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NEW YEAR, NEW COURSES

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Starting the week of January 20th, 2014, Sligo Spanish Society are running courses in Spanish at all levels. Courses are nine or ten weeks long, and run until late March. All classes are once a week, and last from 8pm to 9.15, except the Morning Beginners course, which runs from 10.30am to 11.45. New this year is our Leaving Cert Spanish oral exam preparation course (see below).

Information and registration night is on Tuesday, January 14th, in Sligo City Hotel, from 7.30 to 9pm. For new students it is important to come to the information night in order to insure a place on a course. Information can also be got by emailing sligospanishsociety@gmail.com or by phone to 086-3749578.
Courses available are as follows...
BEGINNERS: This course runs every Monday night, beginning January 20th. The course is for people who have no previous knowledge of Spanish, and will run for nine weeks. Total cost is €120, or €100 for students or the unemployed.

MORNING BEGINNERS

We also propose to run a morning …

IMPROVERS COURSE, 2013, CLASS 8

Miércoles, el 04 de diciembre, 2013
We began by revising how to describe someone in Spanish
Tiene los ojos azules/ verdes/ marrones - he/she has blue/green/brown eyes. Tiene el pelo largo/ corto - he/she has long/short hair
Lleva barba/bigote / gafas - He/she wears a beard/ a moustache /glasses
Es guapo/a - He/she is good looking Es feo/a - he/she is ugly Es rubio/a - he/she is blond Es moreno/a - he/she is brunette Es pelirrojo/a - he/she is red-haired Es alto/a - he/she is tall Es bajo/a - he/she is short Es viejo/a - he/she is old Es joven - he/she is young Es gordo/a - he/she is fat Es delgado-a - he/she is thin
We then went on to learn about the weather in Spanish
¿Qué tiempo hace? - What's the weather like? Hace sol - it's sunny Hace viento - it's windy Hace frío - it's cold Hace calor - it's hot Hay lluvia - it is rainy (lit. there is rain) Hay nieve - it is snowy Hay niebla - it is foggy Hay cielos despejados - there are clear skies.
We learned seasons in S…

BEGINNERS COURSE, 2013, CLASS 7

Lunes, el 02 de diciembre, 2013
In our seventh lesson we talked about places in the city and we learnt how to ask directions La oficina de correos – The post office La piscina – The swimming pool La iglesia – the church La playa – the beach El banco – the bank La farmacia – The chemistry El cine – the cinema El museo – the museum El supermercado – the supermarket La comisaría (de policía ) – the police station La estación de trenes – the train station La estación de autobuses – the bus station El aeropuerto – The airport Los semáforos – the traffic lights La tienda de ropa – la boutique La panadería – the bakery La carnicería – the butcher’s La pescadería – the fishmonger
Al lado de – next to , beside Detrás de – behind A la izquierda de – on the left A la derecha de – on the right
Siga –continue ; Siga todo recto – Go straight Gire – Turn Suba – go up Tome – take Cruce – cross Baje – go down
La primera calle – The first street / road La segunda calle – The second street / road La tercera calle – The third str…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2013, CLASS 7

In this class we learned about the Future simple....

To make this, we simply use the infinitive and add the endings....

- é
- ás
- á
- emos
- eis
- án

iré - I will go
trabajarás - you will work
comerá - he will eat
etc...

Then we learned about the conditional....

-ía
-ías
-ia
- íamos
- íais
- ían

Iría - I would go
Trabajarías - he would work
Comería - He would eat.

Full handout here...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lg8lc51i8iq73z0/El%20futuro%20simple.docx

IMPROVERS COURSE 2013, CLASS 7

Martes, el 26 de noviembre, 2013
We looked again at some verbs for pastimes..
Ir al cine - to go to the cinema Ir de compras - to go shopping Ir de copas - to go for a drink Nadar - to swim Jugar al golf - to play golf Tocar un instrumento - to play an instrument Pasear en el campo - to go for a walk in the country Dormir - to sleep Cantar - to sing Bailar - to dance Cocinar - to cook
We added some verbs Pintar - to paint Dibujar - to draw Correr - to run Pescar - to fish
¿Qué te gusta hacer en tu tiempo libre? - What do you like to do in your free time? Me gusta leer - I like reading Le gusta leer - he/she likes reading
We then looked at how to conjugate some verbs in the Present tense Regular verbs AR verbs Nadar - Yo nado, tú nadas, él/ella nada Bailar - bailo, bailas, baila
ER Verbs Leer - Yo leo, tú lees, él/ella lee. Comer - como, comes, come Correr - corro, corres, corre
Irregular verbs Ir - Yo voy, tú vas, él/ella va Jugar - juego, juegas, juega Hacer - hago, haces, hace

Practice exercis…

BEGINNERS COURSE, 2013, CLASS 6

Lunes, el 25 de noviembre, 2013
In our last session, we learnt how to order food and drinks in Spanish. En el restaurante – In the restaurant El menú – The menu Primero / Primer plato – Starters Segundo / Segundo plato – Main course Postre – Dessert Cliente – Customer Camarero / camarera – Waiter / waitress Ensalada – Salad Sopa del día – Soup of the day Bistec con patatas fritas – Steak with chips Pollo asado – Roast chicken Merluza – Hake Tortilla de patatas /Tortilla española – Spanish omelette Helado – Ice cream Flan – crème caramel Torta de chocolate – chocolate tart
¡oiga! – Excuse me! ¿podemos pedir? – Can we order? ¿Qué van a tomar? – What would you like to have? Copa de vino tinto – A glass of red wine Un agua sin gas – Still water ; un agua con gas – sparkling water ¿Quieren postre? – Will you eat a dessert? Para mí, el helado de fresa – Strawberry ice cream for me Para mí, sólo un café, por favor – Just a coffee for me, thanks ¿Algo más? – Anything else? Un poco más de agua, por favor – A bit m…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2013, CLASS 6

In this class we looked at various kinds of pronouns....

Possessive pronouns....

El libro es mío
La casa es mía
El libro es tuya
La casa es tuya
El libro es suyo/ de él
La cama es suya / de ella


Direct Object Pronouns

I ate the apple - Comí la manazana
I ate it. - La comí

The pronoun in Spanish iusually comes before the verb

The direct object pronouns are....
me, te, lo, la, nos, os, los, las...

Me vio - he saw me
Te vio - he saw you
lo vio - he saw him
la vio - he saw her
nos vio - he saw us
os vio - he saw you
los vio - he saw them

Full notes here......

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wgr047d2z4i5r69/PronounsandQuetehapasado%20%281%29%20Class%206.docx

IMPROVERS COURSE 2013, CLASS 6

Martes, el 19 de noviembre, 2013
We began by revising expressions for talking about illness and giving advice
¿Qué te pasa? - What's wrong? We also learned how to give advice Consejo - advice Deberías .... - you should... Dormir - to sleep Descansar - to rest Beber - to drink Ir al médico - to go to the doctor
We then looked again at some verbs for pastimes.. Ir al cine - to go to the cinema Ir de compras - to go shopping Ir de copas - to go for a drink Nadar - to swim Jugar al golf - to play golf Tocar un instrumento - to play an instrument Pasear en el campo - to go for a walk in the country Dormir - to sleep Cantar - to sing Bailar - to dance Cocinar - to cook
We added some verbs Pintar - to paint Dibujar - to draw Correr - to run Pescar - to fish
¿Qué te gusta hacer en tu tiempo libre? - What do you like to do in your free time? Me gusta leer - I like reading Le gusta leer - he/she likes reading
We then looked at how to conjugate some verbs in the Present tense Regular verbs Leer …

BEGINNERS 2013, CLASS 5

LUNES, EL 18 DE NOVIEMBRE, 2013

In this class we learnt some vocabulary related to FOODComida. Las patatas fritas – The chips El queso – The cheese El arroz – The rice La cerveza – The beer La leche – The milk El pescado – the fish La naranja – The orange El pollo – The chicken El vino – The wine El agua – The water Los huevos – The eggs
We also learnt some expressions to express likes and dislikes in Spanish. ¿Te gusta la cerveza? – Do you like beer? Sí, me encanta – Yes, I love it. Sí, me gusta mucho – Yes, I like it very much Sí, me gusta – Yes I like it No, no me gusta mucho – No, I don’t like it very much No, no me gusta – No, I don’t like it No, no me gusta nada – No, I don’t like it at all.
If the noun is plural, we add an “n” at the end of “gusta”. See the examples below: ¿Te gustan los huevos? – Do you like eggs? Sí, me gustan mucho – Yes, I like them No, no me gustan nada – No, I don’t like them at all.

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2013, CLASS 5

Miércoles, el 13 de noviembre, 2013


In this class we learned some useful expressions for going hiking. Also we learned some idiomatic expressions.

Handout here...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o56ziov47l6rla9/Handout13.11.docx

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 5

Martes, el 12 de noviembre, 2013

We began this class by revising the parts of the body that we learned last week
El ojo - the eye La oreja - the ear La boca - the mouth La pierna - the leg El pie - the foot La mano - the hand El corazón - the heart El cuerpo - the body
We then added some more El oído - the inner ear El dedo del pie - the toe El cuello - the neck La espalda - the back El hombro - the shoulder
We learned about illnesses Me duele la cabeza - my head hurts Tengo la pierna rota - I have a broken leg Tengo el brazo roto - I have a broken arm Tengo la gripe - I have the flu Tengo tos - I have a cough Tengo fiebre - I have a fever Estoy resfriado - I have a cold Estoy enfermo - I am sick
We also learned how to give advice Consejo - advice Deberías .... - you should... Dormir - to sleep Descansar - to rest Beber - to drink Ir al médico - to go to the doctor Una receta - a prescription
We then went on to learn some verbs connected with pastimes Handout here.... https://www.dropbox.com/s/361pghi…

BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 4

Lunes, el 11 de noviembre, 2013

In our fourth lesson, we learnt how to ask/say the time in Spanish.
¿Qué hora es? – What time is it? Es la… / Son las … - It is…
In Spanish, we say the hour first and then the minutes.
1:00 Es la una en punto                 7.00 Son las siete en punto 4.30 Son las cuatro y media 7.15 Son las siete y cuarto 9.20 Son las nueve y veinte 3.35 Son las cuatro menos veinticinco
En punto - o’clock Y cuarto - quarter past Y media – half past Menos cuarto – quarter to
We also learnt some vocabulary related to time: Reloj – Watch, clock Hora – hour Minuto – minute Segundo – second
In the second part of the lesson, we learnt the days of the week: Los días de la semana – The days of the week Lunes – Monday Martes – Tuesday Miércoles – Wednesday Jueves – Thursday Viernes – Friday El fin de semana – The weekend Sábado – Saturday Domingo – Sunday
¿Qué día es hoy? – What day is today? Hoy es … - Today is …
¿Y mañana? – And tomorrow? Mañana es … - Tomorrow is …
We listened to a dialogue and we …

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 4

Miércoles, el 06 de noviembre, 2013

In this class  we looked at how to describe objects, using their material, shape, size and design.

On the second page of the handout (below) we learned some useful language for reporting a crime.

Finally we looked at the Pretérito Perfecto, which translates the English, I have done, we have been, she has never seen.....etc....

The full handout is here....

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ll123cn8h9clsf5/Handout06.11.docx


BEGINNERS COURSE, 2013, CLASS 3

Lunes, el 4 de noviembre, 2013

Our third session of our beginner course was about Countries, nationalities and Jobs. In the first part of the lesson we talked about countries and nationalities. We learnt three basic questions:
¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from? Yo soy de  …. – I am from. . .
¿De dónde es él? – Where is he from? Él es de … - He is from…
¿Qué lenguas hablas? – What languages do you speak? ¿Hablas…? – Do you speak…?
We learnt some countries and nationalities in Spanish : España – Spain;                español (masc) española (fem) – Spanish Irlanda – Ireland;             irlandés (masc) irlandesa (fem) – Irish Inglaterra – England;      inglés (masc) inglesa (fem) – English Francia – France;             francés (masc) francesa (fem) – French
¿De dónde es David Beckham? – Where is David Beckham from? ÉL es de Inglaterra – He is from England Él es inglés – He is English ¿Qué lengua habla David Beckham? – What language does Beckham speak? Él habla inglés – He speaks English
¿De dónde es …

IMPROVERS COURSE, 2013, CLASS 4

Martes, el 5 de noviembre, 2013
We began by revising a number of useful expressions to use in a Spanish class... ¿Cómo se dice..? - How do you say..? ¿Qué significa? - What does it mean...? ¿Cómo se escribe...? - How do you spell it? ¿Puedes repetir? - Can you repeat?
Then we revised some vocabulary around ordering tapas Las albóndigas - meatballs Las gambas - prawns El gazpacho El chorizo Las croquetas - croquettes La tortilla de patata - potato omelette. Una ración - a portion Una caña - a glass of draught beer
We then went on to learn the parts of the body in Spanish El ojo - the eye La oreja - the ear La cara - the face El pelo - the hair La boca - the mouth Los dientes - the teeth La cabeza - the head La pierna - the leg El pie - the foot El estómago - the stomach El corazón - the heart La mano - the hand El dedo - the finger
We also learned how to talk about something hurting.. Me duele la cabeza - my head hurts
Me duele la muela - my tooth hurts

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 3

Miércoles, el 30 de octubre

Our last session in the intermediate course was about Spain: culture and stereotypes. We talked about our experiences in Spain and how they were. We talked about Spanish culture and we saw and discussed some pictures about Spanish festivals, such as San Fermín in Pamplona o Feria de Abril in Seville.
We also talked about Spanish stereotypes and we saw some examples of these in a very funny way. Some of these examples can be seen on the following webpage (worth watching): http://travelersmadeinearth.wordpress.com/tag/spanish-stereotypes/
Other important point of this session was Spanish habits. We saw the differences between Irish and Spanish when it comes to introduce someone (we kiss instead of shaking hands with women) or we talked about our “siestas”.
The second part of our session was about traditional Spanish food. We talked about “tapas”, ham or cheese and our experiences with these kinds of food. We also learnt how to make “tortillas” and “gazpacho”.
How …

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 2

Miércoles, el 23 de octubre, 2013

Here is a link to the worksheet for this class. We covered a revision of the Preterite tense....

https://www.dropbox.com/s/osqik1d74u7v8qo/Handout%2023.10%2C%20class%202.docx


IMPROVERS COURSE 2013, CLASS 3

Martes, el 29 de octubre, 2013
We began by learning some useful phrases for use in a class... ¿Cómo se dice...? - how do you say...? ¿Cómo se escribe...? - how do you spell....? ¿Qué significa......? - what does it mean?
We then went on to revise some phrases for shopping De compras - shopping Busco - I'm looking for.. Necesito - I need... ¿Cuánto cuesta.....? - how much is it.? Es muy caro - it's very expensive Es barato - it's cheap Me lo llevo - I'll take it Aquí tiene - here you are No lo quiero - I don't want it
Finally we learned the names of some Tapas and how to order Las albóndigas - meatballs Las aceitunas - olives El aceite - olive oil El gazpacho - cold tomato soup La ensaladilla rusa - Russian salad (with tuna, eggs, mayonnaise, onions) El jamón serrano - cured ham La tortilla de patata - potato omelette Las gambas - prawns Las croquetas - croquettes. Una ración - one portion ¿Qué desea? - What would you like? ¿Qué tapas hay? - what tapas do you have? Me pone.... - wi…

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 2

In the second session of our course, we learnt the numbers from 20 to 100 and we learnt a basic question to put them in practice: ¿Cuántos años tienes? – How old are you? Yo tengo …. Años – I am …….. years old. We talked about shopping by using the articles a/an in Spanish: Un -(masculine and singular words) àUn lápiz – A pencil Una – (feminine and singular words) àUna caja – A box Unos – (masculine and plural words) àUnos lápices – Some pencils Unas – (masculine and plural words) àUnas cajas – Somes boxes
Un bolígrafo – a pen                                 Unos bolígrafos – some pens Una revista – a magazine                        Unas revistas – some magazines Un periódico – a newspaper            Unos periódicos – some newspapers
We also learnt the articles this/these in Spanish: Este – (masculine and singular words) àEste lápiz – This pencil Esta – (feminine and singular words) àEsta caja – This box Estos – (masculine and plural words) àEstos lápices – These pencils Estas – (feminine and plura…

BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 2

In our second session of our beginners course, we learnt three basic questions and answers:
¿Cómo te llamas? – What’s your name? Me llamo María – My name is María Encantado – Nice to meet you (if you’re a man) Encantada – Nice to meet you (if you’re a woman)
¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from? Yo soy de España – I am from Spain Yo soy de Irlanda, ¿y tú? – I am from Ireland, and you?
¿Estás casado? – Are you married? (If we ask a man if he’s married). Sí, estoy casado, ¿y tú? – Yes, I am, and you?
¿Estás casada? – Are you married? (If we ask a woman if she’s married). No estoy casada, pero tengo novio / novia – No, I’m not married but I have a boyfriend / girlfriend.
We also learnt the numbers from 1 to 20 and we talked about the family. Padre / Madre – Father /mother                      Padres – parents Hijo / Hija – Son / Daughter                               Hijos – children Hermano /hermana – Brother /Sister       Hermanos –brothers and sisters Abuelo / abuela – grandfather/grandmother Abuelos…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 1

Miércoles, el 16 de Octubre, 2013
We talked about talking on the phone in Spanish and vocab just for that-
Dígame- Hello? ¿Con quién desea hablar? (Formal)- Who would you like to speak to?
Quiero hablar con Señor/ Señora Rajoy-I want to talk to Mr./Mrs. Rajoy
El Señor Rajoy no está disponible ahora mismo-Mr. Rajoy is not available right now.
¿Me oyes?-Can you hear me?
Sí, te oigo/ No, no te oigo bien-Yes, I hear you/ No, I can't really hear you.
Nos vemos-See you
Bueno, te dejo-Ok, I'll let you go.
¿Sí?-Yes?
Pues eso es todo. Muchas gracias-Well, that's all. Thanks.
¿Está Javier?-Is Javier there?
¿De parte de quién?-Who is calling?
Hasta luego-See you.
Soy Maria-It's Maria.
Then we listened to a conversation from the CD and tried to fill in the blanks, from Prisma, page 24 and track 9.
Then, in pairs, we came up with your our conversations on the phone- inviting people to dinner, asking about work etc.
Then, to finish, we listened to a Spanish song (Abrazado la Tristez…

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2013, CLASS 1

Martes, el 15 de Octubre, 2013

In our first session of our improvers’ course, we briefly introduced ourselves and we made a review of the most basic questions in Spanish, such as: ¿Cómo te llamas? – What’s your name? (Yo) me llamo … - My name is … ¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?  (Yo) soy de … - I am from … ¿Dónde vives? – Where do you live? (Yo) vivo en … - I live in … ¿Estás casado /casada? – Are you married? ¿Tienes hijos? – Do you have any sons or daughters? ¿Tienes mascotas? – Do you have any pets?
We went over the numbers (from 1 to 10) and we did a role-play exercise in which the students used the numbers and the sentences mentioned above.
In the second part of the session, we talked about food. We did a brainstorming exercise with words: El jamón –  the ham El agua –  the water La leche – the milk El pollo – the chicken La patata – the potato
We made the most of it and we went over the articles el, la, (the in English)as well. To finish with, we did a role-play exercise with food by…

AUTUMN BEGINNERS COURSE, 2013, CLASS 1

In the first session of our beginner’s course, we introduced ourselves and we talked briefly about the different stereotypes and characteristics we find in the Spanish culture, such as the food, flamenco, the beautiful beaches, bullfighting or siestas (naps).
We also talked about the Spanish pronunciation and we saw some examples of words with those particular pronunciations.
“ñ” in España (Spain), uña (nail), niño (child) “ll” in lluvia (rain), llave (key), llamar (call, ring) “j, g” in mujer  (woman), gente (people) genio (genious) “q” in queso (cheese) que (what) “r, rr” in perro  (dog) borracho (drunk), ratón (mouse) “h” in hola (hello) hielo (ice), hermano (brother) “v” in volver  (go back, come back), volar (fly), ver (see) “c, z” in cien (one hundred), zapato (shoe), diez (ten) (It was also worth mentioning that we only have five sounds to the five vowels a,e,I,o,u,  unlike the vowels in the English language which there are twelve sounds).
We learnt the basic introductions: Hola – hello

AUTUMN SPANISH CLASSES - LAST FEW PLACES

Our Autumn Spanish classes begin next week and we still have a few places left on our Beginners and Improvers courses, which begin on the 14th and 15th of October. 

The Beginners course is eight weeks long and costs €110. The Improvers is nine weeks long and costs €120.

For more info, or to book a place, please email sligospanishsociety@gmail.com