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INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 5

We began the class by looking again at the differences between Ser and Estar.
Carlos está enfermo - temporary state
Carlos es inteligente - more permanent description of personality

We also looked at adjectives that we can use either Ser or Estar with, with a change of meaning
María está morena, ha pasado mucho tiempo en el sol.
María es morena, tiene el pelo castaño y la piel morena.

El cuarto es oscuro - no tiene ventana.
El cuarto está oscuro - la luz no funciona y las cortinas están cerradas.

La verdura es buena para la salud - tiene muchas vitaminas.
La verdura está buena - esta verdura sabe muy bien.

We then looked at Señor Marqués and how his life has changed, using Ser and Estar and the Present and Imperfect

Señor Marqués estaba alegre y ahora está deprimido
Era optimista y ahora es pesimista
Era simpático y ahora es antipático
Siempre estaba limpio pero ahora está sucio.

We listened to the story of Señor Marqués
Ahora vive en una celda en la cárcel - he lives in a cell in pri…

PRE-INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 6

This week we revised the animals we leanrnt last week and we worked on a video and transcript about wild animals. Both can be found on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOG6-P660CQ
We learnt how to compare in Spanish (subject) es más (characteristic) que… - something is more … than… El león es más grande que la araña – the lion is bigger than the ant El tigre es más peligroso que el gato – The tiger is more dangerous tan the cat
(subject) no es tan (characteristic) como – something is not as.. as… El pez no es tan grande como el perro – the fish is not as big as the dog
We worked on the adjectives on page 15 to make comparisons among the animals. Some of them we did not understand: Lento –slow Amable – affectionate Hermoso – beautiful Peligroso – dangerous Numeroso – numerous Sabroso – tasty Tímido – shy Other characteristics that came up during the exercise: Crujiente – crunchy Agresivo – aggressive Venenoso – poisonous Juguetón – playful Terco – stubborn
Ejemplos: El con…

BEGINNERS 2, 2017, CLASS 6

This week we revised the clothes by describing what each one was wearing that day. An example: Hoy yo llevo unos pantalones vaqueros azules, un jersey rojo oscuro, unas botas amarillas y una camiseta blanca. También llevo gafas. – Today I am wearing blue jeans, a dark red jumper, yellow boots and a White t-shirt. I am also wearing glasses. We corrected the exercise about clothes and colours. Unos zapatos rojos – red shoes Un sombrero negro – a black hat Unos vaqueros verdes – green jeans Un abrigo amarillo – a yellow coat Unos pantalones azules – blue jeans Un vestido blanco – a White dress Una falda amarilla – a yellow skirt Un suéter marrón – a Brown sweater Unos calcetines grises – grey socks Una camiseta roja – a red t-shirt Una camisa negra – a black shirt Una corbata amarilla – a yellow tie Unos zapatos marrones – Brown shoes Una bufanda roja – a red scarf

We worked on the dialogues to learn how to ask for clothes in Spanish Dependiente – Shop assistant Cliente – Customer Buenas tardes, ¿qué …

BEGINNERS COURSE, 2017, 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 saw a ty…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, 2017, CLASS 5

This week we revised talking about physical descriptions Tiene el pelo rubio – he/she has blond hair Es rubio – he is blond Es rubia – she is blond It is important to remember the difference between “es” and “tiene” Es gordo/feo/viejo/joven/delgado Tiene los ojos azules Tiene el pelo marrón
We listened to a description of a suspect in a police case…. .El sospechoso – The suspect Y Bueno ¿cómo es? ¿qué aspecto tiene? – but, let’s see, what’s he like? How about his physical appearance? Pues, muy alto, rubio, de pelo rizado, ojos azules – Well, very tall, with curly blond hair and blue eyes ¿Es joven? – Is he young? Sí, muy joven. Tendrá, pues, unos 25 años – Yes, very young. He might be, well, around 25 Siga, siga – go on, go on. Delgado, muy guapo, y lleva bigote – Slim, very handsome, and he had a moustache ¿Lleva el pelo lago? – Does he have long hair? No, no, imposible, no puede ser uno de mis guarda-espaldas – No, no, that’s imposible, it can’t be one of my bodyguards.
Then we talked about clothes a…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 4

We began the class by talking about how we had changed. We used the Imperfect for the past situation (yo era, yo tenía, yo trabajaba etc...) and the Presente for describing how we are now.

We then looked at Ser and Estar. Normally we use Ser for descriptions and Estar for emotions and temporary states. 

We can also use Estar for describing people in certain circumstances. For example, if someone gets dressed up for a party, we can say to the person 
"estás muy guapo" or 
"estás muy guapa". 
This is describing how they look at that moment - a temporary description. 

We can also use Estar for changes - for example, if a child is growing up fast, we can say to them "estás muy alto" or "estás muy alta". 

We did the exercise on p.8 for practice
- Juan es muy tranquilo (nunca se enfada) pero hoy está muy nervioso porque tiene exámenes. 

We also completed some sentences with Ser and Estar
Juan es alegre: siempre está de buen humor.
Juan está alegre hoy porque va …

PRE-INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 5

This week we finished the topic of housework chores – Las tareas del hogar.
We did a debate about men and women and their roles in the house and we worked on the questions on page 12. We used different expressions to give our opinion: En mi opinión – In my opinión Creo que – I think that Yo opino que – My opinion is that Desde mi punto de vista – from my point of view Estoy de acuerdo con  - I agree with No estoy nada de acuerdo con – I completely disagree with Tienes razón – You are right Estás equivocado – You are wrong ¿Los hombres ayudan suficientemente en casa? – Do men help enough at home? Sí, los hombres ayudan mucho más que hace veinte años – Yes, men help much more than they did twenty years ago. ¿O las mujeres todavía tienen que hacer la mayoría de las tareas en casa? – Or do women still have to do most of the things at home? Creo que en la actualidad las mujeres y los hombres comparten las tareas del hogar – I think that nowadays women and men share the housework duties. ¿Los …

BEGINNERS COURSE, 2017, CLASS 5

This week we revised everything we have learnt so far and we worked on the following questions: 1.¿Cómo te llamas y de dónde eres? – What’s your name and where are you from? 2.¿A qué te dedicas? – What do you do? 3.¿Qué lenguas hablas? – What languages do you speak? 4.¿Tienes hermanos? ¿Cómo se llaman? – Do you have any brothers or sisters? What are their names? 5.¿Cuántos años tienes? – What age are you? 6.¿Tienes hijos? – Do you have any children? 7.¿Estás casado/a o tienes pareja? – Are you married or have a partner? 8.¿Cúal es la nacionalidad de Barack Obama y Wayne Rooney? – What is the nationality of Obama and Rooney?
We also 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 oc…

DISCOVER MALLORCA, WITH FELIP CARBONELL AND NÚRIA AGUILO

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We are pleased to present an evening of Mallorcan food, music, dance and culture, with Felip Carbonell and Núria Aguilo. The event takes place in the Yeats Building, Sligo, on Friday, February 17th at 8pm.


Felip Carbonell has been a Sligo resident for almost two decades now, and for most of that time he has been a central part of the Sligo music scene, though his roots are in Mallorca where he was born and grew up.


Núria Aguilo is an English teacher from Mallorca, and is spending a year out from her job to enjoy living in her second favourite place - Ireland. She enjoys both Irish and Mallorcan traditional music, and also does Mallorcan dance.


Felip and Núria will give us an introduction to their vibrant, fascinating island through its music, dance, food and history.

Admission is €5 (€3 for students or the unemployed), and this includes wine and tapas

PRE-INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 4

This week we talked about beliefs.
¿Crees en…? – Do you believe…? …los fantasmas – the ghosts …los videntes – the fortune tellers …el zodiaco – horoscopes …los extraterrestes – aliens Creo un poco en esto – I believe a bit in this Es imposible – it’s imposible Es una tontería – It is nonsense No es real – it is not real Hay algo real en todo eso – There is something real in all this Algunos videntes son auténticos, algunos no – Some fortune tellers are true, some are not. Es fácil ser escéptico, pero hay cosas que no entendemos – It is easy being sceptical, but there are things that we don’t understand.
We also talked about the housework chores = las tareas de casa Pasar la aspiradora – To hoover Quitar el polvo – To remove the dust Poner la mesa – to set the table Fregar los platos – To do the washing up Fregar el suelo – To mop the floor Quitar la mesa – To clear the table Limpiar la cocina – To clean the kitchen Sacar la basura – To take out the rubbish Cortar el césped – To cut the gras…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, 2017, CLASS 4

This week we revised the parts of the body and the illnesses and we started the topic of descriptions.
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¿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…

BEGINNERS COURSE, 2017, CLASS 4

This week we finished the topic of NACIONALIDADES with the listening on page 9. Dawn es inglesa – Dawn is English Alex es brasileño – Alex is Brazilian Guy es francés – Guy is French Iroaki es japonés – Iroaki is Japanise Katrin es alemana – Katrin is German Carla es norteamericana – Carla is northamerican Margot es irlandesa – Margot is Irish June es escocesa – June is Scottish Lorraine es Galesa – Lorraine is Welsh Lucca es italiano – Lucca is Italian
We learnt how to talk about languages. ¿Hablas español? – Do you speak Spanish? Sí, hablo un poco – Yes, I speak a bit ¿Qué lenguas hablas? – What languages do you speak? Hablo inglés, francés y un poco de español – I speak English, French and a bit of Spanish.
We talked about jobs in Spanish. We learnt a question for jobs: ¿A qué te dedicas? – What do you do for a living? Soy … - I am a/an… We also learnt jobs: Él es policía / Ella es policía – He is a policeman ; She is a policewoman Él es médico/ Ella es médica – He is a doctor; She is a doctor Él …

DISCOVER MALLORCA WITH FELIP CARBONELL AND NÚRIA AGUILO

Image
We are pleased to present an evening of Mallorcan food, music, dance and culture, with Felip Carbonell and Núria Aguilo. The event takes place in the Yeats Building, Sligo, on Friday, February 17th at 8pm.


Felip Carbonell has been a Sligo resident for almost two decades now, and for most of that time he has been a central part of the Sligo music scene, though his roots are in Mallorca where he was born and grew up.


Núria Aguilo is an English teacher from Mallorca, and is spending a year out from her job to enjoy living in her second favourite place - Ireland. She enjoys both Irish and Mallorcan traditional music, and also does Mallorcan dance.


Felip and Núria will give us an introduction to their vibrant, fascinating island through its music, dance, food and history.

Admission is €5 (€3 for students or the unemployed), and this includes wine and tapas.

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 3

This week we continued describing things in the past For this we use the Imperfect – había, tenía, era, estaba Mi primer coche era verde Mi primera bici era pequeña El coche tenía tres puertas
We revised some words for furniture and rooms in a house Armario – wardrobe Una estantería – a bookcase Una butaca – an armchair Un sofá Una silla – a chair Un florero – a vase Un espejo – a mirror El comedor – the dining room El salón – the living room El dormitorio – the bedroom
We also listened to María Jesús talking about her friend and how she has changed. Ha cambiado – she has changed Podías contar con ella – you could rely on her Dispuesta a ayudar – ready to help Espero que un día vuelva a cambiar – I hope one day she changes back
Our homework is to say how we have changed since we were young, and how we were different then.









BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, 2017, 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 also practised different dialogues and we commented on them. ¿Qué te pasa? – What’s wrong? Estoy mal. Tengo la gripe. – I feel bad. I have the flu. Deberías descan…

PRE-INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 3

This week we talked about the star signs and adjectives to describe ourselves. Los signos del zodiaco – Star signs Aries, Tauro, Géminis, Virgo, Libra , Cáncer, Escorpio, Capricornio, Leo, Sagitario, Piscis, Acuario.
We talked about positive and negative qualities Egoísta – selfish Trabajador – hard worker Sociable – sociable Equilibrado – balanced Fácilmente influido – Easily influenced Sincero – Honest Hipersensible – too sensitive Extravagante – extravagant Fanfarrón – loudmouth Valiente – brave Seguro de sí mismo – Sure about themselves Impulsivo – impulsive Crítico – critical Amable – nice Nervioso – nervous
We did a brainstorming of other qualities we knew: Sensato – sensible Divertido – fun Callado – quiet Hablador – talkative Poderoso – powerful Aburrido – boring Sensible – sensitive Rebelde – rebel Encantandor – charming Extrovertido – extroverted Introvertido – introverted Terco – stubborn Paciente – patient Impaciente – impatient Tranquilo – quiet
We did a listening exercise about the signos…

BEGINNERS COURSE, 2017, CLASS 3

This week we saw the numbers from 20 to 100 and we talked about ages: ¿Cúantos años tienes? – What age are you? Tengo … años – I am...years old. ¿Cuántos años tiene tu hermana? – What age is your sister? Tiene … años – She is … years old.
In pairs, we revised everything we saw last week and we talked about jobs ¿Cuál es la nacionalidad de…? – Where is he/she from? 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
There are two ways of talking about the nationalities : Yo soy « de » + country à Yo soy de España – I am from Spain Yo soy + nationality à Yo soy española – I am Spanish In pairs, we practiced the nationalities with famous people : ¿Cuál es la nacionalidad de David Beckham? – Where is David Beckham from? ÉL es de Inglaterra – He is from England Él es inglés …