INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 2

Miércoles, el 08 de octubre, 2014

In our second lesson in our intermediate course, we talked about holidays – vacaciones
Firstly, we did a brief brainstorming about holidays.
Medios de transporte – means of transport
Coche – car
Motocicleta (or moto) – motorbike
Bicicleta (or bici) – bike
Barco – ship
Barca – boat
Avión – plane
Autobús – bus
Lugares a donde ir – places to go
Playa – beach
Montaña – mountain
Pueblo – town
Ciudad – city
Ir de crucero – to go on a cruise
Villa – village
Lugares donde hospedarse – places to stay
Hostal – cheap hotel
Albergue – hostel / bed & breakfast
Camping – camping
Tienda de campaña – tent
Hotel – hotel (in Spanish, the “h” is silent)
Caravana – camper van / caravan

In pairs, we worked on activity number 9 and we completed the chart. We read the dialogue and we translated it. Some words / expressions we did not understand:
Demasiada gente – too many people (note that ‘people’ in Spanish is a singular word to define a group, therefore we say ‘la gente es’ not ‘la gente son’ or ‘demasiada gente’ not ‘demasiadas gentes’).
Mucho ambiente – good atmosphere; good craic
No puede ser – it´s not possible; it can’t be. In this context, it means ‘we can´t afford it’.
Un pueblo pequeñito -  A very small town
Incómodo – uncomfortable
Hay que cocinar – we have to cook
Aunque es más caro, no tendremos que cocinar ni limpiar – even though it is more expensive, we won´t have to either cook or clean.

We completed the chart and we corrected it.

To conclude, every student had the task of choosing a destination and try to convince the teacher to go on holidays with them. Some of the answers were:
Vente a la montaña conmigo, disfrutaremos del aire fresco – Come to the mountains with me, we will enjoy some fresh air.
Iremos a un pueblo pequeño  - we will go to a small town
Vamos a Tenerife, disfrutaremos del sol e iremos a las discotecas – Let’s go to Tenerife, we wil enjoy the sun and we will go to the discos.
¿Quieres venir a la ciudad conmigo? Iremos al cine y a cenar a un restaurante – Do you want to come to the city with me? We´ll go to the cinema and we´ll have dinner in a restaurant.
En la ciudad hay mucha gente y lo pasaremos bien – There is a lot of people in the city and we will have fun.

 Some new words and expressions we learnt:
¡Qué mala suerte! – You are so unlucky!
¡Qué raro! ¡Qué extraño! – That´s weird!
Ella no habla ni una palabra de inglés – She cannot speak a Word of English.
Casi todos los días – almost everyday
Te crees joven – you think you are Young
Camarote – a room in a ship where people can sleep.
Me encuentro fatal – I feel sick, I feel really bad
Da igual – it doesn’t matter

Huracán - hurricane

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