Spanish Classroom:Spanish Conversation

Conversations – Introduction

¡Hola! It’s time to practice your comprehension skills with some basic Spanish conversations! In each of the following four dialogues, listen for who is speaking, what time of day it is, how each person is feeling, where each person is from, and whether the conversation uses formal or informal grammar. After each conversation, I will ask a series of questions. Feel free to go back in the video to review the conversations for the answers. ¡Vamos!

Conversation 1 – Una Noche Muy Mala

Sara: ‘Buenas noches. Me llamo Sara. ?Cómo te llamas?’ Carolina: ‘Hola Sara. Me llamo Carolina. ?Cómo estás?’ Sara: ‘¡Muy bien! ?Cómo estás tú?’ Carolina: ‘Muy mal. Sara, yo soy de México. ?De dónde eres tú?’ Sara: ‘Soy de Colombia.’ Did you understand the conversation? Let’s take a look! Can you name the two people who were speaking? Good! Sara and Carolina. Were you able to tell where each woman was from? Sara is from Colombia and Carolina is from Mexico. Could you tell how each woman was feeling? Right! Carolina is sad, and Sara is happy. Now, what time of day is it? It’s the nighttime! You can tell because Sara says Buenas noches. Finally, were the speakers using formal grammar or informal grammar? It was informal! The word was used, and the verbs were in the informal form! Well done, here comes another dialogue!

Conversation 2 – Soy de California

Sr. Linares: ‘Buenos días, señor. ?Cómo se llama ud.?’ Sr. Martín: ‘Buenos días. Mi nombre es Sr. Martín. ?Y ud.?’ Sr. Linares: ‘Soy Sr. Linares. ?De dónde es?’ Sr. Martín: ‘Soy de California. Los Angeles. ?Y ud.?’ Sr. Linares: ‘¡Ah! ¡Soy de San Francisco! Sr. Martín, ?cómo está ud.?’ Sr. Martín: ‘Muy bien, señor. ?Y ud.? ?Cómo está?’ Sr. Linares: ‘Muy bien.’ Time to see if you understood the conversation! Who are the two men speaking? Señor Linares and Señor Martín. Where are the men from? Did you catch that both men are from California? Sr. Linares is from San Francisco and Sr. Martín is from Los Angeles. What time of day did this conversation occur? That’s right: it’s morning! The men say ‘buenos días.’ How are the men feeling today? Both men are doing well. Finally, was this conversation formal or informal? It was formal! Did you notice the word ‘usted’ being used? Ready for another dialogue?
Dialogue 1
Dos estudiantes nuevos en la clase de español en una escuela en Australia… Luis: Psst, psst… ¡hola! Psst, psst… Hi! Alicia: Ah! ¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? Oh! Hi! How ya doing? Luis: ¿Cómo te llamas? (Tú) How do you call yourself? (What is your name?) Alicia: Me llamo Alicia. Y tú, ¿cómo te llamas? I call myself Alicia. And you, how do you call yourself? (My name is Alicia. And you, what is your name?) Luis: Me llamo Luis. ¿De dónde eres? My name is Luis. Of where are you? (Where are you from?) Alicia: Soy de aquí, de Sidney, Australia. I am from here, Sidney, Australia. Luis: Yo soy de Nueva Zelanda. ¡Mucho gusto de conocerte! I am from New Zealand. Great to meet you! Alicia: ¡El gusto es mío! The pleasure is mine!
  Dialogue 2 Muchacho: Muy buenos días, señorita. Very good morning, Miss. Señorita: Buenos días. Good morning. Muchacho: ¿Puedo saber cómo te llamas? Am I able to know how you are called? (Would you tell me your name?) Señorita: Mmm..Me llamo Silvia. Mmm..My name is Silvia, Muchacho: ¡Pero qué lindo nombre! But what a beautiful name! Señorita: Muchas gracias. Many thanks. (Thank you very much.) Muchacho: ¿De dónde eres? Pareces norteamericana. Where are you from? You look North-American. Señorita: No, soy de Moscú, Rusia. ¡Y no hablo con extraños! No, I am from Moscow, Russia. And I don’t speak with strangers! Muchacho: Oh ¡perdón! ¡Fue un placer conocerte! Oh, pardon (me)! It was a pleasure to meet you! Dialogue 3 Julia: ¿Qué tal, Carlos? ¿Cómo estás? What’s up, Carlos? How are you? Carlos: Bien gracias, Julia. ¿Cómo te va a ti? Fine thank you, Julia. How about you? Julia: No muy bien. Not very well. Carlos: ¿Qué pasa? What’s the matter? Julia: Tengo dolor de cabeza. I have a headache. Carlos: Lo siento mucho; espero que te mejores pronto. I’m so sorry, I hope you get better soon. Julia: Gracias. Nos vemos mañana. Thank you, I will see you tomorrow. Communication in Spanish Destinos]]>

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