HOW IT WORKS: In Spanish different situations call for different verb conjugations and word choices. Por ejemplo, when ordering in a classy restaurant you speak formally, like they did in the clip:
Puede traerme- means “can you bring me” and is appropriate for a formal situation because “puede” is the 3rd person formal conjugation of the verb poder (meaning to be able).
The associated formal pronoun, usted, is implied by the conjugation of the verb.
On the other hand, if you were hanging out at a friend’s apartment and wanted to shout for your friend to grab you a beer, you would use an informal construction like: Amigo, traeme una cerveza- dude gimme a beer!
Don’t worry, Bueno, entonces… uses easy-to-understand symbols that let you know if what you are learning is slang, formal or informal speech, so your brain picks up on what phrases to use in specific situations without you even realizing it!
Here is a list of phrases:
Buenas tardes. ¿Qué me recomienda?
Good afternoon. What do you recommend?
Pues, hoy tenemos un revuelto de setas buenísimo. Well, today we have a great wild mushroom omelette.
Me pone una tapa, y una ración de solomillo, pero que esté muy hecho. I’ll have a small dish of that, and a full portion of the tenderloin, but make it well done.
De acuerdo, aunque está mas sabroso vuelta y vuelta. All right, although it’s tastier when just seared.
Vale, me fío de usted. Y tráigame una copa de rioja. OK, I trust you. Also bring me a glass of rioja.
Aquí tiene. ¡Buen provecho! Here you go. Enjoy your meal!
Bueno, entonces… teaches you verbs in two ways so you’re sure to get it.
First, we us road signs indicating tenses, so you quickly absorb the conjugation rules.
Second, the root verb and pronoun are always shown on screen to help connect the usage with the derivation.
Check out more verb explanations online: http://www.generallinguistics.com/conjugate-spanish-verbs/
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Go to our Youtube page page to see excerpts from various Bueno, entonces… Spanish classes. It doesn’t replace the actual Learn Spanish series, but you’ll get a better idea of what the format looks like.