Friday, October 19, 2012

Intro to Spanish

As we are moving into the second quarter of the school year, it is time to start thinking about next semester!  In January, a new course will be offered for Junior High and High School homeschool students--Intro to SpanishThis course is designed to be an introduction to the Spanish language for students before they move into Spanish I.  It will cover basic vocabulary through Usborne's First Thousand Words in Spanish, and basic grammar and conversation structures through instruction, games, songs and stories.  The class only lasts one semester to prepare for a full year course the following school year.   

Registration Fee: $25/student
Cost: $25/month per student
Day&Time: Meets Mondays 3:00pm-4:00pm
Dates: January 7 through May 13

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Video of the Day

Our video of the day comes straight from the high school class!  Check out their Spanish conversation skills!  See below for an explanation of what they are saying...

―¡Hola!  Me llamo _______.  ¿Cómo se llama usted?  (Hello!  My name is _____.  What is your name?)

―¡Hola!  Me llamo _______.  (Hi!  My name is _______.)

Mucho gusto.  (Nice to meet you.)

Igualmente/Encantado/a.  (Likewise.)

―¿Cómo se escribe su nombre?  (How do you spell your name?)

Se escribe ________.

Muy bien/Muchas gracias. (Very nice/Thanks you very much.)

―¿Qué día es?  (What day is it?)

Hoy es _______.

Fill in the blank with lunes (Monday), martes (Tuesday), miércoles (Wednesday), jueves (Thursday), viernes (Friday), sábado (Saturday), domingo (Sunday).

―¿Qué hora es? (What time is it?)

Es la una y _____./Son las ___ y ____.

―¿Cuál es la fecha? / ¿Qué fecha es (hoy)?  (What is the date?  What is the date (today)?)

Hoy es el _____ de _______.  (Today is the _____ of ______.)

―¿Cuántos años tiene?  (How old are you? Literally, How many years do you have?)

Tengo _______ años (de edad). (I am _____ years old.  Literally, I have ______ years of age.)

―¿Cuántos años tiene usted?

Tengo _____ años (de edad).

―¿Cómo está (usted)?  (How are you?)

Estoy ________.

Fill in the blank with how you are feeling: bien (fine), mal (poor), así así (so-so), cansado/a (tired), triste (sad), enfermo/a (sick), etc.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

First Quarter Coming to a Close

Can you believe the first quarter of the school year is just around the corner?!  Remember that if you, or a student you know, is struggling with Spanish I am available for tutoring.  There is still one quarter left of the semester to work on improving that grade!  Contact me at for mor information. Happy studying!
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Spanish Video of the Day

When you study Spanish, you soon realize learning verbs is a major part of learning the language.  The only problem is tons of verbs exist, and each verb has a different conjugation for each different subject and each subject has a different form for every tense and mood! Huh?  Well, just watch the video and "ProfaT" will explain it Coolio style...much more interesting than anything I could type here.  And catchy too.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Spanish Fresco Ruined

Heard about this story from Spain happened a while ago, but it was too interesting not to share.  Apparently Cecilia Jimenez, a local woman from Borja, Spain, decided to take on the restoration of a church fresco by herself without any training or experience.  By the looks of this picture, I do not think it turned out too well....although it is reminiscent of another famous Spanish painter, Picasso.  The story received so much attention that the "botched" fresco actually brought an influx of tourism to the town.  I feel really bad for the woman--I am sure her intentions were good.  What do you think?  Do you like the new take on Ecce Homo?     

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Adapting // So I'm a Country Girl But That Doesn't Mean I Like George Strait

Another flashback to my days in Spain...I do not miss bocadillos, but there are some things I wish I could go back to Madrid to experience.  Have you been to Madrid?  Spain?  What do you miss about it there?  What did you miss from home while you were there?


I just thought I should post a good picture of one of the bocadillos of which I am growing so fond of.  I don't think I'll ever like the jamon here though.  Jamon York is what I prefer (which means the kind of ham that we--meaning people from the US-- eat on sandwiches).  The jamon they eat here is smoked or something instead of cooked.  It will be funny if I end up missing bocadillos.  The thing is, I'm pretty sure if you give me a BLTA from Red Robin, I will forget all about bocadillos.  Boca-what??

So I'm definitely a country girl, but that doesn't mean I like George Strait.

It's funny how when you travel to a new place and live there, it's like looking in a mirror.  I'm starting to discover  how much of a country girl I really am.  I'm an odd mix--I must admit.  I really like living in a city where culture, music, art, great food, theatre, etc. are at my disposal.  BUT,  I need  a dosage of nature here and there.  For example, in Kansas City, I can drive  twenty minutes to see a ballet, a movie, go to a fabulous ethnic restaurant, or listen to some jazz; but I can also step out my front door,  see green, see trees, walk more than twenty steps and not run into another building or another person.  Or in Chicago--whew!  The possibilities to entertain yourself with culture are endless!  But the neighborhoods are spread out, with lawns even sometimes, or you can take a short walk and be standing with a seemingly endless body of water before you.  Last night I was walking down a street in Moncloa (my neighborhood) with obras (construction) to one side of me and  racing cars on the other.  For some reason I looked up--this is a rare thing to do in a city where everyone stares straight ahead--and I saw the moon!  And then I realized how long it had been since I had seen the moon!  It was one of those nights where the moonlight is misty and the wispy clouds almost appear to be made of silver threads.  It made me miss home, where I drive home each night, get out of my car, Cheyenne runs up to me, jumps on me and tears my shirt or scarf; the air smells so fresh it feels like you're cleaning your lungs when you breathe in, and the moonlight is so smooth is seems to caress your head.  Well, I'll be back there soon, and I know I'll be yearning for the ever-awake city of Madrid.  I guess that's how it is with everything in life--sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.  [By the way, I'm really excited for next Monday, because I have signed up to take a Flamenco dance lesson!!  More about that later.]

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Leeland Spanish Worship Song

Music is a great way to practice a language you are learning.  Here is a great worship song, performed by Leeland while they were in Peru, that is simple and easy to sing along to.  See if you can catch all the words and understand what they are saying.