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Decir 'perfecto' es mentir y decir 'mañana' es predecir...

PostSubject: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Fri 19 Mar 2010, 11:33 pm

I found this while seeking for another page I wanted to show you guys. Since it is a wiki that needs some work, I can't be sure it will last forever. That aside, I ordered one lesson per post. I hope this is not too annoying for you.

Anyway, enjoy!




Lesson 1. The first 6 words

Zorro means fox. (zorro).

  • Imagine a fox in a zorro mask.

Gato means cat. (Gah-toh).

  • Imagine a cat with big gaps between his toes.

Perro means dog. (Peh-roh).

  • Imagine a dog jumping over a pair of rowboats.

Oso means bear. (oh-so)

  • Imagine spotting a huge bear looking at you, and running away because it is 'oh-so big.'

Camarera means waitress. (kama-reh-rah)

  • Imagine a waitress at a restaurant offering to take a picture with your camera as you hang out with your friends.

Chico means boy. (Chee-ko)

  • Think "It would be a Chick (i.e. female), but it isn't, because it has an o on the end, which makes it masculine, ergo, a guy, or boy."

Exercise 1.


What is the English word for these Spanish words?

  • chico
  • oso
  • gato
  • zorro
  • perro
  • camarera

Exercise 2.


What is the Spanish word for these English words?

  • boy
  • bear
  • cat
  • fox
  • waitress
  • dog



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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Fri 19 Mar 2010, 11:37 pm

Lesson 2. Five More Words


Vocabulary


Mesa means table. (meh-sah)

  • Imagine a table made of salt licks.
  • Imagine the geological structure, with its flat, table-like surface.

Falda means skirt. (fahl-dah)

  • Imagine a skirt worn in the fall by your da.
  • Imagine a skirt with pleats or folds.

Agua means water. (ah-gwah)

  • Imagine some water crying out "Agh!" and "Wah!" as it's poured into a bottle of Aguafina.
  • Imagine some water in a cup contaminated with guano.
  • For those with literary and linguistic knowledge, Water = Aqua = the Spanish word Agua

Cabeza means head. (kah-BEH-sah (Latin America) Kah-BEH-thah (Standard Castilian))

  • Imagine a head sitting in a cab at the base of the passenger's side, crying out "Ah!"
    when the driver makes a sharp turn. (For the Castilian version, say the
    same thing with a lisp, so "base" sounds like "bayth".)

Chica means girl. (cheeh-ka)

  • Imagine kissing a girl on the cheek.

Exercise 1.


What is the English word for these words

  • cabeza
  • agua
  • mesa
  • oso
  • falda
  • chico
  • chica

Exercise 2.


What is the Spanish word for these words?

  • table
  • skirt
  • water
  • head
  • bear


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Fri 19 Mar 2010, 11:38 pm

Lesson 3. The Gender of Words


Words in Spanish have gender, which is the attribute of being
masculine or feminine. In this sense, you can think about words being
either boys or girls.
Let's lift their knickers and see exactly what gender they are. Words that are masculine generally end in o and words that are female generally end in a. Two important exceptions are el día (day) and la mano (hand).
Another way a teacher taught it was this: guys are LONERS and girls like DIJON mustard. Words ending in l, o, n, e, r and s are masculine. Words ending in d, i, a and sión
are feminine. NOTE: It is true that there are exceptions to this, but
if you have to guess at the gender of a word, it's a good method to
try. Some important exceptions that are female are mujer means woman, flor means flower, actriz means actress, emperatriz means female emperor. Words macho and hembra don't have gender, it is used from gender of the noun.
Exercise 1.


Are these words masculine (m) or feminine (f)?

  • chico
  • chica
  • oso
  • falda
  • mesa
  • zorro
  • camarera
  • gato
  • agua
  • perro
  • cabeza
  • mosquito hembra
  • mosquito macho
  • flor
  • emperatriz


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Fri 19 Mar 2010, 11:39 pm

Lesson 4. Your First Five Adjectives


Adjectives that don't change with the gender of the noun:

  • Grande- big


  • Feroz- fierce


  • Caliente- physically hot object (NOT the Air or
    Outside-Inside temperature, NOR the attractiveness of a specific
    person, usually. Hot in the spicy food sense is also not represented
    here. That word is picante)


  • Inteligente- intelligent


  • Interesante- interesting


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Fri 19 Mar 2010, 11:39 pm

Lesson 5. Masculine and Feminine "the"


In English, we have one word for "the." In Spanish, there are four.
Ah, but don't let this discourage you. After all, you already know
three of them, and we are only going to be discussing two of them in
this lesson.
Continuing with the theme of words having gender, the word "the" in
Spanish also has gender, depending on what the noun it is used with.
Think of this like clothing. Boy words wear tuxedoes and girl words
wear dresses.
The tuxedo for boy words is "el".
The dress for girl words is "la." (Yes, very feminine sounding.)
"The" also has plurals (numbers three and four) which are "los" and "las". But we'll get to that later.


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Fri 19 Mar 2010, 11:40 pm

Lesson 6. "Es" and Your First Complete Sentences


The word "es" is used as "is," for description of what something or
someone is, looks like, or belongs to. Do not use it for location.
e.g. La casa es grande. The house is big.
e.g. El gato es feroz. The cat is fierce.
The structure is article + noun + es + adjective.
Remember to make the adjective agree with the noun!


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sat 20 Mar 2010, 12:45 am

damn, this is so cool
i am going to learn spanish ^^
lol
no, really, this is awesome sobrina
i am very impress
hope somebody get curious ^^


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Decir 'perfecto' es mentir y decir 'mañana' es predecir...

PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sat 20 Mar 2010, 12:55 am

I know! I really liked this approach, and I thought it could be helpful. ^_^


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sat 20 Mar 2010, 10:52 am

this does help... i know a few Spanish words but i have no idea how to spell them (learned them by the Mexican people that work at my job) Spanish just seems odd to me because you seem to the adjectives before the nouns (like the fast food place el polo loco which means the chicken crazy if im not mistaken)


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sat 20 Mar 2010, 4:43 pm

Elmenor wrote:
this does help... i know a few Spanish words but i have no idea how to spell them (learned them by the Mexican people that work at my job) Spanish just seems odd to me because you seem to the adjectives before the nouns (like the fast food place el polo loco which means the chicken crazy if im not mistaken)

even french is like that..

on certain adjectives..you know?


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sat 20 Mar 2010, 8:57 pm

Ayumi wrote:
Elmenor wrote:
this does help... i know a few Spanish words but i have no idea how to spell them (learned them by the Mexican people that work at my job) Spanish just seems odd to me because you seem to the adjectives before the nouns (like the fast food place el polo loco which means the chicken crazy if im not mistaken)

even french is like that..

on certain adjectives..you know?

no i don't really know it seems so backward to me having learn English...


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Decir 'perfecto' es mentir y decir 'mañana' es predecir...

PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sun 21 Mar 2010, 12:36 pm

I know, for me it was the fact that English has the adjectives before the noun, that you don't mention "the" for everything (we sure do) and that there are no gender in nouns. xD

I guess as much as that could make learning English a bit quicker, is what makes a bit harder for those whom English is their first language to learn Spanish.


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sun 21 Mar 2010, 4:08 pm

french and spanish are similar, that is because they are romantic languages, like the italian, portuguese, etc..


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sun 21 Mar 2010, 4:56 pm

Hentai wrote:
french and spanish are similar, that is because they are romantic languages, like the italian, portuguese, etc..

i want to learn Portuguese as i am Portuguese lol


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sun 21 Mar 2010, 11:50 pm

are you serious? :O
i want to learn too, but i am already studying french and japanese, and i also need to improve my english too so xD


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Mon 22 Mar 2010, 12:24 am

Hentai wrote:
are you serious? :O
i want to learn too, but i am already studying french and japanese, and i also need to improve my english too so xD

yes i am serious not that i am likely to do it im far to lazy....


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Mon 22 Mar 2010, 5:27 pm

Hentai wrote:
french and spanish are similar, that is because they are romantic languages, like the italian, portuguese, etc..

I think that is why I feel very comfortable in french for that fact..and want to learn it more fluently. It is a very beautiful language and i already start to use french all the time xD


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sun 11 Apr 2010, 12:05 pm

This seems quite cool and helpful!

Might try it out. :3
But its quite obvious that I won't learn anthing no matter how simple and powerful teaching system there would be for it. xD

(sorry about my bad English)


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Thu 06 May 2010, 7:47 pm

The wrong way tends to help me better than the right way ;D
Thanks, I'm practicing these now


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PostSubject: Re: The wrong way to learn spanish...   Sun 08 Sep 2013, 12:45 pm

Um how about-
[wey dood¢]:-), or [im vassal dood from squad bla bla bla?]


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