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We have courses in both Sligo Town and Tubbercurry starting on April 13th and 14th this year. The courses are for all levels, and we also have a course for Leaving Cert preparation.

All courses are of 10 hours duration (either 7 or 8 weeks long) and cost €110 or €90 (concession for unemployed or students). The Leaving Cert course costs €110.
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Monday April 13th, in the Yeats Building, Sligo, from 6.30 to 8pm. We ask people who would like to do a course to register and pay on this date.

This is a course for those people who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. It is every Wednesday at 8pm, for 8 weeks. Begins April 15th.

This is a follow on course from our Beginners course of last term. It is for those people who have done a beginners course in the past. Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at 8pm. Begins April 13th.



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…


Lunes, el 16 de marzo, 2015
We began by talking about our weekends.. el invernadero - the greenhouse
we then listened to a song by the band La Oreja de Van Gogh first we talked a little about music las letras - the lyrics el/la cantante - the singer la canción - the song el grupo/la banda - the group la música rock la música popular la música country la música folk
some vocab... una relación - a relationship un rincón - a corner (inside) (una esquina - an outside corner) pleno sol - full sun aparecer - to appear un recuerdo - a memory camina ausente - he walks absentmindedly hace mucho - long ago mi mente - my mind olvidar - to forget guardar - to keep revivir - to relive lo(s) demás - the others volverse - to turn bostezar - to yawn se ha perdido - he has got lost me he perdido - I have got lost se ha ido - it has gone
este aquí - this thing here ese ahí - that thing there aquel allí - that thing way over there (for things more distant in time or place)

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This week we learnt some actions related to hobbies. Pasatiempos – leisure time En mi tiempo libre me gusta… – in my free time I like… Aprender – to learn Jugar al golf – to play golf Dormir – To sleep Cantar – To sing Comer – to eat Bailar – to dance Leer – to read Nadar – to swim Pasear por el campo – To take strolls Escuchar música – To listen to the music Ver la tele – To watch TV Ir de compras – to go shopping Ir de copas – To go for a drink Ir de cañas – To go for a beer (small size, normally before lunch) Ir al cine – to go to the cinema Tocar un instrumento – To play an instrument
In pairs we talked about our hobbies. A John le gusta ir al cine – John likes going to the cinema A María no le gusta ver la tele – María doesn’t like watch TV A mí no me gusta ir de compras – I don’t like going shopping A tí te gusta cantar – You like singing
We translated some sentences A María le gusta pasear – María likes going for walks. A Peter le gusta cantar – Peter likes singing A Sheila le g…


Lunes, el 09 de Marzo, 2015

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…


Martes, el 10 de marzo, 2015
We began by revising verbs to talk about pastimes....
jugar al golf - to play golf tocar un instrumento - to play an instrument pasear en el campo - to go for a walk in the country ir de copas - to go for a few drinks ir de compras - to to shopping ir al cine - to go to the cinema dormir - to sleep nadar - to swim aprender - to learn bailar - to dance cantar - to sing escuchar la música - to listen to music ver la televisión - to watch TV leer - to read
we added some verbs cocinar - to cook montar en bicicleta (bici) - to ride a bicycle pescar - to fish tejer - to knit
We also looked at liking and disliking me gusta cocinar - I like cooking ¿te gusta cocinar? - do you like cooking? A Joe le gusta cocinar - Joe likes cooking For the third person we use "le"
We then went on to learn about the present tense nadar - to swim nado - I swim nadas - you swim nada - he/she swims (or "you swim" (formal - usted)) Normally we don't use the pronouns (y…


Lunes, el 09 de marzo, 2015
We began by revising the Perfect tense in Spanish ¿Has estado en Málaga? - Have you been to Malaga? Sí, he estado en Malaga. - Yes, I have been to Malaga. He estado ahí muchas veces. - I have been there many times.
We use this tense to talk about our whole lives, in the sense of "ever" or "never".
If we want to be specific, and to talk about one particular point in time, we use the Pretérito...
AR Verbs
Visité Visitaste Visitó IR/ER Verbs
Comí Comiste Comió
There are also some irregular verbs Ir: fui, fuiste, fue Tener: tuve, tuviste, tuvo Ser: fui, fuiste, fue Estar: estuve, estuviste, estuvo hacer: hice, hiciste, hizo
We practiced the questions.... ¿Cuando fuiste a España por primera vez? - When did you go to Spain for the first time? ¿Qué hiciste el fin de semana? - What did you do at the weekend? (This last question is to be prepared for homework, and will be asked next week as well.)
We learned the expressions... Fue fatal - it was awful …


Martes, el 03 de marzo, 2015
We began by revising the words for clothes in Spanish ¿Qué talla tiene? - what size are you? ¿Puedo probarlo? - can I try it on? el probador - the fitting room
We then revised how to describe people physically Es bajo – He is short Es alto – He is tall Es gordo – He is fat Es delgado – He is thin Él es viejo – He is old Es joven – She is young Es rubia – She is blond Es morena – She has dark hair Es pelirroja – She is ginger Es feo – He is ugly Es guapa – She is pretty Tiene los ojos verdes / marrones / azules – He/she has green / brown / blue eyes Tiene el pelo largo / corto / rizado – He has long / short / curly hair Lleva barba / gafas / bigote – He has a beard / glasses / moustache
we added some expressions es calvo - he is bald tiene el pelo liso - she has straight hair
We then went on to talk about verbs connected to pastimes... We learned the verbs first in the infinitive form jugar al golf - to play golf tocar un instrumento - to play an instrument …


Jorge trabaja de portero en su edificio, y cuida de su padre enfermo, pero tiene ilusiones más grandes. Cuando su hermano, Antonio, sale de la cárcel, le pide a Jorge algo que le va a cambiar la vida para siempre.
Historias triangulares y dilemas de hoy se entremezclan en lo que parece ser el destinode Jorge, un chico que luchará por lo que quiere, y no por lo que debe.
Azuloscurocasinegro es una película divertida, atrevida, conmovedora, que nos muestra la importancia de la amistad, y todas las complicaciones que pueden causar la familia y el amor.

Jorge works as a caretaker in his building, and looks after his sick father, but he has greater ambitions. When his brother, Antonio, gets out of prison, he asks Jorge to do something for him that will change Jorge's life forever.
Azuloscurocasinegro (Dark blue almost black) is fun, daring and moving. It reveals the importance of friendship, and all of the messy complications of love and family.

Sligo Spanish So…


This week we revised the topic from last week: Las ciudades – The cities In pairs, we thought of a city and we had to guess the city by asking yes/no questions. The cities we chose and their descriptions were the following: 1.Londres Es una ciudad grande – It is a big city Es una ciudad muy ruidosa – It is a very noisy city Está en Europa – It is in Europe Está en Inglaterra – It is in England En este país la gente habla inglés – In this country people speak English Tiene un río muy famoso – It has a very famous river Tiene muchos monumentos – It has many monuments
2.Florencia – Florence Es una ciudad antigua – It is an old city Está en el sur de Europa – It is in the south of Europe Es una ciudad muy turística y muy bonita – It is a very touristic and nice city Tiene un puente famoso – It has a famous bridge Tiene un río – It has a river No está en la costa – It is not on the coast Está en Italia – It is in Italy No es una ciudad contaminada – It is not a polluted city
3.Alicante Es una ciudad peque…


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…


Lunes, el 02 de marzo, 2015
We began by revising some new words from last week afeitarse - to shave - me afeito - I shave maquillarse - to put on makeup - me maquillo - I put on makeup el maquillaje - makeup
We then learned a little about the geography of Spain la geografía - the geography las comunidades - the communities (regions) Santiago está en Galicia Note: We always need the verb Estar to talk about location Ubicación - location Zaragoza está en Aragón Euskadi = el País Vasco - the Basque country Euskera - the Basque language
We then went on to use the Perfect in Spanish ¿Has estado en Málaga? - Have you ever been to Malaga? Sí, he estado en Málaga. - Yes, I have been to Malaga. No, no estado en Málaga. He estado ahí una vez - I've been there once He estado ahí muchas veces - I've been there many times.
We form the perfect with the verb Haber + the past participle Haber - he, has, ha, hemos, habeis, han Past participle - usually we form it with -ado (for AR verbs) and -ido (for IR/ER …