Voy a una boda…

This week I’ll be leaving the hot and humid south and headin’ to a weddin’ up north.  I can’t wait to get there and see all my family and celebrate! In honor of the bride and groom I thought I’d post a few “wedding words” and help some Spanish learners out there expand their vocabulary un poco.

¿Listos, todos?

Wedding –> la boda
Bride –>la novia
Groom –> el novio
Bridesmaid –> la dama
Maid of Honor –> la dama de honor
Groomsmen –> los padrinos de boda
Wedding Dress –> el vestido de novia
Wedding Veil –>  el velo nupcial
Wedding Ring –> el anillo de matrimonio
Wedding Cake –> el pastel de bodas
Wedding Shower –> la despedida (de soltera) “saying goodbye to being single”
Reception –> la fiesta de casamiento
Wedding Bells –> las campanas de boda
Wedding Rehearsal –> el ensayo de boda (casamiento)
Wedding Vows –> los votos matrimoniales

For more check out : www.wordreference.com

¡Chau todos!  ¡Hasta la próxima semana!

It’s Official!

It’s official, summer is finally here!  And for us, here in Atlanta today wasn’t much different from the previous few days.  It was hot, but not super humid (yet), and sunny.  I know that my family up north had a hot one today, 93 degrees!  So far it’s been a summer of pleasant surprises.  We’ve welcomed new students of all ages and levels, and we’ve added our new language (and lovely tutor) Mandarin.  It’s been so exciting and we’re so looking forward to the upcoming school year!

But I suppose we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves.  In the midst of all these goings-on, I’m super excited to head north for a cousin’s impending nuptials!!  I can’t wait to see the family, congratulate the bride and groom, and spend some quality time with my dad.  I’m thankful to have such a wonderful family and am looking forward to visiting, relaxing, revitalizing, and coming home with more excitement for the rest of the summer and into the school year!

As always, let us know if you need us for Spanish, English, or Mandarin lessons!  Any age, any level!  And we look forward to hearing from you soon!

¡Chau Chau amigos!

El alfabeto

El alfabeto y el sonido de las letras son muy importantes para la pronunciación correcta del español.
(The alphabet and the sound of the letters are very important for the correct pronunciation of Spanish)

This may sound a little silly and of course very basic, but it’s the truth.  The alphabet (in any language) is essential to all aspects of language, reading, writing, and speaking.  Once a student understands the alphabet I’ve seen them get that awesome “ah-ha” moment where they say to themselves, “Oh, yeah, that’s how you say that! That makes so much sense now!”

Now, the Spanish alphabet does have a few more letters than the English alphabet (26).
In addition to all the English letters, Spanish also has the “ch” (che) sounds like “ch” in English, “ll” (a-yay) makes a “y” sound, “ñ” (n-yay) makes an “n+y” sound, “rr” sounds like the ‘r’ in “Vrrrooom”. 

Some other tidbits: “h” is always silent at the beginning of a word, i.e. “hola”
There are very few words in Spanish with the letters “k” and “w”

I thought I would include this cute little alphabet video.  It doesn’t include the special characters, but it’s very good and has a catchy tune!

Órale, El Alfabeto

Home Education

I know that I have mentioned this subject at least a couple of times before now.  That being the subject of whether or not to homeschool (my hypothetical (I say that because I don’t have any yet)) children.  Growing up, I always loved learning (still do) and really loved school, at least after middle school ended.  I enjoyed seeing my friends everyday, running on the cross-country team, being in the Spanish Club, and on the debate team.  And I think that desire to be involved, “always doing something” still lives on.  I despise being idle and when I have any free time I’m always looking to fill it was some productive activity.

I say all this because I believe that many parents are concerned that their children will not receive a proper ‘social education’ or stimulation if they are homeschooled.  Honestly, I used to believe that too, but after observing a few homeschool families I wholly disagree with this concern.  Many homeschooling families belong to homeschooling co-ops or organizations where their children play sports and have other classes or activities.  There are still others who are very active in their church groups or religious organizations.  Now, it’s true I don’t know the ins-and-outs of homeschooling but it appears to be just like anything else–you reap what you sow (or you put into it what you get out of it).  This possibility of homeschooling is a very exciting one–I’m always looking for interesting crafts and activities, thinking of methods to use, and so excited that when the day comes I can teach my own children Spanish!

Anyway, all this pondering (hoping and dreaming) has led me to discover the Southeast Homeschool Expo, where in the company of a friend I can hope to learn even more! This expo will be held at the Cobb Galleria Center, July 26-28.  You should come a check it out!