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A0006: How's It Going?[edit source]

Introduction[edit source]

It's really useful to know how to start a conversation in order to have one! Liliana and JP talk about all we need: greetings, compliments, and how to respond to them. The keyword is guapa – beautiful (for feminine nouns).

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Dialogue[edit source]

hombre: ¡Hola, guapa! ¿Cómo te va?
mujer: Bien, bien. ¿Y tú? ¿Qué tal?
hombre: Todo bien, gracias.
mujer: Me alegra.
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Dialogue with Translation[edit source]

hombre: ¡Hola, guapa! ¿Cómo te va?
hello beautiful how (for) you (it) goes
man: Hello, beautiful! How is it going for you?
mujer: Bien, bien. Y tú, ¿qué tal?
good good and you how so
woman: Good, good. And you, how are you?
hombre: Todo bien, gracias.
all good thanks
man: Everything's fine, thanks.
mujer: Me alegra.
me (it) delights
woman: That makes me happy.
guapo/guapa – handsome, beautiful

Vocabulary for Dialogue[edit | edit source]

el hombre noun (masculine) the man
la mujer noun (feminine) the woman
hola interjection hello
guapo/guapa adjective (m./f.) beautiful
¿cómo? adverb how?
te indirect object pronoun (to/for) you
ir verb (infinitive) to go
(él/ella) va verb (present tense) he/she(/it) goes
bien adverb well, good
y conjunction and
subject pronoun you
¿Qué tal? phrase How are you?
todo/toda adjective (m./f.) all
gracias phrase thanks
me indirect object pronoun (to/for) me
alegrar verb (infinitive) to delight
(él/ella) alegra verb (present tense) he/she(/it) delights
lindo/linda – nice, pretty

Vocabulary for Audio Lesson[edit | edit source]

hacer verb (infinitive) to make
(tú) haces verb (present tense) you make (informal, singular)
¿Cómo haces tacos? phrase How do you make tacos? (informal, singular)
poder verb (infinitive) can
(tú) puedes verb (present tense) you can (informal, singular)
los direct object pronoun them
¿Cómo los puedes hacer? phrase How can you make them? (informal, singular)
lindo/linda adjective (m./f.) nice, pretty
feo/fea adjective (m./f.) ugly
¡Hola, guapo! phrase Hello, handsome!
hasta luego phrase see you later
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More Vocabulary[edit source]

This section includes grammatically related words. Some of them are required by the exercise Dialogue Recast.

me indirect object pronoun (to) me
te (to) you (informal, singular)
le (to) him/her(/it)
le (to) you (formal, singular)
nos (to) us
os (to) you (informal, plural)
les (to) them
les (to) you (formal, plural)
ir infinitive to go
(yo) voy present tense I go
(tú) vas you go (informal, singular)
(él/ella) va he/she(/it) goes
(usted) va you go (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) vamos we go (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) vais you go (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) van they go (m./f.)
(ustedes) van you go (formal, plural)
alegrar infinitive to delight
(yo) alegro present tense I delight
(tú) alegras you delight (informal, singular)
(él/ella) alegra he/she(/it) delights
(usted) alegra you delight (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) alegramos we delight (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) alegráis you delight (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) alegran they delight (m./f.)
(ustedes) alegran you delight (formal, plural)
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Dialogue Translation

Cover the right column, translate from Spanish to English and uncover the right column line by line to check your answers. If possible, read the Spanish sentences aloud.

¡Hola, guapa! ¿Cómo te va? Hello, beautiful! How is it going for you?
Bien, bien. ¿Y tú? ¿Qué tal? Good, good. And you, how are you?
Todo bien, gracias. Everything's fine, thanks.
Me alegra. That makes me happy.

Dialogue Recall

Now translate from English to Spanish. Remember to say the Spanish sentences aloud.

Hello, beautiful (feminine)! How is it going for you? ¡Hola, guapa! ¿Cómo te va?
Good, good. And you? How are you? Bien, bien. ¿Y tú? ¿Qué tal?
Everything's fine, thanks. Todo bien, gracias.
That makes me happy. Me alegra.

Dialogue Remix

Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Spanish.

Hello, handsome (masculine)! ¡Hola, guapo!
Hello, ugly (feminine)! How are you? ¡Hola, fea! ¿Cómo te va? (or: ¿Qué tal?)
Everything's fine. Thanks, ugly (masculine). And you? Todo bien. Gracias, feo. ¿Y tú?
Good. Everything goes fine. Bien. Todo va bien.
How good! I'm delighted. ¡Qué bien! Me alegra.

Dialogue Recast

This translation exercise requires some of the words from the More Vocabulary section.

Hello, beautiful (feminine)! How is it going for you? (formal) ¡Hola, guapa! ¿Cómo le va?
Good, good. And you? How are you? (formal) Bien, bien. ¿Y usted? ¿Qué tal?
Everything's fine, thanks. Todo bien, gracias.
That makes us happy. Nos alegra.

Image Credits

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