Basic Greetings & Introductions in Spanish and English.

El Camino a los Idiomas ~ Road to Languages
 

¡Hola y bienvenidos! ~ Hello and welcome!


Welcome to the launch of my new website and blog - Road to Languages! My name is Reva Larson and I am excited to bring you my first blog post! Today, I will begin with Basic Greetings & Introductions, the first in my series of Lessons in Spanish and English. I love learning languages and I want to share my passion with you. Having learned Spanish as a second language myself, and having taught Spanish and English as a Second Language for 20+ years, I understand the nuances and challenges to learning a language. My goal with this blog is to bring you language lessons in sizable chunks for you to practice little by little or "poco a poco". With each lesson building on the previous lesson, you can strengthen your skills and confidence while traveling on your journey to learning the language.


My plan (though this may evolve with time ) is to include the following in each blog post:

1. Topic of the Lesson

2. Two Vocabulary Lists in Spanish & English

with Grammar Notes

3. A Dialog Using the Vocabulary & Grammar

4. A Related Instructional Video

5. A Related Music Video

6. Quizlet Practice Exercises on the Topic


You will find more resources for learning Spanish and English on my Website Road to Languages where you can also read more about my qualifications in the About Me section. If you would like to take a more in depth approach towards learning Spanish or English (ESL), you may sign up for my Online Spanish or English Zoom lessons at Bookings.


The best way to learn a language is to practice, practice, practice. Practice your new expressions with a friend or family member. And, repeat them to yourself frequently.


Language learning tip: While practicing alone you may find it useful to say the words and expressions out loud while looking in the mirror. You can also have a conversation with yourself (out loud or in your mind) while driving, walking, cleaning, or cooking, etc. It is useful to "think" in the language you are learning - even at the most beginning level.


Now, let's get started learning Spanish or English with Basic Greetings and Introductions.

 

Basic Greetings & Introductions in Spanish & English


Whether you are learning Spanish or English as a Second Language, use the following expressions to start speaking the language and to have simple conversations.


To begin this lesson, study the following words and expressions. Next, read the short dialog to practice the expressions, and then watch a dialog video that uses these Basic Greetings and Introductions (and more) in Spanish and English. After practicing the dialog, enjoy the pop music video called "¿Cómo te llamas?" to practice saying "What's your name?"

 

1. Saludos y Despedidas ~ Greetings and Goodbyes

¡Buenos días! ~ Good morning!

Hola ~ Hello/Hi

Buenos días ~ Good morning

Buenas tardes ~ Good afternoon

Buenas noches ~ Good evening

Hola ~ Hello/Hi

Adiós ~ Goodbye

Buenas noches ~ Good night

Hasta luego ~ See you later

Hasta pronto ~ See you soon

Hasta mañana ~ See you tomorrow


Grammar notes:

Buenos días: buenos ends in -os because días is a masculine noun.

Buenas tardes & buenas noches end in -as because tardes and noches are feminine nouns.

Good evening and good night are both buenas noches.

Hasta literally means until.

 

2. Introducciones ~ Introductions (Talking about Names)

¡Mucho gusto! ~ Nice to meet you!

¿Cómo te llamas?

What is your name? (formal)

¿Cómo se llama?

What is your name? (informal)

¿Cómo se llama?

What is his/her name?

Me llamo...

My name is...

Se llama...

His/her name is...

Te presento a...

Let me introduce you to... (informal)

Le presento a...

Let me introduce you to... (formal)

Mucho gusto

Nice to meet you.

Encantado

Delighted./Pleased to meet you.

Encantada

Delighted./Pleased to meet you.

Igualmente

Likewise./Same here.


Grammar notes:

Me llamo is literally I call myself.

(Don't say Me llamo es. That would be "I call myself is")

Se llama is literally He calls himself or She calls herself

Encantado: when a man says "Delighted" he says "Encantado"

Encantada: when a woman says "Delighted" she says "Encantada"

Igualmente: to pronounce break it up in syllables i-gual-men-te

 

3. Mini Dialog: ¡Hola! ¿Cómo te llamas? ~ Hi! What's your name?

¡Hola! ¿Cómo te llamas? ~ Hi! What's your name?

A. Buenas tardes.

Good afternoon.

B. ¡Hola!

Hi.

A. ¿Cómo te llamas?

What's your name?

B. Me llamo Ana. ¿Cómo te llamas?

My name is Ana. What's your name?

A. Me llamo José.

My name is José.

B. Mucho gusto.

Nice to meet you.

A. Igualmente.

Likewise.

B. Hasta luego.

See you later.

A. Hasta pronto.

See you soon.

 

4. Video Dialog in English and Spanish

¿Cómo te llamas? ~ What's your name?

 

5. Spanish Music Video ~ ¿Cómo te llamas?

 

6. Quizlet Exercises on Basic Greetings and Introductions.


Making use of the Quizlet Study Set will provide you a great opportunity to practice and learn the words and expressions in this lesson through a variety of tools including: flashcards, games, matching exercises, quizzes, and listening practice.

 

¡Gracias y felicitaciones por practicar español o inglés hoy!

Thank you and congratulations on practicing Spanish or English today!


Todas Las Puertas en el Camino ~ Every Door Along the Way

If you would like more information or you would like to sign up for

1-on-1 or Group Spanish or English Zoom Lessons click here: Road to Languages


Stay tuned for the next Lesson in my Spanish & English Blog Post where you will learn how to talk about: How You Are & Where You Are from.


¡Hasta pronto! ~ See you soon!


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