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Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 35 How to describe people negatively in Spanish

Posted on 22. Apr, 2014 by in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estáis?

Hoy vamos a practicar adjetivos de carácter negativos en español. Today we are going to practice negative Spanish character adjectives and related sentences.

Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video lesson on the same topic.

To go back and watch the original video lesson please follow this link:

Intermediate theory video lesson 35

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1. Let´s see first if you understand the following Spanish character adjectives:

Tiquismiquis
Hortera
Repipi
Chulo
Pijo
Carca
Agarrado

2. Next, what are the following character adjectives in Spanish?

Innocent/Naive
Arrogant/Cocky
Annoying/A pain/A bore
Boring
Clown/Joker

3. Now, I will say a few sentences in Spanish and I would like you to reply with an expression describing the person I am speaking about negatively. For example, if I say “Antonio siempre se mira al espejo y dice que es muy guapo” You could say “¡Será creído!”:

Lola nunca quiere hacer nada.
A Miguel no le gusta ir de copas, prefiere quedarse en casa leyendo un libro.
Jorge nunca invita a sus amigos.
Ana no para de hablar de su vida.

4. Next, can you understand the following sentences?

María no es muy divertida que digamos.
Alicia va de supermodelo.
Mi padre se hace el sordo cuando le pido dinero.
Marcos se hace el tonto cuando no quiere hablar conmigo.
Cristina es un poco tontilla.

5. Finally, please translate the following sentences from English to Spanish:

She is really silly!
What a boring man!
She really is a clown!
He is so arrogant!
She is a huge bore!

Esto es todo por la clase práctica de hoy.

I hope you have found this practice lesson interesting and useful. This is the kind of Spanish you might not find in text books will almost certainly encounter a lot in when speaking with and listening to native speakers. Slang and popular expressions are also an important thing to learn if you want to be fully confident in conversation.

Que tengais una muy buena semana y hasta la próxima clase.

¡Adiós!

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Answers:

1.
Fussy
Tacky/Kitsch
Precocious
Arrogant/Cocky
Posh
Old fashioned/Fuddy duddy
Tight/Mean/Miserly

2.
Pardillo
Creído
Plasta
Muermo
Payaso

3. Possible answers
¡Qué muermo!
¡Será carca!
¡Mira que es agarrado!
¡Será plasta!

4.
María is not the most fun to be with.
Alicia thinks she is a supermodel.
My father turns a deaf ear when I ask him for money.
Marcos plays dumb when he doesn´t want to talk to me.
Cristina is a bit silly.

5. Possible answers
¡Es un pedazo de tonto!
¡Qué muermo!
¡Mira que es payasa!
¡Será chulo!
¡Es una plasta monumental!

Talking About The Time In Spanish

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Spanish Vocabulary, Uncategorized

You may already know how to tell the time in Spanish so today I’m going to teach you more expressions that may not appear in your textbook,

Remember, it is very important that you learn fixed expressions and not translate word by word. This will make you more fluent in the long run.

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en una hora más – an hour from now
de las diez a las once – from ten to eleven o´clock
hace una hora – an hour ago
todo el día – all day long
toda la noche – all night long
bien temprano – really early
bien tarde – really late
a la mañana / de mañana – in the morning
de mañana tempranito – early in the morning, in the wee hours of the morning
al comienzo de la tarde – in the early afternoon
al final de la tarde – in the late afternoon
al anochecer – in the early evening
de/a la noche – in the evening, at night
cuando salga el sol – when the sun comes up
cuando se ponga el sol – when the sun goes down
al amanecer – at dawn
a la puesta del sol – at sunset
en plena luz del día – in broad daylight
de madrugada / en la mitad de la noche – in the middle of the night
todos los días – every day
el día entero – all day long
día por medio – every other day
de ocho en ocho horas – every eight hours
hoy de mañana – this morning
hoy de tarde – this afternoon
hoy de noche – tonight, this evening
mañana de mañana – tomorrow morning
mañana de tarde – tomorrow afternoon
mañana de noche – tomorrow evening, tomorrow night
anteayer – the day before yesterday

ayer de mañana – yesterday morning
ayer de tarde – yesterday afternoon
anoche – yesterday evening, last night
pasado mañana – the day after tomorrow
todos los jueves – every Thursday
los jueves – on Thursdays
de lunes a viernes – from Monday to Friday
el viernes – on Friday
este viernes – this Friday
el próximo viernes – next Friday
no este viernes, el siguiente – not this Friday but the next
los días de la semana – on weekdays
los fines de semana – on weekends
este fin de semana – this weekend
la próxima semana – next week
la semana pasada – last week
el mes pasado – last month
hace una semana – a week ago
a fin de mes – at the end of the month
a lo largo de – throughout
ahora mismo – right now
inmediatamente – immediately
así que posible – as soon as possible
lo antes que pueda – as soon as you can
hasta las diez – by 10 o´clock

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Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 34 Different uses of Como

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estáis?

Hoy vamos a practicar los diferentes usos de la palabra Como. Today, we are going to practice the different uses of the Spanish word Como.

Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video lesson on the same topic.

To go back and watch the original video lesson please follow this link:

Intermediate theory video lesson 34

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1. Let´s see first if you understand these comparisons all using “Como”:

Mi hermano es tan alto como el tuyo.
Beber es tan malo como fumar.
No soy tan mala como tú piensas.
Mi perro no es tan agresivo como dicen.
No he comprado tantos libros como tú.

2. Next, can you translate the following comparisons from English to Spanish?

My dress is as nice as yours.
Living here is as interesting as living in London.
I haven´t got as many problems as before.
My friends are as studious as I am.
Tomorrow I am not going to eat as much as today.

3. Now I will say a sentence in Spanish using “Como” and a verb in indicative or subjunctive. Afterwards I will ask you a question in Spanish you only need you answer “Sí” or “No”:

Pedro me dijo: “Puedo hacerlo como quieras” ¿Sabía Pedro cómo lo quiero?
Ana me dijo: “Voy a hacer la salsa como a ti te gusta” ¿Sabía Ana cómo me gusta la salsa?
Silvia me dijo: “Quiero cocinar todo como me recomiendes” ¿Sabía Silvia qué le recomiendo?
Carlos me dijo: “Voy a hacer las actividades como me digas”. ¿Sabía Carlos mi explicación sobre las actividades?

4. Let´s translate now the following Spanish sentences using “Como si” and a verb in subjuntivo:

Me siento como si fuera a vomitar.
Me siento como si estuviera en una nube.
Antonio habla como si estuviera borracho.
Comes como si no hubieras comido nada en tres días.

5. Finally, I would like you to make some sentences using “Ni que”. I will give you a sentence and I would like you to create a sentence using “Ni que” related to that. For example, if I say: “María me ha dicho que no vuelva tarde a casa” You could say: “¡Ni que fuera mi madre!”:

Miguel me ha dicho que no he hecho bien la paella.
Carlota habla alemán perfectamente.
Mi compañera de trabajo siempre me dice lo que tengo que hacer.
Beatriz dice que canto mal.

This is all for today.

As you see, “Como” is a Spanish word that is used in many different situations. I hope this practice lesson has helped you to better understand and remember its various uses.

See you next time with more Spanish practice.

¡Adiós!

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Answers:

1.
My brother is as tall as yours.
Drinking is as bad as smoking.
I am not as bad as you think.
My dog is not as aggresive as they say.
I haven´t bought as many books as you.

2.
Mi vestido es tan bonito como el tuyo.
Vivir aquí es tan interesante como vivir en Londres.
No tengo tantos problemas como antes.
Mis amigos son tan estudiosos como yo.
Mañana no voy a comer tanto como hoy.

3.
No

No
No

4.
I feel as if I was going to vomit.
I feel as if I was in a cloud.
Antonio speaks as if he was drunk.
You eat as if you hadn´t eaten in three days.

5. (Possible answers)
¡Ni que fuera cocinero!
¡Ni que fuera alemana!
¡Ni que fuera mi jefa!
¡Ni que fuera cantante!