Showing posts from September, 2017


This week we continue talking about the near future. We read a story and we translated it. Mañana Jorge va a viajar a Barcelona con su familia. – Tomorrow Jorge is going to travel to Barcelona with his family. Ahí van a visitar la Sagrada Familia y van a ver el museo de Picasso. – There they are going to visit la Sagrada Familia and they are going to see the Picasso Museum. Jorge va a ir a un partido de fútbol en el Camp Nou. – Jorge is going to attend a football match in the Camp Nou . Va a ir solo porque a su mujer y a su hija no les gusta el deporte. – He is going to go alone because his wife and his daughter don’t like sports. Van a volver el domingo que viene. – They are going to go back next Sunday.
We listened to four people talking about their holidays. Things we did not understand: Enrique, ¿a dónde vas a ir de vacaciones este año? – Enrique, where are you going on holidays this year? Voy a ir Mallorca – I am going to Mallorca. ¿Qué vas a hacer? – What are you going to do? Voy a …


This week, we talked about Tapas. We did a brainstorming of all the words we knew previously and we commented on tapas. New words that came up: Pato – duck Calabación – courgette Frutossecos – nuts Carnepicada – mince Maíz – sweetcorn Migas – breadcrumbs 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 – The stuffed peppers 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 Dígame – Tell me (formal) ¿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 …


This week we started with the numbers from 10 to 100 11 – once 12 – doce 13 – trece 14 – catorce 15 – quince 16 – dieciséis 17- diecisiete 18 – dieciocho 19 – diecinueve 20 – veinte 25 – veinticinco 30 – treinta 34 – treinta y cuatro 40 – cuarenta 50 – cincuenta 52 – cincuenta y dos 60 – sesenta 70 – setenta 80 – ochenta 90 – noventa 100 - cien
 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…


We began by revising the Pretérito tense with regular and irregular verbs AR Viajé, viajaste, viajó, viajamos, viajasteis, viajaron
IR/ER Asistí, asististe, asistió, asistimos, asististeis, asistieron
Irregulars Conducir: conduje, condujiste, condujo, condujimos, condujisteis, condujeron Andar: anduve, anduviste, anduvo, anduvimos, anduvisteis, anduvieron
We went on to listen to a news report about a robbery from p.12 Una joyería – a jeweller´s Joyas – jewellery Pendientes – earrings Anillos – rings Un collar – a necklace Un brazalete – a bracelet Una pulsera – a bracelet Un reloj de pulsera – a watch
Encerrar – to shut in Escaper – to escape Detener – to arrest Los lavabos – the bathroom Los dependientes – the shop assistants.
We also translated some sentences in the past….. Yesterday I wrote a letter and learned some Spanish. Ayer escribí una carta y aprendí un poco de español.
Marisol closed a door and opened a window. Marisol cerró una puerta y abrió una ventana.
We then went back to …


25/09 We revised some vocabulary connected to technology Un dispositivo/un aparato – a device Subir/bajar – to upload/download Las redes sociales – social media Teléfonos fijos – landlines
We looked at sinónimos El desempleo – el paro – unemployment La esposa – la mujer – the wife Reducir – disminuir – to reduce El colegio – el cole – el instituto – the secondary school
We then went on to read the text on p.8 about El Primer Turista Espacial Some vocab…. El espacio – space Turista espacial – space tourist Los tripulantes – the crew Estadounidense – Americano
We also looked at ways of answering the questions in the LC where you are asked to find an expression in the text that means the same as a given one in Spanish….on p.8ç
No tienen mucho dinero – andan escasos de fondos Here we begin both expressions with a verb in the third person plural, ending in “n”
Habían dicho que el viaje podía seguir = había dado luz verde al proyecto Here, the “habían” and “había” are connected, the grammatical connecti…


We began by introducing ourselves We then asked and answered a number of questions about Gustos – likes and dislikes La música La música tradicional La música folk/ jazz/ heavy/ country
El deporte El baloncesto El fútbol El fútbol gaélico El golf
Las novelas policíacas – detective novels
¿Cuál es tu lugar favorito – what is your favourite place? ¿Qué haces para divertirte? – what do you do to have fun? ¿Qué ropa te gusta llevar? – what clothes do you like to wear?
We then went on to revise the weather ¿Qué tiempo hace? – what´s the weather like? Hay niebla – there is fog Hay cielos despejados – there are clear skies Está lloviendo – it is raining

El pronóstico del tiempo – the weather forecast Las temperaturas van a subir – the temperatures will rise Va a hacer sol cerca de la costa – it will be sunny near the coast
We then looked at how to talk about the future in Spanish We need 3 elements 1. Ir (voy, vas, va, vamos, vais, van) 2. a 3. verb (in infinitive – comer, estudiar, beber, viajar …


We began by introducing ourselves and talking a little about our summers Viajé en crucero – I took a cruise Enseñé el baile contemporáneo – I taught contemporary dance Trabajé con caballos en Canadá – I worked with horses in Canada Me relajé – I relaxed Fui de compras en Nueva York – I went shopping in New York Me quedé con un amigo – I stayed with a friend Anduve en la playa – I walked on the beach Conduje más de mil kilómetros – I drove more than 1000 kms. Visité una torre romana – I visited a Roman tower
Asistí a una fiesta de cumpleaños - I attended a birthday party.
We looked at the past tense in Spanish
AR verbs
Pasé Pasaste Pasó Pasamos Pasasteis pasaron
IR/ER verbs
Salí Saliste Salió Salimos Salisteis salieron
Some irregular verbs Estar: estuve, estuviste, estuvo, estuvimos, estuvisteis, estuvieron Andar: anduve, anduviste, anduvo, anduvimos, anduvisteis, anduvieron
Conducir: conduje, condujiste, condujo, condujimos, condujisteis, condujeron.


In our first class, we did a brief introduction of ourselves by using the words we knew from the previous courses: Hola, me llamo Bea – Hi, my name’s Bea Soy española pero vivo en Irlanda – I’m Spanish but I live in Ireland Soy profesora de español – I’m a teacher of Spanish Me gusta leer, ir al cine y salir con mis amigos – I like reading, going to the cinema and going out with my friends.
We also learnt other ways to say hello and goodbye and we practiced them in pairs. Saludar a la española – Ways to say hi in a Spanish way ¿Qué hay? – What’s up? ¿Cómo andas? – How are you getting on? ¿Qué pasa? – What’s up? ¿Cómo te va? – How are you keeping? Buenas… - Hey there Genial – Great Fenomenal – Fantastic De maravilla – wonderful Guay – good, great Como siempre – like always Aquí estamos – here we are Tirando – here, as usual Ya ves, tirando – well you see, here we are Vaya, no muy bien – Well, not very good Fatal – Bad De pena – very bad Desesperado – desperate Así, así – so so Regular – not good ¿Y tú (qué tal)…


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…


Class 1, 18/09
This week we began by concentrating on Technology. Some useful vocab….
La red – the web Los teléfonos móviles – mobiles Los teléfonos fijos – landlines Bajar – to download Subir – to upload Las redes sociales – social media El buzón de voz – voicemail Un dispositivo/ un aparato – a device Wi-fi – pronounced “wee-fee” La contraseña – the password La llamada perdida – missed call Una aplicación – an app Mandar un mensaje – to send a text
Other vocab that came up Cualquier – any
We then read the first two paragraphs of the text on p.4 and answered some questions on p.5 First pages of course here. Vocab: Llegar – to arrive at Comprobar – to check Pulsando botones – pressing buttons
We then talked about synonyms, on p.7/8. These are important to answer three or four sections on the LC paper that require you to find expressions in the text that mean the same as a given expression… Mandar = enviar – to send El paro = el desempleo – unemployment Aumentar = incrementar – to increase Reducir…


This year we are running a 10 week Leaving Cert grinds course, starting Monday, September 18th. The class will be from 6pm to 7.15pm every Monday, in IT Sligo.

€120 for the 10 week course.

Course content

Revision of basic grammarImportant vocabOral examRole playsWriting - opinion question and dialoguesTechniques for reading questionsRegistration and Information Thursday, September 14th from 7.30pm in the Yeats Building, Sligo. After this date, email: for info and course places.