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FILM - OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS - NOVEMBER 27TH.

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OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS
The most successful Spanish film of all time at the box office, we in Sligo Spanish Society are pleased to present Ocho Apellidos Vascos  - Eight Basque Surnames.

A comedy in Spanish, with English subtitles, the story revolves around Rafa, from Seville in the south of Spain, who is only interested in meeting women and living the good life. One day, everything changes, when he meets Amaia, a Basque girl from the north, and the first woman to resist his charms.
Rafa, determined to conquer her, travels to her village in the Basque country in the north. There, ready to do what it takes to win Amaia, he even passes himself off as a real Basque in order to win the approval of his prospective father-in-law.
The comedy and the plot of Ocho Apellidos Vascos revolve around the cultural differences between the different regions of Spain, between Andalucía in the south, with its sun, flamenco, and fierce pride in its traditions, and the Basque Country in the north, independent-m…

MONDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, 2014, CLASS 7

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…

LEAVING CERT GRAMMAR, 2014, CLASS 7

Leaving cert Grammar, Autumn 2014, class 7
We began by revising the irregular past tenses. It is important to distinguish between the first and third persons, which can be quite similar - dije/dijo, fui/fue, tuve/tuvo, vine/vino etc...
We then moved on to reflexive verbs. One verb we looked at is... Llamarse - to call yourself me llamo - I call myself te llamas - you call yourself etc..
We learned the reflexive pronouns me, te, se, nos, os, se. These all give the idea of "self" me - myself te - yourself etc.
Many reflexive verbs in Spanish are also reflexive in English..... divertirse - to enjoy yourself lavarse - to wash yourself
But many are not..... levantarse - to get up acostarse - to go to bed vestirse - to get dressed despertarse - to wake up preocuparse - to worry relajarse - to relax
we also mentioned that most verbs can be reflexive or not, with a change in meaning Cortar - to cut Corté el pan - I cut the bread Cortarse - to cut yourself Cuando preparaba la cena, me cort…

TUESDAY BEGINNERS, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 7

Martes, el 18 de noviembre, 2014
We began by revising how to talk about liking and disliking in Spanish
Me gusta la leche - I like milk "Me gusta" for singular me gustan las patatas fritas - I like chips "Me gustan" for plural things
We learned some names for animals los animales los elefantes las serpientes - snakes los perros - dogs los gatos - cats las arañas - spiders los caballos - horses
Me gustan los perros No me gustan nada las serpientes odio las arañas - I hate spiders
We then looked at some useful language for ordering in a restaurant
¡oiga! – Excuse me! ¿podemos pedir? – Can we order? ¿Qué van a tomar? – What would you like to have? Copa de vino tinto – A glass of red wine Un agua sin gas – Still water ; un agua con gas – sparkling water ¿Quieren postre? – Will you eat a dessert? Para mí, el helado de fresa – Strawberry ice cream for me Para mí, sólo un café, por favor – Just a coffee for me, thanks ¿Algo más? – Anything else? Un poco más de agua, por favor – A bit more of wa…

LEAVING CERT GRAMMAR, 2014, CLASS 6

In this class we revised the regular verbs in the Preterite in Spanish...

Comer - ER and IR verbs Endings.....  í, iste, ió, imos, isteis, ieron
Comí Comiste Com Comimos Comisteis Comieron Hablar - AR verbs Endings.... é, aste, ó, amos, asteis, aron
Hablé Hablaste Habló Hablamos Hablasteis hablaron
We then went on to learn about the irregular Preterite verbs...
Endings………-e, -iste, -o, -imos, -isteis, -eron Decir – to say              Dije, dijiste, dijo, dijimos, dijisteis, dijeron Traer – to bring           Traje, trajiste, trajo, trajimos, trajisteis, trajeron Conducir – to drive     Conduje, condujiste, condujo, condujimos, condujisteis, condujeron
Endings          -e, -iste, -o, -imos, -isteis, -ieron Querer – to want         Quise, quisiste, quiso, quisimos, quisisteis, quisieron Hacer – to do/make     Hice, hiciste, hizo, hicimos, hicisteis, hicieron Venir – to come          Vine, viniste, vino, vinimos, vinisteis, vinieron
Ver – to see     Vi, viste, vio, vimos, visteis, vieron. Dar – to give   …

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 7

Lunes el 17 de noviembre, 2014
We began by revising the weather..
10 grados - 10 degrees las temperaturas máximas - maximum temperatures chubascos - showers la previsión/el pronóstico del tiempo - the weather forecast
And the points of the compass. El oeste - the west
El este - the east
El noroeste - the northwest
El noreste - the north east El norte - the north
El sur - the south
We then went on to revise verbs to talk about pastimes... montar en bici - to ride a bike montar en caballo - to ride a horse dormir - to sleep cocinar - to cook ir de copas - to go for a few drinks ir de compras - to go shopping ir al cine - to go to the cinema jugar al golf - to play golf tocar un instrumento - to play an instrument escuchar la música - to listen to music ver la tele - to watch TV bailar - to dance cantar - to sing pasear en el campo - to go for a walk in the country
we added a few verbs limpiar - to clean pescar - to fish hacer el ejercicio - to do exercise
¿Te gusta pasear en el campo? Sí, me gus…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 6

This week we talked about the habits and costumes in Guatemala and Colombia. We read an article about Guatemala. Some words we didn’t understand: La eterna primavera – The eternal spring Guatemala fue destruida por un terremoto – Guatemala was destroyed by an earthquake Textil – fabrics Piezas de vestir – pieces of clothing La ciudad se llena de animación – Town is filled with amusement Las colinas circundantes – The hills surrounding Resulta muy difícil – It is very difficult Majestuoso – majestic Comprender – to comprise Pájaros – birds
We did a listening about a woman from Colombia who talks about her country. ¿Cómo es el paisaje y el clima de Colombia? – What´s the landscape and climate of Colombian like? Es espectacular y diverso. Hay montañas y selva – It is espectacular and diverse. There are mountains and a jungle. ¿En qué meses llueve? – In what months does it rain? Noviembre y diciembre – November and December ¿Cuál es la mejor época para visitar el país? – What´s the best time of yea…

TUESDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, 2014, CLASS 6

Martes, el 11 de Noviembre, 2014

This week we learnt some expressions to express likes and dislikes in Spanish. ¿Te gusta la cerveza? – Do you like beer? Sí, me encanta – Yes, I love it. Sí, me gusta mucho – Yes, I like it very much Sí, me gusta – Yes I like it No, no me gusta mucho – No, I don’t like it very much No, no me gusta – No, I don’t like it No, no me gusta nada – No, I don’t like it at all. If the noun is plural, we add an “n” at the end of “gusta”. See the examples below: ¿Te gustan los huevos? – Do you like eggs? Sí, me gustan mucho – Yes, I like them No, no me gustan nada – No, I don’t like them at all.
We learnt how to order food and drinks in Spanish. En el restaurante – In the restaurant El menú – The menu Primero / Primer plato – Starters Segundo / Segundo plato – Main course Postre – Dessert Cliente – Customer Camarero / camarera – Waiter / waitress Ensalada – Salad Sopa del día – Soup of the day Bistec con patatas fritas – Steak with chips Pollo asado – Roast chicken Merluza – Hake

MONDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, 2014, CLASS 6

Lunes, el 10 de Noviembre, 2014
This week we learnt some expressions to express likes and dislikes in Spanish. ¿Te gusta la cerveza? – Do you like beer? Sí, me encanta – Yes, I love it. Sí, me gusta mucho – Yes, I like it very much Sí, me gusta – Yes I like it No, no me gusta mucho – No, I don’t like it very much No, no me gusta – No, I don’t like it No, no me gusta nada – No, I don’t like it at all. If the noun is plural, we add an “n” at the end of “gusta”. See the examples below: ¿Te gustan los huevos? – Do you like eggs? Sí, me gustan mucho – Yes, I like them No, no me gustan nada – No, I don’t like them at all.
We learnt how to order food and drinks in Spanish. En el restaurante – In the restaurant El menú – The menu Primero / Primer plato – Starters Segundo / Segundo plato – Main course Postre – Dessert Cliente – Customer Camarero / camarera – Waiter / waitress Ensalada – Salad Sopa del día – Soup of the day Bistec con patatas fritas – Steak with chips Pollo asado – Roast chicken Merluza – Hake T…

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 6

Lunes, el 10 de noviembre, 2014
We began by revising how to describe people. We learned that adjectives have to agree with nouns.
Ellos son jóvenes. Ella es alta. él es viejo. Ella es vieja. Ella tiene el pelo rubio. Ella es rubia.
We then revised the weather. ¿Qué tiempo hace? - what's the weather like? Hace buen tiempo - it is good weather Hace mal tiempo - it is bad weather Hace frío - it is cold Hace calor - it is hot hace viento - it is windy hace sol - it is sunny
hay una tormenta - there is a storm hay niebla - there is fog hay nieve - there is snow hay lluvia - there is rain hay cielos despejados - there are clear skies
está nublado - it is cloudy
We learned some other words connected to the weather 10 grados - 10 degrees las temperaturas máximas - maximum temperatures chubascos - showers
And the points of the compass. El oeste - the west
El este - the east
El noroeste - the northwest
El noreste - the north east El norte - the north
El sur - the south
We then went on to learn …

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 5

Miércoles, el 5 de Noviembre, 2014
This week we kept working on the differences between imperfect – Pretérito imperfect-  and simple past – Pretérito indefinido. Based on a picture we had, we created sentences using pretérito imperfect plus gerund.
¿Qué hacía Manuel cuando empezó el incendio? – What was Manuel doing when the fire started? Manuel estaba hablando por teléfono. – Manuel was talking on the pone Chufi estaba durmiendo – Chufi was sleeping Ana estaba fregando los platos – Ana was doing the dishes Juanito estaba viendo la televisión – Juanito was watching TV Rafael estaba leyendo un libro – Rafael was reading a book Carlitos estaba haciendo los deberes – Carlitos was doing his homework Isabel estaba escuchando música – Isabel was listening to the music Pedro estaba durmiendo – Pedro was sleeping
In the second part of the lesson, we worked on a listening about a story that a girl tells. 1.¿Cuándo ocurrió? El mes pasado – When did that happen? Last month 2.¿Cuáles eran las circunstanci…

MONDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, 2014, CLASS 5

Our last lesson was about how to ask/say the time in Spanish. ¿Qué hora es? – What time is it? Es la… / Son las … - It is…
In Spanish, we say the hour first and then the minutes. 1:00 Es la una en punto                 7.00 Son las siete en punto 4.30 Son las cuatro y media 7.15 Son las siete y cuarto 9.20 Son las nueve y veinte 3.35 Son las cuatro menos veinticinco En punto - o’clock Y cuarto - quarter past Y media – half past Menos cuarto – quarter to
We also learnt some vocabulary related to time: Reloj – Watch, clock Hora – hour Minuto – minute Segundo – second
In the second part of the lesson, we learnt the days of the week: Los días de la semana – The days of the week Lunes – Monday Martes – Tuesday Miércoles – Wednesday Jueves – Thursday Viernes – Friday El fin de semana – The weekend Sábado – Saturday Domingo – Sunday ¿Qué día es hoy? – What day is today? Hoy es … - Today is … ¿Y mañana? – And tomorrow? Mañana es … - Tomorrow is … We listened to a dialogue and we learnt other ways to ask the time: Per…

LEAVING CERT GRAMMAR COURSE, 2014, CLASS 5

LEAVING CERT GRAMMAR, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 5
Miércoles, el 05 de noviembre, 2014

We began by revising the possessive adjectives that translate "my, your, his, her..." etc. It is important to note that all forms take an "s" before plural nouns - "mi amigo" "mis amigos", but  "nuestro" and "vuestro" also change according to masculine and feminine, "nuestro amigo, nuestra amiga".
Mi amigo/ mis amigos

Tu amigo/ tus amigos

Su amigo/ sus amigos Nuestro amigo/nuestra amiga Nuestros amigos/ nuestras amigas
Vuestro amigo/ vuestra amiga Vuestros amigos/vuestras amigas
Su amigo/sus amigos
We also revised some vocabulary pasarlo bien - to have a good time desordenado - messy ordenado - tidy sucio - dirty limpio - clean pasar - to happen ocurrir - to happen triste - sad cansado - happy una enfermera - a nurse un bombero - a fireman
We also revised the differences between Ser and Estar Ser Soy, eres, es, somos, sois, son
- Descri…

TUESDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, 2014, CLASS 5

Martes, el 04 de Noviembre, 2014
We began by revising some useful phrases ¿Cómo se dice.....? - how do you say....? ¿Qué significa....? - what does it mean? ¿Puedes repetir? - can you repeat?
We then went on to revise how to tell the time. ¿Qué hora es? - What time is it?
1.00 - Es la una
2.00 - Son las dos
2.30 - Son las dos y media
2.10 - Son las dos y diez
2. 15 - Son las dos y cuarto 2.55 - Son las tres menos cinco
2.45 - Son las tres menos cuarto
2.35 - Son las tres menos veinticinco
We then learned the days of the week - los días de la semana
Lunes - Monday
Martes - Tuesday
Miércoles - Wednesday
Jueves - Thursday
Viernes - Friday El fin de semana - The weekend
Sábado - Saturday
Domingo - Sunday

We then revised talking about work ¿A qué te dedicas? - What do you do?
Soy profesor - I am a teacher Soy corredor de apuestas - I am a bookmaker Soy director de control de existencias - I am a stock control manager Soy planificador - I am a planner Soy quiropráctico - I am a …

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 5

Lunes, el 04 de noviembre, 2014
We began by revising parts of the body. We also revised illnesses enfermadades - illnesses Tengo catarro - I have a cold Tengo la gripe - I have the flu Tengo tos - I have a cough
¡Qué lástima! - That's a pity! Deberías ir al médico - you should go to the doctor Hay que descansar - it is necessary to rest
We also mentioned some Falsos amigos una constipación - a cold un conductor - a driver embarazada - pregnant
We also revised how to describe someone ¿Cómo es? - what is he/she like?
Es gordo/a - he/she is fat
Es viejo/a - he she is old
Es rubio/ - he/she is blond
Es alto/a - he/she is tall
Es guapo/a - he/ she is good-looking
Es pelirojo/a - He/she is red-haired
Tiene los ojos azules - He has blue eyes ........................verdes - ..........green eyes ....................marrones - ....brown eyes
Es delgado/a - he/she is thin
Es joven - he/she is young
Es moreno/a - he/she is dark-haired
Es bajo/a - he/she is short
Es feo/a - He/she is ugly