In today’s special audio, we tell the story about how Ben discovered an intriguing list of Spanish emotions pinned above Marina’s desk.
It turned out to be a powerful exercise she was trying out to pinpoint different emotional states!
When I saw the list, I knew it would have huge value for our Notes in Spanish listeners, so we decided to talk about its origins, and more emotions, in a special audio that we have for you today. You can get both the audio and the accompanying transcript/emotions list, above.
We recently got an email from Phil, who lives in Andalusia, about a bit of a problem:
“…one of the problems I have with my Spanish neighbours is just exchanging pleasantries, especially showing appreciation for things without just repeating ‘muchas gracias’ over and over again – as the British are wont to do!
They are forever giving us little gifts, inviting us to join them for meals etc, and sometimes we do , and other times we can’t. But I’d love to have a few more ways to say: That’s very kind of you; What a nice thought; What a lovely idea!; Oh, that would be lovely; Oh thank you, but we can’t today etc etc.”
Hopefully the audio above gives you a few more phrases for your arsenal Phil!
Here are the phrases we discuss in the audio above:
Que detalle mas bonito – What a lovely thought
Gracias por haberos acordado de nosotros – Thanks for thinking of us
Que buena idea – What a great idea
Que buen plan – What a great sounding plan
Nos encantaría – We’d love to
Nos encantaría, pero no podemos porque ya hemos quedado – We’d love to but we can’t as we’ve already made other plans
Estamos muy agradecidos estaba todo riquísimo – Thanks so much, it was all delicious
Es que no puedo porque tengo que ir al dentista – I can’t as I have to go to the dentist
We recently made this video to help introduce some new friends to Notes in Spanish, but really wanted to share it here too so everyone can benefit from it now. We hope you enjoy it, feel free to leave a comment!
Context: This is the story of how Marina and Ben met, over 10 years ago, here in Madrid. Look below for lots of useful vocabulary from the video! We hope you enjoy it!
Useful Vocab from the video:
Un intercambio – a language exchange
Quedar – to meet (Quedábamos – we used to meet)
Daba clases de inglés – I used to teach English
Una cita a ciegas… con excusa… – A blind date… with an excuse
Hola, ¿qué me cuentas? – What’s up, how are you?
Cuidado, porque ¡mira hasta donde puedes llegar! – Watch out, because look how far you can end up going!
Yes, we have a big problem in our life, maybe you can help us make a decision! Here’s the video, and if you find it tricky to understand everything, I’ve outlined a bit of context and a couple of bits of helpful vocab. below:
Context: Our house has got too small now we have baby Leo with us, plus we just aren’t sure we want to live in a big city anymore… we need to move fast!
Estoy un poco agobiado – I’m a bit stressed
Nuestra casa se nos ha quedado pequeña – Our house has got too small for us
Un sofa-cama – A sofabed
El salón es la habitación mas fresquita – The living room is the coolest room
Corre un poco de brisa – There is a bit of a breeze
Una ciudad un poco mas verde – A city which is a bit greener
A lo mejor alguien quiere alquilar este piso! – Maybe someone wants to rent our flat!
…And don’t forget that old classic (particularly loved by las chicas) to help you remember that ‘problemA’ is masculine:
“Los problemas son masculinos, ¡y las soluciones son femeninas!”
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Update: The Birthday Sale is now over. Thanks so much to everyone that made the most of this opportunity to improve their Spanish, and help charity at the same time! We’ll be in touch very soon with details of how much we have raised for Unicef. Update 2:results here!