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Hola! Hello, and welcome to Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases, brought to you by SpanishPod101.com. 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 Mexico. You'll be surprised at how far a little Spanish will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and there you'll find the accompanying PDF lesson note and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!
Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases Lesson 9: Use English to Your Advantage in Mexico
In this lesson, we’ll cover another extremely important phrase: "Do you speak English?" Using this phrase is important for many reasons. For one, if the person you’re speaking to doesn’t understand English, at least they’ll be able to understand what you’re asking. Furthermore, it shows a lot of respect on your part, because you’ve made an effort to learn even a little bit of the language. For these reasons and many more, we’re going to cover this very important phrase.
In Spanish, "Do you speak English?" is ¿Habla inglés?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿Ha-bla in-glés?
Once more:
¿Habla inglés?
Habla is a form of the verb hablar which in English is translated as “to speak” or “to talk”. And it includes the pronoun “you”, in the formal mode.
(slow) Ha-bla.
Habla.
And the last word, inglés, means “English”
(slow) In-glés
Inglés
Altogether, it’s:
¿Habla inglés?
While talking to young people or people you already know, you can use a more friendly way to ask this question ¿Hablas inglés?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿Ha-blas in-glés?
Once more:
¿Hablas inglés?
As you may have noticed, the difference between the two expressions is just a letter “s”, but you have to pay attention because it completely changes the formality level.
¿Hablas inglés?
Now for a change, let's try different languages, since in Mexico City you may find people from different countries, like Germany, France, Korea, China, Japan, Brazil, and so on.
“Do you speak French?" is ¿Habla francés?
The word for “French" is
Francés.
Let’s break it down:
(slow)Fran-cés.
Francés.
The whole phrase is:
(slow) ¿Ha-bla fran-cés?
¿Habla francés?
Now let’s try with “German.” The word for “German” in Spanish is alemán.
(slow)A-le-mán.
Alemán.
So the full sentence will be:
¿Habla alemán?
(slow) ¿Ha-bla a-le-mán?
¿Habla alemán?
When you ask the question “Do you speak English?” in Spanish, there is a big possibility that you will get the answer in Spanish.
Here are few ways of answering this question.
“Yes, I speak English” would be Sí, hablo inglés.
Let’s hear that slowly now:
(slow) Sí, ha-blo in-glés.
And one more time at natural native speed:
Sí, hablo inglés.
The first word, sí, means “yes.”
(slow) Sí.
Sí.
After this comes hablo which means “I speak”.
(slow) Ha-blo
Hablo.
Finally, we have inglés, which means “English.”
(slow) In-glés.
Inglés.
All together, that’s
(slow) Sí, hablo inglés.
Sí, hablo inglés.
This phrase could be made shorter, just by saying “Sí”.
If the answer is negative, Mexican people may say “No, I don’t speak English”: No, no hablo inglés.
Let’s break it down by syllable:
(slow) No, no hablo inglés.
And again at natural native speed:
No, no hablo inglés.
The first word, no means “no”.
(slow) No.
No.
Next we have hablo: “I speak”.
(slow) Ha-blo.
Hablo.
And finally the word inglés, which means “English.”
All together, that’s
(slow) No, no hablo inglés.
No, no hablo inglés.
Sometimes, people will answer only with “no”, which in Spanish is - No.
(slow) No.
No.
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“Do you speak English?” (formal)
(3 sec) ¿Habla inglés?
(slow) ¿Ha-bla ing-lés?
¿Habla inglés?
“Do you speak English?” (informal)
(3 sec) ¿Hablas inglés?
(slow) ¿Ha-blas in-glés?
¿Hablas inglés?
“Do you speak French?” (formal)
(3 sec) ¿Habla francés?
(slow) ¿Ha-bla fran-cés?
¿Habla francés?
“Do you speak German?” (formal)
(3 sec) ¿Habla alemán?
(slow) ¿Ha-bla ale-mán?
¿Habla alemán?
“Yes, I speak English.”
(3 sec) Sí, hablo inglés.
(slow) Sí, ha-blo in-glés.
Sí, hablo inglés.
“No, I don’t speak English.”
(3 sec) No, no hablo inglés.
(slow) No, no ha-blo in-glés.
No, no hablo inglés.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF lesson note. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment! Hasta luego.

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Hello Listeners! ¿Habla español? Do you speak Spanish?

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Vivo en Mexico. Por eso, hablo español con los mexicanos. Estudio con SpanishPod 101 porque necesito aprender a comprender mejor el idioma. Cuanto más escucho, más entiendo. Aún me doy cuenta de que tengo mucho que aprender.


I live in Mexico. Therefore, I speak Spanish with the Mexicans. I study with SpanishPod101 because I need to learn to understand the language better. The more I listen, the more I understand. Still, I realize that I have much to learn.