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Our Spring Spanish courses begin this year on Monday March 31st, Tuesday April 1st and Wednesday April 2nd.

We have courses for all levels, as can be seen below. All courses cost €110 or €90 for students or the unemployed.
Registration night is Tuesday March 25th, in Sligo City Hotel, from 7pm to 8pm. New students, i.e. people wishing to do a course with us for the first time, must come to the registration night to ensure a place on a course. We ask for payment in full in order to register.

For more info, email or phone 086 3749578.
BEGINNERS: This course begins Wednesday April 2nd at 8pm, and continues every Wednesday for eight weeks (excluding a one week break for Easter, April 23rd). It is designed for people who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. 
IMPROVERS: This course begins on Monday March 31st, at 8pm. It is designed as a follow on to a Beginners course, and so is for people with some small knowledge of Spanish. It is a seven week course, from …


Our eight lesson was about cars. We learnt the different parts of the car in Spanish: Las partes del coche Los faros – the lights El intermitente – the indicators El volante – the steering wheel El embrague – the clutch El freno – the break El acelerador – the accelerator El motor de arranque – the ignition El espejo (retrovisor) – the mirror El parabrisas – the windscreen El limpia parabrisas – windscreen wiper El freno de mano – handbrake La palanca de cambios – Gear stick
We learnt two different phrases to express instructions or commands (you have to…) in Spanish. We have two options: 1)With our impersonal pronoun “se”:    Se + a verb in the 3rd person of singular Example: Se trabaja para ganar dinero – You have to work to earn money. 2)With “Hay que…”:     Hay que + verb in the infinitve form Example: Hay que trabajar para ganar dinero – You have to work to earn money.
We worked on activity number 7. In pairs we wrote those sentences with “se” or “hay que”  and we put them in the correct order. The …


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…


We began by revising our False Friend from last week... Recordar - to remember We learned a new False Friend Asesino - murderer (Does not mean "assassin".) Asesinar - to murder
We then went on to practice reflexive and non-reflexive verbs... Reflexives Despertarse Levantarse Divertirse Cepillarse los dientes Relajarse Lavarse las manos These verbs all need a reflexive pronoun - me divierto, te levantas, se cepilla, etc...
Non reflexives Dormir Ir Volver Desayunar Comer Cenar These verbs do not take a reflexive pronoun,
We then went on to listen to a Spanish au pair talking about her daily routine Some vocabulary Recoger - to collect Planchar - to iron Arreglar - to tidy Llevar - to take
We ended by learning some vocabulary connected to describing a house Las habitaciones - the rooms El salón - the living room El comedor - the dining room El cuarto de baño - the bathroom El vestíbulo - the hall El dormitorio - the bedroom La cocina - the kitchen

Our homework was to describe our houses.


In our last lesson, 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 dere…


In this lesson, we talked about the Spanish spoken in South America. We compared the accent in Spain and South America and we talked about the differences in the lexicon and morphology. We also listened to some women from Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela, etc. speaking Spanish and we also listened a video in which people exaggerate the accents in these countries. 
the link to the presentation is here


We began by learning another false friend Recordar - to remember No recuerdo - I don't remember The important point, of course, is that Recordar never means "to record".
We then continued to learn about verbs to be used in the daily routine. Despertarse - to wake up, me despierto - I wake up 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 then moved on to learning some other reflexive verbs. Reflexive verbs contain the idea of "self". Levantarse is a reflexive verb, the "se" part means "self"
When we conjugate Spanish verbs, the "self" part - the reflexive pronoun - changes too. Me levanto - I get up (literally, I get myself up) Te l…


In this lesson, we learned how to ask “How long have you…?”in Spanish: ¿Cúanto tiempo hace que…? Hace tres años que vivo aquí èI’ve lived here for three years. Vivo aquí desde hace tres años Vivo aquí desde 2003 – I have lived here since 2003
Link here.
We listened to a dialogue and we completed the gaps in activity number 14: Transcript here 1.Hace dos años que trabajo en el taller. – I’ve worked in a garage for two years. 2.Hace un año que tengo novia. – I’ve had a girlfriend for a year. 3.Hace cuatro años que tengo el carnet de conducir. – I’ve had my driving license for four years 4.Hace cuatro años que tengo coche. – I’ve had a car for four years. 5.Hace cuarenta años que mi familia tiene el taller mecánico – My family has had the garage for forty years.
In pairs, we made questions for those answers: 1.¿Cuánto hace que trabajas en el taller? – How long have you worked in the garage? 2.¿Cuánto hace que tienes novia? – How long have you had a girlfriend? 3.¿Cuánto hace que tienes el carnet de co…


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…