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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Must-Know Spanish Social Media Phrases Season 1. Lesson 17 - At the Local Market.
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Alex: And I'm Alex.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in Spanish about an unusual thing found at a local market. Antonio finds an unusual item at a local market, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:
Alex: No tengo ni idea qué es esto pero se ve interesante.
Eric: Meaning - "I have no idea what this is but it looks interesting." Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
Antonio: No tengo ni idea qué es esto pero se ve interesante.
Pablo: Parece ser una antigüedad.
Javier: Se ve rara, con razón nadie la ha comprado.
Karen: En ese mercado siempre hay cosas interesantes.
Cristina: Tal vez tiene valor histórico.
Eric: Listen again with the English translation.
Antonio: No tengo ni idea qué es esto pero se ve interesante.
Eric: "I have no idea what this is but it looks interesting."
Pablo: Parece ser una antigüedad.
Eric: "It seems to be an antique."
Javier: Se ve rara, con razón nadie la ha comprado.
Eric: "It looks weird, no wonder nobody has bought it."
Karen: En ese mercado siempre hay cosas interesantes.
Eric: "There are always interesting things in that market."
Cristina: Tal vez tiene valor histórico.
Eric: "Maybe it has historical value."
POST
Eric: Listen again to Antonio's post.
Alex: No tengo ni idea qué es esto pero se ve interesante.
Eric: "I have no idea what this is but it looks interesting."
Alex: (SLOW) No tengo ni idea qué es esto pero se ve interesante. (Regular) No tengo ni idea qué es esto pero se ve interesante.
Eric: Let's break this down. First is an expression meaning "I have no idea."
Alex: No tengo ni idea
Eric: This phrase literally translates to "I don't have no idea". It’s a phrase that uses two negatives, but is considered grammatically correct in Spanish. Listen again- "I have no idea" is...
Alex: (SLOW) No tengo ni idea (REGULAR) No tengo ni idea
Eric: Then comes the phrase - "what this is but it looks interesting."
Alex: qué es esto pero se ve interesante
Eric: The phrase "it looks interesting" in Spanish is used sometimes as sarcasm. So pay attention to the speaker's facial expressions while saying it. Listen again- "what this is but it looks interesting" is...
Alex: (SLOW) qué es esto pero se ve interesante (REGULAR) qué es esto pero se ve interesante
Eric: All together, "I have no idea what this is but it looks interesting."
Alex: No tengo ni idea qué es esto pero se ve interesante.
COMMENTS
Eric: In response, Antonio's friends leave some comments.
Eric: His supervisor, Pablo, uses an expression meaning - "It seems to be quite antique."
Alex: (SLOW) Parece ser una antigüedad. (REGULAR) Parece ser una antigüedad.
[Pause]
Alex: Parece ser una antigüedad.
Eric: Use this expression to be old-fashioned.
Eric: His college friend, Javier, uses an expression meaning - "It looks weird, no wonder nobody has bought it."
Alex: (SLOW) Se ve rara, con razón nadie la ha comprado. (REGULAR) Se ve rara, con razón nadie la ha comprado.
[Pause]
Alex: Se ve rara, con razón nadie la ha comprado.
Eric: Use this expression to show you’re feeling pessimistic.
Eric: His high school friend, Karen, uses an expression meaning - "There are always interesting things in that market."
Alex: (SLOW) En ese mercado siempre hay cosas interesantes. (REGULAR) En ese mercado siempre hay cosas interesantes.
[Pause]
Alex: En ese mercado siempre hay cosas interesantes.
Eric: Use this expression to show you’re feeling frivolous.
Eric: His wife, Cristina, uses an expression meaning - "Maybe it has historical value."
Alex: (SLOW) Tal vez tiene valor histórico. (REGULAR) Tal vez tiene valor histórico.
[Pause]
Alex: Tal vez tiene valor histórico.
Eric: Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic.

Outro

Eric: Okay everybody, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about an unusual thing found at a local market, which phrase would you use? Leave us a comment letting us know. And we'll see you next time!
Alex: Hasta pronto.

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If a friend posted something about an unusual thing found at a local market which phrase would you use?