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INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2014, CLASS 7

In this lesson, we revised the conditionals along with the topic of “looking for love”. Firstly, we read a text about a woman who is looking for a partner. Some words we did not understand:
Los ámbitos de la vida actual – The fields in the current life Hoy en día – Up to date. We also learnt Actualmente, en la actualidad En realidad – Actually (a false friend) Citas rápidas – Speed dates Citas a ciegas – blind dates Ella no quiere convertirse en una solterona – She does not want to turn into a spinster Lo va a intentar de nuevo – she is going to try it again Y esta vez a través de una agencia – and this time through an agency
We matched the words we had below with the definitions on the right: Pareja ideal– persona que complementa perfectamente a otra Ideal partner – a person who complements perfectly with another one Ligar – entablar una relación amorosa To get off with – to start / establish a relationship Cita rápida – conocer a una persona con un límite de tiempo establecido Speed date – to…

BEGINNERS COURSE, SPRING 2014, CLASS 6

We began the class by revising the days of the week in Spanish Lunes - Monday Martes - Tuesday Miércoles - Wednesday Jueves - Thursday Viernes - Friday Sábado - Saturday Domingo - Sunday
We continued with Directions Lugares en la ciudad - places in a city La comisaría - the police station La estación de trenes - the train station La playa - the beach La piscina - the swimming pool La oficina de correos - the post office El museo - the museum La tienda de ropa - the clothes shop La farmacia - the pharmacy El supermercado - the supermarket La iglesia - the church
¿Dónde está.....? - where is.... ¿Hay una farmacia cerca de aquí? - is there a pharmacy near here? Siga todo recto - go straight on
Tome - take.... Suba - go up Baje - go down Gire a la izquierda - turn left Gire a la derecha - turn right
Tome la primera calle - take the first street Tome la segunda calle - take the second street La tercera calle - the third street La cuarta calle - the fourth street
La farmacia está a la derecha -…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2014, CLASS 6

In our lesson number 6 we talked about recipes and different expressions to talk about the kitchen and food.
We learnt how to make Gazpacho manchego. Words we didn’t understand: Hasta aquí todo normal – So far everything was ok Yo me puse mala – I felt sick Soy alérgica al pepino – I am allergic to cucumber El caso es que… – the thing is that… Mi marido vio la cara que ponía – My husband saw the face I had Tranquila cari que no es el andaluz – Relax Darling, this is not the Andalusian one He de decir / Tengo que decir – I have to say El pollo en trozos – chicken in pieces Tropezones – pieces Torta para gazpacho manchego – Special bread for gazpacho 4 granos de pimienta negra – 4 grains of ground pepper 2 dientes de ajo – two cloves of garlic 4 tomates triturados – 4 crushed tomatoes Champiñones cortados en trocitos – chopped mushrooms Dos lonchas de jamón serrano – two slices of serrano ham Una pizca de sal – a pinch of salt
To talk about the preparation of the dish, we can use three different gra…

BEGINNERS COURSE, SPRING 2014, CLASS 5

We began by revising some vocabulary for food and restaurants.
We then went on to learn the words for various foods and drink La comida - food El pollo - chicken La carne - meat La carne de vaca - beef La carne de cerdo - pork El queso - cheese El vino tinto - red wine El vino blanco - white wine El vino rosado - rosé La cerveza - beer Las patatas - potatoes Las patatas fritas - chips Las naranjas - oranges Los huevos - eggs La pasta - pasta El arroz - rice La leche - milk Los mariscos - shellfish La mantequilla - butter La ensalada - salad El jamón - ham El pescado - fish El pan - bread La tortilla - spanish omelette
We then looked at likes and dislikes ¿Te gusta.....? - Do you like...? ¿te gusta el pollo? - Do you like chicken? Sí, me gusta - yes, I like it. No, no me gusta - No, I don't like it. Me gusta mucho - I like it a lot Me gusta más o menos - I like it ok, I don't mind it The expression changes a little for plural nouns ¿Te gustan los huevos? - Do you like eggs? Sí, me gustan - Yes, I lik…

IMPROVERS 3 COURSE, 2014, CLASS 5

We began by revising vocab for television and films...
We moved on to talk about television Las noticias - the news Las telenovelas - soap operas Los documentales - documentaries Las series policíacas - police series Los programas de entrevistas - chat shows Los programas de deporte - sports programmes Las comedias - comedies Los concursos - contests Los reality shows
Es aburrido - it is boring Es divertido - it's entertaining Es gracioso - it's funny Es fascinante - it's fascinating Es relajante - it's relaxing
Las películas - films Las películas de ciencia-ficción - science fiction films Las películas de risa - comedies Las películas de terror - horrors Las películas de época - period films, historical films. Trata de.... - it's about.... Los personajes principales - the main characters La película está ambientada en.... - the film is set in.....
We then described films and used some interesting vocabulary Enanos - dwarves Un mago - a wizard Un tiburón - a shark
We then, in groups, prod…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2014, CLASS 5

In this lesson, we talked about food and our habits. Firstly, we reviewed some words related to foods and we included them in different categories.
Fruta – Fruit Plátano – banana Fresa – strawberry Melón – melon Naranja – orange Pera – pear Pescado – fish Trucha – trout Pulpo – octopus Lubina – seabass Dorada – bream Merluza – hake Verdura – vegetables Alcachofa – artichoke Espinaca – spinach Guisantes – peas Coliflor – cauliflower Legumbres – legumes Judía – vean Haba – broad vean Garbanzos – chick peas Soja – soy Lentejas – lentils Carne – meat Chuleta  - steak Solomillo – sirloin Longaniza – chorizo Pollo – chicken Hamburguesa – burguer In the second activity, the students were given some brochures from different supermarkets. In pairs, they decided which foods they wanted to buy. The budget available was €15. Some words we did not understand: Frambuesa – raspberry Mora – blueberry Postre – dessert Ensalada – salad Comidasana – healthy food
In the third activity, we discussed some questions in pairs and then we sh…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2014, CLASS 4

Miércoles, el 30 de abril, 2014

In this lesson, we learnt and reviewed some adjectives that are used to describe. Los adjetivos descriptivos Link here
Firstly, we read a short story called La historia de Paula and we underlined the adjectives we found in the text. Some words and expressions we did not understand: El chico más celoso del mundo me dejó – The most jealous boy in the world, dumped me. Yo era la persona más dulce – I was the sweetest person Tras la ruptura – after the breakup Mi ansia por recorrer el mundo era indescriptible – My eagerness to go around the world was indescribable. Partí hacia Nueva York – I headed off to New York. Me quedé con la boca abierta – My jaw hit the floor Un restaurante muy pijo – A posh restaurant Un camarero bastante charlatán – A rather chatty waiter Un señor bastante pesado – a rather boring person Un bebé muy llorón – A crying baby Dar la murga – A very colloquial expression that is used when somebody does not stop talking about something you do not c…

BEGINNERS COURSE SPRING 2014, CLASS 4

Miércoles, el 30 de abril, 2014
We began by revising the words for countries and nationalities Irlandés/ irlandesa - Irish Español/ española - Spanish Inglés/ inglesa - English Francés /francesa - French Norteamericano/norteamericana - American Alemán/alemana - German Italiano/italiana - Italian We then revised how to talk about languages ¿Hablas francés? - Sí, hablo un poco de francés. ¿Hablas alemán? - No, no hablo alemán.
We mentioned how to use the verb To Be in Spanish... Ser - To Be Yo soy - I am Tú eres - you are Él es - he is Ella es - she is It is also important to mention that you can leave out the pronoun - yo, tú, él, ella - and just use the verb.
We then revised talking about jobs... Los trabajos - jobs ¿A qué te dedicas? - What do you do? Soy enfermera Soy técnica de calidad Soy oficial de seguridad y salud Soy estudiante Estoy en el paro Soy diseñador gráfico Soy funcionaria
We revised the words for other jobs Es bombero Es policía Es enfermera Es médico Es carpintero Es peluquero Es cocinero
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