La familia de Ruth

Every evening I meet Maxi, normalmente en el bar, to talk about this and that.

Normalmente.  Pronunciar this word /nor-mal-men-tay/.


Mi marido Lee, and mi stepdaughter Elise, go to el gimnasio opposite los apartamentos.  Maxi’s son, Diego, y mi daughter, Izzy, generalmente play or conversar together.

The letter “g” es normalmente like the letter “g” in the word good.  BUT, GE makes a /he/ sound, so generalmente es /hen-e-ral-men-tay/.  AND, GI makes a /hi/ sound, so gimnasio es /him-na-sio/.

As you read about mi familia, and our vacación, you will become familiar with a little español.  To begin with, use this español mixed with inglés to get to your goal: comunicación.


Te toca: your turn.

Actividades para tí.

Grab a scrap of papel, and scribble down some español personalizado.

1. Say what you normally eat for breakfast

Eg. Normalmente I have museli for breakfast.

2. Say if you go to the gym

Eg. I used to go to el gimnasio.

3. Write down any español you already know

Eg. Numbers, greetings, food and drink.


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Ruth y Maxi

Hola, I’m Ruth.  No speak español, only Spanglish.  Spanish, English … Spanglish!


La letra H es silencioso.  Hola, meaning hello, is pronunciado /o-la/ as if the H wasn’t even there!



This is mi amiga, Maxi.  Maxi es peruana, from Perú, but she lives en Nerja, near Málaga, en el sur de España.

Nerja.  Pronunciar this town /ner-ha/.

I don’t live in Nerja.  I live en Northumberland, en el norte de Inglaterra.

Norte = North.  Pronunciar this word /nor-tay/.  The naughty north?

I come to Nerja every year for mis vacaciones.  I stay en Los Apartamentos Rosas with mi familia.

People who have learned French sometimes pronunciar “en” like /on/.  En español the word rhymes with Den and Jen at number ten.

We normalmente stay in un hotel called Los Apartamentos Rosas.  This is where Maxi works, and she has been mi amiga de vacaciones every time I have visitado.


Visitado = I have visited. En español the –ed es normalmente representado with the letters –ado or –ido: comentado, visitado, decidido = commented, visited, decided.  Easy!

Your turn: Te toca

Grab a scrap of papel, and scribble down some español personalizado.  Follow the examples, los ejemplos /e-hem-plos/.  If you don’t know how to say it en español, you can guess, inventar, or say it en inglés!  It’s that easy!


1. Write your friends’ names

Eg. Male friends: mi amigo John y mi amigo Al.

Female friends: mi amiga Ariane y mi amiga Pippa.

2. Write where you live


Eg. I live en Brighton en el sur de Inglaterra.

I live en York en el norte de Inglaterra.

(Remember how to say “en”!)


3. Say who’s in your family

Eg. En mi familia there is Lee, Elise, Izzy y me!

4. Say where you have visited and what you have decided to do

Eg. I have visitado mi amiga and I have decidido to go and buy una botella de vino.

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Un poco de español: ¿Habla inglés?

Un poco means a little.  Don’t say /an poco/ like the French.  Say /oon poco/.  The letter “u” en español is an /oo/.


I like la fraseun poco”.  If you ask una persona Española “Do you speak English?” you might get the answer “Un poco.”

That question, do you speak English, en español is “¿Habla inglés?”  The letter “h” en español es silencioso, so say /a-bla in-gles/.

I like that the word for speak is habla (no h sound).  If you repeat it over and over, it sounds like blablablabla!  Perfecto for a word that means speak!

To say “you speak” use the word habla.  To say “I speak” use the word hablo (don’t pronunciar the h).

When personas inglesas go to España and try to conversar en español un poco, what normalmente happens is that los españoles hear our acentos and inmediatamente start talking en inglés.


If you con comunicar that you want to practicar español un poco, then people are normalmente very accommodating.  La frase (say /fra-say/) “Hablo un poco de español” will be useful.  You can also say “Necesito practicar mi español.”

If you learned French, por favor, remember to make “en” rhyme with ten when you habla español.  Also, remember to put and “ooo” in your “un”.


Un poco = a little

¿Habla inglés? = Do you speak English?

Hablo español = I speak Spanish

Hablo un poco de español = I speak a little Spanish

Necesito practicar mi español, por favor = I need to practice my Spanish, please


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