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What are our favourite phrases in Spanish? - YouTube

Once again, another great question from our listeners! This time, all about our favourite Spanish phrases and idioms. We hope you enjoy the video!

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What are our favourite words in Spanish? - YouTube

Thanks to Felix for todays question!

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January Q and A No. 2 from Notes in Spanish - YouTube

Welcome to the second of our two January 2019 Q and A videos! (The first one is here).

Below you will find all of the language notes and links for the video…

Question from James:

Como se dice “I’m getting rusty in something” in Spanish?

Answer:

Mi español está un poco oxidado – My Spanish is a bit rusty
Estoy un poco oxidado con la guitarra – I’m getting a bit rusty on the guitar

Question from Steve:

How do you train yourself to think in Spanish? I have lived in Madrid for over four years, and I still find myself translating at times, and this really slows me down. So when I am at a dinner party with lots of people shouting at the same time, I can never keep up and feel totally unable to join in the conversation. Thanks in advance for any advice you may have!

Answer:

It took Ben about 5 years to get over this hurdle and to be able to participate actively at loud dinner parties.

Actively try to think in Spanish and keep immersing yourself  in Spanish listening, via films, tv, podcasts, radio etc – fill your life with more Spanish than English.

Question from Ann:

I work in a school with a few English language learners whose first language is Spanish. I know there is another colloquial way to say “it’s your turn” besides “Es su turno.” It’s something like “le toca a ti” but is that grammatically correct?

Answer:

Te toca a ti (informal) / le toca a usted (formal, usted form in Spain) – but in a class the first would be more natural, in Spain at least.

Question part 2:

And, incidentally, do you have any suggested children’s songs that would be well known to Spanish-speaking children.

Answer:

For small kids… Al corro de la patata, Susanita tiene un ratón, El barquito chiquitito, Debajo de un botón. Or search in Youtube for “canciones de niños”.

Question from Anthea:

I have a question about the different ways of saying: I’d like to do this – tengo ganas de hacer esto – me gustaría hacer esto, I’d be pleased to do this – me alegra, me apetece, me encanta, estaría feliz … I know all these phrases exist but I don’t have much sense of the nuance of each, and sometimes wonder if I sound too eager, too formal … I wonder if you could put these various phrases in some order of intensity, or order of politeness, so I could use the right ones in the right context.

Answer:

First of all, the word nuance – in Spanish we say “matiz”, a lovely word.

“Me alegra” doesn’t work in this context, it’s more when you are happy about something, e.g. Me alegra mucho que te hayan dado el trabajo – I’m really happy they’ve given you the job.

Tengo ganas de ir al cine – I feel like going to the cinema
Me gustaría ir al cine – I’d like to go to the cinema
Me apetece ir al cine – I feel like going to the cinema

Estaría feliz de ir al cine – I wouldn’t mind going to the cinema, that would be OK

Me encanta ir al cine – I love going to the cinema (in general)
Me encantaría ir al cine – I’d love to go to the cinema

Question part 2:

Finally what’s the best way to say I’m looking forward to this?

Answer:

See our video on “Expressing enthusiasm and excitement in Spanish

Question from Gill from New Zealand:

Can you suggest some good phrases for talking about your health, please. In English we have phrases like ‘under the weather’, ‘feeling lousy’, ‘a box of birds’ for feeling great (this might be a New Zealandism, I’m not sure.) Are there some great Spanish phrases you can suggest?

Answer:

Feeling bad…

Estoy pachucha – I feel a bit under the weather (not too ill)
No estoy muy católica – I’m not feeling great
Estoy hecho un trapo/estoy fatal – I’m felling really terrible

Feeling good…

Estoy pletórico – I’m really full of energy (Origin: Plétora, which means: ‘Exceso de sangre en el cuerpo’, or an abundance of something –  like plethora in English).
Estoy en plena forma – I’m feeling on top of the world
Estoy a tope – I’m really energetic, very active, doing lots of things at the moment

Thank you again to everyone that sent in questions! Make sure you listen to our Real Spanish podcasts and pick up the accompanying Spanish-boosting worksheets in our store!

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January Q and A No. 1 from Notes in Spanish - YouTube

Welcome to the first of our two January 2019 Q and A videos!

Below you will find all of the language notes and links for the video…

Question from Parker:

I often want to say I had a great time at something, that it was fun, or that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Often talking about a trip, a party, a date, etc. What are various ways to say: I had a great time?

Answer:

Mil gracias, me lo he pasado muy bien – Thanks, I’ve had a great time
Me lo he pasado pipa – I’ve had an awesome time (a bit old-fashioned)
Me lo he pasado genial / ha estado genial – (I’ve had a great time / it’s been great)
He disfrutado un montón – I’ve really enjoyed myself
He disfrutado mogollón –  It’s been totally awesome (teenager speak!)

Question from Randi:

Ayer vi las noticias en TVE y pensé que algunos corresponsales hablan muy rápido. Me parece impresionante que pueden decir tantas palabras durante un tiempo corto. Conozco la expresión “hablar por los codos”, pero ¿hay otras maneras de expresar que alguien habla muy rápido?

Answer:

“Hablar por los codos” is more that you talk a lot, it’s not so much to do with speed, though they often go together. Also, you can say “No se calla ni debajo del agua” – he never shuts up!

To say someone is speaking fast, we’d say:

Habla a mil por hora – he speaks really fast
Juan habla a mil por hora – Juan speaks really fast

Question from Daniel:

¿Por que se dicen “buenos días”, “buenas tardes”, etc. en lugar de “buen día”, en singular, como vemos en idiomas como ingles y portugués? Es un poco raro, ¿no?

Answer:

Well, we do say “buen día”, and “buena tarde” in the singular form, but not so much – it’s not so common. Yes, it’s a bit odd! But it’s connected with a wish that all your days should be well.

Question 1 Mike:

Quedar is a verb much used. As far as I know it can mean to stay, remain, and many more things, but I’m not sure of its use. Do you have some examples?

Answer:

No me he quedado con tu nombre – I don’t remember your name
Me quedo con tus datos – I’ll keep your details (In case I need to contact you in the future)
¿A que hora quedamos? – What time should we meet
He quedado con Ana a las ocho – I’ve arranged to meet Ana at eight
Quédate ahí, ahora vuelvo – Stay there, I’ll be back in a minute
Me voy a quedar aquí un rato – I’m going to stay here for a while
Me quedo tres meses más en Madrid antes de ir a Portugal – I’ll be staying in Madrid for three more months before I head to Portugal.
Solo me quedan tres meses en Londres – I’ve only got three months left in London

See Inspired Beginners Spanish Podcast 14 – Quedar (for meeting people and excuses for not meeting people!)

Question from Martina:

I have a question about the use of “Ya” meaning yes. I notice people use “Ya” in Spanish TV shows or movies a lot, and I can’t find anywhere what the difference is between “Sí” and “Ya”. Thank you for your help.

Answer: “Ya” is like an affirmation of something that someone has just said, the same way in English that we nod our head and say “aha, yes…”

See also: Our “Ya” video

Question from Paul:

My question is about the use of “está por”. I assume that it can be used in many ways, for example: I think that “está por ver” translates as something like “it remains to be seen”
and “eso está por…” means something along the lines of “that is why”? Are my translations correct and can you give some more examples using por in this way. Thanks and regards.

Answer:
“Está por ver” translates as something like “It remains to be seen” – Correct
“Eso está por…” translates as “that is why” – Incorrect

Some examples of how to use “that is why” with “por” correctly:

That is why people live in Madrid – Eso es por lo que la gente vive en Madrid
That’s why I’m going to London on my holidays – Es por eso que voy a Londres de vacaciones

Another use of “está por…”:

Marta está por Juan – Marta fancies Juan.

See also our Inspired beginners episodes on Por and Para:

Inspired Beginners 27 – Por y Para 1: Por
Inspired Beginners 28 – Por y Para 2: Para

Thank you to everyone that sent in questions! Make sure you listen to our Real Spanish podcasts and pick up the accompanying Spanish-boosting worksheets in our store!

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Today, Ben and Marina discuss Marina’s other life as a Yoga instructor, how she started, and what this journey has given her.

Ben talks about his strangest ever class in Spanish, and Marina tells us why when your life is full up, you just have to say ‘la vida es yoga’.

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Today, Ben and Marina look at class distinctions in Spain. We explore how they compare to the class system in the UK, look at the new class of Mileuristas and ask if the ‘new rich’ upper class has got as much to do with TV and Hola magazine as it has with being an aristocrat in today’s Spain.

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Today, Ben and Marina discuss one of Marina’s obsessions, the Camino de Santiago. We talk about our experience of it the previous summer, as we often found ourselves walking along it, sometimes even by accident as we went to buy the bread in the Pyrenees. We look at the origins of the Camino, and how easy it is to find it all over Spain, and to do short sections whenever you have a few days off.

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Today, Ben and Marina discuss the astonishing language-recognition and acquisition capabilities of babies, how this power drops off after puberty, and how we make up for this as adult learners.

(You can watch the TED Talk that inspired today’s episode here).

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Today, Ben and Marina discuss the Spanish newspaper Marca, it’s astounding readership figures, and what it says about Spanish sport and culture, particularly the space taken up by football. We look at sport in Spain, a day Marina shone on the basketball court (and Ben didn’t!), the impressive focus placed on values in youth Basketball in Spain, and our own favourite sports.

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Today, Ben and Marina discuss one of their favourite films, 8 Apellidos Vasquos (‘Spanish Affair’ in English – You can find it on Netflix or on Amazon). We explore some of the typical comedy archetypes that make up it’s major roles (e.g. ‘el tonto’, the stupid male), asking, how close are these stereotypical roles to real-life Spanish people?

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