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NEW YEAR SPANISH COURSES, 2015

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We are offering a range of courses in Spanish this year, including two Leaving cert revision courses and, for the first time, a Beginners course in Tubbercurry.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION NIGHT
The only way to insure a place on one of our courses is to come to our Registration Night, on Wednesday, January 14th, in the Yeats Building (opposite the Glasshouse), Sligo, from 7pm to 9pm. We ask people to pay the course fee in full to keep a place. There may be places available after this date, but some courses will fill up on Registration night.

Registration for the Tubbercurry course is separate, and will happen on Tuesday January 13th, in Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre.. 
PRICE, DURATION AND LOCATION
All courses cost €130 or €110 for students and the unemployed (except for Leaving Cert courses which cost €120). All courses last for 10 weeks, from mid January to the end of March. All classes begin at 8pm and finish at 9.15pm. Courses take place either in the YeatsBuilding or in Slig…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9

This week´s lesson was about description of objects. Firstly, we matched the pictures with their correct name. 1. caramelos  – sweets 2. bota de vino – container to fill with wine 3. abanico – fan 4. jarrón – vase 5. muñeca – doll 6. jarra – jar 7. castañuelas – castanets 8. porrón – glass wine jar 9. cinturón – belt
We also matched the following descriptions with the correct object Está hecho de cerámica, tiene una asa y sirve para poner agua dentro: jarra – It´s made of ceramic, it has a handle and it is used to put water inside: jar. Está hecho de cerámica pero no tiene asas y sirve para poner flores dentro: jarrón – It´s made of ceramic, but it has no handles and it is used to put flowers inside: base Está hecho de cuero y sirve para poner vino dentro: bota – It is made of leather and it is used to put wine inside. Está hecho de cristal y sirve para poner vino dentro: porrón – It is made of glass and it is used to put wine inside: glass wine jar Son unos dulces que son de diferentes tamaños…

TUESDAY BEGINNERS, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9

In our eight lesson, we learnt different words and phrases to talk about the weather – EL TIEMPO. ¿Qué tiempo hace? – What’s the weather like? Hace frío – It is cold Hace calor – It is warm Hace viento – It is windy Hace sol – It is sunny Hay nieve – It is snowy Está lloviendo – It is rainy / It is raining Hay cielos despejados / Está claro – There are clear skies Está nublado – It is cloudy ¿Qué tiempo hace en este momento / ahora / ahora mismo? – What’s the weather like in this momento / now / right now? We also learnt the seasons of the year. – Las estaciones del año Verano – Summer Primavera – Spring Otoño – Autumn Invierno – Winter * *In Spanish, we do not write the seasons with capital letters, but in lower case. We learnt the cardinal points in Spanish… Los puntos cardinales Norte – North Sur – South Este – East Oeste – West … and also the months of the year: Los meses del año Enero – January Febrero – February Marzo – March Abril – April Mayo – May Junio – June Julio – July Agosto – August Septiembre – Sep…

MONDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9

In our eight lesson, we learnt different words and phrases to talk about the weather – EL TIEMPO. ¿Qué tiempo hace? – What’s the weather like? Hace frío – It is cold Hace calor – It is warm Hace viento – It is windy Hace sol – It is sunny Hay nieve – It is snowy Está lloviendo – It is rainy / It is raining Hay cielos despejados / Está claro – There are clear skies Está nublado – It is cloudy ¿Qué tiempo hace en este momento / ahora / ahora mismo? – What’s the weather like in this momento / now / right now? We also learnt the seasons of the year. – Las estaciones del año Verano – Summer Primavera – Spring Otoño – Autumn Invierno – Winter * *In Spanish, we do not write the seasons with capital letters, but in lower case. We learnt the cardinal points in Spanish… Los puntos cardinales Norte – North Sur – South Este – East Oeste – West … and also the months of the year: Los meses del año Enero – January Febrero – February Marzo – March Abril – April Mayo – May Junio – June Julio – July Agosto – August Septiembre – Sep…

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9
Lunes, el 01 de diciembre, 2014
In this class we revised words for clothes la ropa - clothes la camisa - the shirt la camiseta - the t-shirt los pijamas - pyjamas los calcetines - socks los zapatos - shoes el jersey - a jumper la falda - the skirt el vestido - the dress
We also looked at clothes shopping ¿En qué puedo servirle? - How can I help? Quiero - I want ¿Qué talla tiene? - What size are you? ¿Qué número tiene? - What size are you? (for shoes) ¿Puedo probarmelo? - Can I try it on?
We then looked at how to describe cities Barcelona es moderna y dinámica - Barcelona is modern and dynamic Barcelona está en el noreste  - Barcelona is in the Northeast
We examined the differences between Ser and Estar Both mean "to be" but in different situations Ser - For descriptions Barcelona es moderna Estar - For location (ubicación) Barcelona está en la costa

For homework we are going to describe a city using Ser and Estar.

LEAVING CERT GRAMMAR COURSE, 2014, CLASS 8

Miércoles, el 26 de noviembre, 2014

We began by revising the reflexive verbs in different tenses
eg. Acostarse presente pretérito Futuro continuo
Me acuesto Te acuestas Se acuesta Nos acostamos Os acostáis Se acuestan Me acosté Te acostaste Se acostó Nos acostamos Os acostasteis Se acostaron Me acostaré Te acostarás Se acostará Nos acostaremos Os acostareis Se acostarán. Me estoy acostando Te estás acostando Se está acostando Etc...
We then went on to look at the Imperfect This a past tense, used just as much as the Preterite, though in different situations.

AR verb Hablar
Hablaba Hablabas Hablaba Hablábamos Hablabais hablaban IR/ER verbs Comer
Comía Comías Comía Comíamos Comíais Comían
There are two irregular verbs Ir - iba, ibas, iba, íbamos, ibais, iban Ser - era, eras, era, éramos, erais, eran
There are two main uses for the Imperfect 1. Used to For repeated actions/ prolonged situations in the past Yo comía muchos bonbones cuando era joven - I used to eat a lot of sweets when I was a child
2. What was happeni…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 8

This week we revised the possessive pronouns – Los pronombres posesivos. Mi coche – my car                            Mis coches – My cars Tu libro – your book                        Tus libros – Your books Su abrigo – his/her coat                Sus abrigos – his/her coats Nuestro coche – our car                                Nuestros coches – our cars Nuestra casa – our house            Nuestras casas – our houses Vuestro hijo – your son                                 Vuestros hijos – Your children Vuestra película – your movie    Vuestras películas – your movies Sus amigos – their Friends (both masculine and feminine)
We read an email about two people talking about their new apartment and we underlined the possessive pronouns. Nuestro ático – Our attic Nuestro dormitorio – Our bedroom Su estudio – his/her office Su dormitorio – his/her/their bedrooms Nuestra au pair – Our au pair Su dormitorio – his/her/bedroom Nuestras cosas – our stuff Mis papeles – my papers Mis suegros – my in-laws Vuestros …

TUESDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 8

In this class, we worked on a map and guessed the places they had to look for. Some of them were:
Siga todo recto, tome la primera calle a la izquierda y el banco está a la izquierda – Go straight, take the first road on the left and the bank is on the left. Gire a la derecha y la comisaría está a la derecha - Turn right and the pólice station is on the right. Siga todo recto, tome la segunda calle a la izquierda, después la primera a la derecha, y la piscina está delante – Go straight, take the second road on the left, then take the first road on the right, and the pool is right at the front.
Tome la tercera calle a la izquierda y la primera a la izquierda y la tienda está a la derecha – Take the third road on the left and the first on the left and the shop is on the right. Continúe todo recto y Correos está a la izquierda – Go straight and the post office is on the left. Siga todo recto, tome la segunda calle a la derecha y la farmacia está a la derecha del café – Go straight, take the se…

MONDAY BEGINNERS, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 8

This week, we finished with the dialogues about guiding and directions. Perdone señor, ¿la piscina está cerca? - Excuse me sir, is the swimming pool close? Sí señora, está bastante cerca. – Yes madam, it is pretty close. ¿Va usted en coche o a pie? – Are you going by car or on foot? Voy a pie. – I’m going on foot.
Bueno, baje la calle, y al final de esta calle tuerza a la derecha y la piscina está a la izquierda. –Well, go down this road and at the end of this road turn right and the swimming pool is on the left. Perdone señora, ¿sabe donde hay una librería por aquí? – Excuse me madam, do you know if there’s a bookshop around? Pues, baje la calle, tuerza a la izquierda y la librería está al lado de la panadería – Yes, go down the road, turn left and the bookshop is next to the bakery.
¿Está lejos de aquí? – Is it far from here? Está a dos minutos a pie. – It is two minutes on foot. Por favor, ¿dónde está Correos? – Excuse me, where is the post office? ¿Correos? Aquí mismo. A mano derecha. – T…

FILM - OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS - NOVEMBER 27TH.

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OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS
The most successful Spanish film of all time at the box office, we in Sligo Spanish Society are pleased to present Ocho Apellidos Vascos  - Eight Basque Surnames.

A comedy in Spanish, with English subtitles, the story revolves around Rafa, from Seville in the south of Spain, who is only interested in meeting women and living the good life. One day, everything changes, when he meets Amaia, a Basque girl from the north, and the first woman to resist his charms.
Rafa, determined to conquer her, travels to her village in the Basque country in the north. There, ready to do what it takes to win Amaia, he even passes himself off as a real Basque in order to win the approval of his prospective father-in-law.
The comedy and the plot of Ocho Apellidos Vascos revolve around the cultural differences between the different regions of Spain, between Andalucía in the south, with its sun, flamenco, and fierce pride in its traditions, and the Basque Country in the north, independent-m…

MONDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, 2014, CLASS 7

In this 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 El hospital – The hospital
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 street / road La…

LEAVING CERT GRAMMAR, 2014, CLASS 7

Leaving cert Grammar, Autumn 2014, class 7
We began by revising the irregular past tenses. It is important to distinguish between the first and third persons, which can be quite similar - dije/dijo, fui/fue, tuve/tuvo, vine/vino etc...
We then moved on to reflexive verbs. One verb we looked at is... Llamarse - to call yourself me llamo - I call myself te llamas - you call yourself etc..
We learned the reflexive pronouns me, te, se, nos, os, se. These all give the idea of "self" me - myself te - yourself etc.
Many reflexive verbs in Spanish are also reflexive in English..... divertirse - to enjoy yourself lavarse - to wash yourself
But many are not..... levantarse - to get up acostarse - to go to bed vestirse - to get dressed despertarse - to wake up preocuparse - to worry relajarse - to relax
we also mentioned that most verbs can be reflexive or not, with a change in meaning Cortar - to cut Corté el pan - I cut the bread Cortarse - to cut yourself Cuando preparaba la cena, me cort…

TUESDAY BEGINNERS, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 7

Martes, el 18 de noviembre, 2014
We began by revising how to talk about liking and disliking in Spanish
Me gusta la leche - I like milk "Me gusta" for singular me gustan las patatas fritas - I like chips "Me gustan" for plural things
We learned some names for animals los animales los elefantes las serpientes - snakes los perros - dogs los gatos - cats las arañas - spiders los caballos - horses
Me gustan los perros No me gustan nada las serpientes odio las arañas - I hate spiders
We then looked at some useful language for ordering in a restaurant
¡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 more of wa…

LEAVING CERT GRAMMAR, 2014, CLASS 6

In this class we revised the regular verbs in the Preterite in Spanish...

Comer - ER and IR verbs Endings.....  í, iste, ió, imos, isteis, ieron
Comí Comiste Com Comimos Comisteis Comieron Hablar - AR verbs Endings.... é, aste, ó, amos, asteis, aron
Hablé Hablaste Habló Hablamos Hablasteis hablaron
We then went on to learn about the irregular Preterite verbs...
Endings………-e, -iste, -o, -imos, -isteis, -eron Decir – to say              Dije, dijiste, dijo, dijimos, dijisteis, dijeron Traer – to bring           Traje, trajiste, trajo, trajimos, trajisteis, trajeron Conducir – to drive     Conduje, condujiste, condujo, condujimos, condujisteis, condujeron
Endings          -e, -iste, -o, -imos, -isteis, -ieron Querer – to want         Quise, quisiste, quiso, quisimos, quisisteis, quisieron Hacer – to do/make     Hice, hiciste, hizo, hicimos, hicisteis, hicieron Venir – to come          Vine, viniste, vino, vinimos, vinisteis, vinieron
Ver – to see     Vi, viste, vio, vimos, visteis, vieron. Dar – to give   …

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 7

Lunes el 17 de noviembre, 2014
We began by revising the weather..
10 grados - 10 degrees las temperaturas máximas - maximum temperatures chubascos - showers la previsión/el pronóstico del tiempo - the weather forecast
And the points of the compass. El oeste - the west
El este - the east
El noroeste - the northwest
El noreste - the north east El norte - the north
El sur - the south
We then went on to revise verbs to talk about pastimes... montar en bici - to ride a bike montar en caballo - to ride a horse dormir - to sleep cocinar - to cook ir de copas - to go for a few drinks ir de compras - to go shopping ir al cine - to go to the cinema jugar al golf - to play golf tocar un instrumento - to play an instrument escuchar la música - to listen to music ver la tele - to watch TV bailar - to dance cantar - to sing pasear en el campo - to go for a walk in the country
we added a few verbs limpiar - to clean pescar - to fish hacer el ejercicio - to do exercise
¿Te gusta pasear en el campo? Sí, me gus…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 6

This week we talked about the habits and costumes in Guatemala and Colombia. We read an article about Guatemala. Some words we didn’t understand: La eterna primavera – The eternal spring Guatemala fue destruida por un terremoto – Guatemala was destroyed by an earthquake Textil – fabrics Piezas de vestir – pieces of clothing La ciudad se llena de animación – Town is filled with amusement Las colinas circundantes – The hills surrounding Resulta muy difícil – It is very difficult Majestuoso – majestic Comprender – to comprise Pájaros – birds
We did a listening about a woman from Colombia who talks about her country. ¿Cómo es el paisaje y el clima de Colombia? – What´s the landscape and climate of Colombian like? Es espectacular y diverso. Hay montañas y selva – It is espectacular and diverse. There are mountains and a jungle. ¿En qué meses llueve? – In what months does it rain? Noviembre y diciembre – November and December ¿Cuál es la mejor época para visitar el país? – What´s the best time of yea…

TUESDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, 2014, CLASS 6

Martes, el 11 de Noviembre, 2014

This week we 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.
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

MONDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, 2014, CLASS 6

Lunes, el 10 de Noviembre, 2014
This week we 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.
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 T…