This video will present four practice dialogues to allow students to hear basic greetings and introductions in conversation. After each dialogue, students can test their knowledge by trying to answer some questions about what they just heard.
Conversations - Introduction
¡Hola! It's time to practice your comprehension skills with some basic Spanish conversations! In each of the following four dialogues, listen for who is speaking, what time of day it is, how each person is feeling, where each person is from, and whether the conversation uses formal or informal grammar. After each conversation, I will ask a series of questions. Feel free to go back in the video to review the conversations for the answers. ¡Vamos!
Conversation 1 - Una Noche Muy Mala
Sara: 'Buenas noches. Me llamo Sara. ?Cómo te llamas?'
Carolina: 'Hola Sara. Me llamo Carolina. ?Cómo estás?'
Sara: '¡Muy bien! ?Cómo estás tú?'
Carolina: 'Muy mal. Sara, yo soy de México. ?De dónde eres tú?'
Sara: 'Soy de Colombia.'
Did you understand the conversation? Let's take a look! Can you name the two people who were speaking? Good! Sara and Carolina. Were you able to tell where each woman was from? Sara is from Colombia and Carolina is from Mexico. Could you tell how each woman was feeling? Right! Carolina is sad, and Sara is happy.
Now, what time of day is it? It's the nighttime! You can tell because Sara says Buenas noches. Finally, were the speakers using formal grammar or informal grammar? It was informal! The word tú was used, and the verbs were in the informal form! Well done, here comes another dialogue!
Conversation 2 - Soy de California
Sr. Linares: 'Buenos días, señor. ?Cómo se llama ud.?'
Sr. Martín: 'Buenos días. Mi nombre es Sr. Martín. ?Y ud.?'
Sr. Linares: 'Soy Sr. Linares. ?De dónde es?'
Sr. Martín: 'Soy de California. Los Angeles. ?Y ud.?'
Sr. Linares: '¡Ah! ¡Soy de San Francisco! Sr. Martín, ?cómo está ud.?'
Sr. Martín: 'Muy bien, señor. ?Y ud.? ?Cómo está?'
Sr. Linares: 'Muy bien.'
Time to see if you understood the conversation! Who are the two men speaking? Señor Linares and Señor Martín. Where are the men from? Did you catch that both men are from California? Sr. Linares is from San Francisco and Sr. Martín is from Los Angeles. What time of day did this conversation occur? That's right: it's morning! The men say 'buenos días.' How are the men feeling today? Both men are doing well. Finally, was this conversation formal or informal? It was formal! Did you notice the word 'usted' being used? Ready for another dialogue?
Conversation 3 - Children
Pepe: '¡Hola! Me llamo Pepe. '?Cómo te llamas?'
Cristina: '¡Buenos días, Pepe! Me llamo Cristina. ?Cómo estás?'
Pepe: 'Así así. ?Cómo estás, tú?'
Pepe: '?De dónde eres, Cristina?'
Cristina: 'Soy de Perú.'
Pepe: 'Yo soy de los Estados Unidos.'
Let's see how you did with this conversation. First, can you identify the speakers? That's right: the two children were named Pepe and Cristina. Did you understand how Pepe and Cristina were each feeling? Hopefully, you noticed that Cristina is doing well, but Pepe is only okay. Did you catch where the children come from? Cristina is from Peru and Pepe is from the United States! Now, can you remember what time of day this was? Just like the second conversation, this one occurred in the morning. Finally, was this conversation formal or informal? It was informal! Are you ready for the last conversation? Here we go!
Conversation 4 - First Day at School
Sr. Antonio: 'Buenas tardes. Me llamo Sr. Antonio. ?Cómo te llamas tú?'
Laura: 'Buenas tardes, Sr. Me llamo Laura.'
Sr. Antonio: '?Cómo estás, Laura?'
Laura: 'Muy bien. ?Y ud.? ?Cómo está?'
Sr. Antonio: 'Muy bien. Laura, yo soy de Florida. ?De dónde eres?'
Laura: 'Soy de Colorado.'
Hopefully you were able to understand this last conversation! Let's see. Who are the speakers here? The teacher was Sr. Antonio and the student was Laura. Did you catch what time of day it was? Because both speakers said 'Buenas tardes', we can tell it was in the afternoon. Did you hear how the two speakers were feeling? Good! Both were doing very well. These two speakers were each from different states. Did you hear which ones? Right! Sr. Antonio is from Florida and Laura is from Colorado. Now, for the trickiest question: was this conversation formal or informal? This time, it was both. Sr. Antonio used informal language, using 'tú' and 'estás.' But Laura, as she was speaking with her teacher, used formal language. Did you hear her use 'usted' and 'está?'
That was the last practice conversation for this video, but you can always go back and listen to them again for more practice!
After watching this lesson, you should be able to use basic Spanish introductions and greetings in everyday conversations.