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Hello and welcome to Spanish survival phrases. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to a Spanish-speaking country. You will be surprised at how far a little Spanish will go.
Hello! My name David Perez and I’ll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course. If you’re planning to travel to Spain in short, let me just say that you will find one of the most modern and dynamic countries in the world. Wide changes had been taking place in recent years, a multicultural country with a great historical background still exist and is waiting to captivate you. I will do my best to introduce these historical and cultural issues throughout the lessons, so that you can enjoy every minute of your trip to Spain.
Back to my name, time to give you a first tip about Spain. Let me say that my complete name is David Perez Sanchez, which is one name and two feminine names. My name is David which is the Spanish version for David. My first family name is Perez. This is my father’s first family name. My second family name is Sanchez and it’s my mother’s first family name. This is the way all names in Spain are made. One or more names plus father’s first family name plus mother’s first family name. Well, sometimes, the order chances and it’s the mother’s first family name that comes first. Nowadays, you can see it more often as a sign of equality of men-women in the Spanish society.
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! And in respect to Spain is no different. So, in our very first lesson, we'll be taking a look at a phrase “There is no excuse not bringing you to Spain.” Again, I’ll stress this over and over, a little a bit of a language can go such a long way!
In Spanish, “Thank you” is gracias.
Let's break it down by syllable: Gra-ci-as.
Now let's hear it once again, Gracias.
You can emphasize the degree of thankfulness by adding muchas, which means “lots of” in front of gracias. So, you could say - Muchas gracias, which would be equivalent to "Thank you very much" or "Thanks a lot."
Let's break it down by syllable: Mu-chas gra-ci-as.
Now, let's hear it once again, Muchas gracias!
Now, in Spanish, there are other ways to express one's gratitude. All variations use either gracias, which is a noun, or the verb agradecer, which means “to thank.”
For occasions when you want to make sure that the person you are talking to realizes that you are really or truly grateful, you can use the verb agradecer. A commonly used phrase in Spanish, using the verbo is “I thank you for it,” which in Spanish is Te lo agradezco.
Te lo agradezco.
Let's break it down by syllable: Te lo a-gra-dez-co.
Ok, once again, Te lo agradezco.
The first word, Te means "you, to you."
Let’s hear it again, Te.
This is followed by lo, which in Spanish is “it.”
Finally, we have a conjugated form of the verb agradecer, agradezco, which means "to thank."
Let's hear it again, agradezco.
Now, let's break it down by syllable: a-gra-dez-co
And once again, agradezco.
Literally, this sentence means “To you it, I thank.” We translate it as “I thank you for it.”
To convey the extremely polite form, for instances when you are required to show respect for the other party or someone you just meet, you need to only substitute se for te, so that you get - Se lo agradezco.
Se lo agradezco.
This way, you are treating the person you are talking to in a respectful manner.
Now, let’s break it down by syllable - Se lo a-gra-dez-co.
Now, let’s hear it again - Se lo agradezco.
By far, gracias is the most common way to say thank you. You shouldn’t worry too much about learning other ways. You don’t have to worry about formal or informal situation. Gracias can be used in any situation, anywhere talking to anyone. You say gracias when the waiter brings your food or drinks. When the clerk in the hotel takes your luggage to your room, of course, you can give him a tip too. When somebody welcomes you or congratulates you, it doesn’t matter his or her position or age. Gracias or muchas gracias will always be the right response.


Okay, to close out today's lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You'll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so buena suerte, that means "good luck" in Spanish.
Ok, here we go!
"Thank you" - Gracias.
"Thank you very much" or "Thanks a lot" - Muchas gracias.
Muchas gracias.
Muchas gracias.
"I thank you for it" - Te lo agradezco.
Te lo agradezco.
Te lo agradezco.
(Polite) "I thank you for it" - Se lo agradezco.
Se lo agradezco.
Se lo agradezco.