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Is "Buen Dia" GCSE,O level, A level or what?

Old Mar 14th 2012, 1:49 pm
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A friend rang this morning to ask if his son aged 16 or 17 could come and vist us in Spain, to practice Spanish, with the agreement being that we would speak Spanish all the time with him.

He is going to college studying Spanish as one of his subjects, his proud father put him on the phone so he could ask me himself, I said "Hola" to which he replied "buen dia"...

I was just wondering what level he would be doing on a college course.
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A friend rang this morning to ask if his son aged 16 or 17 could come and vist us in Spain, to practice Spanish, with the agreement being that we would speak Spanish all the time with him.

He is going to college studying Spanish as one of his subjects, his proud father put him on the phone so he could ask me himself, I said "Hola" to which he replied "buen dia"...

I was just wondering what level he would be doing on a college course.
oh boy...............

GCSE Spanish isn't actually a very high level - you barely have to be able to speak Spanish & because it's aimed at teens it's quite a limited vocab, too

at his age I'd have thought he would have already done the GCSE so be studying a higher level than that - AS or A level - & he should know better than to say 'buen día' - but I've known kids pass with good grades who maybe didn't

how did the rest of the conversation go?
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oh boy...............

GCSE Spanish isn't actually a very high level - you barely have to be able to speak Spanish & because it's aimed at teens it's quite a limited vocab, too

at his age I'd have thought he would have already done the GCSE so be studying a higher level than that - AS or A level - & he should know better than to say 'buen día' - but I've known kids pass with good grades who maybe didn't

how did the rest of the conversation go?
As for the rest,I asked him where his little sister was and what was she doing,(just for something to say in Spanish) and he said "dormir".....oops
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My newsagent says,'Bon Dia' every time I go in his shop.
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My newsagent says,'Bon Dia' every time I go in his shop.
yeah but........................... as you well know - there's NO WAY he's learning Valenciano in the UK!!
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As for the rest,I asked him where his little sister was and what was she doing,(just for something to say in Spanish) and he said "dormir".....oops
oops indeed
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Actually, in my albeit a bit ancient recollection of Argentine Spanish no-one said buenos dias or buenas a la Andalu' or bon dia or bomdi a la portuspanglish, rather they all said buendia. Hence when I moved here fulltime that's what I used to say until I realised I was out on my own!!! Now I say buena (and try to cut that short if at all poss)
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As to GCSE, a Spanish friend was commenting how basic the requirements seem to be for GCSE Spanish and I was able to recount how having found some test papers online, I set my then-9yo to have a stab at it without notice, forewarning, etc., and he got about 75%!
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Actually, in my albeit a bit ancient recollection of Argentine Spanish no-one said buenos dias or buenas a la Andalu' or bon dia or bomdi a la portuspanglish, rather they all said buendia. Hence when I moved here fulltime that's what I used to say until I realised I was out on my own!!! Now I say buena (and try to cut that short if at all poss)
As in "Bh"?
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As in "Bh"?
Nah, get it right.... more "bwe'a"
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He is going to college studying Spanish as one of his subjects, his proud father put him on the phone so he could ask me himself, I said "Hola" to which he replied "buen dia"...
That's the trouble with them thinking what to say in English... then trying to convert it to Spanish.
It never works in my experience and is better to try to actually think in Spanish, I even find myself dreaming in Spanish now.
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That's the trouble with them thinking what to say in English... then trying to convert it to Spanish.
It never works in my experience and is better to try to actually think in Spanish, I even find myself dreaming in Spanish now.
that reminds me of when I learnt another language - the Morse Code.
I had nightmares in code, also remember sitting in a train carriage and subconsciously converting an advert into code
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Cuando me ir en verano, ir nadando.

Any tips on how to correct this without seeming too harsh and deflating the poor kids confidence.
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Cuando me ir en verano, ir nadando.

Any tips on how to correct this without seeming too harsh and deflating the poor kids confidence.
Correct it? It looks fine to me!
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Correct it? It looks fine to me!
Help me out here? should I start with the positive that verano is not spelt with a B?
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