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¡Sean bienvenidos!
Transmitiendo desde Spanishpod101.com
¡Qué chiva que está!
¡Hola chicos!
¿Qué tal todo el mundo?
¿Qué onda todos?
Dylan: We’re doing something a little more, shall we say, practical here?
Me parece muy útil.
¡Pero será posible!
Más útil no puede ser.
a thousand times.
¡Qué dicha!
Lizy: Muy buenos días, me llamo Lizy Stoliar.
Alan: Alan La Rue here. Introduction, Lesson #4 – “Getting your feet wet”
Lizy: Alan, ¿cómo estás?
Alan: I’m great, Lizy. I’m really looking forward to get into this lesson with you. How are you doing?
Lizy: I’m very, very happy because things are going really well for me and I love sharing my language with people that want to learn it.
Alan: I’m happy to hear that, Lizy. And I’d like to welcome you along with all of our listeners to Spanishpod101.com. Bienvenidos a todos.
Lizy: Thank you, Alan.
Alan: We will be here for the Newbie and Beginner Series, coming to you via podcast from Spanishpod101.com. This is an innovative and revolutionary way to master Spanish. This way, you can study anytime and at your own place, anywhere.
Lizy: So, Alan, you have an interesting background. Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
Alan: Well, Lizy, I’m Canadian, I’ve been living in Peru since 1995 and six years ago I opened a Spanish language school called “El Sol. Escuela de Español”. And, well, like you I love teaching the Spanish language.
Lizy: Muy interesante, Alan. Very interesting.
Alan: Now, today’s lesson is an introduction to the Newbie Series.
Lizy: The Newbie Series?
Alan: Yes, the Newbie Series. This series is designed for anyone who’s looking for the absolute basics of Spanish. Here, at Spanishpod101, we recognize that you, our listeners, have different needs. And we design our lessons plans to suit this variety.
Lizy: Here’s how it works. Each lesson we’ll listen to a short conversation. First, in Spanish at normal speed, then, in Spanish at a slower speed, and then, at normal speed in Spanish, with an English translation. After that, we’ll break down some of the vocabulary that came up in the lesson so that we can hear each syllable, each sound, completely dissected.
Alan: So that you can hear how it all comes together.
Lizy: From there, we’ll talk about how some of these words are used, and then we’ll take a look at how different phrases are put together.
Alan: Right. We’ll see exactly what makes a language do what it does. Now, the real trick to making the most of these lessons is to listen to the podcast and then stop by Spanishpod101.com and participate in the comment section of each lesson and the discussions in our forum. And remember, these lessons are designed to be used in tandem with the learning tools found in the premium Learning Center at Spanishpod101.com So, drop by our site and sign up for your free seven day trial.
Lizy: Now, Alan, what is the goal of this series?
Alan: Great question, Lizzie. The goal of this series is for you to get comfortable listening to Spanish and pronouncing it. The fundamentals of communication. And then, once you get some of these down, you can move on to the Beginner Series, and become more comfortable making the language work for you.
Lizy: Should we listen to today’s conversations?
Alan: Yes, but before we do, make sure you press the center button on your IPod to see the transcripts of today’s lessons conversation in the display. That being said…
Lizy: ¡Vamos!
Alan: Let’s go!
AMANDA: ¡Buenos días!
CÉSAR: ¡Muy buenos días!
AMANDA: Yo soy Amanda Diezcanseco.
CÉSAR: Mucho gusto, Amanda. Yo soy César Acurio.
AMANDA: Es un placer.
Alan: And now, slower.
Lizy: Una vez más. Esta vez lentamente.
AMANDA: ¡Buenos días!
CÉSAR: ¡Muy buenos días!
AMANDA: Yo soy Amanda Diezcanseco.
CÉSAR: Mucho gusto, Amanda. Yo soy César Acurio.
AMANDA: Es un placer.
E: And now, with the translation.
F: Ahora incluimos la traducción.
AMANDA: ¡Buenos días!
Lizy: “Good morning.”
CÉSAR: ¡Muy buenos días!
Alan: “And a very good morning to you.”
AMANDA: Yo soy Amanda Diezcanseco.
Lizy: “I’m Amanda Diezcanseco.”
CÉSAR: Mucho gusto, Amanda. Yo soy César Acurio.
Alan: “Nice to meet you, Amanda. I’m Cesar Acurio.”
AMANDA: Es un placer.
Lizy: “It’s a pleasure.”
Alan: Now, this, Lizy, is the kind of conversation that any Spanish speakers bound to have.
Lizy: “Sin duda” – “Without a doubt.”
Alan: Now, when we speak Spanish, you’ll notice that there is a distinct rhythm in the way that words are stringed together. This is something that we’re going to want to pay attention to and ultimately imitate until we acquire it. Lizy, let’s hear the first line again.
Lizy: “¡Buenos días!”
Alan: And Cesar’s response to that was?
Lizy: “¡Muy buenos días!”
Alan: So you can hear how these words aren’t very separated. The sounds are kind of linked together. As you begin to speak words out loud in Spanish, you’ll want to become conscious of how the Spanish language sounds, and how to make sounds in Spanish.
Lizy: When you learn to speak Spanish “con ritmo”, “with rhythm”, it’s a lot easier to pronounce words correctly.
Alan: Muy bien, Lizy. Now, at this point, we’ll turn our attention to the vocabulary that came up in today’s conversation. Lizy is going to pronounce these words and then I’ll give an English translation. After that, Lizy will break the word down, syllable by syllable, and then we’ll hear it one more time at normal speed. Ready, Lizy?
Lizy: Sí, Alan. Yes.
Alan: Okay. So, first we have...
Lizy: “Bueno, buena”.
Alan: “Good.”
Lizy: “Bue-no, bue-na”, “bueno, buena”.
Alan: Then...
Lizy: “Día”.
Alan: “Day.”
Lizy: “Dí-a”, “día”.
Alan: After that...
Lizy: “Gusto”.
Alan: “Pleasure.”
Lizy: “Gus-to”, “gusto”.
Alan: Finally...
Lizy: “Placer”.
Alan: “Pleasure.”
Lizy: “Pla-cer”, “placer”.
Alan: Lizy, what’s the most common way to greet someone in Spanish?
Lizy: “Buenos días”.
Alan: “Buenos días”, literally “Good days”, but we can translate it like “Good morning” or “Good day.” And in this expression, we see the word “bueno”, “buenos días”, “bueno”, “good.”
Lizy: “Buenos días”.
Alan: And the word “día”, “day.” We remember the phrase “Carpe Diem” – “Seize the day.” The word “día” is with the same “D” and “I”. “Día”, “buenos días”.
Lizy: Al vocabulario.
Alan: Moving on to the vocab and how it was used in today’s conversation. In this section, we put words and phrases in context, so that you can see what they mean when they’re used in certain ways; in ways which we’ll describe and give examples of, in ways that you can understand.
Lizy: Where should we begin?
Alan: How about with “Nice to meet you”?
Lizy: “Mucho gusto”.
Alan: “Mucho gusto”. Now, you’ll notice that here the accent is on the first part of these two words. “Mucho gusto”, not “muchó gustó”, but “mucho gusto”.
Lizy: And the meaning?
Alan: Well, literally translated, “much pleasure”, but as we see how it’s used in the conversation that is as a greeting, we can think about it as “Nice to meet you”, “A pleasure to make your acquaintance.” “Mucho gusto”.
Lizy: “Mucho gusto”.
Alan: El gusto es mío. So, Lizy, I meet for the first time on a lunch break from work. You introduce yourself, and all I have to say is “Mucho gusto”, “Nice to meet you.”
Lizy: This is the kind of phrase that you can always use when you meet someone for the first time. “Mucho gusto”.
Alan: Now, in the conversation, there was another expression that conveyed of very, very similar meaning. You know which one I’m talking about, right, Lizy?
Lizy: Yes, I do.
Alan: Which one is it?
Lizy: It’s “Es un placer”.
Alan: “Es un placer”.
Lizy: Right.
Alan: Three words to this expression. “Es” and this means “is” from the verb “ser” which we’ll learn a lot about in this course. After the verb “es” we have “un”, and this means “a”, “one thing”, like a house, a car, etcetera. After that, the noun “placer”.
Lizy: “Placer”.
Alan: Right. And this means “pleasure”. “Es un placer”.
Lizy: “Es un placer”.
Alan: “It’s a pleasure.”. So, these are the kinds of things that we’ll be looking at in this part of each core curriculum lesson. And, at Spanishpod101, when we refer to the core curriculum, we’re talking about the Newbie, Beginner and Intermediate Series.

Lesson focus

Lizy: We also have an in depth Regional Series, here at Spanishpod101, where the regional forms of speech are compared with standard Spanish. Basically, with the Regional Series we bring the Spanish speaking world to you, the listener, and we show you what allows a native Spanish speaker to associate a particular form of speech with the region. But, we’ll talk more about the Regional Series in another episode of this course introduction. Now, let’s take a look at how César and Amanda introduce themselves.
Alan: Lizy, would you repeat that for us?
Lizy: “Yo soy Amanda”.
Alan: And that means?
Lizy: “I am Amanda.”
Alan: So, to introduce herself to César, Amanda says “Yo soy Amanda”. Three words, the first “yo”, this means “I”, then we have the word “soy”, conjugated from the verb “ser” and this means “am”. Now, in Spanish, the subject pronoun is not necessary in many cases, since the subject is inferred by the ending of the verb. So, Lizy, that means we can say “yo soy Amanda” or simply...
Lizy: “Soy Amanda”.
Alan: Right. And both of these mean “I am Amanda.” Words like “I”, “you”, “he”, “she” and so on, in Spanish, are generally included for one of two reasons. Either to clarify the subject of the verb, when the subject is ambiguous, or to add emphasis to the subject. And the subject is who or what carries out the action of the verb. So, Lizy, you and I meet for the first time and you say?
Lizy: “Hola Alan, soy Lizy”.
Alan: And in English?
Lizy: “Hi, Alan. I am Lizy.”
Alan: And I could respond “mucho gusto” or “es un placer”, as we saw in the last section. And from there, I could say “soy Alan”, “I am Allan.” So, all you need to do is put your name after the word “soy”. “Soy” it’s spelled just like the bean, “s-o-y”. “Soy Alan”.
Lizy: “Soy Lizy”.
Alan: Now, you can start to get an idea of what we work on here. And the Grammar Bank of the premium Learning Center is the next step from here. There, you’ll find a concise explanation and grammar module that built in what we talk about. So, stop by Spanishpod101.com and sign up for the free seven day trial and check it out for yourself. And while you’re there, you can also check out the line by line audio transcripts of today’s lesson conversation.
Lizy: And the vocabulary list with audio, too.
Alan: It’s a great way to ensure memorization plus many more tools you can use to develop your own method, the method that works best for you. And you know, that’s really one of the most important things to do as you begin to learn Spanish. You have to find your own system. You need to mix it up. Don’t just do one thing, make it fun for yourself.


Lizy: Now that you’ve listened to this lesson, pick up the PDF at Spanishpod101.com. In there, we have a detailed right up of the content covered in today’s lesson.
Alan: And leave us a comment.
Lizy: ¡Hasta luego!
Alan: ¡Chao!


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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Thanks to Kevin Macleod for the music in today's lesson! Agreement in Spanish grammar can be tricky to master at first, but it will come over time....For more information on the grammar point covered in this lesson, check out the Grammar Bank at our website...and make use of the tools at the Learning Center!

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Buenos días! (Yo) soy Hope. Mucho gusto.

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Excellent explanation !!! 👍 to Lizzy&Allan!

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what does bienvenidos mean?

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Hola. Buenos Dias.

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Hola! I just started listening to SpanishPod101, I love that I can listen to it at work and still learn at the same time! I love even more that you have Peruvian specifics so I can learn more about the culture and how they speak. I just married into a Peruvian family and am really eager to learn. I am wondering though, are all the audio lessons on the Podcasts app on my IPhone ? I have found available episodes, but not all of the lessons in a series, do only some make it to the Podcasts app ?