Spanish by Choice/SpanishPod newbie lesson A0007


Where Are You From?


Introduction

Yes, this is about the easiest way to find something to talk about: asking where people are from. Invaluable small talk strategies offered by Liliana and JP. Keywords are Perú – Peru and Colombia – Colombia.

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Audio Lesson


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Dialogue

mujer: ¿De dónde eres?
hombre: Soy de Perú. ¿Y tú?
mujer: Yo soy de Colombia.
hombre: ¡Qué bien!
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Dialogue with Translation

mujer: ¿De dónde eres?
from where (you) are
woman: Where are you from?
hombre: Soy de Perú. ¿Y tú?
(I) am from Peru and you
man: I'm from Peru. And you?
mujer: Yo soy de Colombia.
I am from Colombia
woman: I'm from Colombia.
hombre: ¡Qué bien!
how good
man: How nice!

Vocabulary for Dialogue

la mujer noun (feminine) the woman
el hombre noun (masculine) the man
de preposition from, of
¿dónde? adverb where?
¿de dónde? adverb from where?
ser verb (infinitive) to be
(tú) eres verb (present tense) you are (informal, singular)
(yo) soy verb (present tense) I am
Perú noun (masculine) Peru
y conjunction and
subject pronoun you (informal, singular)
yo subject pronoun I
Colombia noun (feminine) Colombia
¿qué? adverb how?, what?
bien adverb well, good

Vocabulary for Audio Lesson

el ceviche noun (masculine) the citrus-marinated seafood salad
los incas noun (plural, masculine) the Incas
Machu Picchu noun (masculine) a Inca city
Gabriel García Márquez noun (masculine) a Colombian writer
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll noun (feminine) a Colombian goddess
hasta luego phrase see you later
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More Vocabulary

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)
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Exercises

Dialogue Translation

Translate from Spanish to English. Click each bar to check your answer. If possible, read the Spanish sentences aloud.

¿De dónde eres?

Where are you from?

Soy de Perú. ¿Y tú?

I'm from Peru. And you?

Yo soy de Colombia.

I'm from Colombia.

¡Qué bien!

How nice!

Dialogue Recall

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

Where are you from?

¿De dónde eres?

I'm from Peru. And you?

Soy de Perú. ¿Y tú?

I'm from Colombia.

Yo soy de Colombia.

How nice!

¡Qué bien!

Dialogue Remix

Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Spanish.

Where are you from?

¿De dónde eres?

Where am I from?

¿De dónde soy?

From Peru, from Colombia, ...?

¿De Perú, de Colombia, ...?

Are you from Peru?

¿(Tú) eres de Perú?

I'm from Colombia.

(Yo) soy de Colombia.

How nice!

¡Qué bien!

And you?

¿Y tú?

What?

¿Qué?

Where are you from?

¿De dónde eres?

Dialogue Recast

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

Where are you from? (formal)

¿De dónde es (usted)?

I'm from Peru. And you? (formal, plural)

Soy de Perú. ¿Y ustedes?

We are from Colombia.

Nosotros somos de Colombia.

How nice!

¡Qué bien!


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