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Learning Spanish - Class 1 (Pronunciation, Greetings, Intro Video)

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    • 1. Learn Spanish Introduction Video

    • 2. Pronunciation + Accent Markers

    • 3. Pronunciation - Answers

    • 4. Greetings

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About This Class

Introduction video and Class 1 of the Beginners' Spanish course. 

In this class:

- Watch an intro video of what the course shall entail.

- Learn key aspects of Spanish pronunciation and learn about accent markers.

- Learn how to greet others in Spanish.

Weekly classes covering a range of topics in the Spanish language! 

Class project includes 2 worksheets.

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Sonali Arora

Cambridge Spanish student


Hi, I'm Sonali! 

I'm a 20 year old student at the University of Cambridge, studying Spanish and Portuguese.

I have been studying and speaking Spanish for several years, and I publish classes here on Skillshare teaching beginners' Spanish to anyone eager to learn! 

I will be moving to Spain for a year this coming September, so my videos will also include cultural videos (trips to museums, learning about Spanish history etc) around that time too! 

I hope that you take a look at my videos and follow me on Skillshare! 

¡Espero que disfrutéis de mis clases! Gracias :D 


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1. Learn Spanish Introduction Video: Hi, everybody. All that does. And welcome to my school shackles on how to speak Spanish. He ever needles on record. So that skill chair So go on, That is by no, this video is just gonna be a quick introduction about me on what this course is going to entail, as well as a quick overview about week by week what you'll be letting for the first month. So firstly, my name is Sonali. I should let you know disclaimer that I'm not a native Spanish speaker myself. I am English. However, I've been studying Spanish for several years on I'm currently in my third year in my degree or Spanish Portuguese at Cambridge University here in England. So I don't think that I have enough knowledge, skills and expertise to help you guys to learn a bit of Spanish. So what is this course entail on Who is it aimed at? Well, basically my classes and honestly, anyone who just wants to learn from Spanish, whether that's a few phrases fuel holiday to Barcelona or if you'd actually like to get to a high level of fluency in the language and dedicate your free time to learning about Spanish, then this course will definitely help you learning the language. I would also be talking to you about cultural differences. We're learning it. So for example, you may not know this never studies before, But there are some things that you can say in Spain that makes it in South America, our country. They wouldn't make sense. Well, they might be offensive. So it is very important to learn about different differences in the language when you're living. So to make it clearer, I'm going to spit the course into various sections or parts. So be five classes and part one At the end of each question, City could do some practice questions, practice at homes, role play and, of course, on school show, website, any questions and discuss anything with me that the schedule for part one isas follows Class one. You're gonna be studying a pronunciation, Spanish pronunciation, and also Greetings. Austria is gonna be aware by introductions. So you will learn how to introduce yourself in the language to say where you're from. We live close. Three is a bit more grammatical, and it might sound boring, but it's going to be about articles, gender agreement, It is a bit boring at first, but I promise you that if you want to get high level in Spanish, it is imperative to release names beginning because it will make the rest of your Spanish journey much easier. Class forwards about pronounce, which are essential everyday speaking Czar, are you see? They're gas. Fire is going to be on basic burbs. Congregations, they actually forms with four sentences in Spanish and you have big variety of things that you could say. So thank you so much for watching this introduction video, which you can bet your intro Kyung and I really hope that you enjoy the course of physical space. Thank you so much. 2. Pronunciation + Accent Markers: Hi, everyone. All the dollars on in this video In the first part, Class one, you're going to be learning all about key aspects to Spanish pronunciation. So we'll be talking to you guys about five key pronunciation tips when pronouncing Spanish , in my case specifically Castilian Spanish because I'm used to speaking family from Spain and you're also gonna get introduces something which called accent markets. Luckily, however, if you are a native English speaker than honestly speaking, Spanish should be too difficult. The Africa is more or less the same on every letter is pronounced, except for one which is the letter h. And that's gonna be the first thing we're gonna talk about today. To the H is silent in Spanish which will see indicators of these words. You may have come across these words before mainly the 1st 1 or that. Which means hello on then. There are other words Here are mono Mill day are glad So in English this means hello. This means brother, this means humble and this means to speak. However, as you can see all of them begin with an h. However, if I pronounce them again, notice how they all sound likely Start with the vow because the agents island, no matter where is in the word and no matter what we're is is silent. So Allah Amando Well, me today I live so it's no Hola, hermano. So Allah Armando, let me today I got however, whilst the H on its own is usually not pronounced in Spanish, I should make clear that in a way it is pronounced when there is a CNN H put together, for example, in the same way we say the word chop in English, which is the an age there is the same sound in Spanish, for example, in the world to pot. So instead of pronouncing it age by itself, it would be chip sound. So so secondly, is a letter that we don't actually have in the English language. However, it does exist in the Spanish out for that. That is this. It comes after the end. Andi, you may see this and quite a few words in Spanish. Andi, this letter It kind of sounds like an end and a y put together so it makes a new sound rather than a sound is near an end in a wire stuck together, for example. Look, listen to the pronunciation of these words. So this is Spanish word Manyika, Espana, Google and use manure. There's a wrist Espana, Spain. Uncle Playinus means a birthday. But rather than Maneka Hispana and complain knows there is a new sound which is exactly what that letter and represents forming morning yet Espana and complain so that we were gonna be looking at this, which is a double. You may recognize this if you Googled basic Spanish lootings and phrases before because the way to ask for someone's name would to introduce yourself, which you will be learning in the next few videos. Definitely the most popular option does have done well. Thing is the letter in Spanish after their and similar to the end, this is pronounced Yeah, so it does have a wide sound instead of double. Let's take these. Your Yamada Yeah, Meaning to cry A cool ephemeral on Keith. Note how the double Ellis pronounces you your your mother Yeah, is 1 19 however, that the way that the W is pronounced does actually change depending on which country s, for example, in Spain, which is Spanish for into the eye passes Speak the double l is pronounced yet. So you will hear your God. Yeah. However, in other countries from somewhere South America, it is quite calm. Nto gyp sound instead of you. So for example, in Argentina or South American country, you May and said he showed up Gina. So just know that in case in case, for example, you want to study particular variety of Spanish then it is important. Love key left pronunciation might actually be quite confusing Spanish, isn't it, Jay? So you're a native English speaker on I showed you these words. You might be tempted to pronounce them as follows, general, which means have edging axes or core idea something or get up here over in Spanish. It's important to know J Sound is more so Instead of jam on J and J Iraqia, it actually pronounced 0.5 is actually one of the most important things to know her best bunch pronunciation on that is the discrepancy with the letter see by a straightforward left from English but Spanish. You do need to learn how to pronounce it because very different scenarios and also depends on which country you are in retrieving your front. So as a general rule of thumb in Spanish, when the letter C is followed by a letter which is not an E or I when the sea sound is hard like a cook, so I could case could that is for every letter that it's on your and I. So when it's not followed by you to take these examples, Gaza Meetinghouse got it back. Cobiella So Gotze House Halifax Fionn heating could be at those country cobra toe. Not how Kasab, because there, followed by a you are is a hard seat. So it's pronounced Gaza CBF governor. However, if the sea is followed by or I just those two letters in the pronunciation can change depending on the country on for the variety Spanish, the region for most Spanish speakers, including nearly A with Latin America, This sea went followed by your I is pronounced like the English said. Take these examples Sita, meaning an appointment or a date set up, Do you know and yellow sky? That's how it be pronounced in most countries, and certainly in nearly or that American countries. However, in Spain ever see is followed by E or I. Pronunciation is not a certain like it would be most of that America, but it's more with, for example, in English. It's the first sound that you find in the woods thin, for example. So in Spain these words to exist. But they be from outside differently, that people see that from South America. Seat Sana, Cielo in Spain. Feta. Yes, she also that this is the case with the letters a T. That sound doesn't vary with their letters that follow her, depending where you are. Which country region? Then it would sound different. Zed sound in Spanish does not have the same bud sound way, but however, depending on the country, it will be pronounces either in many countries or so the final point that I'm not going to teach you guys and too much death. Yet, however, the time will come is thes of accent markers. So if you've come across Spanish before, or just many where mats languages, then you may see words which have an accent side in the so, for example, in the word examined mini exam or in by late, which is the conjugation of I danced in the past, you may know if you come from Spanish. Before thes accent, Marcus can sometimes indicate a different tents. So, for example, portrait tents, which is the simple past tense, often uses an accent like this. But just for today's video for pronunciation purposes, Because getting a running back just know that if you see what that does have an accent marker like this that mainly just tells you that that is where you need to stress the syllable. So, for example, have a look at these. This example At the top, your mother in English. I talk to my mother. I speak to my mother. In this example, Ablow is the stressed syllable is just the penultimate one. So rather than a block, however, a blow will come up in the past tense. Sir, for example, Anna Abalo, consumer and I spoke to her mother. Don't worry too much about figuring out whether it's possible present. That is not the crux of the moment. At the moment, we're just working on pronunciation, so just know that if these come up, it's just a sign that that is way should stressed syllable. So Ablow in the first example, and in the second example, which does have a have a marker on it. Look So Chico's s daughter away. That is everything for today. Just to let you know that so that you do have a class project to work on. I'm going to be learning with this video work feet which just on pronunciation so they'll be about 15 or 20 words in Spanish. You don't need to worry about what they mean. Of course, you could look it up if you like. Teoh, however, just have a go out loud at pronouncing each of those words. As we've learned today, keep reworked from this video. Different words may be pronounced differently in each country. As we've learned from the double L. For example, the letter C So have a go using one variety or if you'd like to you practice using with different ways of saying way. Just have a go out loud and see how again I will be posting after this answer video, always talking through the answers and giving all of the possible pronunciations for word. So have a go at that work. She and I hope to see you guys in the next year 3. Pronunciation - Answers: I'll add dollars. Hi, guys. Welcome back, Video. This video is hopefully going to be short. It's just going through the answers to the pronunciation worksheet which hopefully you guys did on the last task and did not find too difficult. If you did by all means, let me know. Eso just going through them one by one. Just work on pronunciation. 1st 1 you're at or Georgia I'm you on you Arena Arena, I said or I said But I only saw Oh, really sad companias companias Sonia on your Yama Yama. Hello. All right, look. Finney. Fanta. Oh, Sunny Santa. I can't do that. Don't do that, Espanol Espana! By law, by law, buy low Buy low. I thought I offer Oh said I waas see that, si dot Oh, Sita Becker See few herfi feel Oh, her cco manana Magnon a We'll meet it for me there on a hefty if it it's about a way that everything for today guys on and have a go at the work she give you have not done so yet. And do you let me know what you guys thought 4. Greetings : Hey, guys, all of us Welcome to another video. This video. We're gonna be going through greetings which is obviously imperative if you want to be fluent in Spanish and also very necessary. If you're just learning some phrases for your next holiday, you'll be learning what to do when you come across somebody who is Spanish speaking on day . It would be very, very useful as a good starting point off pronunciation. So let's just get stranger. So it is going to start nice and simple with the word for hello which I'm sure many of you may have seen already. Which is the word note from the pronunciation video that h is except when paired with the C R Silence badge. Always so instead of holla, it is pronounced Father, if you want more specific, there are three other way three. Otherwise, you can't greet somebody namely wealthy s. When I started this on Buenos Noches. So when does the S is the 1st 1 and it means a good morning or good day. Very common Teoh. Very common way to greet somebody when you see them. When I started this good afternoon or good evening on when as not years means a good night , but obviously not particularly necessary if you're grating somebody. So from this, you might be wondering if when those Thea's means good day and when I started, this means good evening, and they both have the word good in it. The why is that the winos hooks difference to win us. Why does one have an oath and the other one has a, well, very good question. We will be going over this in much more detail in class three, which is all about gender in agreement, which is what this is. However, just know for now that in the Spanish language, unlike in English, some mounds are masculine and some now offended feminine meaning that also the adjective that agrees with it in this case, the word good meaning when on the ending of the adjective might change depending on whether or not the word is masculine or feminine. So think of it this way in English, in English. If you have the adjectives red and blue, those colors, depending no matter what objects you put it with, the word red and blue doesn't change. So, for example, the red car, the Red Seat, the Red Book. The world red won't change in all the world blue because adjectives stay the same in English. However, this is not the case in Spanish. Firstly, the ending of an adjective can change depending on whether or not the now that comes after it is masculine or feminine. And in this case, one is masculine bia. I want us feminine that of it, meaning that the ending from window changes from one or two born at the end of an adjective can also change if the now that comes after it is plural. So in this case, whilst it means good day and good evening, the literal translation of the US is days, which is plural Z good days and where us out of this literally means good evenings. So because literally there are plural theatric kid has to agree. That is why when all becomes born us on, Buena becomes when us because the adjective has to agree on the gender, and it also has degree on whether or not it's singular or plural. So in terms of the idea of it being plural, if you think about it again in English, if the red car became plural, you'd still say the red cause, the what red wouldn't change at all. Nor would any other adjectives in the English language, however, in Spanish is not the case. If a word person being singular to plural or a word is masculine or feminine than the adjective that's that's describing, The down also has to agree and may change its ending. However, don't worry too much. This is early days on Actually cast through going to be all about this so you will learn about the endings when to use them. Articles. Agenda agreement. You'll learn all about it in a few videos time. Next is the time Welcome when she would obviously say somebody went welcoming them to home , for example, who would for welcoming Spanish is being bent Needle. However, given my recent explanation of wide window and Buenos dias changes to bueno, when US dependent on agreement, which again you will learn about in class story. So do not worry. You may not be surprised to know that the Yemeni they also changes. If you talking Teoh one male, then you would say Bienvenido one female. However, the end bending that multiple males or mixed group of people be in Benny Lewis on multiple females being Benny less as even see on the side. It has male singular female singular. So Bienvenido via many other, then may or mixed Claro and female Pero would make it be a many of those obe in many. Thus, for example, if you were welcoming one man in 200 anyone say being many, though. And if you're welcoming five women into house, you would say being many less. So next is how to say Nice to meet you. Now it's minus 32 ways to say Nice to meet you 1st 1 And I think the most popular one is more Joel stuff, which literally means much pleasure. Please know that if you by any chance speak Portuguese, then you would notice a similarity here because nice to meet you in Portuguese Motor. Brazil is also the exact same literal translation of much pleasure. His banish It was a mutual stone Gusteau, or you can say in gun battle. If you are medal, then you would say in Candelo to who have you greet. However, if you're female like me, then when you meet somebody, you'll say in gun data because you're describing yourself. So if you are a male, say to someone in gun battle if you are female, then say in gondola the time Excuse me in Spanish could be said in a few ways, depending on what the context is so firstly, better than is very common on you were safe. Elevon, for example. Excuse me as if you were begging. Pardon for something. So sometimes if I'm in Spain and I'm a homely and exit, you've run into somebody on the street. Andi, have no run into the Iran That I'd say, let alone meeting. I'm asking for pardon literally the next way, which is more to grab someone's attention. Is this school bit so better than and this school Finally, this one you would hear, I guess, more. If you were saying walking through a crowd of people, anyone? It's Excuse me as in Could I get past then? It's quite common to hear in Spanish gone better me so literally. With permission gone better missile. So you have three ways to say, Excuse me of them this school bay con Burmese. So some more key phrases to know in the Spanish language are word for place for our poor faour. The word for thank you. Good FPs on. Remember the variations of Spanish I see followed by an ear. And I may be pronounced differently depending on where you are. So this could be Graphia. So you might hear grass. Yes. Much as good at Yes, if you want to say thank you so much or you could even same with cheesy musket at DS if you're very, very grateful. So poor flower, please. God hath yes. Thank you. Much good. Yes, Thank you very much. On your welcome. You can say another or you can even say no. I didn't care. No, I think it. However, the 1st 1 another is much more commonly taught on is easier toe. Now you learn how to ask somebody how they doing. I'll be honest in Spanish. In many varieties there are many different ways. Toe Say, how are you? I've heard lots of alternatives and traveling around. However, he's definitely most common. So for how are you? I think the most common way to our somebody how they are is to say, Get that Get that literally. What state are you what? Stating you in today, Kettle. Or you can say Cuomo s. Thus est us How are you notes that the S is in brackets? Because it depends on who you're speaking to. If you're just having everyday conversation with the family or friend who you know very well, then you can easily just say go more est us. However, if you're talking to somebody for global older or somebody knew more respectful in a more formal setting than you would just say God more esta without the S so you can say get that gun moist us go. Most stuff if it's more formal or you can even hear all of them so put together so you might hear get that is that's or coddle esta. I've heard all three. So honestly, just loan whichever one you like the best also. No, please. That question marks and exclamation marks in Spanish are actually their repeated on, and they appear the beginning of the phrase as well. But upside down. I know this is confusing, but you do have to remember to do it if you're asking. All right, If you're writing a question, then make sure you put an upside down question mark at beginning on the same with an exclamation mark Tonight I've learned how to ask somebody how they are. It's worth knowing how to reply if somebody asks you how you are on to know what to listen out for. So these are the most common responses to question. How I get that look at that is there's a local more stuff. So firstly, you could say in response to the question phenomenon. Phenomenal, I'm doing amazingly, I'm having a wonderful, wonderful day. Bien. Well, I'm doing well or might be in meaning very well. You could say a style Omaha, meaning I've been better. I've seen better days. Or you could say, Father, I'm doing terribly today. So this phenomenon being my be in a Estado menthol remember the pronunciation of J a start off oh, phenomenon money and be in a startled my whole. But that so just like in English, after somebody asked, How are you and you respond? It is very common to say Well, what about you and you? And to return the question in Spanish? You could do this using two very simple words. If somebody said you come with stars and your inquiry everyday conversation, informal setting. Then you could just reply with it. Do you remember the upside down question longs again. There's somebody else. You get Dallas stars and you can Ambien. You can say it back to them. If you're in a more formal situation in a more respectful situation, for example, with somebody who's older than you or someone you never met before, then you can use it will stare and you do is you. But in a much one former way and will step is the formal version of saying you on their different verb. Conjugation is depending on who you're talking to. So and you back in Spanish, you could say he thought, or you could say, You'll stay. So now how would you finish a conversation and say bye to somebody in Spanish? So the two very common ways to do it firstly, is to say adios bye. Or you can say which I say the end of all of my videos, Asta. Luego meaning, See you since you later. So at the Olds on hasta luego adios esta loyal. So on that note as who thought about a way, Chiko says everything for today. Guys, I I am going to be uploading worksheet with this video so that you can have a go translating some sentences by yourselves in Spanish and just see how you get on. Of course. Leave me any feedback on. Ask me any questions you want to on the school. Show upside. I'll see you in the next video where you will learn how to introduce yourself in Spanish but in much, much, much more depth. Andi, I hope to see you see.