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NEW YEAR SPANISH COURSES, 2016

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Sligo Spanish Society New Year courses begin this year on Monday January 11th. We will have courses at all levels for adults, and also an Oral exam preparation course for Leaving Cert students. Courses will be held in Sligo Town and Tubbercurry.


Registration and Information

To book a place we ask people to pay in full at registration.
Sligo registration will take place on Thursday January 7th, from 7pm to 9pm in the Yeats building, opposite the Glasshouse hotel.

Tubbercurry registration will take place on Wednesday January 6th, from 7.30pm to 9pm in the Family Resource Centre.
Price and duration
All courses cost €130 (€110 for students and the unemployed) except the Leaving cert course which will be €120 for all students. All courses last for 10 weeks.

Information  For more info email sligospanishsociety@gmail.com or phone 086-3749578.
Location and times
Sligo courses The courses take place in the Yeats building and in Sligo City Hotel. All Sligo classes are from 7.30 p.m. to 8.45p.m.
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CHRISTMAS PARTY - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9TH, WITH FELIP CARBONELL

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Our Christmas party this year will be a very special occasion. Playing for us will be Felip Carbonell, who has recently released a CD – Els Colors del Temps – to great acclaim. Felip will play a mixture of his own compositions and a variety of favourites from the world of Hispanic music. He will be accompanied on the night by Anna Houston, another great Sligo musician.
Felip’s CD was recently chosen as CD of the week on the Blue of the Night programme, on RTE Lyric FM. Felip is a Mallorca native, but has lived and played music in Sligo for more than two decades. He is a member of various groups, including No Crows.
We are also promised a special performance from a newly-formed choir group that will sing us Christmas songs in Spanish and English.
The party will take place in the Yeats Building, Sligo, on Wednesday December 9th, from 7.30pm to 10pm. Admission is €5, and this includes wine and tapas. All are welcome, not just members of the society, so bring a friend!

ELEMENTARY COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 9

This week we looked at the map of Spain and we revised how to ask for places. Spain is divided into 17 different regions (comunidades autonómas) and 2 independent cities that belong to the country (ciudades autónomas) called Ceuta and Melilla. There are 52 different provinces (provincias) that constitute the country. In groups, we guessed where the following places are. ¿Dónde está…? – Where is…? … Tenerife? – Tenerife está en las Islas Canarias – It’s in the  Canary Islands. …Barcelona? – Barcelona está en Cataluña …Santiago de Compostela? – Está en Galicia. …Mallorca? – Está en las Islas Baleares …Bilbao? – Está en el País Vasco. …Málaga? – Está en Andalucía …Fuerteventura? – Está en las Islas Canarias …Toledo? – Está en Castilla – La Mancha
We learnt how to ask where we have been. It is formed with the verb HABER (in the person we are talking about) and a participle, which is formed by changing the end of the verb in infinitive by a participle ending. Haber: he, has, ha, hemos, habéis, han Ve…

BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 9

This week 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 – September Novie…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 9

We began by talking about the words for “last” and “second-last” Esta es la penúltima clase – this is the second-last class La semana que viene es la última clase – next week is the last class
We then revised verbs we use to talk about pastimes Pasatiempos - pastimes Escuchar música - listen to music Nadar - to swim Aprender - to learn Pasear en el campo - to walk in the countryside Jugar al golf/fútbol/tenis - to play golf..... Cantar - to sing Bailar - to dance Dormir - to sleep Leer - to read Ver la tele - to watch TV Ir de copas - to go for a few drinks Ir de compras - to go shopping Tocar un instrumento - to play an instrument Montar en bicicleta - to ride a bicycle
¿Qué te gusta hacer en tu tiempo libre? - What do you like doing in your free time? Me gusta ir al cine - I like going to the cinema Los deportes – sports
We then looked at how to form the present tense in Spanish AR verbs Tocar – (to play an instrument) Toco – I play, tocas – you play, toca – he/she plays We don´t need…

BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, 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…

ELEMENTARY COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 8

This week we talked about the house Las habitaciones – The rooms La cocina – the kitchen El dormitorio – the bedroom El vestíbulo / la entrada – the hall El salón – the living room El comedor – the dining room El cuarto de baño – the bathroom El estudio – the office Los muebles – the furniture La cama – the bed La cómoda – the drawers La alfombra – the carpet La cocina eléctrica – the cooker La puerta – the door La mesa de trabajo – the desk El lavaplatos – the dishwasher La lámpara – the lamp La lavadora – the dishwasher La pared – the Wall La nevera – the fridge El espejo – the mirror La mesa – the table El sofá – the couch El  televisor / la televisión – the TV El armario – the wardrobe La ventana – the window El estante- the shelf La silla – the chair El ordenador portátil – the laptop El cuadro – the picture El suelo – the floor
We also learnt some prepositions of place Preposiciones Encima de – on / on top of Entre – between / among Detrás – behind Delante de – in front of Al lado de – next to Debajo de – under
We di…

"THE ENGLISH ARMADA", A TALK BY SPANISH WRITER LUIS GORROCHATEGUI. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 7.30PM

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In 1588 King Philip II of Spain sent a great Armada to attack England. This armada was defeated by a combination of the English forces and bad weather. This defeat left Spain vulnerable to attack.
The next year, 1589, Queen Elizabeth I of England decided to take advantage of this Spanish weakness by launching a massive attack against Spain and Portugal (Portugal was at that time part of Spain and ruled by Philip II).
This English Armada was even larger than its Spanish counterpart of the previous year, with more ships and more men. The destiny of this English fleet is at the centre of Spanish writer Luis Gorrochategui’s book The English Armada, which charts the series of calamities that befell the largest fleet ever assembled by England.
The book also explains how such a disaster was covered up in the aftermath, and how it has faded from history, while the Spanish Armada of the year before has become one of European history’s great landmarks.
We are pleased…

TUBBERCURRY BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 8

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 
We also learned the difference between the verbs Ser and Estar They both mean "To Be" but are used in different situations.
Ser - Yo soy, tú eres, él, ella es, nosotros somos, vosotros sois, ellos son - For talking about nationality - Juan es español - occupations - Soy profesor - family relationships - Mary es mi hermana - telling the time - Son las cuatro y media
Estar - estoy…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 8

We began by revising the colours in Spanish Rojo – red Azul – blue Marrón – Brown Rosa – pink Negro – black Blanco – White Amarillo – yellow Verde – green When we use these colours with a noun, they have to agree with the noun Eg. Un suéter rojo – a red jumper (masculine singular) Zapatos rojos – red shoes (masculine plural) Botas rojas – red boots (feminine plural) We mentioned that adjectives not ending in “o” or “a” do not have a masculine or feminine form Un suéter azul, una corbata azul But they do have a plural form Zapatos azules
We then revised verbs we use to talk about pastimes Pasatiempos - pastimes En mi tiempo libre - in my free time Escuchar música - listen to music Nadar - to swim Aprender - to learn Pasear en el campo - to walk in the countryside Jugar al golf/fútbol/tenis - to play golf..... Cantar - to sing Bailar - to dance Dormir - to sleep Leer - to read Ver la tele - to watch TV Ir de copas - to go for a few drinks Ir de compras - to go shopping Tocar un instrumento - to…

BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, 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 chemist’s 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 El hospital – The hospital La oficina de turismo – the tourist office El aparcamiento – The parking place
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 cuarta calle – The third street / road
We also did a list…

ELEMENTARY COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 7

This week we talked about reflexive verbs and time clauses to express frequency. If the subject in the sentence performs an action on itself, the verb will be reflexive and we’ll have to put “se” at the end of the verb in the infinitive form. Ducharse – to take a shower Vestirse – to get dressed Levantarse – to get up Acostarse – to go to bed Afeitarse – to shave Cortarse el pelo – to have your hair cut Cepillarse los dientes / lavarse los dientes – to brush your teeth Maquillarse – to make up Lavarse las manos/la cara – To wash your hands/your face
When talking about different people, we will replace that “se” by the pronoun that is assigned to the person and this pronoun is placed before the verb. Levantarse Yo me levanto Tú te levantas Él se levanta Nosotros nos levantamos Vosotros os levantáis Ellos se levantan
Ducharse Yo me ducho Tú te duchas Él se ducha Nosotros nos duchamos Vosotros os ducháis Ellos se duchan

In pairs, we worked on the first exercise on page 24 Tú te llamas Pablo, ¿no? – Your name is P…

TUBBERCURRY BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 7

In this class we continued learning and practicing asking about directions...

¿Dónde está.....? - where is.... ¿Hay una farmacia cerca de aquí? - is there a pharmacy near here? ¿Puedes repetir? - can you repeat? Más despacio, por favor - more slowly please. Siga todo recto - go straight on Tome - take.... Suba - go up Baje - go down Gire a la izquierda - turn left Gire a la derecha - turn right Tome la primera calle - take the first street Tome la segunda calle - take the second street La tercera calle - the third street La cuarta calle - the fourth street La farmacia está a la derecha - the pharmacy is on the right La comisaría está a la izquierda - the police station is on the left Los semáforos - the traffic lights

We also learned the alphabet in Spanish.... And we learned how to spell words...
¿Cómo se escribe....? - How do you spell.....?

A (ah)
B (beh) C (theh/seh) D (deh) E (eh) F (efe) G (gheh) H (at-che) I (ee) J (ghota) K (ka) L (ele) M (em-eh) N (en-eh) O (oh) P …

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 7

We practiced saying what people are wearing… Lleva un sombrero negro y una chaqueta roja
We also revised the words for clothes in Spanish. See last class...
We then went on to practice useful expressions for clothes shopping.. Busco - I'm looking for.. ¿qué talla tiene...? - What size do you take? Le queda bien - it suits you ¿Puedo probar? - Can I try it on? El probador - the changing room ¿Tiene algo más grande? - do you have anything bigger? .....................más pequeño? - ......................smaller? ......................más estrecho? - .........................tighter. ......................más ancho? - ..............................looser? ¿Tiene algo más largo? - Do you have anything longer? ............................corto? - .....................................shorter? Me lo llevo - I'll take it.
We continued by looking at verbs for pastimes Pasatiempos - pastimes En mi tiempo libre - in my free time Escuchar música - listen to music Nadar - to swim Aprender - to lea…

BEGINNERS COURSE, AUTUMN 2015, CLASS 6

This week we talked about food.
La comida Las patatas fritas – The chips La naranja – The orange La mantequilla – the butter El queso – the cheese El arroz – the rice La cerveza – the beer La leche – the milk El pescado – the fish La tortilla – the omelette El jamón – the ham El pan – the bread Los huevos – the eggs La ensalada – the salad La carne de vaca  - the steak La pasta – the pasta Los mariscos – seafood
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 foo…