Showing posts from October, 2013


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…


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…


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…


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.
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…


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…


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


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