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38 Advanced Intermediate Spanish Commands in Spanish LightSpeed Spanish

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I recall coming across the commands in Spanish very early on in my language learning journey. I have to say that initially I was uncomfortable. Why? I suppose it was for two reasons. One was that the very word ‘commands’ sounded a bit strong for my liking. Who was I to command people around?

The second issue I had with the Commands in Spanish was the fact that I was born in Britain. For those who are familiar with the British culture, you’ll know that we have terrible problems saying exactly what it is that we want. Whatever the reason behind this reluctance to express our real needs, our fear of making excessive demands on others manifests itself in sentences such as:

I’m sorry but I wonder if you would be so kind as to help me? But only when you have time, I don’t want you to rush on my behalf. I’m more than happy to wait.

At the same time, in Spain, all that ‘farting around’ would never be tolerated. People simply say what they want and be done with it.  A typical  translated interaction in Spain might go something like this:

Hello. Give me a pack of cigarettes.  Thanks. See you later.

Commands in Spanish are perfectly normal.

It’s not that we don’t use commands in English. We do so all of the time. We are always telling others to stop, look and listen, just as did the Green Cross Code man.

Where we have the issue is when we are in interactions con others. For example, when we buy goods. (As opposed to ‘bads’.)

In Spain, although for the most part, people are polite in their interactions, the use of the commands in Spanish happens far more between people who don’t know one another than would ever happen in the UK.

It’s a cultural thing.

Telling people what you want in Spain is expected. Telling people what you want in the UK is an art form that goes straight over the heads of many of the Spanish living in in the UK. They can often come across as rude if they say: Give me… to a Brit, or if they don’t say: ‘Yes, please.’ or ‘No, thanks.’ after every question offered to them.

Equally, in Spain, the interminable stream of pleases and thank yous coming from the Brits can be viewed as quite in-genuine and false by the Spanish. And it’s all down to the culture. After all, rudeness is only rudeness if it doesn’t comply with the expected norms of a particular society.

So, tread carefully with the commands and always aim to copy what you hear being said by natives. If you hear ten people saying ‘Oíga’ and none of them have been punched in the face by the waiter, then it’s probably safe for you to do so also.

 

un saludo,

Gordon 🙂

 

 

 

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41 Beginners Great Spanish Pronunciation LightSpeed Spanish

In this lesson we laugh our way through the main issues that we have with Spanish pronunciation and we offer some tips on how you can improve your soft Rs.

This is the first in the new series of videocasts for all levels. So, if you want to develop some great Spanish pronunciation, then this is the lesson for you!

Un saludo,

Gordon y Cynthia:)

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41 Advanced Talking about our childhood in Spanish

In this lesson we use the past tense to talk about our childhood in Spanish.

This is a handy lesson to help you to hear how the past is used to talk about long ago times, like our childhood in Spanish.

If you would like to know more about the book Perfecting the Past, then just click HERE.

Un saludo,

Gordon y Cynthia:)

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As well as the lessons that you receive as a Socio, we also offer many other resources to help you make your Spanish move forward at a pace.

Free Videocasts Take a look at our range of 160 free podcasts and many other lessons all designed to take your Spanish forward at LightSpeed! Every videocast that we have produced comes with a comprehensive helpsheet to guide you through the grammar and to test your understanding.

Our Fantastic Books Check out our ever increasing range of high acclaimed, no-nonsense workbooks that explain Spanish grammar in easy-to-follow language. (Link to books)

Our Total Immersion Courses Set close to Madrid in Spain we offer week-long total immersion courses designed to boost your confidence levels sky high! Remember that as a Socio you have a 50 Euro discount from the cost of the course.

Online one-to-one and group lessons. Why not have a free, no obligation chat with Ana and find out more about what is available to really get your Spanish moving!

Gordon’s Diaries. Catch up on the 100s of free ‘Diarios de Gordon’ in which he talks about Spain, life and anything else that comes to his mind.

Cynthia’s Insights. Join Cynthia as she gives her take on life in Spain and on life in general in her free range of video diaries.

All of our Playlists. Come and browse through the hundreds of videos that we have for you to enjoy on Youtube. If you have any questions or want to know more, please feel free to write to lightspeedspanish@hotmail.co.uk

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