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A0005: Take a Picture
Asking strangers for a favor can be pretty difficult for the less extrovert of us—even in our native language. But with a few Spanish words it's actually not that hard as Liliana and JP show us in this lesson. The keyphrase is tomar una foto – to take a picture.
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hombre: ¡Señorita! mujer: ¿Sí? hombre: ¡Disculpe! ¿Nos podría tomar una foto por favor? mujer: ¿Cómo no? ¡Sonrían! hombre: Gracias.
Dialogue with Translation
hombre: ¡Señorita! miss man: Miss!
mujer: ¿Sí? yes woman: Yes?
hombre: ¡Disculpe! ¿Nos podría tomar una foto por favor? (you) excuse (for) us (you) could take a photo please man: Excuse me, could you please take a picture for us?
mujer: ¿Cómo no? ¡Sonrían! how not (you) smile woman: How could I not? Smile!
hombre: Gracias. thanks man: Thanks.
Vocabulary for Dialogue
el hombre noun (masculine) the man la mujer noun (feminine) the woman la señorita noun (feminine) the miss sí adverb yes disculpar verb (infinitive) to excuse ¡(usted) disculpe! verb (imperative) (you) excuse! (formal) nos indirect object pronoun (to/for) us poder verb (infinitive) can (usted) podría verb (conditional tense) you could (formal) tomar verb (infinitive) to take un/una article (m./f.) a la fotografía noun (feminine) the photo la foto noun (feminine) the photo por favor phrase please ¿cómo? adverb how? no adverb not, no sonreír verb (infinitive) to smile ¡(ustedes) sonrían! verb (imperative) (you) smile! (formal, plural) gracias noun (plural, feminine) thanks
Vocabulary for Audio Lesson
el señor noun (masculine) the mister la tarea noun (feminine) the exercise la señora noun (feminine) the mistress Don Pedro phrase very respectful form of address Doña Paula phrase very respectful form of address hasta luego phrase see you soon
This section includes grammatically related words. Some of them are required by the exercise Dialogue Recast.
|(yo) podría||conditional tense||I could|
|(tú) podrías||you could (informal, singular)|
|(él/ella) podría||he/she(/it) could|
|(usted) podría||you could (formal, singular)|
|(nosotros/-as) podríamos||we could (m./f.)|
|(vosotros/-as) podríais||you could (informal, plural, m./f.)|
|(ellos/ellas) podrían||they could (m./f.)|
|(ustedes) podrían||you could (formal, plural)|
|me||indirect object pronoun||(to) me|
|te||(to) you (informal, singular)|
|le||(to) you (formal, singular)|
|os||(to) you (informal, plural)|
|les||(to) you (formal, plural)|
|¡(tú) disculpa!||imperative||(you) excuse! (informal, singular)|
|¡(usted) disculpe!||(you) excuse! (formal, singular)|
|¡(nosotros/-as) disculpemos!||(let's) excuse! (m./f.)|
|¡(vosotros/-as) disculpad!||(you) excuse! (informal, plural, m./f.)|
|¡(ustedes) disculpen!||(you) excuse! (formal, plural)|
|¡(tú) sonríe!||imperative||(you) smile! (informal, singular)|
|¡(usted) sonría!||(you) smile! (formal, singular)|
|¡(nosotros/-as) sonriamos!||(let's) smile! (m./f.)|
|¡(vosotros/-as) sonreíd!||(you) smile! (informal, plural)|
|¡(ustedes) sonrían!||(you) smile! (formal, plural)|
|(yo) tomo||present tense||I take|
|(tú) tomas||you take (informal, singular)|
|(él/ella) toma||he/she(/it) takes|
|(usted) toma||you take (formal, singular)|
|(nosotros/-as) tomamos||we take (m./f.)|
|(vosotros/-as) tomáis||you take (informal, plural, m./f.)|
|(ellos/ellas) toman||they take (m./f.)|
|(ustedes) toman||you take (formal, plural)|
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.
¡Señorita! Miss! ¿Sí? Yes? ¡Disculpe! ¿Nos podría tomar una foto por favor? Excuse me, could you please take a picture for us? ¿Cómo no? ¡Sonrían! Of course./How could I not? Smile! Gracias. Thanks.
Now translate from English to Spanish. Remember to say the Spanish sentences aloud.
Miss! ¡Señorita! Yes? ¿Sí? Excuse me! Could you take a photo for us, please? (formal) ¡Disculpe! ¿Nos podría tomar una foto por favor? Of course! Smile! (formal) ¿Cómo no? ¡Sonrían! Thanks. Gracias.
Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Spanish.
Sir! Excuse me! ¡Señor! ¡Disculpe! Yes? ¿Sí? Could you take a picture for us? ¿Nos podría tomar una foto? No! ¡No! Sir, please! Señor, ¡por favor! Yes, of course. Sí, ¿cómo no? Thanks! Gracias! Sir, miss, smile. Señor, señorita, sonrían.
This translation exercise requires some of the words from the More Vocabulary section.
Miss! ¡Señorita! Yes? ¿Sí? Excuse me! Could you take a photo for me, please? (informal) ¡Disculpa! ¿Me podrías tomar una foto por favor? Of course! Smile! (informal) ¿Cómo no? ¡Sonríe! Thanks. Gracias.
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