Welcome to Spanish for Beginners: Lesson Seven!   Bienvenido a la lección siete!

Today we have a couple of poems, the song Alfabeto, and a broma about a Gooney Bird. We will do all of this with a little vocabulario thrown in.

Let’s begin with a popular children’s poem called To Market.


Activity 1: Song: Alfabeto

Song: Alfabeto

Let’s carry on with an alphabet song. Now, the alphabet songs I would listen to when I was first learning Spanish went too fast for me. And songs performed by cartoon caracters or puppets were often incomprehensible. Thus, I wrote this to provide plenty of repetition, repeating after every four letters.

You might notice something different with the Spanish alphabet. There are more letters. According to the royal Spanish Academe the Real Academia Española, RAE  there are 27 letters, the letters we use in the English alphabet along with  ñ. I have also included the letter sounds ch and ll. These are often considered part of the Spanish alphabet and are letters that children will also learn when learning the alphabet. I did not include the rr. This is simply a rolled r. You will notice the rr as we work through the lessons.


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Alfabeto                        4:44                       


 a b c ch

 d e f g

 h i j k

 l ll m n

 ñ o p q

 r s t u

 v x y z



Activity 2: Poem: Al Mercado

Go ahead and listen to the poem and following along with the written words.

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[S3AUDIO file=’M122/ToMarket(S).mp3′]

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To market, to market,

Al mercado, al mercado,

To buy a fat pig.

A comprar un cochinito.

Home again, home again,

De regreso a casa, de regreso a casa,



To market, to market,

Al mercado, al mercado,

To buy a fat hog.

A comprar un puerco gordo.

Home again, home again,

De regreso a casa, de regreso a casa,


Al mercado, al mercado,

A comprar un cochinito.

De regreso a casa, de regreso a casa,


Al mercado, al mercado,

A comprar un puerco gordo.

De regreso a casa, de regreso a casa,




Activity 3: Bromas


Step 1: Listen to the broma about the John, Marie, and the Goony Bird. Try to understand as much of the broma as you can.

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Step 2: Print out the broma, and read along as you listen once again to the broma.


Ha Ha Ha!

John and María had been married for many years. If I remember correctly, they had been married for 17 años, which is a long time for anyone.

María had muchas amigas. Her best amiga was Sue. Sue has been María’s amiga for 19 años, dos años longer than María and John had been married.

Now, as you know, muchos hombres can get a little lazy over time. Actualmente, John has been lazy for a long time. You might call him a couch potato, or a patata de sofá.

John, el patata de sofá, had become completely inattentive to his wife. He would sit on el sofá and drink beer and eat chips and watch the televisión all day. Yes, that’s right. He would beber cervezas, comer chips y ver la televisión todos los días.

Un día María got together with her amiga Sue and told Sue that her marido John had become una patata de sofá and that quite frankly she needed more attention from him.

“¿How do you mean, una patata de sofá?” Sue asked.

“He sits on el sofá and bebe cervezas, come chips y ve la televisión todos los días.

Sue, being muy inteligente dijo,necesitas a pet.” Well actually she said, “tu necesitas una mascota to keep you company.”

“¿Una mascota?” dijo María.

“Absolutamente,” dijo Sue. “Necesitas una mascota. If your marido is a patata de sofá, tu necesitas something to keep you company. Una mascota es perfecta.”

“I don’t know if mi marido will want una mascota en la casa,” María replied.

“Your patata de sofá won’t know the difference. Tu necesitas algo.

, you’re right. I do necesito algo.”

Then Sue said, “Escuchame, I have un amigo who sells mascotas. Let me give you his numero de teléfono and you can give him una llamada. See what he has to say.”

So, the next day, el día siguiente, María le llamo al amigo de Sue.

“I have la mascota perfecta,” el hombre dijo. Come down to my shop and I will show you.

So María hopped in her coche and drove down town to the man’s store, la tienda del hombre.

When she pushed open la puerta of the tienda she noticed a strange smell, and strange noises. Then she saw, at the back of the shop, a big ugly, snorting bird, with a huge powerful beak.

El hombre dijo, this is a very loving goony bird, but be careful. If you say Goony Bird, and then the name of an object, the bird will go bizerk and relentlessly destroy whatever you say. But on the other mano, this bird is very loving and will protect you from danger. Really, it is the most loving mascota you will find.

María looked at the bird and then back at el hombre, “So if I say Goony Bird, table, the bird . .  .”

and before she could finish her sentence the bird flew off its perch and with its powerful beak, smashed la mesa into a thousand pieces.

“Oh, I’m so sorry,” María dijo.

“No hay problema,” dijo el hombre, that was an old mesa anyway.

“Wow!” dijo María, “If this doesn’t attract la atención of my marido, nothing will!”

So, María bought the pájaro, took the pájaro off its perch and put the pájaro in the back of su coche.


When she entered the house, her patata de sofá  of a husband was, as usual, sprawled on the sofa guzzling cervezas and watching the televisión.

“Honey!” she exclaimed, “I’ve got a surprise for you! A Goony bird!”

Su marido, in his usual bored tone replied, “Goony Bird, my foot!”



 Step 3: Listen to, and practice the vocabulario.



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years (años)

How many años have you been living here?

La mujer is 40 años old.

She looks younger than her años.

I can’t believe you have been working on this for 15 años.

La mujer has many años of experience.

La mujer tiene muchos años de experiencia.

El hombre tiene muchos años de experiencia también.

El lechero tiene muchos años de experiencia también

One human año is seven dog años.


friends [female] (amigas)

She has dos amigas. Anna and Vivian.

Your amigas are getting you into trouble.

¿Why don’t you find some nice amigas?

¿Why don’t you like my amigas?

Mi amiga has long pelo negro.

Mi amiga tiene el pelo largo y negro.


lots (muchos)

We have muchas cosas in common.

There are muchos books in the library.

Hay muchos libros en la biblioteca.

Muchas gracias!


men (hombres)

Those hombres work hard.

Estos hombres trabajan duro.

When the wives are away, los hombres will play.

Cuando las mujeres are away, los hombres will play.

Los hombres did their best to save the casa from the fire, del fuego.

Those hombres drink too much.

Los hombres beben demasiado.


couch (sofá)

I think a nice pillow would look good on this sofá.

The sofá is too big for the room.

El sofá es demasiado grande para la habitación.

We will never get that sofá through la puerta.

It will take cinco hombres to carry that sofá.


potato (patata)

¿Would you like a baked patata for dinner?

¿Quieres una baked patata para la cena?

We used to play hot patata when we were kids.

Did you ever see the game Mr. Patata Head?

¿Can we have mashed patatas, puré de patatas?


couch potato (patata de sofá)

One day I, too, would like to be una patata de sofá.


that is right (así es)


drink (beber)

You need to beber a lot before the race.

I want to beber leche to make by bones strong.

Quiero beber agua instead of leche.


beer (cervezas)

Don’t bebas cerveza and drive.

They were serving cervezas at the festival.

Dos cervezas por favor.


eat (comer)

I need to comer breakfast if I am going to work all day.

Tengo que tomar el desayuno, si voy a trabajar todo el día.

We need to eat before we go on the vuelo.

Necesitamos comer before we get on the vuelo.

Necesito comer.

Quiero comer.


watch See (ver)

Do you need to ver los niños this evening?

To ver is to believe.

I can ver clearly now.

Let me ver.

I can’t ver.


watch the television (ver la televisión)

I don’t think a person should ver cinco horas of televisión a dia.


every day (todos los días)

Quiero ver la televisión todos los días.

He works in his oficina todos los días.

El lechero delivers leche todos los días.

It has been raining todos los días this semana.


husband (marido)

Her marido was a good man.

Su Marido era un buen hombre.

La mujer thought her marido should try to get a job as a lechero.


you need (tu necesitas)

Tu necesitas some help with your pelo. It is a mess.

Tu necesitas un baño. You smell mal.

Tu me necesitas as much as I need you.


something (algo)

I want something to eat: Quiero algo to comer.

I want something more: Quiero algo más.

Algo is wrong with this picture.

I would like to try algo diferente this time.


you need something (tu necesitas algo)

¿Tu necesitas algo to comer?

¿Tu necesitas algo más?

¿Tu necesitas algo from me?

¿Necesitas algo de mi?


listen to me (escuchame)

You had better escuchame.

Escuchame. I will tell you one more time.


pets (mascotas)

Do you have a mascota?

¿Tiene usted una Mascota?

If I could have any mascota, it would be un perro.

I don’t think a lion would be a good mascota.

I don’t think un león would be una buena mascota.

Los niños loved their mascota.


perfect (perfecto)


very (muy)


intelligent (intellegente)


very intelligent (muy inteligente)

La mujer is muy inteligente.

I don’t think it was very inteligente to get a cow as a mascota.


absolutely (absolutemente)

You are absolutamente right!


car (carro)

I love your carro.

¿Does your carro use much gas?

I want a red carro.

Yo quiero un carro rojo.

Mi carro uses a lot of oil.

I need a new windshield for my carro.


store (tienda)

La mujer owned a shoe tienda.

La mujer owned  una tienda de zapatos.

She bought los pantalones en la tienda.

Compró los pantalones en la tienda.

A que hora do you want to go to the tienda.

¿A qué hora quiere ir a la tienda?


hand (mano)

Each hombre had dos manos.

Hold el papel in your mano.


table (mesa)

Don’t put your feet on la mesa.

Set the mesa before dinner.

Poner la mesa antes de cenar.


no problem (no hay problema)


attention (atención)


bird (pájaro)

I would like to comer el pájaro for dinner.

Sylverster el gatto liked a little yellow pájaro.

I don’t like to see pájaros in cages.




Step 4: Write the new vocabulario in your Note Book.





Activity 4: Poem of the Day

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[S3AUDIO file=’M122/IEatRegular(S).mp3′]

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Feel free to download the PDF

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Yo Como

Yo como manzanas — cruje, cruje, cruje

Yo como un bucadillo — mastico, mastico, mastico

Yo como paletas de dulce — chupo, chupo, chupo

Pero yo me como el Helado —¡rapido, rapido, rapido!


I Eat

I eat apples — crunch, crunch, crunch

I eat sandwiches — munch, munch, munch

I eat lollipops — lick, lick, lick

But I eat ice cream — quick, quick, quick!


Well, once again we have covered a great deal of material. We listened to the Gooney Bird Broma, we heard a couple of children’s poems, and we practiced our song Alfabeto.

I hope you enjoyed the lesson and will be back for our next lesson.

Until then, have a great day!