There are note cards posted all around my house with Spanish written on them. They belong to my Korean son in law who is in Korea right now, but when he was here, he was using them. The back of the front door looks more like a chart than anything else because he has so many cards there. There is one on the TV. There is one between the kitchen and the living room, one in the hallway on the way to his bedroom, and several in the kitchen too. They all say things that he likes to say in Spanish so if he forgets, he can still speak to me in Spanish. He has been trying to learn to speak Spanish. They are just basic things that people say, so I thought I would share what is written on the cards with you. He is a beginner, so these are good things for people on a lower level of Spanish to learn to say.
Hola = Hello or Hi
Buenos Dias = Good day or Good morning
Buenos Tardes = Good afternoon, Good evening
Adios = Good bye
Buenos Noches = Good night
Hasta Mañana = See you tomorrow, until tomorrow
Hasta la Mañana = See you in the morning, until the morning
Tenga un buen tiempo. = Have a good time.
Tenga un buen dia. = Have a nice day.
¿A dónde vas? = Where are you going?/ Where do you go?
Voy a la puerta. = I Am going to the door./ I go to the door,
Voy afuera. = I am going outside./ I go outside.
Voy al trabajo. = I am going to work./ I go to work.
Voy a la iglesia. = I am going to church./ I go to church.
Voy a la tienda. = I am going to the store., /I go to the store.
Voy a la farmacia. = I am going to the pharmacy. /I go to the pharmacy.
Voy a mi cuarto./ Voy a mi hacienda. = I am going to my bedroom./ I go to my bedroom.
Voy a la sala de estar. = I am going to the living room./ I go to the living room.
Voy a la cocina. = I am going to the kitchen. / I go to the kitchen.
lluvia= rain/ it rains. ( ll=y)
Esta’ lloviendo. = It is raining.
Esta’ lloviendo afuera. = It is raining outside.
Es dificil. = It is difficult.
¿Cómo estás? = How are you?
No me siento bien. = I don’t feel well.
Estoy bien. = I am fine.
Estoy cansado. = I am tired. (He says it like this because he is a man. Women would say: Estoy cansada.)
Quiero hablar contigo. = I want to talk with you./ I want to talk to you.
Me gusta cantar. = I like to sing. (Singing is pleasing to me.)
¿Puedes hablar español? = Can you speak Spanish?
Puedes hablar español. = You can speak Spanish.
Si, puedo hablar español un poco. = Yes, I can speak Spanish a little.
¿Qué estás haciendo? = What are you doing?
Estoy mirando el television. = I am watching TV.
Lavo los platos. = I wash the dishes.
Estoy lavando los platos. = I am washing the dishes.
Lavo mis manos. = I wash my hands.
Estoy lavando mis manos. = I am washing my hands.
Estoy comiendo. = I am eating.
Estoy bebiendo. = I am drinking.
Estoy sentando. = I am sitting.
Estoy cocinado. = I am cooking.
Cocino. = I cook.
dulce = candy, or sweet
pastel = cake
leche = milk
agua = water
The list of things he has wanted to say has grown over time. In the beginning, he only posted, ” ¿A dónde vas? = Where are you going?/ Where do you go? ” and “Voy al trabajar,” but with time, he kept saying, “How do you say this—or that?”. I realized that the list of things he wanted to say were things that are very basic to things we say when we are at home. I thought they might be useful to people who are trying to learn to speak Spanish. And by the way, the candy and cake are there because my Korean son in law has a huge sweet tooth. There are certain things that are unique to each of us, and when I was in Japan studying Japanese, my Japanese teacher had me keeping a diary in Japanese, and I learned that there is a certain set of words that is unique to each one of us that we need to communicate because what I do every day may not be the same as what you do every day. Keeping a diary is one way to enhance your abilities in a foreign language, and doing what my son in law did is another way. He just posted everything all over the house where he might say something, and when he wanted to say it, if he has having trouble remembering, he had it written right there on a card, and it helped him remember. After a while, I could ask him where he was going in Spanish, and he could tell me, “Voy al trabjar” or “Voy afuera” or one of the other responses without looking at his cards.