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INTRODUCTION
Alisha: Hi everybody, this is Alisha.
Fernando: Hola amigos, soy Fernando.
Alisha: Welcome to Absolute Beginner Season 3, Lesson 10 – Talking About Yourself in Mexico!
Fernando: In this lesson you will learn how to talk about yourself among friends in a casual setting.
Alisha: This conversation takes place at a party, and it’s between Ashley and her new friend, Jorge.
Fernando: Ashley and Jorge are asking each other questions about where they live and where they work.
Alisha: Since they are not meeting in a business or formal setting, they are using casual Spanish.
Fernando: Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Ashley: ¿En dónde vives?
Jorge: Vivo en la Colonia Roma.
Ashley: ¿Y en qué trabajas?
Jorge: Trabajo en una empresa, ¿y tú?
Ashley: Yo soy estudiante.
Alisha: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Ashley: ¿En dónde vives?
Jorge: Vivo en la Colonia Roma.
Ashley: ¿Y en qué trabajas?
Jorge: Trabajo en una empresa, ¿y tú?
Ashley: Yo soy estudiante.
Alisha: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Ashley: ¿En dónde vives?
Alisha: Where do you live?
Jorge: Vivo en la Colonia Roma.
Alisha: I live in Colonia Roma.
Ashley: ¿Y en qué trabajas?
Alisha: And what do you do for living?
Jorge: Trabajo en una empresa, ¿y tú?
Alisha: I work in a company, what about you?
Ashley: Yo soy estudiante.
Alisha: I’m a student.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Alisha: Hey Fernando, I’m wondering something - where is the place that Jorge says he lives?
Fernando: Oh, Colonia Roma?
Alisha: Yes! Where is that?
Fernando: It’s a neighborhood in Mexico City. Mexico City has many of these neighborhoods called colonias.
Alisha: How many of them are there?
Fernando: Too many! There are actually hundreds of them. They all have their own attributes and characteristics.
Alisha: Wow, well I guess it makes sense that a place as big as Mexico City would be split up into different neighborhoods.
Fernando: Right!
Alisha: What can you tell us about Colonia Roma?
Fernando: Well, it’s an area that is right in the center of the city, very close to the historical district. It’s a fast-growing place, and one of the more urbanized areas.
Alisha: So that’s where Jorge lives! Thanks for sharing! Now let’s move onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Alisha: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Fernando: en [natural native speed]
Alisha: in
Fernando: en [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: en [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: dónde [natural native speed]
Alisha: where
Fernando: dónde [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: dónde [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: vives [natural native speed]
Alisha: you live
Fernando: vives [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: vives [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: colonia [natural native speed]
Alisha: neighborhood, ward
Fernando: colonia [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: colonia [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: qué [natural native speed]
Alisha: what
Fernando: qué [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: qué [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: trabajar [natural native speed]
Alisha: to work
Fernando: trabajar [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: trabajar [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: empresa [natural native speed]
Alisha: company, firm
Fernando: empresa [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: empresa [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: y [natural native speed]
Alisha: and
Fernando: y [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: y [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: ser [natural native speed]
Alisha: to be
Fernando: ser [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: ser [natural native speed]
Next:
Fernando: estudiante [natural native speed]
Alisha: student
Fernando: estudiante [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Fernando: estudiante [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Alisha: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Fernando: The first word we’ll look at is....
Fernando: trabajar
Alisha: Meaning to work?
Fernando: Yes, it’s an ar-verb meaning “to work”.
Alisha: In the dialogue we saw this verb conjugated. Ashley asked Jorge “where do you work?” and what did she say for this?
Fernando: ¿En dónde trabajas? Repeat - ¿en dónde trabajas? [pause]
Alisha: Is this a common question among young people?
Fernando: It is, Alisha. You might hear someone ask ¿estudias o trabajas?
Alisha: Literally, do you study or do you work? Okay, what’s our next phrase?
Fernando: Sure, our next phrase is soy estudiante
Alisha: I’m a student.
Fernando: People who are devoted to studying full time are estudiantes. Repeat after me - soy estudiante.
Alisha: Does this include all types of students?
Fernando: Yes, it could be a high school student, college, or a Spanish school student.
Alisha: Great, now onto the grammar point!

Lesson focus

Alisha: The focus of this lesson is to teach you the use of the interrogative adverb meaning “where”, which is...
Fernando: Dónde
Alisha: Let’s hear some examples.
Fernando: ¿En dónde vives?
Alisha: This means where do you live? Please repeat.
Fernando: ¿En dónde vives? [pause]
Alisha: Fernando, can you break it down?
Fernando: We have En donde, which means “where”, and vives, which means “you live.” So… where do you live? ¿En dónde vives?
Alisha: And so how do we answer this?
Fernando: We start with Vivo en...
Alisha: I live in...
Fernando: And then the name of where we live. In the dialogue we used La Colonia Roma, a neighborhood in Mexico
Alisha: So altogether it’s…?
Fernando: Vivo en la Colonia Roma
Alisha: Please repeat!
Fernando: Vivo en la Colonia Roma [pause]
Alisha: Now let’s practice asking where someone works. What changes in this sentence?
Fernando: Well, En donde stays the same. Instead of vives, we have trabajas.
Alisha: And this means “you work”, right?
Fernando: Yes, it comes from the AR-verb Trabajar.
Alisha: So when we put it all together, we get?
Fernando: En dónde trabajas?
Alisha: Repeat after Fernando.
Fernando: En dónde trabajas? [pause]
Alisha: And so how do we answer this?
Fernando: We start with Trabajo en...
Alisha: I work at, or in...
Fernando: And then where we work. In the dialogue we had una empresa, which means “a company”.
Alisha: So all together it is?
Fernando: Trabajo en una empresa
Alisha: Repeat after Fernando.
Fernando: Trabajo en una empresa [pause]
Alisha: Now, if you’re a student like Ashley, how can you answer?
Fernando: Soy estudiante.
Alisha: “I’m a student.” Repeat everyone
Fernando: Soy estudiante [pause] Soy means “I am”. It is the same as Yo soy.
Alisha: Okay, let’s review all the questions and answers again. Everyone repeat
Fernando: ¿En dónde vives? [pause]
¿En dónde trabajas? [pause]
Alisha: And the answers?
Fernando: Vivo en Colonia Roma. [pause]
Trabajo en una empresa. [pause]
Alisha: Great! Listeners, be sure to leave us a comment on this lesson and tell us where you live or work!
Fernando: We’ll be waiting to hear from you.
Alisha: That’s going to do it for this lesson. Thanks for listening everyone!
Fernando: See you next time, hasta luego!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone,

¿En dónde vives?

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Hola Sue,


Thank you for your comment.

Let's correct your phrases:

"Mi nombre es Sue" or "Me llamo Sue"

"Donde vive?" or "En donde trabaja?"

Ambos son correctos.


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Hola

Me llamo es Sue y tengo una pregunta. En mi clase de español, la maestro dice "de donde vive" o "de donde trabajas". Cual es mas correcto? De donde o en donde?

Gracias

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Hola, mi nombre es Isabel. Vivo en Seoul y trabajo en una empresa. Encantada~

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¡Hola! Soy Asia! Yo vives Estados Unidos.

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¡Hola! Mi llamo Kayla. Yo vivo en estados unidos. ¿Cómo estás y en dónde vives?

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