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Lesson Two (Beginner Spanish)

Welcome Everyone,

In our last lesson we began to feel twelve new actions:

quiero (I want), comer (to eat), dormir (to sleep), jugar (to play), bailar (to dance), trabajar (to work), soñar (to dream), escribir (to write), bailar (to dance), comprar (to buy), beber (to drink), leer (to read), and cantar (to sing).

We also learned the phrase “Me parese.” We connected the words:

bonito (pretty or beautiful), feo (ugly), correcto (correct), incorrecto (incorrect), falso (false), ridiculo (ridiculous), difficile (difficult), facile (easy), caro (expensive), barato (cheap) to the phrase.

That was a lot in our first lesson. Hopefully you have been listening to the songs on occasion.

 

Tengo
Today we are going to learn the verb “tengo” (I have).

I love the verb tengo (I have). It also provides a great physical comparison to ‘quiero’. For ‘quiero’, we reach out and pull our imagined object of desire toward ourselves. For tengo, we fold the fingers forward and press the tips of our fingers to our chest indicating that we have something. “I have.” We want to imagine the feeling of having something. The fingers touching our chest reinforces the feeling that whatever we are talking about belongs to us.

Gesture: tengo
Fold the fingers forward and press the tips of our fingers to our chest indicating that we have something.

[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM1.mov’]
Obviously tengo and quiero are very important verbs. To accompany the verb tengo, I have included seven popular nouns. These words are among the most commonly used words in the Spanish language.

 

 

Song Tengo

 

Now, as I show you examples of gestures, don’t forget that you can create your own gestures. Do what works for you. But please ensure that you accompany your phrase with a gesture.

 


Gesture: madre (mother) touch the chin with the thumb,
fingers extended.
Gesture: Tengo una madre (I have a mother)
Put the gestures tengo and madre together.
[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM2.mov’] [S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM10.mov’]

 


Gesture: padre (father) touch the forehead with the thumb,
fingers extended.
Gesture: Tengo un padre (I have a father)
Put the gestures tengo and padre together.
[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM3.mov’] [S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM11.mov’]

 


Gesture: tia (aunt) circle the cheek with the thumb.
This is actually the “A” handshape in ASL.
Gesture: Tengo una tia (I have an aunt)
Put the gestures tengo and tia together.
[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM4.mov’] [S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM16.mov’]

Gesture: tio (uncle) Making the “U” handshape in ASL,
twist the wrist twice near the top of the head.
Gesture: Tengo un tio (I have an uncle)
Put the gestures tengo and tio together.
[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM5.mov’] [S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM17.mov’]

 


Gesture: perro (dog) Tap your hip or thigh and then snap your fingers
as if you are calling for your dog.
Gesture: Tengo un perro (I have a dog)
Put the gestures tengo and perro together.
[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM6.mov’] [S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM13.mov’]

Gesture: gatto (cat) Imagine you are a cat with whiskers.
Touch and twist the whiskers, as one might do with a long mustache.
Gesture: Tengo un gatto (I have a cat)
Put the gestures tengo and gatto together.
[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM7.mov’] [S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM14.mov’]

 

 


Gesture: pez (fish) Touching the tips of the fingers of the left hand
to the palm of the right hand, imitate a swimming fish.
Gesture: Tengo un pez (I have a fish)
Put the gestures tengo and pez together.
[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM8.mov’] [S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM15.mov’]

 

 

 


Gesture: Pajaro (bird) Using your extended finger and thumb,
make the beak of a bird, opening and closing the beak a couple of times.
Gesture: Tengo un pajaro (I have a bird)
Put the gestures tengo and pajaro together.
[S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM9.mov’] [S3VIDEO file=’B2/LangDanceM12.mov’]

tengo

tengo

 

un madre

 

tengo un madre

 

 

un padre

 

tengo un padre

 

 

un pajaro

 

tengo un pajaro

 

 

un perro

 

tengo un perro

 

 

un gatto

 

tengo un gatto

 

 

un pez

 

tengo un pez

 

 

una tia

 

tengo una tia

 

 

un tio

 

tengo un tio


 

 

 


Gesture: mucho (a lot, much)

 

Gesture: Tengo mucho

 

Gesture: tiempo

 

Gesture: libre

 

Gesture: exámines

 

Gesture: trabajo

 

Gesture: amigos

 

Gesture: hambre

 

Gesture: talento

 

Gesture: sueño

 

Gesture: libros

 

Gesture: aprender

 

Gesture: dinero

 

Gesture: tiempo libre