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ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 4

This week we talked about means of transport – El transporte
Un avión – a plane Un tren – a train Un coche – a car El equipaje – the luggage Un barco – a ship Una barca – a boat Una bicicleta – a bike Un autobús – a bus La maleta – the suitcase Una parada de autobús – a bus stop Una parada de taxis – a taxi stop
Other words we learnt: Un tranvía – a tram Unos patines – roller skates Una moto – a motorbike Un autobús de dos plantas – a double-decker bus Un aeroplano – an airplane El carro – the car (Venezuela) El barco de crucero – a cruiseship
We matched the words with their synonym in English Un vuelo – a flight Un billete de ida a vuelta – a return ticket Un retraso – a delay El aeropuerto – the airport Facturación – check in Salidas – departures El conductor – the driver Viajar – to travel Llegadas – arrivals Hacer las maletas – to pack the bags La puerta – the door/the gate La estación de trenes – the train station Un billete – a ticket Un viaje – a journey La tarjeta de embarque – the boarding pass El andén – th…

PRE INTERMEDIATE 2 COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 4

PRE-INTERMEDIATE 2 COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 4
We began by revising the Future tense in Spanish. Simply, we add the endings to the infinitive of every verb.. Iré, irás, irá, iremos, iréis, irán.
This works for every verb, whatever the ending, except for..... Irregular verbs Tener – tendré, tendrás, tendrá……. Venir – Vendré, vendrás, vendrá….. Poner – pondré…… Poder – Podré…. Salir – Saldré……. Querer – querré.....
We listened to Rosa talking about her holidays Esquiar – to ski No sé esquiar – I don’t know how to ski Aunque – although
We then discussed our own holiday plans No estoy seguro/a todavía – I am not sure yet…. A lo mejor – Maybe Quizá – maybe….
We then discussed predictions for the future Estoy seguro de que el clima irlandés no mejorará Empeorar – to get worse Pienso que nunca habrá mujeres sacerdotes en la Iglesia Católica – I think that there will never be women priests in the Catholic Church Creo que llegaremos al planeta Marte – I think we will reach the planet Mars
For homework we…

BEGINNERS COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 4

We revised the countries, nationalities and languages from last week.
España– Spain;               español(masc)española(fem) – Spanish Irlanda– Ireland;            irlandés(masc)irlandesa(fem) – Irish Inglaterra– England;     inglés(masc) inglesa(fem) – English Francia– France;            francés(masc)francesa(fem) – French
¿Hablas español ? – Do you speak Spanish ? Sí, hablo un poquito – I speak a little bit.
We then went on to learn how to tell the time in Spanish This week we learnt 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. 2:00 Son las dos 5:30 Son las cinco y media 7:30 Son las siete y media 12:30 Son las doce y media 9:00 Son las nueve en punto 2:30 Son las dos y media 1:00 Es la una 4:30 Son las cuatro y media
7.45 Son las ocho menos cuarto 3.15 Son las tres y cuarto 2.20 Son las dos y veinte 8.25 Son las ocho y veinticinco
We also learned the days of the week Lunes Martes Miércoles Jueves Vi…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 4

This week we learnt how to describe people physically. Descripciones
¿Cómo es él/ella? – What’s he/she like?
Él es bajo – He is short Él es alto – He is tall Él es gordo – He is fat Él es delgado – He is thin Él es viejo – He is old Ella es joven – She is young Ella es rubia – She is blond Ella es morena – She has dark hair Ella es pelirroja – She is ginger Él es feo – He is ugly Ella 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 learnt some useful verbs to talk about descriptions: Ser – To be Yo soy – I am Tú eres – You are Él / ella es – He / she is Nosotros somos – We are Vosotros sois – You are Ellos / ellas son – They are
Tener – to have Yo tengo – I have Tú tienes – You have Él /ella tiene – He/she has Nosotros tenemos – We have Vosotros tenéis – You have Ellos tienes – they have
Llevar – To wear Yo llevo – I w…

COSTA RICA, EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN, FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

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COSTA RICA – EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN – FRIDAY APRIL 29TH, 8PM.
We are pleased to present a talk on Friday April 29th on the fascinating Central American country of Costa Rica. The event will take place in the Yeats Building, Sligo at 8pm.
The talk will be in English, and will be by Costa Rican native and Strandhill resident Maritza Loaiza. Maritza will tell us about the culture and food of her home country, as well as about the rich natural resources of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is a unique place. It was officially ranked the Greenest Country in the World in 2009, and it is known for putting a lot of emphasis on environmental protection. It also has the second highest life expectancy in the Americas and its health system has been rated better than many more wealthy countries. As many people know, it is also a country without an army, which it abolished in 1949.
After the talk attendees will have an opportunity to sample some Costa Rican food that Maritza will prepa…

ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 3

This week we talked about the emotions and feelings – Las emociones We use the verb ESTAR (To be) Yo estoy Tú estás Él / Ella está Nosotros estamos Vosotros estáis Ellos están
Está embarazada – She’s pregnant Está enamorado – He’s in love Está preocupada – She’s worried Está enfadado – He’s angry Está aburrida – She’s bored Está triste – She’s sad Está estresada – She’s stressed Está relajado – He’s relaxed Está cansada – She’s tired Está enferma – She’s sick Está contenta – She’s happy Están contentos – They are happy
We also use the verb TENER (To have) to talk about other emotions. Yo tengo Tú tienes Él/Ella tiene Nosotros tenemos Vosotros tenéis Ellos tienen

Tiene miedo – He/she is scared Tiene hambre – He/she is hungry Tiene frío – He/she is cold Tiene sed - He/she is thirsty Tiene calor - He/she is hot Tiene sueño - He/she is sleepy We learnt some expressions to talk about agreement and disagreement Yo creo – I believe… Yo pienso – I think… No estoy de acuerdo – I don’t agree Estoy de acuerdo – I agree Parece qu…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 3

This week we learnt the parts of the body and illnesses Las partes del cuerpo – The parts of the body El brazo – The arm El dedo – the finger El ojo – the eye El cuello – the neck El pie – the foot La boca – the mouth El estómago – the stomach La garganta – the throat La cabeza – the head La mano – the hand La nariz – the nose El hombro – the shoulder La oreja – the ear La pierna – the leg La espalda – the back El pelo – the hair Los labios – the lips El corazón – the heart Los dientes – the teeth La cara – the feet Las muelas del juicio – the wisdom teeth
Las enfermedades – the illnesses Me duele la cabeza – I have a headache Me duele la muela – I have a sore tooth Tengo la pierna rota – I broke my leg Tengo tos – I’m coughing Tengo un resfriado / tengo un constipado– I have a cold Tengo la gripe – I have the flu Tengo fiebre – I have high temperature
We did a listening exercise and we translated the words and expressions we did not understand. -Hola Marco, ¿qué te pasa? – Hey Marco, what’s wrong? (informal way) -…

PRE INTERMEDIATE 2 COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 3

We began by revising the superlatives in Spanish El animal más grande es la ballena azul El contado más húmedo es Kerry Vocab that came up…. Ancho – wide Estrecho – narrow
We added some other superlatives Cork es el contado más grande de Irlanda Denis O’Brien es la persona más rica de Irlanda
We then went on to talk about the future in Spanish using a weather forecast Una previsión meteorológica – a weather forecast Cielos despejados – clear skies Chubascos – showers Fuertes – heavy Débiles – weak, light
To make the future we simply add the endings to the infinitives Endings… é, ás, á, emos, éis, án Trabajaré – I will work Comerán – they will eat Viajaremos – we will travel Pasaré la aspiradora – I will hoover
We also have some irregular verbs Hacer – hare, harás, hará…… Salir – saldré, saldrás, saldrá…. Poner – pondré, pondrás, pondrá, …… Poder – podré, podrás, podrá….. Tener – tendré, tendrás, tendrá, tendremos….
WE then looked at some predictions for the future and decided if we agreed or no…

BEGINNERS COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 3

This week we talked about Countries and nationalities and we learnt three basic questions: ¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?
Yo soy de  …. – I am from. . . ¿Cuál es la nacionalidad de…? – Where is he/she from?
Es de … - He/she is from… ¿Qué lenguas hablas? – What languages do you speak? ¿Hablas…? – Do you speak…?
We learnt some countries and nationalities in Spanish: España – Spain;                español (masc) española (fem) – Spanish Irlanda – Ireland;             irlandés (masc) irlandesa (fem) – Irish Inglaterra – England;      inglés (masc) inglesa (fem) – English Francia – France;             francés (masc) francesa (fem) – French
¿Cuál es la nacionalidad de David Beckham? – Where is David Beckham from? ÉL es de Inglaterra – He is from England Él es inglés – He is English
¿Qué lengua habla David Beckham? – What language does Beckham speak? Él habla inglés – He speaks English
¿Cuál es la nacionalidad de Rafa Nadal? – Where is Rafa Nadal from? Él es de España – He’s from Spain. Él es español

ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 2

This week, we talked about Tapas. La ensaladilla rusa – Russian salad Las gambas – The prawns Las aceitunas – The olives La tortilla de patatas – the Spanish omelette Las albóndigas – the meatballs Las croquetas – The croquettes Los pimientos rellenos – stuffed peppers El pulpo – the octopus La ensalada – The salad El chorizo – Chorizo El gazpacho – The cold soup made with vegetables
We did a listening exercise about ordering tapas. Some words we did not understand: Pidiendo tapas – ordering tapas ¿Qué desea? – What would you like? ¿Quiere usted una cerveza grande o pequeña? – Would you like a small or a big beer? ¿Lo van a tomar en la terraza? – Are you going to have it in the terrace? ¿Nos pone una ración de gambas? – Can we have a portion of prawns? Sin calentarla – Without heating it up Y un poco de pan y aceite – And a little bit of bread an oil. Se lo llevo todo en seguida – I will bring everything shortly.
To conclude, in pairs we made up situations in a restaurant by using the words and expression…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 2

This week, we talked about shopping. ¡Nos vamos de compras! – Off to shopping! Un lapicero (un lápiz) – A pencil Un bolígrafo – A pen Un libro – A book Un teléfono móvil – A phone Unas revistas – Some magazines Un periódico – A newspaper Un DVD – A DVD Una tirita – A plaster Unas gafas de sol – Sunglasses Unas aspirinas – Painkillers Una postal – A postcard Un sello – A stamp Cerillas – Matches Cigarrillos – Cigarrettes Ajo – Garlic Una manzana – An Apple Uvas – grapes Plátanos – bananas
We also learnt the articles to show proximity. Este / esta – This Este libro – This book Esta casa – this house Estos / estas – These Estos coches – These cars Estas cerillas – These matches
We read the two dialogues from page 7 and the first listening Cliente – Customer Dependiente – Shop assistant Buenos días – Good morning Busco un periódico en inglés. ¿Hay? – I’m looking for a newspaper in English. Do you have any? Sí, hay periódicos en inglés. Están ahí, al lado de la puerta. – Yes, there are newspapers in English. They ar…

PRE-INTERMEDIATE 2 COURSE, SPRING 2016, CLASS 2

We began by revising the names for animals and we learned some others Un chimpancé Un hipopótamo Una hormiga – an ant Un cocodrilo
We also practiced “concordancia” ie. agreement between noun and adjective Las ballenas son bonitas Los perros son leales – dogs are loyal The adjective has to agree with the noun in gender and number. Las gallinas son amables Los monos son monos – Monkeys are cute
We also compared ourselves with our brothers and sisters. Mi hermana es más sociable que yo pero no es tan vieja como yo. We also looked at comparing nouns Mi hermana no tiene tantos hijos como yo – My sister doesn´t have as many children as I do. We use “tan” to compare adjectives We use “tanto” to compare nouns.
We then looked at superlatives – the most, the biggest, the most important….. La ballena azul es el animal más grande de la Tierra. – the blue whale is the largest animal on Earth. Note: el animal más grande – the noun comes first, then the superlative adjective…
We also discussed other superl…