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Welcome to Vol. 2 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Weekly Spanish lessons with audio links, as well as travel phrases and more. You can find an archive of each week's lesson online. The website is still under development, but we plan to add many more interactive lessons and flash games as time goes on. Thanks again for signing up for the newsletter - I hope you enjoy this week's lesson.


Lesson of the Week: Intro to Verbs

In Spanish, there are 3 types of verbs—the root,+ AR, ER, or IR (for “hablar” the root is HABL +AR). This makes up the infinitive or base verb, which you later change to indicate who is doing the action and when.

In English infinitives have the word “to” in front of them. These infinitives don’t specify who is doing the action—that’s what conjugation is for. Look at the following infinitives:

AR
ER
IR
hablar to speak ver to see vivir to live
bailar to dance correr to run asistir to attend
formar to form leer to read insistir to insist
cantar to sing beber to drink escribir to write

hear audio mp3 Listen to an mp3 of the AR present tense verb pattern

verb chart courtesy of Musical Spanish book

Quiz: Verbs

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Travel Phrases of the Week

HELP words!


no hablo español ....................I don’t speak Spanish
no entiendo ..............................I don’t understand
¿habla inglés?.........................do you speak English?
más despacio,por favor........slower please
¿me ayuda?.............................can you help me?
necesito un médico.......... .....I need a doctor
estoy perdido.......................... I am lost
¡ayúdeme!.................................help me!
¡peligro!.....................................danger!
¡cuidado!..................................careful!
¡llame al policia!.....................call the police!
¡ladrón!.....................................thief!
¡para!.........................................stop


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Travel Spot of the Week

visit Sosua and practice your Spanish!

Sosua, the Dominican Republic

This cozy beach town in the merengue capital of the world offers gorgeous pristine beaches, friendly locals, and a chance for a true tropical getaway. While many package deals go to nearby Puerto Plata, Sosua is the real gem.

 

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