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In our first lesson of our improvers course, we revised some of the contents we learnt in the previous course. We also learnt some useful expressions we put into practice during the whole class. ¿Cómo se dice…? – How do you say…? ¿Cómo se escribe…? – How do you write…? ¿Qué significa…? – What does … mean? Un momento, ¿puedes repetir? – Hold on a moment, can you repeat? Más despacio, por favor – Slower, please. Vamos a hablar… vamos a estudiar… vamos a repasar… vamos a aprender … - we are going to talk about… we are going to study… we are going to revise…. We are going to learn…
We revised some basic questions and we answered in pairs. Then we shared our answers. ¿Cómo te llamas? – What’s your name? ¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from? ¿Dónde vives? – Where do you live? ¿Estás casado /casada? – Are you married? ¿Tienes hijos / hermanos o hermanas / nietos? – Do you have children/brothers and sisters/ grandchildren? ¿Cómo se llama tu hijo? – What’s your son’s name? ¿Cuántos años tiene tu hermano?…


In the first session of our beginners’ course, we introduced ourselves and we talked briefly about the differences and similarities between the Spanish and the English languages. The students talked about their reasons for learning Spanish too. We also talked about the Spanish pronunciation and we saw some examples of words with those particular pronunciations.
“ñ” in España (Spain), uña (nail), niño (child) “ll” in lluvia (rain), llave (key), llamar (call, ring) “j, g” in mujer  (woman), gente (people) genio (genious) “q” in queso (cheese) que (what) “r, rr” in perro  (dog) borracho (drunk), ratón (mouse) “h” in hola (hello) hielo (ice), hermano (brother) “v” in volver  (go back, come back), volar (fly), ver (see) “c, z” in cien (one hundred), zapato (shoe), diez (ten)
(It was also worth mentioning that we only have five sounds to the five vowels a,e,I,o,u,  unlike the vowels in the English language which there are twelve sounds).
We learnt the basic introductions: Hola – hello Buenos días – Go…


Lunes, el 19 de enero, 2015
We began the class by introducing ourselves. Presentarse - to introduce yourself
We then talked a lot about food las tapas el chorizo la ensaladilla rusa - Russian salad (potato salad with eggs, tuna, onion etc.) las almendras - almonds las aceitunas - olives la tortilla de patata - potato omelette los boquerones - anchovies las croquetas - croquettes las albóndigas - meatballs
We listened to and practiced a conversation in a bar calentar - to heat póngame - serve me/give me en la terraza - on the patio, outside en seguida - right away
we also learned words for fruit and vegetables in Spanish
las cerezas - cherries la piña - pineapple las moras - blackberries las frambuesas - raspberries las fresas - strawberries los melocotones - peaches las uvas - grapes
Los champiñones - mushrooms Las cebollas - onions El coliflor - cauliflower La lechuga - lettuce Las lentejas - lentils Las zanahorias - carrots Las judías - beans Los pimientos - peppers

We learned w…