Lesson 2

Let’s considerar un poco de pronunciación español.  If you get  double LL together that makes a “y” sound.  If you get one L it makes a “L” sound like our English L.  The word for bottle is botella, and Marbella and Mallorca both have a “y” sound, whereas excelente, inteligente and religioso are just a “L” sound.  It’s always the same.  Pronunciación española has fixed rules.

To say I’m called, you say me llamo … it’s spelled with a double LL.  Me llamo Ruth.  Let’s have some ejemplos.

  • Me llamo Rosa.
  • Me llamo Theresa.
  • Me llamo Isabel.

For the men … to representar los hombres:

  • Me llamo Manuel.
  • Me llamo Pepe.
  • Me llamo Carlos.

You can say your nombre: Me llamo … and your name.

The word for and is y.  It’s spelled with the letter y and it’s pronounced “eee”.  You can have Brad y Angelina, Bonnie y Clyde, Rosa y Pedro.

The word for you is tú, so you can have ¿and you? = ¿y tú?  I can ask you like this.  I can say Me llamo Ruth, ¿y tú?  That’s just saying I’m called Ruth, and you?  So you can do that: Me llamo Mark, ¿y tú?

Why do we have the double question marks?  Well, why do we have double brackets (…)en inglés? En español they have double question marks ¿…? and double exclamation marks ¡…!  En inglés we have double brackets (…) and we have double speech marks “…”  So my question to you is, does it matter?  And to say does it matter is just one word, it’s ¿importa?


Well done.  That’s el final de clase número dos.

Lesson 3