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ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 3

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In this class we studied emotions and temporary states.

To talk about emotions we normally use the verb Estar....

Estoy contento/a - I am happy
Ella está triste - she is sad
Él está cansado - he is tired
Nosotros estamos enfadados - we are angry



We can also use tener with other emotions....
tengo frío - I am cold
tengo calor - I am hot
tengo hambre - I am hungry
Tengo sed - I am thirsty
tengo miedo - I am scared....


INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 3

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We continued talking about verbs like Gustar – molestar, aburrir, encantar
Me molesta el tráfico Me aburre mucho viajar en avión Me encanta la paella Me molestan las personas aburridas
We looked at different possible responses in order to agree or disagree with an opinion Me gusta el fútbol (To agree) – A mí también (To disagree) – A mí no.
No me gustan los gatos. (To agree) – A mí tampoco. (To disagree) – A mí sí.
We then went on to talk about cooking Trocear – to chop into pieces (trozos) Machacar – to grind Cocer – to cook (often with water) Freír – to fry (frío, fries, frie….) Picar – to chop into little pieces


We looked at some recipes Azafrán – saffron Mejillones – mussels Aceite de oliva – olive oil Calamares – squid Calentar – to heat (caliéntalo – heat it) Pelar – to peel Echar – to put in, add Apretar – to squeeze, press Dar la vuelta – to turn over
For homework we had to write our own favourite recipe.

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 2

Today we learned about going shopping.

Busco - I am looking for..
Necesito - I need....



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
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 are there, beside th…

ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 2

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: Frutossecos – nuts Carnepicada – mince meat Maíz – sweetcorn Caracoles – snails Calamares – squid
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 heating it u…

PRE INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 2

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In this class we practiced a little more with verbs like Gustar.
Me molesta/n Me encanta/n Me gusta/n
We introduced one verb – aburrir – to bore Me aburre mucho conducir en el tráfico – driving in traffic bores me Me aburren las películas de terror – horror films bore me
Words that came up in the class…… Frutos secos – nuts Los zorros – foxes Mentir – to lie Las películas graciosas – funny films Las personas mal-educadas – rude people Perezoso – lazy El pulpo - octopus


We then practiced short answers to statements about liking and disliking Me gusta el fútbol – A mí también (to agree) - a mí no (to disagree) No me gusta el pulpo – a mí tampoco (me neither) - pues a mí sí.



BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 1

In this class we looked at the weather....

¿Qué tiempo hace?  - What´s the weather like_

Hace sol - it is sunny
Hace viento - it is windy
Hace calor - it is hot
hace  frío - it is cold

hay nubes - there are clouds
hay niebla - there is fog
hay lluvia - there is rain
hay nieve - there is snow

We also looked at the months of the year...

enero
febrero
marzo
abril
mayo
junio
julio
agosto
septiembre
octubre
noviembre
diciembre

and the seasons,,,,

la primavera - spring
el verano - summer
el otoño - autumn
el invierno - winter

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 2

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We looked again at some vocabulary around La Semana Santa and watched the video.....

We looked at some expressions connected to Easter....
Poner a alguien como un cristo - to treat someone badly, to put them through hell
Soportar un calvario - to go through a bad time 
Soportar - to put up with, to bear
No soporto..... - I can't stand...




We talked about some translations for the English verb "get"

envejecerse - to get old
engordar - to get fat
enriquecerse - to get rich

ponerse enfermo - to get sick
volverse loco - to go mad
hacerse rico - to get rich

more info here.....






INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 1

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In this class we talked about La Semana Santa, or La Páscua. 

Domingo de Ramos - Palm Sunday
Domingo de Páscua - Easter Sunday
Viernes Santo - Good Friday

We read a text connected to La Semana Santa
Los Nazarenos - People who are members of a Cofradía, a Catholic organization that organizes a procession at Easter.

Un capuz - a hood
indumentaria - la ropa
llamativo - striking
tambores - drums


WE also looked at expressions connected to La Semana Santa lavarse las manos - to wash your hands of No tiene nada que ver conmigo - It has nothing to do with me Ser un Judas - Ser un traidor Sufrir un Calvario - Pasar por una experiencia muy difícil Meter el dedo en la llaga - hablar de la realidad, auque esta sea dura o difícil

ELEMENTARY COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 1

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)…

PRE-INTERMEDIATE COURSE, SPRING 2018, CLASS 1

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We revised some basic questions
¿Cómo te llamas?
¿De dónde eres?
¿Qué haces?
¿Qué haces en tu tiempo libre?

We also learned to introduce someone
Te presento a Eamon. (to one person)
Les presento a Ronan (to many people)

Este es Mark.
Esta es Aoife.

We learned about verbs like Gustar....




Gustar does not mean "to like" it means "to please".  All of these verbs require a pronoun with them....... me, te, le, nos, os, les.
We looked specifically at Gustar, Encantar and Molestar (to annoy)
Me gusta la pasta. Me gustan los perros. Me encanta el vino tinto. Me encantan los elefantes. Me molesta el tráfico. Me molestan las personas mal-educadas.