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NEW YEAR SPANISH COURSES, 2015

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We are offering a range of courses in Spanish this year, including two Leaving cert revision courses and, for the first time, a Beginners course in Tubbercurry.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION NIGHT
The only way to insure a place on one of our courses is to come to our Registration Night, on Wednesday, January 14th, in the Yeats Building (opposite the Glasshouse), Sligo, from 7pm to 9pm. We ask people to pay the course fee in full to keep a place. There may be places available after this date, but some courses will fill up on Registration night.

Registration for the Tubbercurry course is separate, and will happen on Tuesday January 13th, in Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre.. 
PRICE, DURATION AND LOCATION
All courses cost €130 or €110 for students and the unemployed (except for Leaving Cert courses which cost €120). All courses last for 10 weeks, from mid January to the end of March. All classes begin at 8pm and finish at 9.15pm. Courses take place either in the YeatsBuilding or in Slig…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9

This week´s lesson was about description of objects. Firstly, we matched the pictures with their correct name. 1. caramelos  – sweets 2. bota de vino – container to fill with wine 3. abanico – fan 4. jarrón – vase 5. muñeca – doll 6. jarra – jar 7. castañuelas – castanets 8. porrón – glass wine jar 9. cinturón – belt
We also matched the following descriptions with the correct object Está hecho de cerámica, tiene una asa y sirve para poner agua dentro: jarra – It´s made of ceramic, it has a handle and it is used to put water inside: jar. Está hecho de cerámica pero no tiene asas y sirve para poner flores dentro: jarrón – It´s made of ceramic, but it has no handles and it is used to put flowers inside: base Está hecho de cuero y sirve para poner vino dentro: bota – It is made of leather and it is used to put wine inside. Está hecho de cristal y sirve para poner vino dentro: porrón – It is made of glass and it is used to put wine inside: glass wine jar Son unos dulces que son de diferentes tamaños…

TUESDAY BEGINNERS, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9

In our eight lesson, we learnt different words and phrases to talk about the weather – EL TIEMPO. ¿Qué tiempo hace? – What’s the weather like? Hace frío – It is cold Hace calor – It is warm Hace viento – It is windy Hace sol – It is sunny Hay nieve – It is snowy Está lloviendo – It is rainy / It is raining Hay cielos despejados / Está claro – There are clear skies Está nublado – It is cloudy ¿Qué tiempo hace en este momento / ahora / ahora mismo? – What’s the weather like in this momento / now / right now? We also learnt the seasons of the year. – Las estaciones del año Verano – Summer Primavera – Spring Otoño – Autumn Invierno – Winter * *In Spanish, we do not write the seasons with capital letters, but in lower case. We learnt the cardinal points in Spanish… Los puntos cardinales Norte – North Sur – South Este – East Oeste – West … and also the months of the year: Los meses del año Enero – January Febrero – February Marzo – March Abril – April Mayo – May Junio – June Julio – July Agosto – August Septiembre – Sep…

MONDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9

In our eight lesson, we learnt different words and phrases to talk about the weather – EL TIEMPO. ¿Qué tiempo hace? – What’s the weather like? Hace frío – It is cold Hace calor – It is warm Hace viento – It is windy Hace sol – It is sunny Hay nieve – It is snowy Está lloviendo – It is rainy / It is raining Hay cielos despejados / Está claro – There are clear skies Está nublado – It is cloudy ¿Qué tiempo hace en este momento / ahora / ahora mismo? – What’s the weather like in this momento / now / right now? We also learnt the seasons of the year. – Las estaciones del año Verano – Summer Primavera – Spring Otoño – Autumn Invierno – Winter * *In Spanish, we do not write the seasons with capital letters, but in lower case. We learnt the cardinal points in Spanish… Los puntos cardinales Norte – North Sur – South Este – East Oeste – West … and also the months of the year: Los meses del año Enero – January Febrero – February Marzo – March Abril – April Mayo – May Junio – June Julio – July Agosto – August Septiembre – Sep…

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9

IMPROVERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 9
Lunes, el 01 de diciembre, 2014
In this class we revised words for clothes la ropa - clothes la camisa - the shirt la camiseta - the t-shirt los pijamas - pyjamas los calcetines - socks los zapatos - shoes el jersey - a jumper la falda - the skirt el vestido - the dress
We also looked at clothes shopping ¿En qué puedo servirle? - How can I help? Quiero - I want ¿Qué talla tiene? - What size are you? ¿Qué número tiene? - What size are you? (for shoes) ¿Puedo probarmelo? - Can I try it on?
We then looked at how to describe cities Barcelona es moderna y dinámica - Barcelona is modern and dynamic Barcelona está en el noreste  - Barcelona is in the Northeast
We examined the differences between Ser and Estar Both mean "to be" but in different situations Ser - For descriptions Barcelona es moderna Estar - For location (ubicación) Barcelona está en la costa

For homework we are going to describe a city using Ser and Estar.

LEAVING CERT GRAMMAR COURSE, 2014, CLASS 8

Miércoles, el 26 de noviembre, 2014

We began by revising the reflexive verbs in different tenses
eg. Acostarse presente pretérito Futuro continuo
Me acuesto Te acuestas Se acuesta Nos acostamos Os acostáis Se acuestan Me acosté Te acostaste Se acostó Nos acostamos Os acostasteis Se acostaron Me acostaré Te acostarás Se acostará Nos acostaremos Os acostareis Se acostarán. Me estoy acostando Te estás acostando Se está acostando Etc...
We then went on to look at the Imperfect This a past tense, used just as much as the Preterite, though in different situations.

AR verb Hablar
Hablaba Hablabas Hablaba Hablábamos Hablabais hablaban IR/ER verbs Comer
Comía Comías Comía Comíamos Comíais Comían
There are two irregular verbs Ir - iba, ibas, iba, íbamos, ibais, iban Ser - era, eras, era, éramos, erais, eran
There are two main uses for the Imperfect 1. Used to For repeated actions/ prolonged situations in the past Yo comía muchos bonbones cuando era joven - I used to eat a lot of sweets when I was a child
2. What was happeni…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 8

This week we revised the possessive pronouns – Los pronombres posesivos. Mi coche – my car                            Mis coches – My cars Tu libro – your book                        Tus libros – Your books Su abrigo – his/her coat                Sus abrigos – his/her coats Nuestro coche – our car                                Nuestros coches – our cars Nuestra casa – our house            Nuestras casas – our houses Vuestro hijo – your son                                 Vuestros hijos – Your children Vuestra película – your movie    Vuestras películas – your movies Sus amigos – their Friends (both masculine and feminine)
We read an email about two people talking about their new apartment and we underlined the possessive pronouns. Nuestro ático – Our attic Nuestro dormitorio – Our bedroom Su estudio – his/her office Su dormitorio – his/her/their bedrooms Nuestra au pair – Our au pair Su dormitorio – his/her/bedroom Nuestras cosas – our stuff Mis papeles – my papers Mis suegros – my in-laws Vuestros …

TUESDAY BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 8

In this class, we worked on a map and guessed the places they had to look for. Some of them were:
Siga todo recto, tome la primera calle a la izquierda y el banco está a la izquierda – Go straight, take the first road on the left and the bank is on the left. Gire a la derecha y la comisaría está a la derecha - Turn right and the pólice station is on the right. Siga todo recto, tome la segunda calle a la izquierda, después la primera a la derecha, y la piscina está delante – Go straight, take the second road on the left, then take the first road on the right, and the pool is right at the front.
Tome la tercera calle a la izquierda y la primera a la izquierda y la tienda está a la derecha – Take the third road on the left and the first on the left and the shop is on the right. Continúe todo recto y Correos está a la izquierda – Go straight and the post office is on the left. Siga todo recto, tome la segunda calle a la derecha y la farmacia está a la derecha del café – Go straight, take the se…

MONDAY BEGINNERS, AUTUMN 2014, CLASS 8

This week, we finished with the dialogues about guiding and directions. Perdone señor, ¿la piscina está cerca? - Excuse me sir, is the swimming pool close? Sí señora, está bastante cerca. – Yes madam, it is pretty close. ¿Va usted en coche o a pie? – Are you going by car or on foot? Voy a pie. – I’m going on foot.
Bueno, baje la calle, y al final de esta calle tuerza a la derecha y la piscina está a la izquierda. –Well, go down this road and at the end of this road turn right and the swimming pool is on the left. Perdone señora, ¿sabe donde hay una librería por aquí? – Excuse me madam, do you know if there’s a bookshop around? Pues, baje la calle, tuerza a la izquierda y la librería está al lado de la panadería – Yes, go down the road, turn left and the bookshop is next to the bakery.
¿Está lejos de aquí? – Is it far from here? Está a dos minutos a pie. – It is two minutes on foot. Por favor, ¿dónde está Correos? – Excuse me, where is the post office? ¿Correos? Aquí mismo. A mano derecha. – T…