Worried about the past tenses?

I am not surprised! But… don’t panic! It’s hard work to understand them but if you are persistent you’ll learn them.

In my lessons I like to practice talking that’s why I write and write lots, lots of questions so that my students don’t stop using them till they get use to them. It’s great: they learn them, they get talking and thinking …. You won’t believe it but it’s fun!

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Getting ready for secondary school Spanish?

Is your child starting Secondary school soon around the Trafford area?

Any of the local schools: Sale Grammar, Altrincham Grammar school for boys, Altrincham Grammar School for girls, Saint Ambrose College, Stretford Grammar, Altrincham College of Arts?

Is she or he choosing Spanish?

Lots of questions and lots of decisions to make…

Even if your kids have studied languages at primary school it’s very important to get a good start from year 6th and make sure they learn the basics as the grow so they are ready and confident as years pass by for the future GCSEs.

Time is the key! A little bit of Spanish work every week can make a big difference. Languages in general and, in this case, Spanish, are an important tool for their future careers, even if they might not realize yet.

If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to contact me. I have taught students from all the main local schools and I can help to build up their confidence. Learning Spanish can be very challenging but rewarding too!

 

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A2 Spanish exam: “Mar de plástico”

Racism, multi cultural society, immigration… these are all A2 exam topics for that some of you will be having very soon.

They are very hard topics to talk about in any language so I can understand how complicated it can be to express yourself in Spanish when talking about them.

The other day I found this series in Netflix and I thought it was perfect in order  to get the feeling about these serious problems that take place in Spain, as well as in many other parts of the world: “Mar de plástico”.

Feel free to send me an email or any questions related to the topics and the A2 exams. Muchísima suerte!

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La casa

It’s always important to learn the vocab related to the house and know your way around if you are visiting Spanish friends in Spain.

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Un tallarín

If your children love to sing and you want them to learn some Spanish, they will love “CantaJuego” created by the “EnCanto” group.

They sing popular Spanish songs  for children between 0 and 6 years old combined with dancing movements. This is just one of their songs but you can find much more information about them on their website: http://www.cantajuego.com/el-proyecto/

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GUSTAR, verb to like

“Gustar” doesn’t conjugate like a normal verb so whenever you need to use it you need to keep that in mind. In the following image you will see the proper wait to conjugate this verb.

The choice of “Gusta” or “Gustan” will always be given by the words that follow, if they are singular or an infinitive then we would choose “Gusta”, but if it is a plural word then we would chose “Gustan”.

With this verb you always need to write the pronouns in red because if not it won’t make sense what you are saying so “Don’t forget them!”

The following is an exercise related to this verb. Try to fill in the gaps with the correct pronoun:

A mi……… gusta la música clásica y a mi esposa …… gusta la música rock.

A ti ……. gusta el fútbol pero a mi no ….. gusta el fútbol.

A él …….. gusta el café con leche y a ti …. gusta el té inglés con leche.

A tu amiga Lola ….. gusta ir a la playa y a su hermana no ….. gusta.

A nosotros ……. gustan las manzanas pero a nosotros ….. gustan las naranjas.

A vosotros ……… gustan los documentales de animales pero a nosotras no ….. gustan.

A ellas …… gustan las tostadas con mantequilla.

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Figs, beautiful summer fruits

 

These are one of my favorite summer fruits: Figs. In Spain we call them HIGOS.

They are very sweet and they have a special texture that either you like it or you don’t.

It’s very common to find fig trees on the side roads of Spain or country lanes and, normally they will be full of delicious fruits but be careful if you decide to pick some of them because you won’t be the only one around: most likely there will also be some wasps that won´t hesitate to sting you. My grandfather used to have a very big fig tree where he used to have his land and we were always running from the wasps

This photo was taken last summer during my summer holidays. We have a very nice neighbor, el tio Julián, who normally comes around for a chat and brings with him lovely veggies and fruits to share. In the fields around his little house he has a couple of fig trees … y los higos están super ricos.

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La canción del verano

Do you know what is “La cación del verano”? it´s the biggest song hit during the Summer months and it is always makes you feel like dancing.

Even if we are still in May, it looks like this one is going to be a big hit in all the Spanish “Terrazas de verano”: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

This is the link to the song with the lyrincs. Todos a cantar y a bailar!

Learning Spanish or Latino American songs will help you to improve your listening.

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Salsa verde

Preparing “Salsa verde” is very easy and it is always a convenient sauce to have in your fridge as you can add it to your fish or meat and make it much more interested.

When I was little we used to pick the parsley from a big flower pot that we had at the terrace and, with the beautiful strong garlic from the market and oilve oil we were making it.

All you need to make it is:

PEREJIL – Parley

AJO – Garlic

ACEITE DE OLIVA – Olive oil

UN MORTERO -A mortar

UNA MAZA DE MADERA – A wooden pestle

Take some fresh parley and put the leaves inside the mortar.

Peel some garlic cloves and add them too. If you don’y want it very strong, just add one or two.

Start to mask everything the the wooden pestle until it is in very tiny bits. Be careful when you start because the garlic might go flighing from the mortar.

Once everything is very in tiny bits, start adding olive oil slowly while you stir the mix with your pestle. Keep adding olive oil until it covers the mix and after add a bit more. Some people like to add some drops of lemon juice.

Now take a little spoon and try it. If it is very strong, add some more olive oil.

If you have a little glass jar, you can keep it in it and put it in the frigde to use whenever you feel like adding it to your meals.

This time I have used it with some chesnut mushrooms. Yummy, yummy!

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AS reading comprehension practice exercise for exams

If you are getting ready for your exams, the following text will help you to practice for your reading comprehension exercises. It’s related to the topic: The new family. The article is from “Diaro El Comercio” and  it is written by Gonzalo Maldonado. I have written the question following the exam type so I hope they help.

CAMBIOS EN LA FAMILÍA. Gonzalo Maldonado.

Aquello de que ‘la familia es el núcleo de la sociedad’ es una frase trillada pero cierta. Lo que suceda en ese pequeño universo de parientes afectará de inmediato las relaciones sociales, económicas y afectivas de la comunidad.

¿Qué ha pasado con la familia durante las últimas décadas?

De ser una entidad uniforme y predecible –donde el papá, la mamá y los hijos tenían rostros y roles definidos– la familia se ha convertido en un escenario variopinto de personas, donde la consanguinidad no es, necesariamente, lo que genera vínculos.

Para empezar, la gente se casa cada vez menos y muchos de los matrimonios que se concretan terminan en divorcio. De esos casamientos fallidos salen nuevas formas de organización familiar donde, por ejemplo, el rol de papá es tomado por el tío de los niños o por el novio de la madre; donde los hermanos tienen dos padres o dos madres porque las nuevas parejas de sus progenitores también asumen gustosamente ese rol; una familia donde las novias o novios de los hijos pasan a vivir bajo el mismo techo, convirtiéndose, de esta forma, en nuevos hijos y miembros dependientes.

Fenómenos socio-económicos como la migración o la incorporación de las mujeres en roles productivos han permitido que ellas –y ya no sus maridos– sean cabezas de familia. Reformas legales para proteger las uniones de hecho han cambiado el carácter de la familia, haciéndola menos religiosa y, por tanto, menos jerárquica y prejuiciosa.

Los grupos minoritarios de homosexuales también han comenzado a formar unidades familiares compuestas por dos padres o por dos madres. No lo hacen abiertamente, por obvias razones, pero existen en nuestro país.

El intento –fallido, hasta el momento– de una pareja de lesbianas que vive en Quito por registrar legalmente a una bebé concebida por una ellas mediante inseminación artificial es una muestra clara de los cambios radicales que está sufriendo la familia en el Ecuador.

En casos como estos hay que dejar de lado los prejuicios sociales o religiosos y pensar principalmente en los niños, los miembros más vulnerables de una familia. Siempre será mejor que un hijo tenga una familia, por más excéntrica o poco convencional que parezca.

Muchas veces, los niños criados en familias atípicas son más desenvueltos y seguros porque adquieren, tempranamente, habilidades para interactuar con personas diferentes y a estar a gusto en ambientes disímiles y hasta en situaciones complicadas. Lo importante es que esos niños se sientan cobijados y cuidados, no importa si por dos padres, por una tríada de tías abuelas o por un matrimonio tradicional. El esfuerzo de esta pareja debe ser apoyado. Solo así construiremos una sociedad más justa y humana.

La familia es el nucleo de la sociedad” ¿Es un concepto del pasado? ¿Cuando es la opinión del texto?

¿El hecho de compartir la misma sangre es el principal vínculo dela familía?

¿Qué dos factores socioeconómicos que afectan a la familia se mencionan en el texto?

¿Son la famílias homosexuales aun minoritarias?

¿Como afectan los perjuicios sociales y religiosos a los miembros de la familia?

¿Cuál es tu opinión en cuanto al futuro de la família?

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