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We are delighted to announce that our Christmas Party this year will be next Friday, the 14th of December in the Yeats Building. Music - with Felip Carbonnel, Ray Coen and Eddie Lynch- will begin at 8pm but doors open at 7.45pm. 

As always, we will have a fascinating mix of live music, Spanish
food (paella, croquetas, mole, tortilla) by Juani from Flamenco Kitchen, washed down with plenty of wine from Spain, as well as great conversation and lots of dancing!

Entry is €10 (€7 concession). 

Our best night of the year - don't miss it.


We revised some expressions for giving advice En tu lugar yo iría…… - with the conditional – just add -ía to the infinitive Deberías ir – use with infinitive Es una buena idea ir – again, with infinitive
We returned to the topic of the future We add the endings – é, ás, á, emos, éis, án – to the infinitive for all verbs

There are some irregulars Tener – tendré…… Salir – saldré.. Poner – pondré… Poder – podré…. Querer – querré….. Hay – habrá….

We watched a video and said what the two characters were planning for the future Conquistará la tierra Será famosa

We then talked about some plans for Christmas Comeré pavo – I will eat turkey Pasaré la noche buena con mi familia – I will spend Christmas Eve with my family La noche vieja – New Year´s Eve


This week we continued with the topic of directions.
Traduce y practica / translate and practice
1.¡Perdón! ¿Dónde está el banco, por favor? – Excuse me, where is the bank, please? El banco está a la derecha – The bank is on the right. ¿A la derecha? Muchas gracias. – On the right? Thank you very much. 2.¡Perdone! ¿Dónde está la playa? – Excuse me, where is the beach? Siga todo recto, y la playa está a la izquierda – Continue straight ahead and the beach i son the left. 3.¡Perdone! ¿Dónde está la iglesia de San Marcos, por favor? – Excuse me! Where is the church of San Marcos, please? Tome la primera calle a la derecha y la iglesia está a la derecha – Take the first roa don the right and the church is on the right. 4.¿Dónde está la comisaría, por favor? – Where is the police station, please? Suba esta calle y la comisaría está a la izquierda – Go up this road and the pólice station i son the left. 5.¡Oiga! ¿Hay un supermercado cerca de aquí? – Excuse me! Is there a supermarket near here? Sí, hay…


We begin by reviewing the masculine and feminine formation and doing some exercises.
We started a new topic. The places of a city and the directions.
In common we said different places in a city.
La oficina de correos. La oficina de turismo. La piscina. La iglesia. La catedral. La playa. <


This week we revised the past tense (Pretérito) and we learnt how to express dates in Spanish. 1000 mil 800 ochocientos 900 novecientos 1975 mil novecientos setenta y cinco 1967 mil novecientos sesenta y siete 2000 dos mil 2018 dos mil dieciocho We worked on the exercise on page 21. Some words that we did not understand Pasé mi infancia y juventud – I spent my childhood and youth Terminé – I finished Ese mismo año – That same year Tuve a mi primera hija – I had my first daughter
We also worked on the verbs from first person to third person Nací – nació Fui – fue Terminé – terminó Me casé – se casó Trabajé – trabajó Estuve – estuvo Viví – vivió Tuve – tuvo
To wrap up our lesson, in pairs we talked about our events in life. Some examples: Nací en mil novecientos ochenta – I was born in 1980 En el año dos mil fui a la Universidad – I went to college in 2000 Me casé en dos mil dos – I got married in 2002 Me mudé a España en dos mil diez – I moved to Spain in 2010 Volví a Irlanda en dos mil catorce – I …


This week we revised the poem by Garcia Lorca that we listened to last week Vocab: La aurora – the dawn Sudores – sweat, hard work Podrir – to rot Vacilar – to stagger

We went on to talk about Andalucía The accent in Andalucía is marked by a number of differences - they often drop the final consonant, especially S - Seseo – They pronounce “c” like in South America – “cinco” is like “sinco” - The “d” in -ado or -ido is often dropped too – “estoy cansa’o”

WE then talked more about Andalucía and the major regions and cities there. We prepared to watch a video about Andalucía and did some vocab work… Marismas – marshes El lince ibérico – an Iberian wild cat El águila – the Eagle Olas rompiendo sobre diques – waves breaking on the dock Morisco – relating to the Spanish Muslims


We talked a lot about advice in this class… Sencillos consejos – simple advice Deberías ir/comer/beber etc…. – you should Es una buena idea ir/comer/beber etc… - it is a good idea to…. En tu lugar yo iría/comería/bebería – If I were you I would……
The conditional – to express the idea of “would” – is formed by adding an -ía to the end of the infinitive….
We practiced asking for and giving advice with the following problems…. ·No tengo dinero. ·Tengo un dolor de cabeza. ·Mi hijo de 6 años siempre se porta mal. ·Mi hija de 15 años no me escucha. ·Mi coche tiene 20 años y siempre está roto. ·No puedo encontrar pareja. Estoy muy solo/a. ·No me gusta mi trabajo. ·Mi jefe es un idiota y siempre me fastidia con trabajo extra. ·No me gusta la lluvia - ¡y vivo en Sligo! ·Mi profesor de español habla muy rápido y no entiendo nada. ·Me gusta ver la tele española, pero no entiendo mucho. ·Mi casa es muy fría.
We then looked at talking about the future…. Ir – yo iré, tú irás, él/ella irá, nosotros iremos, vosot…


In this lesson we talked about places in the city and we learnt how to ask directions La oficina de correos – The post office La piscina – The swimming pool La iglesia – the church La playa – the beach El banco – the bank La farmacia – The chemist’s El cine – the cinema El museo – the museum El supermercado – the supermarket La comisaría (de policía ) – the police station La estación de trenes – the train station La estación de autobuses – the bus station El aeropuerto – The airport Los semáforos – the traffic lights La tienda de ropa – la boutique El hospital – The hospital La oficina de turismo – the tourist office El aparcamiento – The parking place
A la izquierda de – on the left A la derecha de – on the right Siga –continue ; Siga todo recto – Go straight Gire – Turn Suba – go up Tome – take Cruce – cross Baje – go down La primera calle – The first street / road La segunda calle – The second street / road La tercera calle – The third street / road La cuarta calle – The third street / road

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