Saturday, 21 January 2017

PRE-INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 1

In our first class, we introduced ourselves and we talked about our favourite things.

We read the text on page 3 and we commented on the words we did not know.
Emocionante – exciting
Personajes – characters
Fuerte – strong
La como tres o cuatro veces – I eat it three or four times
Bastante alta – rather tall
Así que – so
Me ha gustado el baloncesto – I have always liked basket
Mido – I measure
Son aún más altas que yo – They are even taller than me
Encantadora – charming
Un ambiente muy especial – A very special environment
Voy ahí siempre que puedo – I go there every time I can (although ‘siempre’ means ‘always’)
Tengo parientes ahí – I have relatives there
Sus letras significan mucho para mi – Her lyrics mean a lot to me
Me encantaría conocerla un día – I would love to meet her one day (‘conocer’ means ‘to know’ or ‘to meet’)

Other words that came up during the class:
Una actriz – an actress
Bailar – to dance
Encontrar – to find


BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, 2017, CLASS 1

BEGINNERS 2 COURSE, JANUARY 2017
We began by revising elements of the beginners course….
¿Cómo te llamas?
¿Dónde vives?
¿De dónde eres?
¿Qué haces?
¿Tienes hijos?
¿Cómo se llama tu hijo?
¿Cuántos años tiene tu hijo?
¿Hablas español?

We went on to learn numbers from 10 to 100
20 veinte
30 treinta
40 cuarenta
50 cincuenta
60 sesenta
70 setenta
80 ochenta
90 noventa
100 cien
43 cuarenta y tres

We then went on to learn the alphabet in Spanish and to spell our names
E - /eh/
I - /ee/
A - /a/
J - /ghota/
G - /ghey/
¿Cómo se escribe? – how do you spell it?

Tu apellido – your surname

BEGINNERS COURSE, 2017, CLASS 1

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 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’m so-so
Estoy mal – I feel bad
Estoy fatal – I’m really bad
Adiós – Bye
Hasta luego- See you!

To conclude, we revised the numbers in Spanish:
1.uno
2.dos
3.tres
4.cuatro
5.cinco
6.seis
7.siete
8.ocho
9.nueve
10.diez




INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 1

INTERMEDIATE COURSE, 2017, CLASS 1

17/01/17

In this class we began by talking about what we did during the Christmas holidays
Salí con los amigos
Comí mucho pavo (turkey)
Bebí vino tinto
Recibí muchos regalos

We then went on to talk about some of our favourite things….
Some new vocab that came up…..
Esquiar – to ski
El alpinismo – mountain climbing
Remar – rowing
Llorar – to cry









Thursday, 12 January 2017

NEW YEAR SPANISH COURSES, 2017

Our new year Spanish courses begin the week of January 16th, 2017. We have courses for all levels – details below…….

Registration
We ask anyone who wants to do a course with us to come to Registration and pay the course cost in full. Registration is on Thursday, January 12th, in the Yeats Building, Sligo, from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Duration and times
Every course lasts 10 weeks. Every class is from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.

Location
Classes take place in IT Sligo.

Prices
All courses (except the Leaving Cert course) cost €130 – or €110 for students or the unemployed.
The Leaving cert oral course costs €120.

LEVELS

BEGINNERS – TUESDAYS
Our Beginners course starts on Tuesday, January 17th at 7.30. This is for those people who want to start from the very beginning.

BEGINNERS 2 – WEDNESDAYS
This course is designed for those people who have done a Beginners course in the past and want to continue learning Spanish. Starts Wednesday, January 18th.

ELEMENTARY – MONDAYS
This level is for those who have done a couple of courses in the past and wish to expand their knowledge of Spanish. Begins Monday, January 16th.

PRE-INTERMEDIATE – THURSDAYS
This course is designed for those people who have done a number of courses in the past and who have some knowledge of Spanish, but who want to study more advanced aspects of the language. Continuation of Elementary 2 from last year. Starts Thursday, January 19th.

INTERMEDIATE – TUESDAYS
Our highest level course, this is designed for people who can already converse in Spanish to a greater or lesser extent, and who want to maintain and improve their level. Starts Tuesday, January 17th.

LEAVING CERT ORAL EXAM PREP COURSE
A course that will prepare Leaving Cert students of Spanish for their oral exam. Will cover all elements of the Oral, including role plays. Starts Monday, January 16th.


Thursday, 5 January 2017

LEAVING CERT SPANISH ORAL PREPARATION COURSE

As every year, we offer a preparation course for the Leaving Cert Spanish Oral exam.

The course will begin on Monday, January 16th, and will continue for 10 weeks, until just before the exam itself. Classes will be from 7.30pm to 8.45pm every Monday.

Registration: is next Thursday, January 12th, in the Yeats Building, from 7.30pm.

Course cost: €120 payable at registration.

The course will cover all aspects of the oral exam, including...

  • personal information
  • daily routine
  • hobbies and pastimes
  • el barrio y la ciudad
  • talking about your school
  • family
  • talking about the past
  • plans for the future
  • la casa y el dormitorio
  • TV and films
  • All 5 ROLEPLAYS fully covered.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

CHRISTMAS PARTY/ FIESTA DE NAVIDAD, DECEMBER 9TH, 2016

We are pleased to announce that our traditional Christmas Party will take place this year on Friday, December 9th in the Yeats Building, Sligo. Doors open at 7.30. 


As is by now traditional, the great Mallorcan singer/songwriter Felip Carbonell will play a range of Spanish and Latin favourites for our enjoyment. There will also be Spanish food provided by Juani from Flamenco Kitchen, as well as plentiful wine and refreshments. 

All of this for just €7! Students, the unemployed and students with the Spanish Society will only pay €5. ¡No te lo pierdas!