Expanish’s free 10 minute Spanish Crash Course

Thursday, June 9, 2011 16:27

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To celebrate the launch of The Ultimate Spanish Crash Course here at Expanish Spanish School, we asked one of our Crash Course professors to give Expanish Blog it’s very own Spanish Crash Course. A kind of ‘Spanish Crash Course in 10 minutes’, if you like.

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The idea of the Expanish Crash Course is to offer complete beginners Spanish a set of lessons that will teach them basic Spanish for travelers, in a short space of time, and in a fun and interactive environment. The course has been designed especially for travelers to Buenos Aires, who don’t have much time, but want to learn essential Spanish words and phrases needed to get by.

So, with that in mind, our professor Pablo, has pulled together the Expanish Blog Spanish Crash Course that covers the absolute essentials to get you by in a number of key situations.

1)      Ir a comer (Eating out) 

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Te sentás en el restaurante y el mozo está lejos, en argentina podés alzar la voz para llamarlo y pedirle la carta, esto puede resultar grosero si lo usas las formas básicas de cortesía, la frase que tenés que usar es:

You’re sitting in a restaurant and the waiter is far away. In Argentine you can call for the waiter and ask for the menu without being rude, as long as you do it courteously. Try using the following phrase:

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“¿Puedo ver la carta, por favor?”

(Can I see the menu please?)

Ya elegiste qué querés comer, en ese caso para pedirle algo de la carta la frase es:

You’ve chosen what you want to eat. To order it from the menu try using the following phrase:

“¿Me puede traer…?”

(Can you bring me…?)

El mozo es una persona distraída y cambió los pedidos, en ese caso la frase para decir es:

The waiter is very distracted and got the order wrong. In this situation, to make him aware of the error, you could say:

“Esto no es lo que pedí.”

(This isn’t what i ordered)

Se puede agregar nuevamente el plato con otra frase:

You could then add to that, details of the plate you did order by saying

“Yo pedí…”

(I ordered….)

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Un detalle para saber, es costumbre dejar el 10% del costo de la comida como propina, salvo casos muy particulares, la propina nunca está incluida en el ticket.

One detail to note, is that it is customary to leave 10% of the cost as a tip. Only in unusual cases is the tip included in the bill

2)       De compras (Shopping) 

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Una de las circunstancias más comunes de cualquier visitante de un país es ir de compras. Generalmente el vendedor es una persona muy insistente que ofrece sus productos hasta el agotamiento, la frase más cortés para salir de una situación incomoda sin ofender al vendedor es decirle:

One of the most common situations of any overseas visit is shopping. Generally shop assistants can be quite keen and pushy in offering their products. The phrase to get out of un uncomfortable situation without offending the shop assistant is:

“Gracias. Estoy mirando.”

(Thanks, I’m just looking)

Supongamos el caso de que nos gustó algo de la tienda y tenemos que concretar la transacción, ahì podemos  pensar en pagar con “efectivo” o con trajeta, el primer caso se resuelve fácil, para el segundo tenemos primero que consultar y para eso decimos:

If we imagine a situation where we want to purchase something in the shop. Lets look at how the transaction might go. We could pay in cash or by card. Paying by cash is fine in almost all cases but to pay by card, we should ask the shop assistant first. To do this, we say:

“¿Se puede pagar con tarjeta?”

(Is it possible to pay by card?)

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3)       Pedir direcciones (Asking directions)

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Estamos perdidos en una ciudad de Latinoamérica, nos gusta caminar  y estuvimos tres horas recorriendo sus calles, mirando su arquitectura si prestar atención a la orientación y ahora queremos volver al hotel, podemos preguntarle a alguna persona:

We are lost in a Latin American city. We like walking and have been walking the streets for three hours, looking at the architecture without paying attention to where we are. Now we want to go back to the hotel. We can ask someone

“Disculpe, ¿cómo voy a…?”

(‘Excuse me, how do i get to…?)

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Si la persona es amable nos dará una orientación, Esta persona habla un fluido español así que le pedimos repita la explicación diciendo:

Imagine the person is friendly and gives us directions, but is speaking quickly in Spanish, so we need to ask them to repeat their explanation by saying

“Me puede repetir, por favor”

(Can you repeat that to me please?)

La clave para entender lo esencial es prestar atención a las palabras que conocemos y dejar de lado todo lo que es información innecesaria. Palabras importante son

The key to understanding the basics of directions is to pay attention to the words we know and leave out unnecessary information.

 “a la izquierda/derecha”, “Doblar”

(to the left/right, turn around)

Una pregunta importante es para saber si estamos lejos o cerca de ese lugar al que queremos ir, en ese caso decimos:

An important question to know is whether we are far or near to the place that we want to go. In this case, we say:

“¿Está (muy) lejos? / ¿Está cerca?”

(Is it (very) far? / Is it close?)

4)       Ahora vamos a practicar (Now we can practice)

Tenés que unir las frases cada una con su traducción Try to match the phrases in Spanish with the English translation

  1. ¿Puedo ver la carta, por favor?
  2. ¿Me puede traer…?
  3. Esto no es lo que pedí.
  4. Gracias. Estoy mirando.
  5. ¿Se puede pagar con tarjeta?
  6. Disculpe, ¿cómo voy a…?
  7. ¿Está (muy) lejos?
  8. ¿Está cerca?

a) This is not what I ordered.
b) May I …?
c) “I can see the menu, please?
d) Thanks. I’m looking.
e) Is (very) far away?
f) Excuse me, how can I go to …?
g) Can I pay with my credit card?

h) Is it close?

(Answers at the bottom)

The Expanish Ultimate Spanish Crash Course  is only $80ARS  per module ($30 U.S.) and takes place every day Monday to Friday between 16.00 and 18.00. You can book online beforehand or just drop into the school 30 minutes before to book your place! To find out more about the visit our website

Solución: 1c, 2b, 3a, 4d, 5g, 6f, 7e, 8h

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