I Want More Spanish!

Ordering Breakfast in Ecuador   (Introduction Part 1)

 Ordering food will be the first thing I learn. This will be very easy because ordering food does not take a lot of words. It can be as simple as one or two phrases. Then I can get down to the basics, but food comes first.

 Here are two of my favorite words… In fact this is also my favorite phrase… Learn this along with a few nouns and you will be speaking Spanish.

Quiero mas… Quiero mas… Quiero mas…

I want more… I want more… I want more…

 So, I am sitting in a restaurant in Ecuador and I want some breakfast. How much Spanish do I really need to know?

  • Hola senorita (Es un dia hermoso, Buenos dias como estas?)
  • El menu/La carta, por favor (Menu in Mexico…. Carta in Ecuador… both mean the same thing, thanks Larry for the correction)
  • Cafe, por favor (Cafe negro por favor, Cafe con leche por favor, Cafe con azucar)
  • Quiero agua por favor (Quiero un vaso de agua por favor)
  • Gracias (Muchas gracias)

Ok… you have your coffee with milk coming and now you want some food…

  • Quiero dos huevos (y tocino, y arroz, y panqueques, y pan tostado)
  • Numero tres, por favor (con dos huevos)
  • Quiero mas cafe, por favor (mas leche, mas azucar)
  • Donde esta el bano
  • Donde esta la carta de postres
  • Quieno mas jugo
  • La cuenta, por favor

That is all there is to it. Order breakfast and sound like a pro…

So, what do these words mean? I learned the bold phases first then came back and learned the secondary phrases.

  • Hola senorita …. Hello miss
  • Es un dia hermoso …. It is a beautiful day
  • Buenos dias, como estas? …. Good morning, how are you?
  • La carta, por favor …. The menu, please
  • La carta de desayuno por favor …. The breakfast menu please
  • Cafe por favor …. Coffee please
  • Cafe negro por favor …. Black coffee please
  • Cafe con leche por favor …. Coffee with milk please
  • Cafe con azucar …. Coffee with sugar
  • Quiero agua por favor …. I want water please
  • Quiero un vaso de agua por favor …. I want a glass of water please
  • Gracias …. Thank you
  • Muchas gracias …. Thank you very much / Much thanks
  • Quiero dos huevos …. I want two eggs
  • y tocino …. and bacon
  • y arroz …. and rice
  • y panqueques …. and pancakes
  • y pan tostado …. and toast
  • Numero tres, por favor …. number three please
  • con dos huevos …. with two eggs
  • Quiero mas cafe, por favor …. I want more coffee, please
  • mas leche …. more milk
  • mas azucar …. more sugar
  • Donde esta el bano? …. Where is the bathroom?
  • Donde esta la carta de postres? …. Where is the dessert menu?
  • Quieno mas jugo …. I want more juice
  • La cuenta, por favor …. The bill please
Learning just this much will certainly keep me from starving, especially learning the word for dessert (postres) …. Lots of ice cream needs to get eaten…
Quiero (I want),  Quiero mas (I want more),  and Donde esta (Where is),  are the short phrase builders to remember here. Think about how many ways you can use these in a sentence, using the words we just learned above.
  • Quiero pan tostado …. I want toast
  • Quiero desayuno …. I want breakfast
  • Quiero agua …. I want water
  • Quiero jugo …. I want juice
  • Quiero cafe …. I want coffee
  • Quiero mas tocino …. I want more bacon
  • Quiero mas pan …. I want more bread
  • Quiero mas jugo …. I want more juice
  • Quiero mas jugo naranja …. I want more orange juice
  • Quiero la cuenta …. I want the bill
  • Donde es la leche? …. Where is the milk?
  • Donde es la iglesia? …. Where is the Church?
  • Donde es la carta? …. Where is the menu?
  • Donde esta el dinero? …. Where is the money?
  • Donde es la mesa? …. Where is the table?
  • Donde esta la casa? …. Where is the house?
Time for a break….   Here is one of my favorite Spanish music videos…
Jose Feliciano lived in my small town of Forest Falls for many years. I love his music and I will translate this song soon. For now, just enjoy… It is a good one.



Tengo que decirte algo que puede lastimar tu corazòn

y estoy segura que si te cuento no vas a perdonar mi gran error

Luchè contra la tentaciòn pero solo soy de carne y hueso

me embriagò con su mirada y pequè al final

Perdonarè, te lo suplico por favor deja de llorar

aunque me duela prefiero que digas la verdad
es mejor yo lo sè arrepentida enfrenta tu culpabilidad

Escùchame, lamento el daño no te quise herir jamàs
sè que estoy equivocada y quiero remediarlo pero antes de hacerlo tengo que saber
si aùn puedes tù quererme

I don’t know to many of the words in the lyrics of that song but maybe I will in a few months! And here is the translation the best I could do…

I have to tell you something that can hurt your heart

and I’m sure if I tell you you will not forgive my mistake

Fight the temptation but I’m only flesh and blood

I got drunk with her eyes and sinned at the end

Forgive, I beg you please don’t mourn

although it pains me to tell the truth I prefer

I know better sorry face your guilt

Listen, I regret the harm I did not mean to hurt never

I know I’m wrong and I want to remedy but before doing so I have to know

can you still love me?

(If someone can help me better translate the words I would like that)


“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain


Basics   (Introduction Part 2)

So, now that I can order food, I need to learn a few basics. My goal here is to teach myself enough of the Spanish language so that I can speak and understand very simple words and phrases.  I should end up with a vocabulary somewhere between 250 and 400 words.

My immediate goal is to learn the first group of 150 words so that I can use them in simple phrases. Simple nouns like cat and dog, descriptive words like hot and cold, numbers and colors, action words like open and close, and simple social function words like more, please, hello, goodbye, yes and no.  As time permits I will add flash card type videos, maybe with pronunciation and pictures to help me.

Basic words first… simple number words, a few color words, then some very simple “baby” words. Here we go….




I will not be spending a lot of time on numbers. I do practice counting to ten forward and backward. I have added a video that will make numbers easy. I have also added the word for zero to complete my list. I have included simple phrases after each number… I used words in these phases that I already know from past experience and study.

  • Cero … Zero
  • Uno … One       (uno perro grande)  I will learn later why “perro” is before “grande”.
  • Dos … Two       (Dos cervezas por favor)
  • Tres … Three    (Tres cafes, no leche)
  • Cuatro … Four     (Cuatro poquito zapatos)
  • Cinco … Five    (Cinco de Mayo)
  • Seis … Six    (Seis amigos calientes)  In English “calientes” is before “amigos”.
  • Siete … Seven    (Carne, siete huevos, y agua por favor)  Caveman breakfast!
  • Ocho … Eight    (Ocho casas blancas)
  • Nueve … Nine    (Nueve dias)
  • Diez … Ten    (Diez huevos verdes y queso)

Here is that numbers video….



Simple color words

These are the basic colors. I can get along knowing just these colors for now. Later I will add purple (purpura), pink (rosa/rosado), violet (violeta), and orange (naranja). A few colors now and the rest later…..

  • Blanco … White
  • Negro … Black
  • Verde … Green
  • Amarillo … Yellow
  • Rojo/roja … Red
  • Azul … Blue
  • Cafe … Brown


Twenty pre-school words/phrases

  • Madre … Mother
  • Padre … Father
  • Si … Yes
  • No … No
  • Mas … More
  • Quiero … I want
  • To Eat … Comer  (Quiero mas comer y bebida)
  • Drink … Bebida
  • Alto/Pare … Stop [“Alto” in Mexico … “Pare” in Ecuador)
  • Adios … Goodbye (Adios is used in Mexico)
  • Hasta Luego … Goodbye (Hasta Luego is used in Ecuador)
  • Hola … Hello   (“H” is silent)
  • Todo pasado … All gone
  • Todo hecho … All done   (“H” is silent)
  • Yo … I
  • Dormir … sleep
  • Abierto/Abierta/Abrir … open
  • Cerrar … close
  • Con … with
  • Y … and
  • Bano … bathroom
  • Jugo … juice   (who go)
  • Boca … mouth
  • Mi … my

These words plus the words I learned in the “Ordering Breakfast” introduction brings my vocabulary to almost 100. Very cool…. Here are some simple phrases using these 100 words…. Quiero mas (I want more) is used a lot here….

  • Quiero mas cafe con leche por favor (I want more coffee with milk please)
  • Mas jugo por favor (More juice please)
  • Quiero jugo (I want juice)
  • Quiero mas comer (I want more to eat)
  • Mi boca esta abierta (My mouth is open)
  • Quiero agua, dos huevos, cafe negro y una leche grande por favor (I want water, two eggs, black coffee and a large milk please)
  • Buenos dias madre. Quiero una cerveza fria por favor. (Good morning mother. I want a cold beer please)
  • Quiero mas leche y jugo. (I want more milk and juice)
  • Hola a mis buenos amigos. Quiero fiesta. Mas cervezas por favor! (Hello my good freinds. I want to party. More beers please!)
  • Mi casa es roja. (My house is red)
  • Mis zapatos son negro. (My shoes are black) My translator shows me that the correct way to say this is “Mis zapatos son de color negros”. Both are understandable so I say they are both correct until I know better!

In the next session we have a few simple Spanish grammar rules, 20 new words, and the Spanish alphabet….

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A 2 year old has a vocabulary of about 50 to 75 words and can speak in 2 word phrases. My first goal to talk like a 2 year old is done… 

My next challenge… Talk like a pre-schooler…  A three year old has a vocabulary between 200-250 words and speaks in 3-4 word phrases, understands half of what he hears, has mastered pronouns like “I, me, you, we” and understands the concepts of “now, soon, and later.” Lets Do It…

By the way, many experts say that if you can master 1200 words in a language along with a bit of grammar, you are considered fluent in that language.



Here is a short, simple video that I watch once in a while. The Spanish Alphabet. It is important that at some point I learn the Spanish alphabet. This is usually one of the first things you learn.


Now a few rules I just learned while making mistakes in some of my phrases.

Gender is a characteristic of nouns in Spanish. Why is this important? Because a nouns’s gender determines the form of many adjectives that describe it. Am I losing you?

Nouns and adjectives that end in o (or os for plural adjectives) generally are masculine, and nouns and adjectives that end in a (or as for plural adjectives) generally are feminine, although there are exceptions. We will talk about exceptions later.

Here is a simple example…

The noun “Casa” (house) is feminine but the noun “Zapato” (shoe) is masculine. This means that when you use these words in a sentence, the descriptive word (adjective) also needs to be in the feminine or masculine form. So, if the adjective “rojo/roja” (red) is used to describe these nouns, it would be “Casa roja” for the feminine house and “Zapato rojo” for the masculine shoe.
The other new rule goes right along with this rule. Adjectives follow the noun in Spanish instead of being before the noun like it usually is in English. So, in English it is spoken white shoe, white house, or white hat. In Spanish, it would be zapato blanco (shoe white), casa blanca (house white), or sombrero blanco (hat white).
Still doing research on this last new rule. It looks like if the noun is plural, then the adjective is also plural. So black shoe would be “zapato negro” and black shoes would be “zapatos negros”….  That’s all for now.


20 Mostly New words

  • Donde es/esta … Where is?
  • Shirt … Camisa
  • Me llamo … My name
  • Como estas … How are you
  • Muy bien/bueno … Very well/good
  • Pan … Bread
  • Papa … Potato
  • Pez … Fish
  • Oso … Bear
  • Jugar … Play  (pronounced “who gar”)
  • Manzana … Apple
  • Bebe … Baby
  • Galleta … Cracker
  • Platano … Banana
  • Sopa … soup
  • Ojos … Eyes
  • Dientes … Teeth
  • Parque … Park
  • Silla … Chair   (pronounced “see ya”)
  • Naranja … Orange
Check out this funny video to learn these basic phases…
  • Hola Senorita … Hello Miss
  • Como te llamas … What’s your name
  • Me llamo Mike … My name is Mike
  • Donde esta el bano … Where is the bathroom
  • Feliz Cumpleanos … Happy Birthday
  • Que hora es? … What time is it?
  • Me gusta la biblioteca … I like the library
  • Vivo en la casa roja … I live in the red house
  • Yo tengo dos bicicletas … I have two bicycles
  • Muchas gracias y de nada … Much thanks and you are welcome
  • Cuantos anos tienes? … How old are you?
  • Un momento por favor … One moment please




Here are the 15 most used Spanish words/phases. Many of these are repeats but it will help me learn…

  • Hola … Hello
  • Adios … Goodbye (Mexico)
  • Hasta Luego … Goodbye (Ecuador)
  • Hasta la vista … See you later
  • Buenos dias … Good morning
  • Buenas tardes … Good afternoon
  • Buenas noches … Good night
  • Mucho gusto … It’s a pleasure
  • Por favor … Please
  • Gracias … Thank you
  • No Gracias … No thank you
  • Muchas gracias … Thank you very much
  • Me llamo … My name is …
  • De nada … You’re welcome
  • Disculpame … Excuse me
Here is a list of words I knew already before I ever started teaching myself Spanish. Some are repeats but I like to practice these so they become second nature.
  • Buenos dias (Good day/morning)
  • Por favor (Please)
  • Amigos (friends)
  • Carne (meat)
  • Cafe (coffee)
  • Leche (milk)
  • Agua (water)
  • Blanco (white)
  • Negro (black)
  • Verde (green)
  • Si (yes)
  • No (no)
  • Adios/Hasta Luego (goodbye)
  • Hola (hello)
  • Fiesta (party)
  • Gracias (thank you)
  • Huevos (eggs)
  • Grande (big/large)
  • Poquito (small/little)
  • Cerveza (beer)
  • Caliente (hot)
  • Frio/fria (cold),
  • Rio (river)
  • Pronto (soon)
  • Patio (patio)
  • No habla Espanol (I don’t speak Spanish)
  • Padre (father)
  • Madre (mother)
  • Alto/Pare (stop) [“Alto” in Mexico … “Pare” in Ecuador]
  • Bonita (pretty)
  • Pollo (chicken)
  • Queso (cheese)
  • Perro (dog)
  • Gato (cat)
  • Sombrero (hat)
  • Pantalones (pants)
  • Zapato (shoe)
  • Casa (house)
  • Mesa (table)
  • Dinero (money)

That is it for now. I will work at all of this for the next couple of weeks. I want to understand this completely before I learn anything else….

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Life in Ecuador

Outside The New Cathedral



Well today is Abril 5th, 2012 and yo tengo been away for about a month….   (rojo)

A quick review and then to Leccion 3

  • Quiero
  • Quiero mas … I want more
  • Donde es/esta … Where is
  • Hola Senorita
  • La carta por favor … The menu please
  • Cafe con crema y azucar
  • Auga por favor
  • Muchas gracias
  • dos huevos
  • pan tostado … toast or toasted bread
  • tocino
  • leche
  • mas cafe por favor
  • el bano
  • la carta de postres
  • jugo … juice
  • la cuenta … the bill


These are a little more difficult for me

  • Es un dia hermoso …. It is a beautiful day (dia is day and hermoso is beautiful)
  • La carta del desayuno por favor …. The breakfast menu please
  • Quiero un vaso de agua por favor …. I want a glass of water please (vaso is glass)
  • Quiero mas jugo naranja …. I want more orange juice (naranja is orange)
  • Quiero la cuenta …. I want the bill
  • Donde es la iglesia? …. Where is the Church?
  • Donde es la mesa? …. Where is the table?
  • Donde esta la casa? …. Where is the house?
Count from zero (cero) to ten (diez)
Verde…. Amarillo…. Blanco…. Negro…. Rojo…. Azul…. RosaCafeNaranja….
Well, I seem to be ok so far…. had to look at the spelling for Naranja…. 


A vocabulary review of just the hard words…

  • Comer… To eat
  • Bebida… Drink
  • Pare … Stop
  • Hasta Luego … Goodbye/See you later
  • Todo pasado … All gone
  • Todo hecho … All done   (“H” is silent)
  • Dormir … sleep
  • Abierto/Abierta/Abrir … open
  • Cerrar … close
  • Con … with
  • Y … and
  • Jugo … juice   (who go)
  • Boca … mouth
  • Mi … my



In order to build my español vocabulary I will start adding a new spanish word or phrase to each of my blog posts. That would be about 15 more words a month I could learn. Look for them in my daily posts. Subscribe and those words will show up in your email box….

I think I like this green (verde) color and I will use it throughout Leccion Tres. When I write I will start adding spanish words in brackets next to el inglés words. At times, I will just replace the english word with a bolded spanish word. 

Quiero to learn another very easy social situation we go through many times each dia. I want to become comfortable with simple greetings like

  • hello … hola
  • how is it going? … qué tal?
  • how are you? … como estas?

A few answers to those greetings are…

  • well/good … bien
  • very well … muy bien
  • not well … no bien
  • bad … mal
  • great … estupendo

Other greetings I already know: 

  • Buenos dias
  • Buenas tardes
  • Buenas noches 

Ways of saying goodbye are:

  • Hasta la vista … see you later 
  • Hasta mañana … until tomorrow 
  • Hasta pronto see you soon.

Remember that the “H” is silent in Hasta.


This is all so familiar because a lot of these words were in Leccion Dos. Now I can use these greetings in conversation…Take a moment to listen to this video…. Listen to how things are pronounced. This is what I am learning right now and muchas gracias al Profesor Jason…


  • Que tal? … Whats up?
  • Como estas? … How are you?
  • Como te va? … How’s it going?
  • Como te llamas? … What’s your name?
  • De donde eres? … Where are you from?
  • Donde vives? … Where do you live?
  • Cuantos anos tienes? … How old are you? (informal)
  • Cuantos anos tiene usted? … How old are you? (formal)
  • Mucho gusto … Nice to meet you 
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Now for some phrase builders. Don’t let this section scare you!

Yo tengo or just tengo means I have. Estoy means I am and Este es means this is.  These are the next phrase builders I will learn. This will carry on into Leccion Cuatro

As my biggest challenge so far I will try to learn conjunctions of tener. Tener means to haveYo tengo is a conjunction of tener.  Now I must keep my mind open here because conjunctions scare me to death. So for now I will look at present tense only. I can do this! So here is the present tense of (tener) to have.

  •  yo tengo (I have), 
  • tú tienes (you have),
  • él/ella/usted tiene (he/she has, you have),
  • nosotros tenemos (we have),
  • vosotros tenéis (you have),
  • ellos/ustedes tienen (they/you have).

OMG… how will I ever learn this stuff?  

Lets make this easier and just learn yo tengo, tú tienes, él teine, ella tiene, and usted tiene.

  •  yo tengo (I have)
  • tú tienes (you have)
  • él tiene (he has)
  • ella tiene (she has)
  • usted tiene (you have)


I need to give it a rest but will add 20 more vocabulary words soon and I will look at phrase builders Estoy and Este es. Hasta pronto…. Don’t Give Up!


OK, so I am all over the place on Leccion Tres but I found this video and it is a good one… so until I can get back here take a listen….