Inglés Esencial 1

Valparaíso, Chile photo by Antonio Ljubetic

Valparaíso photo by Antonio Ljubetic

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are planning a trip to Europe and have asked me to teach them “a few simple English phrases” to get by. I started writing Inglés Esencial yesterday with a short post on Facebook. I continued today with another, and realized that there might be other Spanish speakers out there who could benefit from these very simple posts. We’ll see where they take us.

Inglés Esencial 1

Excuse me. (Disculpe; perdón) [exkyuz mi]

Is there a bathroom? (¿Hay un baño?) [iz ther e bathrum?]

Where is the bathroom?  (¿Dónde está el baño?) [ouer iz thi bathrum?)

1 [wan] one

2 [tu] two

3 [thri] three

4 [for] four

5 [faiv] (five)

6 [siks] (six)

7 seven

8 [eit] eight

9 [nain] nine

10 ten

Diccionario de pronunciación:




About sarahjpurdy

I am a writer, editor, English teacher, and Spanish student living in Valparaíso, Chile, where I teach English at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. I also telecommute to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where I have worked as a marketing publications writer and editor since 2004. Prior to joining UNR, I worked as a journalist, editing and writing features and news stories for the Reno Gazette-Journal. I earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UNR, where I was chosen for a graduate research assistantship in Victorian literature and graduated with a 4.0/4.0 cumulative GPA. I also taught at UNR for three semesters as a discussion leader for cross-disciplinary Core Humanities 201 and 202 courses, which examine Western literature, history, and culture from Mesopotamia and Ancient Greece through the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution to World War II, the postcolonial era, and postmodernity. For eight months prior to moving to Chile in February 2011, I volunteered as ESL tutor for the ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada. In fall 2010 I earned a 50-hour TEFL Certificate from the University of Arizona and a 30-hour Social Media Marketing Certificate from UNR, and completed a graduate TESOL course through UNLV.
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4 Responses to Inglés Esencial 1

  1. Bret says:

    Nice-your Spanish phonics are spot-on. I need to do that more with my students

    • sarahjpurdy says:

      Thank you! I’m trying to keep it simple and resisting the urge to teach them phonetic symbols for sounds that don’t occur in Spanish. Maybe someday! For now, Maria Isabel agrees that the pronunciation is easy to understand. I hope they keep up with it – I’m not teaching right now and it’s good practice for me both as a teacher and learner, even as simple as it is. It gets me thinking. Really appreciate the feedback!

  2. Antonio Ljubetic says:

    Hola !! Para mi ha sido dificil el sonido de la “S”, la que los chilenos ignoramos, especialmente al final de la palabra ( todos decimos “mi pai” ). Tambien el sonido de los “preteritos”… y las contracciones. Hasta la palabra “yes” no nos es tan facil.
    Hay lugar para el ingles minimo, y mas aun para el ingles intermedio. Del avanzado no opino pues aun no lo alcanzo.
    Saludos y gracias por este lindo esfuerzo..
    “By the way”, la foto de Valparaiso es mia y ojala que te guste Valparaiso, como a mi me gusta.

    • sarahjpurdy says:

      Gracias, Antonio — por sus comentarios y por la hermosa foto de Valparaíso. Hay un enlace a Flicker en la foto, y también te doy crédito para la foto, pero voy a hacer tu nombre mas prominente. Si, por supuesto, me encanta Valparaíso. Mi suegra y mi cuñada quieren aprender “un poquito” de Ingles para viajar, entonces, empezamos lentamente y vamos a practicar verbalmente cuando estamos juntas. Muchas gracias de nuevo por la bella foto y por la oportunidad de practicar el castellano.



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