Pasos Unit 1B

What a great decision! You want to learn español, and you have taken a step in the right direction. Each step … cada paso (en español) … gets you closer to your goal. Allow me to help you focus on each piece of language. If you get stuck, write to me, I will do my best to help you. Open up your book at página 5, titulado:

Profesiones y presentaciones.

Esta clase is about profesiones, presentaciones y el verbo SER, to be.

Put your cd in your player, or open up the media player with the audio download. We are going to start with cd 1, track 8. Open up your notebook. Take a sip of your drink. You are ready for class. Watch the video, and be ready to hit pause often and whenever you are instructed to do so. You are about to learn un poco de español.

La clase de hoy starts on page 5, with 4 people telling you their names and what they do. Open your text book on página cinco, and play the video to help you focus on the learning goals.

Your SMART goals to make your learning happen.

Try to say all these things en español without opening your book o tus notas. If you have to look that is fine. Look, memorizar, and try again en cinco 5 minutos.

Try to say all these things en español just before you go to bed, when you wake up, and again just before you do la próxima clase.

Lesson supplements.

El español que estudiamos en secciones 1A y 1B de Pasos can be used for conversaciones. In the video below I talk about “¿Qué haces?” That means, “What do you do?” or “What are you doing?” That is una pregunta we can use to talk about profesiones or about life en general. Watch and enjoy!

What do you do?

Watch this video about your style of learning Spanish. How much do you understand? Focus on the message. El mensaje es lo importante. (If you want to see more of these lessons, the 100 Days of Spanish course is open access and all I ask is you watch and like the videos).

We should think about how we learn as part of any course.

Danny Evans talks about the verb SER, which means TO BE. There is a lot here. Danny refers to words for I, you, he, she, we and they. Look at the table below the video to help you, but please don’t worry too much: no te preocupes.

Note this down.
Single peopleTwo or more people
I = yoWe = nosotros
You = tú (informal)You = vosotros (informal)
He = él
She = ella (say “eya”)
You = usted (formal)
They = ellos (“eyos”)
They = ellas (all female)
You = ustedes (formal)
I will talk about this more al final de la unidad, in Grammar and Exercises
Single peopleTwo or more people
I am = (yo) soyWe are = (nosotros) somos
You are = (tú) eresYou are = (vosotros) sois
He is = (él) es
She is = (ella) es
You are = (usted) es
They are = (ellos) son
They are = (ellas) son
You are = (ustedes) son
You don’t HAVE TO say the words yo, tú, él, ella and so on … but you can include them if you want to. I will talk about this more al final de la unidad, in Grammar and Exercises

Learn today’s material, then make sure you move on to do the next lesson. If you procrastinate, you are far less likely to be speaking good Spanish 52 weeks from now, so imagine a treat on the other side of your learning. Visualizar something nice, even just a cup of tea and a piece of cake!

In the next lesson we will look at nations and nationalities, and ask, “Where are you from?”