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BEGINNERS COURSE, SPRING 2017, CLASS 2

In our second session of our beginner course, we learnt basic questions and answers related to 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    
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 have any children? Sí, tengo un hijo y una hija – Yes, I have one son and one daughter No, no tengo hijos. – No, I don’t have any children.
¿Cómo se llama…? - ¿What’s his/her name? ¿Cómo se llama tu mujer? – What’s your wife’s name? Se llama María – Her name is María. ¿Cómo se llama tu padre? – What’s your father’s name? Se lla…

ELEMENTARY COURSE, 2017, CLASS 2

ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2017, CLASS 2
We began by revising the difference between Tú and Usted – They both mean “You”. Tú – informal, with younger people, in informal situations Usted – formal, with older people, in formal situations
-¿Cómo te llamas? - ¿Cómo se llama usted? -¿De dónde eres? - ¿De dónde es usted? -¿Dónde vives? - ¿Dónde vive usted? -¿Te gusta el fútbol? - ¿Le gusta el fútbol?
We then went on to talk about food and tapas... ¿Quieres? – Do you want some? Sí, gracias No, gracias.
We then learned about some typical Spanish tapas El pulpo – octopus Las empanadas – pastries filled with meato or chicken Las albóndigas – meatballs Las gambas – prawns La tortilla de patata El gazpacho – cold tomato soup El chorizo El jamón serrano – cured ham
We then asked a question….. ¿Has probado? – have you tried it? Sí, lo he probado No, no lo he probado ¿Te gusta la tortilla? ¿Te gustan las albóndigas?
We listened to and practiced a conversation with someone ordering tapas in a bar ¿Qué tapas hay? –…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, 2017, 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…

ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2017, CLASS 1

ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2017
We began by learning some new ways of greeting and saying goodbye Saludos – greetings Despedidas – goodbyes
Saludos ¿Qué hay? – What’s going on? ¿Qué pasa? – what’s happening ¿Cómo te va? – how is it going?
Genial – great! De maravilla – marvellous
Así así – so so Como siempre – like always Desesperado – desperate
Despedidas Hasta pronto – see you soon Hasta ahora – see you in a second ¡Nos vemos! – we’ll see each other (soon) ¡Que te vaya bien! – good luck (lit. hope everything goes well for you)
We then looked at formal and informal introductions Presentaciones – introductions Te presento a – I introduce you to….. (informal – using “tú”) Le presento a – I introduce you to …. (formal – using “usted”)
We looked at some more differences between the use of tú and usted… Tú – you (in informal situations, with friends) Usted – you (in formal situations, with strangers)
In general, if we want to use Usted, we just take the “s” off of the verb
¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Dónde …

BEGINNERS COURSE, SPRING 2017, CLASS 1

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In our first class, we talked about Spanish pronunciation and we saw some examples of words with those particular pronunciations.
“ñ” in España (Spain),  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) , hermano (brother) “v” in volver  (go back, come back),  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 are you? Bien, gracias. ¿y tú? – Fine, thanks. And you? Muy bien, gracias. – I’m good, thanks.
Estoy fenomenal – I feel great Estoy más o menos – I’…

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, SPRING 2017, CLASS 1

In our first class, 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 them 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? – How old is your bro…

SPRING SPANISH COURSES, 2017

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This Spring we offer Spanish courses at all levels, beginning on April 11th. The courses will concentrate on spoken, practical Spanish. For new students, we ask that they pay and register for a course at Registration, on Wednesday the 5th, in the Yeats Building, from 7.30pm.

COST
Each course will cost €120 (€100 for students or the unemployed)

TIMES AND DURATION
Every class begins at 7.30pm and ends at 8.45pm. The courses are for nine weeks, from April 11th, 12th and 13th, until mid June.

LOCATION
All courses take place in IT Sligo.

REGISTRATION
We have a registration and information evening on Wednesday, April 5th, in the Yeats Building, Sligo, from 7.30pm to 9pm. To ensure a place on our courses we ask all new students to pay beforehand.

COURSES

BEGINNERS COURSE (Tuesdays)
For those with no knowledge of Spanish. We begin on April 11th.

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE (Tuesdays)
For those people who have done a Beginners course before, and want to continue with their study of the language.

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