Spanish for Retirees: Lesson 4

These lessons are made for the absolute beginner and each one builds on the one before. For that reason, it’s not advisable to skip around or take them out of order.

In today’s lesson, I’ll be showing you how to make grammatically correct sentences using the cognate tricks that you’ve learned so far.

To see more lessons, click HERE.

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Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) is a former lieutenant from the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida. During his 25-year career, he received numerous commendations to include two of the agency's top honors: a Meritorious Service Medal and a Medal of Valor. In 2015, Paul retired and moved to Mexico with his wife. He now spends his days enjoying the Riviera Maya and blogging from the beach.

21 Comments on "Spanish for Retirees: Lesson 4"

  1. Love your approach to teaching Spanish, but it’s clear you have a huge silly streak! I do have a question, however. I’ve learned to just say “quiero” instead of “yo quiero”. Are both correct?

    • Yes, they’re both fine. I always teach it this way to beginners expect two words and I want them to remember the word YO.

  2. Charles Benfante | June 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm | Reply

    I am currently using a utube series to study Spanish, and it is very good, but in your short series of studies I have learned things that I haven’t seen on the other series – thank you. BTW – I emailed you about your post on prices in Mexico, and would like to know where you get your health insurance from – thank you.

  3. I didn’t know learning Spanish is this easy. I guest it’s the teacher that makes the difference.

  4. Feedback. Loved the worried eyebrows when the fire started. You’re very good at the graphics and they way you’re presenting the lessions is clever. Thanks for taking so much time. I like sharing these. As a moderate Spanish speaker who visits the Akumal and Maroma Beach areas 3 times a year, here’s a tip for your readership. While Paul provides a good way to learn the phrase “I want a beer” and this may work somewhat fine while seated at a restaurant table, at a bar this could be deemed a bit impolite and you might want to opt for an even easier incomplete phrase of “Una cerveza por favor” since everyone knows how to say please. That just means “A beer please” when you’re standing at a bar counter. Later, I’m sure as the learning progresses Paul will get us to the more polite way to indicate that you want a waiter to bring you a beer….”Me gustaría una cerveza”. While it’s excellent to know “yo quiero”, knowing “me gustaría” (I would like) is equally important and considered more polite, which all of my local friends in Mexico keep emphasizing is a primary pet peeve when dealing with tourists. They understand that we are not trying to be impolite, no serious offense taken, but it still bothers them. “I would like a beer” in Spanish comes across more proper. Hope that helps and happy learning. These videos are excellent!

    • Thanks for checking out the video! I agree that “yo quiero una cerveza” is not a polite way to ask for a beer. We’ll be building toward polite requests when going to restaurants etc. The focus of this lesson was to introduce people to some simple grammar by creating simple sentences using words that they already know (cognates). Later, we show them how to replace “quiero” with other words to make polite requests, obtain consent etc. The course builds on previous lessons.

      The majority of the students taking this class are over the age of 50 and have absolutely zero knowledge of Spanish. My goal with the early lessons is to build their confidence by focusing on similarities in the two languages and to minimize memorization. I’ve seen so many people quit Spanish because they become overwhelmed by too much information too fast.

  5. Queen Michele | June 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm | Reply

    Bahahahayou burnt the house down but never stopped teaching, boy am I going to remember this lesson. You are one creative dude. I’m a retired (27 years) elementary school teacher Paul and look forward to your lessons. I’m moving to the Lake Chapala area December 1st and while I’m taking measures to immerse myself in the language i.e Rosetta Stone, DuoLingo, and an online course your lessons are my treat. Thank you. Keep up the good work!

    • Congratulations on your future move to Mexico! Also, thanks for the positive comments about the video.

  6. Gracias! Lo siento por el fuego.

  7. Cool glasses! Very helpful lessons!

  8. How do you do the animation in your videos? It’s very creative and I think it could work for my husband’s music site.

  9. Love this stuff! There is a spelling error. Confirmar. You left off the first r in the first slide it appears in. At first I thought it was another rule but it was corrected on the next slide. Keep these lessons going. They are great.

  10. Okay, just finished the lesson. Not only are you hysterical but this is such a logical way to teach Spanish. College classes on this were structured differently and I wanted so much to learn the rules but it was all memorizing. This is soooo much better. Please keep doing this. Coming down in January.

    • Thanks! I teach in a non-traditional way because I learned in a very non-traditional way. I should do a little cartoon explaining my background 🙂

  11. Thank you so much for all the hard work you are putting in to teaching others Spanish. You make it seem easy and fun. My husband and I love the videos. We are looking forward to moving to Quintana Roo soon.

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