In an ideal world we’d all have someone with whom we could practice our Spanish whenever and wherever it was convenient for us. Wait we do have such a person — ourselves. Who says you need two humans to carry on a conversation?
Now, to make this silly and thus, more memorable have the conversation with the following guidelines:
- Each person (both played by you) must speak in a different voice. Perhaps person one is male and person two is female. Maybe person one is a pirate and person two has a Southern accent. You get the idea.
- Stand up while you are doing this or have one of the two people (both played by you) standing and the other sitting.
- Be very dramatic as you are saying your lines. Make your presentation a Broadway spectacle.
- Go slowly and really emphasise the pronunciation of each word.
Perform the conversation I have created for you often. Then, start to create your own conversations from the things you are learning. It’s a great way to expand your vocabulary as you look up new words or phrases you’d like to use.
For this dialogue, we’ll pretend you work at a Zumba dance studio, your name is Sandra, and you are answering the phone.
Here we go…
Thank you for calling Zumba, this is Sandra, how can I help you?
Gracias por llamar a Zumba, esta es Sandra, ¿cómo puedo ayudarle a usted?
(grah-see-ahs pohr yah-mahr ah Zoom-bah, eh-stah ehs Sandra, koh-moh poo-eh-doh ayoo-dahr-leh ah oo-stehd)
What is your address?
¿Cuál es su dirección?
(coo-ahl ehs soo dee-rex-ee-ohn)
Our address is 451 Highway 6, north.
Nuestra dirección es cuatro cinco uno Carretera Seis, al norte.
(noo-ehs-trah dee-rex-ee-ohn ehs coo-ah-troh seen-koh oon-oh kahr-reh-teh-rah seh-ees, ahl nohr-teh)
What time are the classes?
¿A qué hora son las clases?
(ah k oh-rah sohn lahs klahs-ehs)
9 to 10, Monday through Friday.
Nueve a diez, de lunes a viernes.
(noo-eh-veh ah dee-ehs, deh loon-ehs ah bee-ehr-nehs)
Do you have child care during the classes?
¿Tiene cuidado de niños durante las clases?
(tee-eh-neh coo-ee-thah-doh doo-rahn-teh klahs-ehs)
Yes. The cost is $2 per child, per class.
Sí. El costo es dos dólares por niño, por clase.
(see. ehl kohs-toh ehs dohs doh-lahr-ehs pohr neen-yoh, pohr klahs-eh)
Do I have to have a membership or can I just pay for each class?
¿Tengo que tener una membresía o puedo pagar por cada clase?
(tehn-goh k tehn-ehr oon-ah mehm-breh-see-ah oh poo-eh-doh pah-gahr pohr kah-dah klah-seh)
The membership is $100 per month for as many classes as you want. If you are not a member, the cost is $10 per class.
La membresía es ciento dólares por mes para tantas clases como desee. Si aún no eres miembro, el costo es diez dólares por clase.
(lah mehm-breh-see-ah ehs see-ehn-toh doh-lahr-ehs pohr mehs pah-rah tahn-tahs klahs-ehs koh-moh deh-seh. see ah-oon noh ehr-ehs mee-ehm-broh, ehl kohs-toh ehs dee-ehs doh-lahr-ehs pohr klahs-eh.