¡Hola a todos! Hello everyone! As it is our first Spanish lesson, we will focus our attention in two main objectives: to learn greetings and basic expressions.
Let’s begin with the alphabet.
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, (Ñ), O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.
Please, take into account that we use “vos” or “tú” depending on which spanish speaking country we are talking about. So, “vos” and “tú” can be both translated as “you”, but “vos” is used in Argentina and Uruguay and “tú” in the rest of the spanish speaking countries. Knowing that difference, let’s put examples.
Hola | Hello
Buen día (often used in Argentina) Buenos días (more often used in Spain) | Good morning
Buenas tardes | Good afternoon
Buenas noches | Good night
To say “Good night” before you go to sleep or as a greeting after 8 p.m.
¿Cómo estás? (tú/vos – informal) | How are you?
¿Qué tal? ¿Cómo va? (other informal alternatives – Argentina) | How are you?
¿Cómo está? (usted – formal) | How are you?
Muy bien | Very fine / Very good
Bien | Fine / Good
Más o menos | More than less
No estoy bien | I don’t feel good
Mal | Bad
¿Y tú? / ¿Y vos? (Informal) | And you?
¿Y usted? (formal) | And you?
Gracias | Thank you
Muchas gracias | Thank you very much
De nada, un placer | You’re welcome – It’s a pleasure
Sí | Yes
No | No
Disculpa (tú) / Disculpá (vos) | Excuse me
Disculpe (usted – formal) | Excuse me
¡Qué tenga un buen día! (usted – formal) | Have a nice day!
Hasta luego (formal – informal) | See you later
Nos vemos | See you
Chau (Argentina) – Adiós (formal-poetic) | Bye – Goodbye
Well, enough for the first lesson! But, if you feel anxious and you can’t wait to learn more I invite you to watch the following video where I explain other basic expressions (please, find the english translation down this video – in youtube)