Showing posts from February, 2014


To begin this class we revised some of the Falsos Amigos we learned in the previous class. Librería - bookshop Soportar - to put up with, to stand Asistir - to attend Actual - current
We then went on to learn some basic verbs to talk about daily routine Levantarse - to get up, Me levanto - I get up Acostarse - to go to bed, Me acuesto - I go to bed Ducharse - to have a shower, Me ducho - I have a shower Desayunar - to have breakfast, desayuno - I have breakfast Comer/almorzar - to have lunch, como/almuerzo - I have lunch Cenar - to have dinner, ceno - I have dinner Dormir - to sleep, duermo - I sleep
We also learned verbs of movement Ir - to go, voy - I go Volver - to return, vuelvo - I return
We asked and answered questions about what time we do certain things... ¿A qué hora te levantas? - What time do you get up? ¿A qué hora vuelves a casa? - what time do you get home? ¿A qué hora vas al trabajo?
We also looked at telling the time Me levanto a las ocho en punto - I get up at eight o&#…


In our fifth lesson, we talked about the FUTURE and we used them to make plans. We learnt two different ways to make sentences by using the future. One of them is clearly explained on page 238 and the other one is by using the structure:  “ir a + verb in infinitive form” – “going to” in English
Yo voy a comprar ropa – I am going to buy clothes Tú vas a comer aquí – You are going to eat here Ella va a salir esta noche – She is going to go out tonight Nosotors vamos a cenar en casa – We are going to have dinner at home Vosotros vais a trabajar en París – You are going to work in Paris Ellos van a pasar sus vacaciones en España – They are going to spend their holidays in Spain We worked on the dialogue on page 36 and the students worked in pair on the exercise A. Link HERE.
We also learnt the conditionals by using present simple and future on page 37: Si + presente simple // futuro simple – If + present simple // future simple Si tengo tiempo, iré a Guatemala – If I have time, I’ll go to Guatemala.…


Lunes, el 17 de febrero, 2014

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.
We learnt how to order food and drinks in Spanish. En el restaurante – In the restaurant El m…


We began by looking at some Falsos Amigos
Sensible - sensitive Embarazada - pregnant Decepción - disappointment
We then did an exercise to discover more Falsos Amigos in five sentences... - No puedo asistir a la clase. "Asistir" is the False Friend, as it means "to attend" here.
- Tengo muchos parientes en Sligo. "parientes" is the FF, it means "relatives"
- No puedo soportar esta lluvia . "soportar" means "to put up with", "tolerate".
- El actual primer ministro de Irlanda es Enda Kenny. "actual" is the FF, it means, "current".
- Compré el libro de Seamus Heaney en la librería. "librería" means "bookshop" and not "library".
We then continued talking about describing cities. Sligo está en el noroeste de Irlanda. We use Estar for talking about location - ubicación Sligo es tranquila y pequeña. We use Ser to describe a city or place. - descripción.
We then listened to a de…


Miércoles, el 12 de febrero, 2014

Our fourth lesson was about the Pretérito indefinidoin Spanish – Past simple in English ¿Qué hiciste ayer? Visité a mis padres                                      Comí en un restaurante       Salí con mis amigos The time expressions we can use in the same sentences are: Ayer – yesterday El fin de semana pasado – last weekend En las vacaciones – on your last holidays Hace un mes / un año / un día – A month, a year , a day ago The students worked in pairs and made sentences by using the PRETÉRITO INDEFINIDO and the time expressions above. Some of the examples are the following: Ayer trabajé. – I worked yesterday El fin de semana pasado fuimos  a Galway – Last weekend we went to Galway. Hace un mes fui a España – I went to Spain a month ago

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We also worked on activity number 18 from our book and we transformed the verbs in the infinitive form into the past: 1.Llegué a México – I arrived in México. 2.Fui a la playa – I went to the beach. 3.Fui de excur…


Class 4, Lunes, el 10 de febrero, 2014.

Our fourth lesson was abouthow 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 …


Martes, el 12 de febrero. Class 4.
We began by revising emotions in Spanish, and deciding which words we use with Tener, and which with Estar
....frío ....calor ...miedo ....sueño ....hambre ....sed
Estar.. ....preocupado ....triste ....contento .....cansado ....enfadado etc...
We also revised the concept of False Friends - Falsos Amigos - and added some new examples Decepcionado - does not have any connection to "deception", it means "disappointed". Conductor - a driver Constipado - to have a cold Sensible - sensitive
We then practiced the conversation that we began last week, when we asked other people's opinions and gave our own... ¿Qué piensas? - what do you think? Pienso que.... - I think that... Estoy de acuerdo - I agree No estoy de acuerdo - I don't agree
We then moved on to talking about cities
In Spanish we have two equivalents to the English verb To Be - Ser and Estar. It is important to be able to distinguish between them....
Barcelona está en el no…


Miércoles, el 05 de febrero, 2014
In our third lesson, we worked with the present perfect in Spanish : EL PRETÉRITO PERFECTO.
We did the listening from the activity 13 in which we had to write the causes why the person who speaks arrives late at work. The causes are the following: ·No oir el despertador. ·Levantarse tarde. ·Perder el autobús. ·Decidir tomar un taxi. ·Tener que andar a la oficina. We also worked in pairs on the activity number 14 in which we had to write the verbs in the correct form of the Pretérito perfecto. 1.He tenido un día terrible 2.He llegado tarde a trabajar. 3.Me he despertado tarde. 4.No he oído el despertador. 5.He salido con un cuarto de hora de tiempo 6.He ido a tomar el tren. 7.No he llegado 8.Ha habido un accidente 9.He decidido tomar un taxi 10.El taxi se ha estropeado 11.He tenido que andar hasta la oficina 12.He llegado tarde a una reunión 13.¿Te ha dicho algo tu jefe? 14.No me ha dicho nada 15.Creo que no le ha gustado 16.No me ha mirado con muy buena cara.
We translat…


Lunes, el 04 de febrero, 2014
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 R…


Martes, el 04 de febrero, 2014
In this class we revised the words for clothes in Spanish La ropa - clothes Los pantalones - trousers Los vaqueros - jeans Los zapatos - shoes Los calcetines - socks Un vestido - a dress Una falda - a skirt Unos guantes - gloves Un suéter - a sweater Un abrigo - a coat Una chaqueta - a jacket Una corbata - a tie Un cinturón - a belt Un chándal - a tracksuit Una rebeca - a cardigan
We used the verb Llevar - to wear Llevo, llevas, lleva Llevar also means "to take
We then practiced the agreement between nouns and adjectives If a noun - vestido - is masculine, then the adjective describing it has to be masculine Un vestido rojo If a noun - falda - is feminine, then the adjective has to be feminine Una falda roja If a noun is plural - pantalones - then the adjective has to be plural Unos pantalones rojos. There is more practice with agreement here.
We then revised language for shopping We then learned some other language to do with shopping for clothes Quiero... - I want …


In our second lesson, we worked on an interview with Enrique Iglesias. We read the interview and we translated the words that we did not understand.
¡por supuesto! – of course! Gorras de béisbol – Baseball caps Gorros de lana – wool hats Velocidad – speed Riesgo – risk Ajedrez – chess Meta – goal Triunfar en los escenarios – to succeed on stage Lo que el viento se llevó – Gone with wind. Se lleva muy bien con ellos – He gets on well with them La gente capta ese sentimiento – People get that feeling Ese toque humano – That human touch Ser capaz de – To be able to Apoyo – Support Desamor – the contrary of love, when you don’t love someone anymore Esperanza – Hope

We made questions by using the key words we had on top of the page. Some of the possible questions are: ¿Estás enamorado? – Are you in love? ¿Cómo describirías la fuerza del amor? – How would you describe the power of love? ¿Tienes hermanos? – Do you have any brothers or sisters? ¿Te llevas bien con ellos? – Do you get on well with them? ¿Disfrutas…


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 ¿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 – grandparents Nieto/nieta- grandson/granddaughter           Nietos – grandchildren Tío / tía…