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22 April 2009
Siesta Show Webisode 53 - Learn more Spanish as "we go"

Back by popular demand today we have another brilliant Learn Spanish with Susan webisode, however this time it is interactive! She looks at the use of "vamos" which means "we go...". It's important to be able to tell people where you are going.

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Ray said:
22 April 2009 @ 16:36

Thank you Susan, nice basic easy to remember stuff.Very useful.
P.S. That knife sharpener guy has a brother who comes into our village in Valencia selling eggs once a week-they must share the same van !

Maureen said:
22 April 2009 @ 18:17

Very good Susan, but get those shoes off the table, it's unlucky.

Anna said:
22 April 2009 @ 19:56

My nine year old said, "Wow, that lady is writing on her sofa!"

pete said:
22 April 2009 @ 21:16

The word Vamos is pronounced Bamos as the V is like a light B according to the Oxford Press spanish coarse.But maybe its a southern spain pronunciation Susan?

Mike said:
22 April 2009 @ 21:36

Excellent, more please.

English Juan said:
23 April 2009 @ 09:38

Susan you remind me of Mary Poppins, I was waiting for the hat stand to be pulled out of your bag! These simple Spanish lessons are absolutely great. More of them please. Vamos a Ibiza at the beginning of June, to live permanently - can't wait! Hasta!

Roy Leon said:
23 April 2009 @ 11:29

I have always been so impressed with Susan & Justins' level of Spanish. The pronunciation and fluency is quite remarkable.
I would just like to ask them Where, When and How they developed such fluency.
Many thanks for the continuation of your excellent Fiesta Show.

Susan said:
23 April 2009 @ 11:32

Hi English Juan, in every task that must be done there is an element of fun and snap the job's a game!Isn't that what she said before they all start singing "spoonful of sugar". Yes, I suppose I do have a Mary Poppins approach to language learning, ha,ha

Pete - I know, watch out for my andaluz influence and pick me up on it when you do!

Anna - Yes, perhaps I ought to say "Don't try this at home kids!"

As for the knife sharpener, I tell my children that it is the fairies out looking for teeth to collect!A sound that you can only find in Spain, as far as I am aware.

Maureen - I thought that it was just new shoes on the table that were unlucky.

Susan said:
23 April 2009 @ 13:09

Leo - Justin's Spanish is very good because he has a little secret....he is actually from Gibraltar!We have been living in Spain for nearly five years now. I have learnt along the way, pretty much self taught but when I first arrived I watched lots of South American soap operas. 501 Spanish Verbs is my bible! I have a degree in English/Lingustics so I understand how languages work and how people learn them if that makes any sense. I am never satisfied with my level and I am always trying to learn more vocabulary, idioms etc

Scotty said:
24 April 2009 @ 11:50

Hi Susan - I enjoyed the lesson, but I too have been told that the Spanish 'V' is pronounced like an English 'B' so that is confusing - and could you please provide a translation of everything you teach, because I am confused about some of the things - like I'm not sure what 'Vamos al correos' means - 'We go to the post' - is that office, or box or something else? Keep up the good work!

David said:
24 April 2009 @ 12:25

Hi Susan,
I was talking to Ana last night about pronouncing "Vamos" with a "v" sound instead of a "b" sound. As you know, she is also andaluz (from Jaen) and reckons it should be a "b" sound. Is this just a Cadiz/Manilva thing do you reckon? The accent does seem to be a bit "different" down here!

Susan said:
25 April 2009 @ 08:28

Scotty- Correos is post office.

David - It is very rare down here to hear the V pronounced as B but I have learnt "on the street" so to speak so it feels awkward to change even though I probably should.

Lorraine said:
25 April 2009 @ 16:36

I was under the impression "vamos" is plural, as in "we are going" and "voy" is singular, as in "I am going".
So, if I am going to the beach alone, do I say "Voy a la playa"?

Susan said:
25 April 2009 @ 21:15

Lorraine - If you are going alone yes you say "voy"


I learnt this off by heart as a rhyme

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