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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.

ELEMEN…

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 9

To begin we learned what we call the Past Continuous, or the Pasado Continuo in Spanish

Estar + gerund
in other words...

estaba + verb-ando
            verb-iendo

Yo estaba cocinando - I was cooking
Nosotros estabamos bailando - we were dancing
Ella estaba nadando - she was swimming.

this has the same meaning as the Imperfecto...
Estaba cocinando = cocinaba
Estábamos bailando = bailábamos
Estaba nadando = nadaba

We did some practice of this on p.15
Carlos estaba tocando la guitarra cuando el incendio empezó.
Carlos tocaba la guitarra cuando el incendio empezó.

We then listened to Maria Jesus and Rosa telling stories...
tomar el fresco - to get fresh air
saltar - to jump
tejanos - jeans
sospechar - to suspect
sonámbulo - a sleepwalker
encerrar - to chase after
de broma - joking
pegar un susto - to get a fright

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 8

We began by revising last week's story

We then went on to look at the stories on p.14. Here we had to find four stories among the 12 extracts, three extracts per story.

Some vocab...
estar de guardia - to be on duty, on guard
la mili - military service
suceder - to happen
atracar - to rob, hold up
una escopeta - a shotgun

WE also listened again the the story about Marisol and Luis and filled in the gaps.

We then did the exercise on p.14, to distinguish the preterito from the Imperfecto.

Yo perdí el dinero que tenía en la cartera.
Cuando nosotros llegamos a la carretera, estaba cerrada a causa de un accidente.
Antonio no estaba en la oficina cuando llegó su jefe.
Cuando Maria y yo salimos a la calle, había mucha gente.
Cuando Fernando empezó el examen, estaba muy nervioso.
Ana perdió un reloj que era un regalo de su madre.