INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 4

Miércoles, el 22 de octubre, 2014


This week we talked about two past tenses in Spanish: Pretérito imperfecto y pretérito indefinido.
Firstly, we described a picture using pretérito imperfecto. Some of the answers were:

Luis y Marisol estaban en la calle – Luis and Marisol were in the street.
En la calle había mucha gente – There were lots of people in the street.
Hacía buen tiempo – The weather was nice
La gente paseaba – People were taking a stroll
La gente llevaba ropa de verano – People were wearing summer clothes
Luis y Marisol estaban contentos – Luis and Marisol were happy

To practise both tenses, we worked on another description activity. Note that descriptions are formed with pretérito imperfecto and actions are formed with pretérito indefinido.

To check the answers, we worked on the next activity that consisted on listening to the story completing the transcript with the missing verbs. The dialogue is the following one:
A: El otro día paseábamos por la Ramblas de Barcelona y había muchísima gente porque era fiesta y hacía un día espléndido – The other day we were walking through the Ramblas in Barcelona, there were loads of people because it was bank holiday and it was an amazing day.

De repente, se acercaron dos chicos y preguntaron la hora – All of a sudden, two boys came closer and they asked us about the time
Entonces, cuando estaba mirando la hora, cogieron mi bolso y se fueron corriendo – So, when I was checking the time, they grabbed my bag and they left, running.
B: ¿Qué hiciste? – What did you do?
A: Pues no pude hacer nada; grité pero eran muy rápidos y además nadie hizo nada – Well I couldn´t do anything; I shouted but they were very fast and in addition, nobody did anything.
B: ¿Qué tenías en el bolso? – What did you have in your bag?
A: Muchas cosas; mi pasaporte, la cámara, mi cartera con bastante dinero, las gafas y las llaves del coche – Lots of things; my passport, my camera, mi purse with some cash, the glasses and the car keys.
B: ¿Los denunciaste? – Did you report it?
A: Sí, fui a la comisaría y los denuncié – Yes, I went to the police station and I reported it.
B: ¿Crees que encontrarán la bolsa? – Do you think they will find the bag?
A: La policía dice que es muy difícil, esto pasa todos los días – The police say that it is very improbable, this happens everyday.

Other words and expressions that came up and we did not know:
Reloj (de pared) – Clock
Reloj (de pulsera) – Watch
Agarrar – to grab
Jaleo – Noise
Concordancia – The way adjectives, nouns, pronouns and articles are synchronised.
Concordancia en género masculino o femenino – La gata blanca, el perro negro
Concordancia en número – Las gatas blancas, Los perros negros
Disfrazarse – to disguise
Feliz puente – Have a nice break, bank holiday
Me voy de puente a España (very colloquial) – I am going on a break to Spain!
  





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