While our popular 100 Most Used Spanish Verbs posters and study guides are great for students and people with some knowledge of Spanish, we've realized that many of our customers are looking for a quicker, more direct path to speaking in fully-formed, beautiful sentences.
With this poster, you'll learn basic Spanish sentence structure (hint: it's the same as in English!) by combining greetings, introductions, actions, objects, and goodbyes. All while learning the essential Spanish vocabulary to Eat, Play, and Live in Spanish.
What do we mean by Eat, Play, and Live? We mean ordering food and drinks, introducing yourself, stating your wants and preferences, asking questions, shopping, traveling, studying, working and having fun. For many people around the world who are interested in learning Spanish to travel and get by in a Spanish-speaking country, whether it's Spain or Latin America, this is a great place to start!
How it Works
Spanish and English both use the same basic sentence structure: Subject-Verb-Object. For example, the English sentence, she goes to the beach translates word for word into Spanish as ella va a la playa.You can just as easily mix-and-match different subjects, verbs, and objects to say almost anything.
Well, we've taken it a step farther. Our How to Eat, Play, and Live in Spanish poster w/ study guide breaks down a typical sentence into 8 sections, with the essential vocabulary you would need to Eat, Play, and Live.. in Spanish!
The sections are: Greetings: Hello, How are you?, etc. Subjects: I would like, I am, Do you have...?, etc. Verbs: To eat, to play, to live, etc. Measure words: A plate of, inside of, too much, etc. Objects: Fruits, vegetables, coffee, music, school, etc. Modifiers: Today, tomorrow, with you, already, etc. Connectors: And, Because, In order to, etc. Goodbyes: Please, thank you, goodbye, etc.
The best part is, you don't need to memorize any concepts or learn any grammar rules. Just combine the words or phrases from each section as you would in English. If you can say it in English, you can say it in Spanish!
Let's try it!
Let's choose the first words from the Eat section of the poster: "Hola, yo quiero comer un plato de comida por favor." "Hello, I want to eat a plate of food please."
That's a good start! We probably want to be a little more specific though. Let's substitute "a plate of food" for "the fish and a salad": "Hola, yo quiero comer el pescado y una ensalada por favor."
Simple enough. Let's try some other combinations: "Buenas tardes, hay un partido de fútbol hoy?" "Good afternoon, is there a football match today?"
"¿Tú quieres ir a la playa conmigo más tarde?" (informal) "Do you want to go to the beach with me later?"
"¿Usted tiene los documentos contigo para vender la casa?" (formal) "Do you have the documents with you in order to sell the house?"
"Yo debería llegar delante de la estación de autobuses pronto!" "I should arrive in front of the bus station soon!"
As you can see, the possibilities are almost limitless. With little more than the words on this poster, you could carry on a conversation in Spanish for hours!