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 meet someone under a time limit
Solterona – Mujer mayor que aún no se ha casado
Spinster – Old woman who is not married yet
Cita a ciegas – tener un encuentro con otra persona sin conocerla
Blind date – to have a meeting with someone without knowing him/her (previously)

Then we used the conditionals to advice the main character of the story and we completed the texts with positive and negative conditionals.
Deberías inscribirte, me parece una buena idea – You should sign up, it seems a good idea to me
Yo que tú lo intentaría, no tienes nada que perder – If I were you, I would try it, you don’t have anything to lose.
Yo no me lo pensaría, es una oportunidad única – I would not think about it, it is an unique opportunity.
Yo haría lo mismo – I would do the same
Deberías salir a por todas – You should go for it.
¡Es una locura! Deberías pensarlo – That is crazy! You should think about it.
Yo tendría cuidado, en la red hay muchos mentirosos – I would be careful, in the net there are lots of liars.
Yo que tú buscaría otro modo de ligar – If I were you, I would look for another way of flirting
¿No es un poco arriesgado? No deberiás fiarte tanto de la gente – Isn’t it a bit risk? You should not trust people so much.

To finish with, in pairs, we came up with different pieces of advice that could be given to the main character. Some of the answers were:
Yo que tú viajaría y conocería gente nueva – If I were you, I would travel and I would meet new people.
Deberias irte al extranjero – You should go abroad.
No deberías inscribirte en esa agencia porque puede ser peligroso – You should not sign up in that agency because it might be dangerous.
Yo pondría un anuncio en el periódico – I would put and ad in the newspaper.


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