Song: “I’m So Tired” – Inglés Esencial 7

Read the vocabulary, listen to the lyrics, and fill in the blanks.

The Beatles: I’m So Tired

I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink
I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink
I wonder should I get up and fix myself a d_____________________
No, no, ______________________________

I’m so _____________________ , I don’t know what to do
I’m so tired, my mind is set on _____________________
I wonder should I call you but I know what you would do

You’d say I’m putting you on
But it’s no joke, it’s doing me harm
You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my b_____________________
You know it’s three weeks, I’m going insane
You know I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of m_______________

I’m so tired, I’m feeling so upset
Although I’m so tired I’ll have another c_____________________
And curse Sir Walter Raleigh
He was such a stupid git.

You’d say I’m putting you on
But it’s no joke, it’s doing me h_____________________
You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my b_____________________
You know it’s three weeks, I’m going i_____________________
You know I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind

I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little _____________________
I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind

Vocabulary

So tired – tan cansado
I haven’t slept – no he dormido
Wink – guiño
Not sleep a wink – no pegar un ojo
Blink – parpadeo
On the blink – no andar bien
Wonder – preguntarse
Get up – levantarse
Fix a myself drink – prepararme un trago
Should – deber
I don’t know what to do – no se que hacer
What you would do – lo que harías
You’d say – dirías
I’m putting you on – te estoy fingiendo
It’s no joke – no es una broma
It’s doing me harm – me hace daño
Brain – cerebro
You know – sabes
Go insane – enajenarse
I’d give you – te daría
Everything I’ve got – todo lo que tengo
Peace of mind – tranquilidad de espíritu
Upset – disgustado
Although – aunque
Cigarette – cigarillo
Another – otro
Curse – maldecir
Git – idiota

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Christmas at Mom’s House – Inglés Esencial 6

Mom's Christmas treeUsually at Christmas, we go to my mom’s house in Truckee, California. Her house is in the mountains where there is a lot of snow. It’s very pretty. She and my stepfather put colored lights around the outside of the house. They always have a big, beautiful Christmas tree that they cut down in the woods. They decorate the house and the tree with ornaments that have been in our family for many years. They have a nativity scene and many handmade decorations.

Por lo general, en Navidad vamos a la casa de mi mamá en Truckee, California. Su casa está en las montañas, donde hay una gran cantidad de nieve. Es muy bonito. Ella y mi padrastro ponen luces de colores alrededor de la parte exterior de la casa. Ellos siempre tienen un árbol de Navidad grande y hermoso que ellos cortan en el bosque. Ellos decoran la casa y el árbol con adornos que han estado en nuestra familia por muchos años. Tienen un belén y muchos adornos hechos a mano.

Christmas Eve dinnerOn Christmas Eve, we have a big Italian dinner with friends and family. First we eat antipasto, drink wine, listen to music, talk, and laugh. For dinner we have lasagna, green salad, fresh bread, fish, and vegetables. Sometimes after dinner we play poker. My mother, brother, sister and I almost always play Scrabble during the day.

En la víspera de Navidad, tenemos una gran cena italiana con amigos y familiares. En primer lugar, comemos antipasto, tomamos vino, escuchamos música, hablamos y reímos. Para la cena tenemos lasaña, ensalada verde, pan, pescado y verduras. A veces, después de la cena jugamos a las cartas. Mi madre, hermano, hermana y yo casi siempre jugamos Scrabble durante el día.

At midnight on Christmas Eve, my stepfather makes pasta puttanesca. It’s very spicy and has tomato sauce with lots of garlic and anchovies. He is Italian and making this pasta is one of his family’s traditions. Many children leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus late at night on Christmas Eve. They believe he brings toys and gifts to fill their stockings.

En la medianoche de Nochebuena, mi padrastro prepara pasta puttanesca. Es muy picante y tiene salsa de tomate con mucho ajo y anchoas. Él es italiano y preparar esta pasta es una de las tradiciones de su familia. Muchos niños dejan galletas y leche para Santa Claus en Nochebuena. Ellos creen que Santa trae juguetes y regalos para llenar los calcetines de Navidad.

On Christmas morning we exchange gifts and empty our stockings. Parents or loved ones (mom!) fill the stockings with small gifts, books, toys, and candy. On Christmas day we read, play games (Scrabble!), walk the dogs in the snow, play the piano, sing, play with the dogs, talk, laugh, listen to music, eat snacks and homemade cookies, and help my mom cook a huge meal.

En la mañana de Navidad nos intercambiamos regalos y vaciamos los calcetines de Navidad. Los padres o seres queridos (mom!) llenan los calcetines de Navidad con pequeños regalos, libros, juguetes y dulces. El día de Navidad nosotros leemos, jugamos juegos de mesa (Scrabble!), paseamos a los perros en la nieve, tocamos el piano, cantamos, jugamos con los perros, conversamos, reímos, escuchamos música, comemos bocadillos y galletas hechas en casa, y ayudamos a mi mamá cocinar una gran cena.

For dinner we have roast turkey with cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, salad, sweet potatoes, peas, mashed potatoes, and gravy. We drink wine and champagne and toast our family and friends. We feel very thankful to be together and call our loved ones who are not with us. We are usually too full to eat dessert, but we often have pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie and ice cream just in case.

Para la cena tenemos pavo asado relleno con pan de maíz y verduras, con salsa de arándanos rojos, porotos verdes, ensalada, camote, arvejas, puré de papas y salsa. Tomamos vino y champaña y brindamos a nuestros familiares y amigos. Nos sentimos muy agradecidos de estar juntos y llamamos a nuestros seres queridos que no están con nosotros. Por lo general estamos demasiados satisfechos para comer el postre, pero a menudo tenemos pastel de calabaza, pastel de manzana, pastel de nuez y helado por si acaso.

This year I celebrate my first Christmas in Chile. I am very excited because gatherings with my Chilean family are always so much fun. We eat delicious food cooked by my mother-in-law Isabel, drink good Chilean wine and champagne, laugh a lot, talk, and enjoy being together. Merry Christmas!

Este año celebro mi primera Navidad en Chile. Estoy muy emocionada porque fiestas con mi familia chilena siempre son muy divertidas. Comemos comida muy rica preparada por mi suegra Maria Isabel, tomamos buen vino y champaña chileno (me gusta el vino porque el vino es bueno), reímos mucho, conversamos y disfrutamos de estar juntos. ¡Feliz Navidad!

Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad!

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Video: “Movin’ Out” – Inglés Esencial 5

Watch the video, listen to the lyrics, read the vocabulary, and fill in the blanks. Billy Joel: Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)

Anthony works in the g_____________________ store
Saving his pennies for someday
Mama Leone left a note on the d_____________________,
She said, “Sonny, move out to the country.”
Working too hard can give you a heart attack ackackackackack
You ought to know by now
Who needs a house out in Hackensack?
Is that all you get for your m_____________________?

And it seems such a waste of t_____________________
If that’s what it’s all about
Mama, if that’s moving up then I’m moving out.
Mmm, I’m moving out. Ooh-hoo, uh-huh, mmmm

Sergeant O’Leary is walking the beat
At night he becomes a b_____________________
He works at Mister Cacciatore’s down on Sullivan Street
Across from the medical center
Yeah and he’s trading in his Chevy for a Cadillac acacacacacacac
You ought to know by n_____________________
And if he can’t drive with a broken b_____________________
At least he can polish the fenders

And It seems such a waste of time
If that’s what it’s all a_____________________
Mama, If that’s moving up then I’m m_____________________.
Mmm, I’m moving out. Ooh-hoo, uh-huh, mmmm

You should never argue with a crazy mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mind
You ought to know by now
You can pay Uncle Sam with the overtime
Is that all you get for your m_____________________?

And if that’s what you have in mind
Yeah if that’s what you’re all a_____________________
Good luck moving up because I’m m_____________________.
Mmm, I’m moving out. Ooh-hoo, uh-huh, mmmm

I’m moving out…

Vocabulary
Across from – enfrente de
All – todo
Argue – discutir
At least – al menos
At night – por la noche
Back – espalda
Bartender – barman
Beat – ruta diaria de policía
Because – porque
Become – volverse/hacerse
Broken – roto, quebrado
Can – poder
Crazy – loco
Door – puerta
Fenders – tapabarros
Get – recibir
Good luck – buena suerte
Grocery store – supermercado
If he can’t drive – si no puede manejar
If that’s what it’s all about – si eso es todo lo que es importante
If that’s what you have in mind – si eso es lo que tienes en mente
Left – dejo
Medical center – centro médico
Mind – mente
Move out – mudarse
Moving up – subiendo, ascendiendo
Need – necesitar
Never – jamás
Overtime – sobretiempo
Pay – pagar
Pennies – centavos
Polish – darle brillo a
Saving – ahorrando
Seem – parecer
Should – deberías
Someday – algún día
Sonny – joven
Street – calle
The country – el campo
Too hard – demasiado duro
Trading in – entregando para parte de pago
Walking – caminando
Waste of time – perdida de tiempo
You ought to know by now – ya deberías saber 

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Hola, Te Amo: Inglés Esencial 4

Watch the video, listen to the lyrics, read the vocabulary, and fill in the blanks. The Doors: Hello, I Love You

Hello, I _____________ you
Won’t you tell me your _______________?
_______________, I love you
Let me jump in your game
Hello, I love you
Won’t you tell me your name?
Hello, _______________
Let me jump in your _______________

She’s walking down the _______________
Blind to every _______________ she meets
Do you think you’ll be the _______________
To make the queen of the _______________ sigh?

_______________, I love you
Won’t you tell me your _______________?
Hello, I _______________ you
Let me jump in your _______________
Hello, I love you
Won’t you _______________ your name?
Hello, _______________
Let me _______________ in your game

She holds her _______________ so high
Like a statue in the _______________
Her arms are wicked, and her _______________ are long
When she moves my brain screams out this _______________

Sidewalk crouches at her _______________
Like a _______________ that begs for something sweet
Do you hope to make her see, you _______________?
Do you _______________ to pluck this dusky jewel?

Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello
I want you
Hello
I need my baby
Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello

Vocabulary

Angels – ángeles
Arms – brazos
Blind – ciego/a
Brain – cerebro
Crouches – se agazapa
Eye – ojo
Feet – pies
Fool – tonto
Game – juego
Guy – tipo
Head – cabeza
High – alto/a
Hope – espera
I love you – te amo
Jewel – joya
Jump – saltar
Legs – piernas
Let – dejar
Long – largo/a
Meets – encuentra
Name – nombre
Queen – reina
Sidewalk – acera
Sigh – suspira
Sky – cielo
Song – canción
Street – calle
Sweet – dulce
Tell me – dime
Think – piensa
Walking – caminando

Diccionario de pronunciación: http://www.howjsay.com/

Diccionario: http://www.wordreference.com/

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Inglés Esencial 3.5 – Practica

Inglés Esencial 3

Practica

My (mai) = mi

Mother’s = de mi madre

Sister’s = de mi hermana

Father’s = de mi padre

Is = es / está

My mother’s sister is my aunt.

La hermana de mi madre es mi tía.

My father’s mother is my ___________________________ .

My mother’s son is my ___________________________ .

My uncle’s daughter is my ___________________________ .

My aunt’s son is my ___________________________ .

My father’s brother is my ___________________________ .

My sister’s daughter is my ___________________________ .

My mother’s father is my ___________________________ .

My brother’s son is my ___________________________ .

My father’s daughter is my ___________________________ .

Diccionario de pronunciación: http://www.howjsay.com/

Diccionario: http://www.wordreference.com/

Inglés Esencial 3

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Inglés Esencial 3

Urban art in Valparaíso, Chile. Photo by Sarah Purdy.

 

Inglés básico para mi familia chilena y otros hispanohablantes.

Inglés Esencial 3

Nice to meet you…

Conversación

1: Good morning. (Gud morning) [Buenos días]

2: Good morning. (Gud morning) [Buenos días]

1: How are you? (Hauw ar yu?) [¿Cómo estás? / ¿Como está (ud.)?]

2: I am fine, thank you. How are you? (Ai am fain, thenk yu. Hauw ar yu?) [Estoy bien, gracias. ¿Cómo estás? / ¿Como está (ud.)?]

1: Fine, thank you.  I’m William. What is your name? (Aim Wilyam. Ouat iz yor naim?) [Soy William. ¿Cuál es tu nombre?]

2: Nice to meet you, William. My name is Lorena. This is my brother, Diego. (Nais tu mit yu, Wilyam. Mai nem iz Lorena. This iz mai brathur, Diego. [Mucho gusto. Mi nombre es Lorena. Él es mi hermano, Diego.)

1: Nice to meet you. This is my wife, Kate. (Nais tu mit yu. This iz may waif, Keit.) [Mucho gusto. Ella es mi esposa, Kate.]

Lorena: Nice to meet you, Kate.

Diego: Nice to meet you.

You = tú / ud.

I am = Yo soy/estoy  //  I’m = I am = Yo soy/estoy  //  (Ai am…aim)

He is = Él es/está  //  He’s = He is = Él es/está  //  (Hi iz…hiz)

She is = Ella es/está  //  She’s = She is = Ella es/está  //  (Shi iz…shiz)

I AM = SOY / ESTOY

HE IS = ÉL ES / ÉL ESTÁ

SHE IS = ELLA ES / ELLA ESTÁ

TO BE = SER / ESTAR

Mother = madre (mathur/mathr)

Father = padre (fathur/fathr)

Sister = hermana (sistur/sistr)

Brother = hermano (brathur/brathr)

Daughter = hija (datur/datr)

Son = hijo (san)

Children = hijos/niños (childran)

Wife = esposa (waif)

Husband = marido (hazband)

Aunt = tía (ant)

Uncle = tío (ankul/ankl)

Cousin = primo/prima (cazn)

Niece = sobrina (nis)

Nephew = sobrino (nefyu)

Grandfather = abuelo (granfathr)

Grandmother = abuela (granmathr)

Morning = mañana (morning)

Afternoon = tarde (afternun)

Evening = noche (ivning)

Night = noche (nait)

(Se dice “good night” antes de dormirse o irse, no como saludo; se dice “good evening” como saludo. )

Diccionario de pronunciación: http://www.howjsay.com/

Diccionario: http://www.wordreference.com/

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Inglés Esencial 2

Valparaíso from Viña del Mar

My dog Pip in Viña del Mar, view of Valparaíso

Welcome to the second installment of Inglés Esencial, a series of posts I’m writing to help mi suegra y mi cuñada learn basic English for a trip they’re planning to Europe. They have requested to learn “a few simple English phrases” for survival. We’ll see where the series takes us.

Inglés Esencial 2

Hello. I am…

Hello. (Hola) [jelo]

I am Maria Isabel. (Soy Maria Isabel) [ai am…]

I am from Chile. (Soy de Chile) [ai am fram…]

This is my daughter Lorena. (Ella es mi hija Lorena) [this iz mai datur…]

Hello. (Hola) [helo]

I am Lorena. (Soy Lorena) [ai am…]

This is my mother Maria Isabel. (Ella es mi madre Maria Isabel) [this iz mai mathur…]

We are from South America. (Somos de América del Sur) [oui ar fram sauth…]

11 [ileven] eleven

12 [tuelv] twelve

13 [thirtin] thirteen

14 [fortin] fourteen

15 [fiftin] fifteen

16 [sikstin] sixteen

17 [seventin] seventeen

18 [eitin] eighteen

19 [naintin] nineteen

20 [tuanti] twenty

Mother = madre

Daughter = hija

Bathroom = baño

South America = América del Sur

I am = soy / estoy

We are = somos / estamos

Is there…? = ¿Hay…?

Where is… = ¿Dónde está…?

The = el/la

A = un/una

My = mi

This = esto/esta/este

(She [shi] = ella)

From = de

Diccionario de pronunciación: http://www.howjsay.com/

Diccionario: http://www.wordreference.com/

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