Lesson 05: Qué hacemos hoy? Days and months.


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MP3Hola, y bienvenidos a Hey Que tal? Lecciones de español gratuitas. Mi nombre es Pablo Apiolazza y dado que el podcast cumple un mes, hoy vamos a aprender los días y los meses.
Hi, and welcome to Hey Que tal? Free spanish lessons. My name is Pablo Apiolazza and since the podcast has been online for a month already, today we're going to learn the days and the months.
Before starting, I want to thank the many people that have been listening for the podcast in the last month. During this few emissions we've had visitors from more than 40 different countries, some of them really far away from Argentina, like Russia, Thailand or the Phillipines, which is awesome. Thank you very much to all the people who's been listening, and once again, I encourage you to leave comments or suggestions, this space is for you, so don't be shy, enjoy it and make use of it.
Ok, on the last lesson we've been into a bar, but since we don't want to go alone there, we need to be able to make plans with people. That's what we're going to learn today.
First of all, let's ask "what to we do today? do you have plans?" That's done like this
Qué hacemos hoy? Tenés planes?
If he or she doesn't have any plans, they will tell you
No, no tengo planes, hoy estoy libre.
Which means "No, I have no plans today, I'm free".
If not, they will say something like
Si, ya tengo planes, estoy ocupado/a.

You can see that if a boy is answering, the word will be ocupado, and if a girl is answering, it will be ocupada. Both words mean busy. That's a sneak peak of the gender issue in spanish. The whole sentence means "Yeah, I have plans already, I'm busy".
So now let's see how to make plans for the week! For that we will assume that the person's occupied today, and we will ask about tomorrow. So let's pick up from the start.
A: Qué hacemos hoy? Tenés planes?
B: Si, ya tengo planes, estoy ocupado.
A: Ah que lastima, y mañana?
That means, "what a pity, what about tomorrow?"
B: Mañana estoy libre.
That is tomorrow I´m free.
A: Buenísimo, querés ir al cine?
Great! Do you want to go to the movies?
The positive answer could be

B: Dale, me encantaría.
Yeah, I´d love to!
Now we should arrange a time of the day. A day can be splitted in three parts:
Mañana, which is morning
Tarde, which is afternoon
and Noche, which is night
So if we want to ask if he or she can go out at night, the cuestion would be:
A: Podés a la noche?
If the answer is (yes) then we can set an hour, since we already know the numbers. For that we must remember that instead of saying AM and PM argentinians say de la mañana for early hours, let´s say till noon, de la tarde for afternoon hours, usually until 7.00 PM. and de la noche for the remaining hours.
So let´s build an example. "Then let´s meet at 8 PM" would be
A: Entonces nos encontramos a las 8 de la noche

If we want to set a place, it´s as easy as adding the word en and the name of the meeting point.
Entonces nos encontramos a las 8 de la noche en Palermo
So we now know how to make plans. Let´s move to the boring part, which is to remember the vocabulary. As said before, we were going to learn the days and the months, so let´s start with the days.
The spanish for week is semana and starts at
Monday, Lunes
Tuesday is Martes
Wednesday is Miércoles
Thursday is Jueves
Friday is Viernes
and then we reached to the weekend, el fin de semana, which argies colloquially call finde.
Saturday is Sábado
and Sunday is Domingo

So now that we know the days, we can learn the months.
January is Enero
February is Febrero
March is Marzo
April is Abril
May is Mayo
June is Junio
July is Julio
August is Agosto
September is Septiembre
October is Octubre
November is Noviembre
December is Diciembre

Ok, last but not least we have to know how to call the days before and after today.
The day before yesterday is called anteayer
Yesterday is ayer
Today is Hoy
Tomorrow is mañana
and the day after tomorrow is pasado mañana

So we´re ready to make plans with people! Let´s put the whole dialogue together.
A: Qué hacemos hoy? Tenés planes?
B: Si, ya tengo planes, estoy ocupado.
A: Ah que lastima, y mañana?
B: Mañana estoy libre.
A: Buenísimo, querés ir al cine?
B: Dale, me encantaría.
A: Podés a la noche?
B: Sí
A: Entonces nos encontramos a las 8 de la noche en Palermo.
B: Dale.

Like we said on the previous podcast, Buenos Aires is a place where every single day there´s something to do, no matter the hour. On the upcoming episodes we´ll see more about making plans with further detail, but this should be enough now. Ok, we reached the end of this lesson, I hope you enjoyed it, my name is Pablo Apiolazza and this is Hey Que tal? Free spanish lessons. Remember to visit the website: heyquetal.blogspot.com, to suscribe to the rss feed or to itunes to get the weekly updates, or to our tweeter, heyquetal.

Have a nice week, stay tuned and goodbye!

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