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Jessi: Top 25 Spanish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 6: How long have you been studying Spanish? (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Spanish learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question How long have you been studying [Spanish]? In Spanish this is
Javier: ¿Cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando español?
The first word in the question is
Javier: cuánto
Jessi: meaning how much in English.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) cuánto
Jessi: Listen again and repeat.
Javier: cuánto
{Pause}
Jessi: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Javier: tiempo
Jessi: meaning time.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) tiempo
Jessi: Now repeat.
Javier: tiempo
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Javier: cuánto tiempo
{pause}
And after that
Javier: has
Jessi: meaning you have.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) has
Jessi: Now repeat.
Javier: has
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Javier: cuánto tiempo has
{pause}
And next
Javier: estado
Jessi: meaning been.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) estado
Jessi: Now repeat.
Javier: estado
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Javier: cuánto tiempo has estado
{pause}
And after that
Javier: estudiando
Jessi: meaning studying.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) estudiando
Jessi: Now repeat.
Javier: estudiando
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Javier: cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando
{pause}
And after that
Javier: español
Jessi: meaning Spanish.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) español
Jessi: Now repeat.
Javier: español
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Javier: cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando español
{pause}
Jessi: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How long have you been studying [Spanish]??
Javier: Por un mes.
Jessi: "For 1 month.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Javier: (Slow) Por un mes.
{pause}
Jessi: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Javier: por
Jessi: meaning for.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) por
Jessi: Now repeat
Javier: por
{Pause}
A: And next
Javier: un
meaning one.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) un
A:Now repeat.
Javier: un
{Pause}
A: And next
Javier: mes
meaning month.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) mes
A:Now repeat.
Javier: mes
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, For 1 month., and then repeat.
Javier: Por un mes.
{pause}
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace 1 month with 2 months.
Javier: 2 meses
Jessi: 2 months
Javier: (slow) 2 meses (regular) 2 meses
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 2 months
Javier: Por 2 meses.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 1 month. Say For 2 months.
{pause}
Javier: Por 2 meses.
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace 2 months with six months.
Javier: 6 meses
Jessi: six months
Javier: (slow) 6 meses (regular) 6 meses
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with six months
Javier: Por 6 meses.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 2 months. Say For six months.
{pause}
Javier: Por 6 meses.
Jessi: To make another phrase, replace six months with 1 year.
Javier: 1 año
Jessi: 1 year
Javier: (slow) 1 año (regular) 1 año
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 1 year
Javier: Por 1 año.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for six months. Say For 1 year.
{pause}
Javier: Por 1 año.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Spain and someone asks you how long you have been studying [language]. You have been studying it for 1 month. Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando español? (five seconds) Por un mes.
Jessi: Imagine you've been studying it for 2 months Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando español? (five seconds) Por 2 meses.
Jessi: Imagine you've been studying it for six months. . Answer the speaker's question.
Javier: ¿Cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando español? (five seconds) Por 6 meses.
Jessi: Imagine you've been studying it for 1 year. Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando español? (five seconds) Por 1 año.
Jessi: Now you want to ask someone how long -they- have been studying [language]. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Javier: ¿Cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando español?
{pause}
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 6

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Hola Anirudh,


Gracias por tu comentario.

Asi es! es una lengua muy bonita, sigamos disfrutando de las lecciones.


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Anirudh
Saturday at 1:19 pm
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Buenos dias ,

Gracias ?

Creo que el español es una lengua muy facile y muy bonita ?

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Hola Anirudh,


Fantastico, sigamos practicando!

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Anirudh
Monday at 6:58 pm
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Buenos Dias ,


Estoy estudiando español hace una semana ?

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Hola Michael,


Yeah, they can be tricky!

Well you can listen the context and find out which they were using.

And never stop practicing and listening to Spanish speakers, and soon you'll stop mixing up.


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Michael Frease
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I keep getting the words cuando and cuanto mixed up. When I listen to someone speaking in Spanish the words almost sound the same. :disappointed:

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I can't open the lesson notes from this chapter onwards. Tried upto 10.

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Hi Ronita,

That's excellent! 8 years is a long time :D

Ronita Labadie
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I studied 8 yrs. received 2 certifications in 1993 for General Spanish and Commercial Spanish.