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A0086: Are You Single?[edit source]

Introduction[edit source]

Liliana and JP teach us the basics of flirting — Latino style! Well, or maybe the girl is just practising Spanish... who knows? In any case, our keyword is: soltero — single (for “dudes”).

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Dialogue[edit source]

mujer: ¿Eres soltero?
hombre: Sí. ¿Y tú?
mujer: No, tengo novio.
hombre: ¡Qué lástima!
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Dialogue with Translation[edit source]

mujer: ¿Eres soltero?
(you) are single
woman: Are you single?
hombre: Sí. ¿Y tú?
yes and you
man: Yes. How about you?
mujer: No, tengo novio.
no (I) have boyfriend
woman: No, I have a boyfriend.
hombre: ¡Qué lástima!
what pity
man: What a pity!
soltero/soltera – single
¡Cruel lástima! – Cruel shame!

Vocabulary for Dialogue[edit | edit source]

la mujer noun (feminine) the woman
el hombre noun (masculine) the man
ser verb (infinitive) to be
(tú) eres verb (present tense) you are (informal, singular)
soltero/soltera adjective (m./f.) single
adverb yes
y conjunction and
subject pronoun you (informal, singular)
no adverb no
tener verb (infinitive) to have
(yo) tengo verb (present tense) I have
el novio noun (masculine) the boyfriend
la novia noun (feminine) the girlfriend
¿qué? interrogative pronoun what?, how?
la lástima noun (feminine) the pity, the shame

Vocabulary for Audio Lesson[edit | edit source]

hasta preposition until
luego adverb then
hasta luego phrase see you later
mañana adverb tomorrow
hasta mañana phrase see you tomorrow
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More Vocabulary[edit source]

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

ser infinitive to be
(yo) soy present tense I am
(tú) eres you are (informal, singular)
(él/ella) es he/she(/it) is
(usted) es you are (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) somos we are (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) sois you are (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) son they are (m./f.)
(ustedes) son you are (formal, plural)
tener infinitive to have
(yo) tengo present tense I have
(tú) tienes you have (informal, singular)
(él/ella) tiene he/she(/it) has
(usted) tiene you have (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) tenemos we have (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) tenéis you have (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) tienen they have (m./f.)
(ustedes) tienen you have (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.

¿Eres soltero? Are you single?
Sí. ¿Y tú? Yes. How about you?
No, tengo novio. No, I have a boyfriend.
¡Qué lástima! What a pity!

Dialogue Recall

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

Are you single? ¿Eres soltero?
Yes. How about you? Sí. ¿Y tú?
No, I have a boyfriend. No, tengo novio.
What a pity! ¡Qué lástima!

Dialogue Remix

Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Spanish.

Are you single? (masculine!) ¿Eres soltero?
No. I have a boyfriend. No, tengo novio.
What? — What a pity! ¿Qué? — ¡Qué lástima!
And you? Are you single? (feminine) ¿Y tú? ¿Eres soltera?
Yes. Sí.
A pity... Lástima...

Dialogue Recast

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

Are you single? (formal) ¿Es soltero?
Yes. How about you? (formal) Sí. ¿Y usted?
No, I have a boyfriend. No, tengo novio.
What a pity! ¡Qué lástima!

Image Credits

  • “Image:Charles Thomson. I Feel Bad When I Reject Your Love.jpg” by Charles Thomson (GNU Free Documentation License)
  • “Image:Goya-Guerra (48).jpg” by Francisco Goya (Public Domain)