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Final Review of My Learning Project

11 Apr

This learning journey was a lot harder than I expected it to be…learning a new language is no piece of cake! I am nowhere near fluent in Spanish, but I am so glad that I chose this as my learning project because I now know basic words and phrases that will help me on my trip to Ecuador this summer which was my goal! I am also taking a Spanish Emersion class which I found out about on the internet in the first week I am there which will help me increase my ability to speak Spanish. Anyway,  as a final post about my learning project, I want to list everything I have learned thus far!

At first of course, I started with the most simplest of things: The alphabet! Spanish uses the same letters as us but they have different pronunciations. This was an easy first step into Spanish.

I then learned my numbers. This is also a pretty basic step, but very important especially when I will be buying items from the local merchants in Ecuador. Here are the numbers I learned:

  • 0 – cero
  • 1 –uno
  • 2 –dos
  • 3 –tres
  • 4 –cuatro
  • 5 –cinco
  • 6 –seis
  • 7 –siete
  • 8 –ocho
  • 9 –nueve
  • 10- diez
  • 11 -once
  • 12 -doce
  • 13 -trece
  • 14 -catorce
  • 15 -quince
  • 16 -dieciséis
  • 17 -diecisiete
  • 18 -dieciocho
  • 19 -diecinueve
  • 20 -veinte
  • 21 -veintiuno
  • 22 -veintidós
  • 23 -veintitrés
  • 24 -veinticuatro
  • 25 -veinticinco
  • 26 -veintiséis
  • 27 -veintisiete
  • 28 -veintiocho
  • 29 -veintinueve
  • 30 -treinta
  • 40 -cuarenta
  • 50 -cincuenta
  • 60 -sesenta
  • 70 -setenta
  • 80 -ochenta
  • 90 -noventa

I also learned a lot of general phrases I would be using on my trip such as hola (hello), adios  (goodbye), por favor (please), gracious (thank you), de nada (you’re welcome),  lo siento (I’m sorry), esta bein (it’s OK),  buenos noches (good night), buenos dias (good morning), señor (sir/mister) señora (madame), señorita (miss) and hablas ingles? (do you speak English?).

My one online lesson taught me a bunch of Spanish adjectives. These can be useful when trying to describe something in my volunteer work or during the adventure part of my tour. I cannot yet remember all of them on the spot, but I have posted them around my house so that I get better practise! These are the ones I have been practising…

  • antipático- unpleasant
  • bonito- pretty
  • bueno- good/well
  • cómodo- comfortable
  • contento- happy/glad
  • enfermo- sick, ill
  • feo- ugly
  • grande- big
  • limpio- clean
  • malo- bad
  • nervioso- nervous
  • simpático- pleasant, nice
  • sucio- dirty
  • tranquilo- calm
  • viejo – old

During my stay in Ecuador I will be staying in a local families home for a week. I thought because of this that it would be smart to learn a few names of places and things in la casa (the house) so that when they are showing me around I will be able to recognize the names or in case I need to ask directions to a certain room like the bathroom. I learned la cocina (the kitchen), la cuarto de bano (the bathroom), el telephono (the telephone), la mesa (the table), la peurta (the door) and la silla (the chair).

I also learned colors in Spanish! This was more for fun than anything! The colours are as following:

  • negro- black
  • blanco- white
  • verde- green
  • azul- green
  • cafe- brown
  • gris- grey
  • rojo- red
  • rosado- pink
  • amarillo- yellow
  • anaranajado- orange

Although all these words are helpful, they do not help me to make a complete thought. In order to do this, I had to learn verbs! The first and most important one I learnt was estar and ser. Both these words mean “to be”. You must be thinking what I first though when I saw this…how can two words mean the same thing! Even thought these words mean the same thing in English, they have distinctly different meanings in Spanish. Ester is used when describing temporary aspects of objects whereas ser is used to describe things that are more permanent. The conjugations of the verbs are as following:

  • ser – to be

  • yo soy -I am
  • tú eres- you are
  • usted/él/ella es -you (formal)/he/she is
  • nosotros somos- we are
  • vosotros sois- you (familiar plural) are
  • ustedes/ellos/ellas son- you (formal plural)/they (male)/they (female) are
  • estar – to be

  • yo estoy- I am
  • tú estás- you are
  • usted/él/ella está- you (formal)/he/she is
  • nosotros estamos- we are
  • vosotros estáis- you (familiar plural) are
  • ustedes/ellos/ellas están-you (formal plural)/they (male)/they (female) are

After learning these complicated (for me!) verb forms, I was ready to make sentences! I was so excited to do so that I was texting my mom and sister Spanish sentences for the rest of the day! Of course this is only the present tense so my sentence making abilities are limites, but I now know enough to be able to get across simple thoughts to the local people  in Ecuador which was my goal! Here are some of the sentences I like to use the most:

  • Hola! Yo soy Brenna! – Hello! I am Brenna!
  • Soy de Canada. – I am from Canada.
  • Mama, tú eres bonita! – Mom, you are pretty! (My mom especially liked this one!)
  • La ceuro de bain está en la casa- The bathroom is in the house.

This is not everything, but a basic run-through of a few of the things I have learned. I hope to keep increasing my Spanish vocabulary slowly by steadily.  I know it will expand greatly while being forced to use Spanish in Ecuador! This was a great idea for a project and I am so glad that I chose to do option B because it helped prepare me for my trip plus I learned skills on where and how to self teach using technology. I want to thank Alec for this awesome opportunity!

Below are a few of my favourite resources. I guarantee they will help you if you would like to learn a few new Spanish words!

Connected Learning

1 Apr

So I have finally gave in and got Twitter!! (Better late than ever) One reason I finally decided to get twitter was the help it gives me on my learning project! I am following Learn10Spanish which tweets ten new Spanish words for me to learn every day! Unfotunetly it stopped tweeting a while ago, but I still have lots of words to catch up on.I wish I would have done this sooner, but I am glad that I have done it now! If anyone has any other Spanish pages for me to follow let me know!

For now, here are my 10 words of the day!

no:no (wow, good word Learn10Spanish…..)










Making Progress!!

20 Mar

Seeing that I have found it hard to sit down and learn Spanish on a daily (or sometimes every weekly!) basis, I had to do some creative thinking on how I could learn better. I decided that I have to multi-task! My res room has become a Spanish room. I spent some time making labels in Spanish for things around my house so that every time I pass them I am reminded of what they are in Spanish. For example, my room is labeled as el cuarto and my door as la perta. I also posted lists of words and numbers in places that I spend the most time. My mirror has the numbers uno tonoventaneuveon it so every time I do my hair I have to recite the numbers. This makes it a lot easier in this busy month to find time! I still do not know as much as I would like to, but slow and steady wins the race!

Here are some pics of where I posted the words around my appartment.

Uno, Dos, Tres!

22 Feb

I am slowly but surely making my way into the Spanish world! I have now added the numbers one to ten and pronouns to my list of what I know. It is hard to memorize all these words with the workload of my other classes, but I have found that a lot of Spanish words are similar to French words that I am familiar with, so this helps. For example, pronouns such as she and you are similar in both languages (in Spanish she is ella whereas in French it is elle, and you is tu in both languages).

Another thing I discovered thanks to my online Spanish lesson to help me memorize words is to fit in Spanish words into my everyday conversations. Of course I cannot do this everywhere, but every little bit counts. For example, when saying “hello” to my parents, I will say “hola” instead to help make the connections in my brain. Hopefully these things will help!


6 Feb

So I’ve begun my Spanish journey…and found out it is going to be a lot of work! I always knew it would be, but you never realise how much until you actually start!! A couple days ago I began by learning the basics- my ABC’s. This was fun, and my roomates thought I sounded hilarious! I also learned some basic phrases such as “Hola!” (Hello) and “Muchas gracias” (Thank you very much). I felt that this was a good start to get me in the Spanish groove, but I feel that I need something more solid than just videos if I am ever going to learn more than basic words. If anyone has any tips on how to learn a new language, feel free to share!

Adios for now!

Español – Adding Some Spanish Flare to My Life

24 Jan

As our final project in ECMP 355, one of our options is to learn to do something using online resources as a guide. I was elated that this was an option, since about a year ago I made a “bucket list” (things to do before I die). Many things on my list required time to learn and being a full time student, I do not have a lot of extra time to learn things outside my classes! This project allows me to concentrate on my classes and learn something I want at the same time!

At first I knew exactly what I wanted to do: learn to play the guitar like my sister! But after talking to some other people, I realised that this was a very popular choice and I wanted something a little more original. I then considered learning violin since my great grandpa played and it is also on my list, but I wasn’t sure how mush my roomates would appreciate my “music” as I learned. Then I though of the perfect thing: becoming bilingual.

Of course I know that this project is not lengthly enough to make me complely fluent in another language, but I am excited to learn the basics of another lanugage and culutre. I chose Spanish because this summer I am travelling with ISV (Internation Student Volunteers) to Ecuador for five weeks. I am SO excited for this oppertunity! One of the national languages of Ecuador is Spanish, so it will help me a lot in thos five weeks to know it! Learning Spanish will also help me a lot as a teacher seeing that many people are moving to Canada, even here in little ole Saskatchewan, from numerous other countries as immigrants. Even knowing a bit of another language helps with barriers that language differences will cause. I am so excited that this project will help me in so many areas of my life!


Here is Ecuador if anyone did not know where it was located.

I have found some youtube videos that will help me learn the alphabet, the numbers, and some basic words in Spanish. If Anyone has any other resources or tips on how to make learning a language easier please comment and help me out! Thanks and wish me luck 🙂