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Pequeñas Conversaciones 1

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Make yourself comfortable! ¡P------ c-----! ¡Póngase cómodo!
Please, feel right at home! ¡S------- c--- e- c---! ¡Siéntase como en casa!
What would you like to drink? ¿Q-- l- g------- t----? ¿Qué le gustaría tomar?
Do you like music? ¿L- g---- l- m-----? ¿Le gusta la música?
I like classical music. Me g---- l- m----- c------. Me gusta la música clásica.
These are my CD’s. Aq-- e---- m-- C--. Aquí están mis CDs.
Do you play a musical instrument? ¿T--- (u----) a---- i---------- m------? ¿Toca (usted) algún instrumento musical?
This is my guitar. Aq-- e--- m- g-------. Aquí está mi guitarra.
Do you like to sing? ¿L- g---- c-----? ¿Le gusta cantar?
Do you have children? ¿T---- (u----) n----? ¿Tiene (usted) niños?
Do you have a dog? ¿T---- (u----) u- p----? ¿Tiene (usted) un perro?
Do you have a cat? ¿T---- (u----) u- g---? ¿Tiene (usted) un gato?
These are my books. Aq-- e---- m-- l-----. Aquí están mis libros.
I am currently reading this book. En e--- m------ e---- l------ e--- l----. En este momento estoy leyendo este libro.
What do you like to read? ¿Q-- l- g---- l---? ¿Qué le gusta leer?
Do you like to go to concerts? ¿L- g---- i- a c---------? ¿Le gusta ir a conciertos?
Do you like to go to the theatre / theater (am.)? ¿L- g---- i- a- t-----? ¿Le gusta ir al teatro?
Do you like to go to the opera? ¿L- g---- i- a l- ó----? ¿Le gusta ir a la ópera?

Mother language? Father language!

As a child, from whom did you learn your language? For sure you'll say: From mother! Most people in the world think that. The term ‘mother language’ exists in almost all nations. The English as well as the Chinese are familiar with it. Perhaps because mothers spend more time with the children. But recent studies have come to different results. They show that our language is mostly the language of our fathers. Researchers examined genetic material and languages of mixed tribes. In such tribes, the parents came from different cultures. These tribes originated thousands of years ago. Large migratory movements were the reason for this. The genetic material of these mixed tribes was genetically analyzed. Then it was compared to the language of the tribe. Most tribes speak the language of their male ancestors. That means, the language of the country comes from the Y chromosome. So men brought their language with them to foreign lands. And the women there then adopted the new language of the men. But even today, fathers have a great deal of influence on our language. Because when learning, babies are oriented toward the language of their father. Fathers speak considerably less with their children. The male sentence structure is also simpler than that of the female. As a result, the language of the father is better suited for babies. It doesn't overwhelm them and is easier to learn as a result. That is why children prefer to imitate ‘Dad’ when speaking rather than ‘Mum’. Later, the mother's vocabulary shapes the child's language. In this way, mothers influence our language as well as fathers. So it should be called parental language!
Did you know?
Italian is counted among the Romance languages. That means that it developed out of Latin. Italian is the native language of about 70 million people. The majority of those live in Italy. Italian is also understood in Slovenia and Croatia. The language travelled as far away as Africa through colonial politics. Even today, Italian is understood in Libya, Somalia, and Eritrea by many older people. Numerous emigrants also took the language with them to their new homeland. Most notably there are many Italian-language communities in South America. Often Italian has mixed in with Spanish in those areas and created new languages. The unusual thing about Italian is its many different dialects. Some experts even speak of individual languages. The orthography of Italian is not difficult; it follows the pronunciation. For many, Italian is the most beautiful language in the world! Perhaps because it is the language of music, design and good cuisine?