Showing posts from January, 2017


This week we learnt actions and jobs.
Un policía investiga los crímenes y detiene a los criminales. – A policeman investigates crimes and arrests the criminals Un médico trata a los pacientes – A doctor treats the patients Un bombero apagar los fuegos – A fireman puts out the fires Un cartero reparte el correo – A postman delivers the post Una enfermera cuida a los enfermos y ayuda a los médicos – A nurse looks after sick people and helps the doctors Un conductor conduce y lleva a los pasajeros a su destino – A driver drives and takes the passengers to their destination. Una profesora da clases y enseña a los alumnos – A teacher gives clases and teaches the students Un camarero atiende a los clientes y sirve la comida – A waiter assists customers and serves the food. Un peluquero corta y estila el pelo – A hairdresser cuts and styles the hair Una estudiante estudia y aprende – A student studies and learns. Un cocinero trabaja en un restaurante y en la cocina – A cook Works in a restaurant and i…


This week we learnt about the family.
La familia – The family
Padre / Madre – Father /mother                      Padres – parents Hijo / Hija – Son / Daughter                               Hijos – children Hermano /hermana – Brother /Sister       Hermanos –brothers and sisters Abuelo / abuela – grandfather/grandmother Abuelos – grandparents Nieto/nieta- grandson/granddaughter           Nietos – grandchildren Tío / tía – uncle / aunt                                           Tíos – uncles and aunts    Marido / mujer – Husband / wife         Novio/novia –boyfriend/girlfriend
We also learnt the possessive pronouns in singular to use them with the members of the family: Mi padreà       my father                             Mis padres – my parents Tu padreà       your father                   Tus abuelos – your grandparents Su padreà       his/her father                 Sus hermanos – their brothers
We learnt two basic questions about family: ¿Tienes …? - ¿Do you have any…? ¿Tienes hijos? – Do you ha…


This week, we talked about shopping.
¡de compras! – Shopping! 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 read the two dialogues from page 7 and the first listening
Cliente – Customer Dependiente – Shop assistant Busco un periódico en inglés. ¿Hay? – I’m looking for a newspaper in English. Do you have any? al lado de la puerta. – beside the door. Eso es muy caro – It is very expensive Es el precio – That is the price. ¿Usted lo quiere? – Do you want it? (formal); ¿Tú lo quieres? – Do you want it? (formal) Sí, me lo llevo.– Yeah, i’ll take it. Y su vuelta (also ‘y su cambio’) – And your change


In this class we revised the Preterite tense... Comí, comiste, comió….. Trabajé, trabajaste, trabajó… Fui, fuiste, fue….. Estuve, estuviste, estuvo….
We then went on to talk about Maria Jesús and her job in a hotel…. ¿Cómo era? – what was it like? ¿Cuánto tiempo hace? – How long ago was it? El turno de la mañana – the morning shift Magrudar – to get up early La madrugada – the early morning Madrugador/a – an early riser Piedra y madera – stone and wood
We then learned about the Imperfect, which we use for descriptions in the past…. Ser – era, eras, era… Ir – iba, ibas, iba….. Trabajar – trabajaba, trabajabas….. Comer – comía, comías, comía…..
We then went on to describe houses we have lived in in the past…. El estante – the shelf La estantería – the bookshelf El comedor – the dining room La ventana – the window La pared – the wall El lavaplatos – the dishwasher
To describe these houses, we need to use the Imperfect La casa era grande… La casa tenía tres dormitorios La casa estaba en el campo En la…


In our first class, we introduced ourselves and we talked about our favourite things.
We read the text on page 3 and we commented on the words we did not know. Emocionante – exciting Personajes – characters Fuerte – strong La como tres o cuatro veces – I eat it three or four times Bastante alta – rather tall Así que – so Me ha gustado el baloncesto – I have always liked basket Mido – I measure Son aún más altas que yo – They are even taller than me Encantadora – charming Un ambiente muy especial – A very special environment Voy ahí siempre que puedo – I go there every time I can (although ‘siempre’ means ‘always’) Tengo parientes ahí – I have relatives there Sus letras significan mucho para mi – Her lyrics mean a lot to me Me encantaría conocerla un día – I would love to meet her one day (‘conocer’ means ‘to know’ or ‘to meet’)
Other words that came up during the class: Una actriz – an actress Bailar – to dance Encontrar – to find


BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, JANUARY 2017 We began by revising elements of the beginners course…. ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Dónde vives? ¿De dónde eres? ¿Qué haces? ¿Tienes hijos? ¿Cómo se llama tu hijo? ¿Cuántos años tiene tu hijo? ¿Hablas español?
We went on to learn numbers from 10 to 100 20 veinte 30 treinta 40 cuarenta 50 cincuenta 60 sesenta 70 setenta 80 ochenta 90 noventa 100 cien 43 cuarenta y tres
We then went on to learn the alphabet in Spanish and to spell our names E - /eh/ I - /ee/ A - /a/ J - /ghota/ G - /ghey/ ¿Cómo se escribe? – how do you spell it?
Tu apellido – your surname


In our first class, we introduced ourselves and we talked briefly about our knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
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 and we practiced them in pairs. Hola – hello Buenos días – Good morning Buenas tardes – Good afternoon / evening Buenas noches – Good night ¿Qué tal? – How…


In this class we began by talking about what we did during the Christmas holidays Salí con los amigos Comí mucho pavo (turkey) Bebí vino tinto Recibí muchos regalos
We then went on to talk about some of our favourite things…. Some new vocab that came up….. Esquiar – to ski El alpinismo – mountain climbing Remar – rowing Llorar – to cry


Our new year Spanish courses begin the week of January 16th, 2017. We have courses for all levels – details below…….
Registration We ask anyone who wants to do a course with us to come to Registration and pay the course cost in full. Registration is on Thursday, January 12th, in the Yeats Building, Sligo, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
Duration and times Every course lasts 10 weeks. Every class is from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.
Location Classes take place in IT Sligo.
Prices All courses (except the Leaving Cert course) cost €130 – or €110 for students or the unemployed. The Leaving cert oral course costs €120.
BEGINNERS – TUESDAYS Our Beginners course starts on Tuesday, January 17th at 7.30. This is for those people who want to start from the very beginning.
BEGINNERS 2 – WEDNESDAYS This course is designed for those people who have done a Beginners course in the past and want to continue learning Spanish. Starts Wednesday, January 18th.
ELEMENTARY – MONDAYS This level is for those who have done a co…


As every year, we offer a preparation course for the Leaving Cert Spanish Oral exam.

The course will begin on Monday, January 16th, and will continue for 10 weeks, until just before the exam itself. Classes will be from 7.30pm to 8.45pm every Monday.

Registration: is next Thursday, January 12th, in the Yeats Building, from 7.30pm.

Course cost: €120 payable at registration.

The course will cover all aspects of the oral exam, including...

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