Basic Spanish Conversation Vocabulary

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Hello again. If you read Friday’s post, you’ll know I kicked off the French Language Learning Project. After a weekend of merriment and dubbed YouTube videos, it is progressing well.

However, stalwart Language Bug regulars will know that French is only one half of the new language learning equation. We’re also doing a Spanish language learning project alongside it.

This will be the first entry in the Spanish Project, and we’re going to kick off with a similar post to Friday’s: Basic Spanish Conversation Vocabulary.

Basic Spanish Conversation Vocabulary

With any language, there are things that you need to know before you even start to speak another language. You need to memorise some vocabulary and you need to understand a tiny amount of grammar. This might just be enough to remember where certain words go in one sentence, but grammar is grammar. The first thing you should learn before you hav ea basic Spanish conversation are the personal pronouns. They are as follows:

“You” is “usted.”
“I” is “Soy.”
“We” is “Nosotros.”
“They” is “ellos.”
“He” is “el.”
“She” is “Ella.”

Basic Conversation Vocabulary: Verbs

You need several verbs to make a decent set of sentences. I tend to start with five. Those are:
“Is/Are/To Be” This is covered by the verbs “Ser” and “Estar.” (Will cover that in a later post.)
“To Have” is “Tener.”
“To Want” is “Querer.”
“To Go” is “Ir”.
“To Speak” is “Hablar”.
This might not sound like a lot, but because Spanish isn’t like Mandarin, for each verb you have to learn all the different permutations of the verb. So when I say it’s a day’s work, I’m not really joking.

You can also use words such as “Bueno” which means “Good.” “No” means “not.”
“Espanol” means “Spanish.” “Ingles” is “English.”

I’ll leave the article on Basic Spanish Conversation at that, because I’m in the middle of a migraine. We’ll pick up where we left off in the next Spanish language learning project post. For those new to the language learning entries on the site, they are more like field notes than complete articles. Feel free to leave your comments with corrections and recommendations below!

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