boo' sto) - bush
la rama - (rah' mah) - branch
la hoja - (oh' ha) - leaf
la cizaña - (see - sa' - nyah) - weed
el jardín - (har - deen') - garden

* Remember the plural rule: if it ends in a vowel add an "s", in a consonant add "es"
Imageauntanne
Mar 9, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Anne
College Station
This lesson I'd accidentally put on another thread and it belongs here.

The word for I is "yo" pronounced just like it looks. The word for you is "tu" pronounced "too". These are subject pronouns. We've learned the word "tengo". Notice that I didn't attach the "yo" to it. That's because Spanish doesn't require a subject for it's verbs. The subject of "tengo" couldn't have any other subject. It's the only way to say "I have". As for other subjects, once you've established the subject for your listener or reader, it's not necessary to repeat it.

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