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LEAVING CERT GRINDS COURSE, AUTUMN 2017, CLASS 7

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We revised the idea of false friends and looked at some examples….
Éxito – success La salida – the exit
Una carpeta – a file, folder Una moqueta – a carpet
Realizar - to carry out Darse cuenta de.... - to realize something
Sensible - sensitive Sensato - sensible



We then looked again at Agreement Adjectives have to agree with the nouns they describe…. Una casa roja Un coche rojo Casas rojas
This also applies to mucho and poco Tengo muchos amigos Tengo poco dinero We corrected mistakes on p.32

For homework we have to complete the dialogue on p.33

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2017, CLASS 7

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We began by revising some vocab connected to technology La contraseña/ la seña/el código – the password La red – the network Resetear – to reset Tuitear – to tweet
We then  went on to look at the condcional in Spanish We use this to translate “would” Yo comería – I would eat Comerías Comería Comeríamos Comeríais Comerían


There are some irregular verbs Tener – tendría Venir – vendría Salir – saldría Hacer – haría Decir – diría Haber (hay) – habría (there would be)
We listened to an extract about a fortune teller Una adivina – a fortune teller Adivinar – to guess La bola de cristral – the crystal ball
We then answered some questions using the conditional Si fuera rico, compraría un coche y una casa y viajaría por todo el mundo.  – If I was rich…..
Some words that came up Morir – to die Una águila – an eagle Cobrar – to charge money Inundaciones – floods Destrucción Crecer – to grow Quejarse – to complain


PRE-INTERMEDIATE COURSE, AUTUMN 2017, CLASS 8

We revised the Preterito – the past tense
Ayer – yesterday La semana pasada – last week El año pasado – last year Hace dos días – 2 days ago
AR verbs Hablé, hablaste, habló, hablamos, hablasteis, hablaron
IR/ER verbs Comí, comiste, comió, comimos, comisteis, comieron
Irregular verbs Ir: fui, fuiste, fue, fuimos, fuisteis, fueron Tener: tuve, tuviste, tuvo, tuvimos, tuvisteis, tuvieron Hacer: hice, hiciste, hizo, hicimos, hicisteis, hicieron
We also learned the numbers from 1 to 1000 and practiced saying the names of years All hundreds are just the number (cuatro, seis, ocho etc….) plus “cientos” 400 – cuatrocientos Except for … 500 – quinientos 700 – setecientos 900 – novecientos
1492 – mil cuatrocientos noventa y dos 2017 – dos mil diecisiete
We then did the excercise on p.19 Llegar – to reach, arrive Caer – to fall Ocurrir – to happen, occur
We also completed the questions on p.19 Nacer – to be born Empezar – to begin
Casarse – to get married

ELEMENTARY COURSE, AUTUMN 2017, CLASS 8

This week we talked about the house
Las habitaciones – The rooms La cocina – the kitchen El dormitorio – the bedroom El vestíbulo / la entrada – the hall El salón – the living room El comedor – the dining room El cuarto de baño – the bathroom El estudio – the office Los muebles – the furniture La cama – the bed La cómoda – the drawers La alfombra – the carpet La cocina eléctrica – the cooker La puerta – the door La mesa de trabajo – the desk El lavaplatos – the dishwasher La lámpara – the lamp La lavadora – the dishwasher La pared – the Wall La nevera – the fridge El espejo – the mirror La mesa – the table El sofá – the couch El  televisor / la televisión – the TV El armario – the wardrobe La ventana – the window El estante- the shelf La silla – the chair El ordenador portátil – the laptop El cuadro – the picture El suelo – the floor
We also learnt some prepositions of place Preposiciones Encima de – on / on top of Entre – between / among Detrás – behind Delante de – in front of Al lado de – next to Debajo de – under
Other…

BEGINNERS COURSE, 2017, CLASS 7

This week we learnt how to order food and drinks in Spanish. En el restaurante – In the restaurant El menú – The menu Primero / Primer plato – Starters Segundo / Segundo plato – Main course Postre – Dessert Cliente – Customer Camarero / camarera – Waiter / waitress Ensalada – Salad Sopa del día – Soup of the day Bistec con patatas fritas – Steak with chips Pollo asado – Roast chicken Merluza – Hake Tortilla de patatas /Tortilla española – Spanish omelette Helado – Ice cream Flan – crème caramel Torta de chocolate – chocolate tart ¡oiga! – Excuse me! ¿podemos pedir? – Can we order? ¿Qué van a tomar? – What would you like to have? Copa de vino tinto – A glass of red wine Un agua sin gas – Still water ; un agua con gas – sparkling water ¿Quieren postre? – Will you eat a dessert? Para mí, el helado de fresa – Strawberry ice cream for me Para mí, sólo un café, por favor – Just a coffee for me, thanks ¿Algo más? – Anything else? Un poco más de agua, por favor – A bit more of water, please Y traíganos un poco má…

LEAVING CERT GRINDS COURSE, AUTUMN 2017, CLASS 6

We began by revising the past tense, the regular and irregular verbs We then spoke about the summer and last weekend Important expressions Me divertí – I enjoyed myself Lo pasé bien – I had a good time Me gusto – I liked it
We listened to a listening about the environment La marea negra – the black tide Hundirse – to sink En vano – in vain
We then studied some false friends on p.39 Éxito does not mean “exit” – it means “success” Asesinar is not “to assassinate” – it means “to kill” We had to complete p.40 for homework
We also looked at agreement on p.30/31 Una casa roja Un coche rojo. Las casas rojas Los coches rojos



ELEMENTARY COURSE, AUTUMN 2017, CLASS 7

This week we continued working with the topic of RUTINAS. We did two listening exercises

Rutina diaria de Patricio y Josefa – Patricio’s and Josefa’s daily routine
Salgo de casa a las ocho y veinticinco – I leave home at 8.25
Llego a la oficina – I arrive at the office
Tomo un café – I have a coffee
Fumo un cigarrillo – I smoke a cigarette
Como en un restaurante – I eat in a restaurant
Doy un paseo en el parque – I take a stroll in the park
Empiezo a trabajar otra vez – I start working again
A las seis, o así, yo salgo de la oficina – At around 6, I leave the office.
Meriendo – I have a snack
Una au pair en Irlanda.
El padre es director de una compañía de exportación – The father is the director of an export Company
Hay dos niños – There are two children.
No tengo que organizar a los niños – I don’t have to prepare the children
La madre lo hace – The mother does it
Después, desayunamos café, tostadas y zumo de naranja – Then, we have coffee, toast and orange juice.
Luego los padres se…