Back to School

Yay! It’s my favorite time of year. Nothing better than new notebooks, a fresh pack of markers, some new shiny tabs! I miss back-to-school shopping. There was always something so promising heading off to your first day of school, your backpack full of new binders, neatly organized.

Get back into the groove with some Spanish or Study Skills lessons to stay on top of your classes this year!

Happy Back-to-School time!

las recetas

recetas

 My future sister-in-law recently gave me a Spanish textbook that belonged to her brother called, Sol y sombra.  I was honored to have this book to add to my collection and have truly enjoyed reading it.  It’s an older textbook, published in 1972, but I love the teaching method.  This book contains many stories, articles, etc. that are separated by difficulty level. Each story contains cognates of English words, and the grammar becomes progressively harder as the reader progresses through the book.

In the second level, I found an article that contained a couple of recipes, with illustrations of all the ingredients.  I pondered this article for quite a while, and decided that I could do something similar with my students.  So, right now I have students thinking of their favorite recipes, which we are translating into Spanish, collecting, making copies and redistributing.  That’s right, a recipe exchange, in Spanish!  And it’s a great opportunity to teach the commands! 

So, if any of you out there would like to contribute to our recipe exchange, that would be great!

I.O., D.O., I don’t know…

parlote_jpg_640_640I’ll be perfectly honest with you…learning about Indirect and Direct Objects in Spanish stinks.  When I first started learning them (in Spanish), I thought to myself, “I don’t even remember what these are in English!”  I guess I should have, but I didn’t.

So to clarify, for those of you who may not recall.  Direct objects are the “objects” or “things” we talk about in the sentence and the Indirect Object is the person who receives the action.   Yes, I know it sounds confusing, but I’ll explain.

She brings me the ball.

She= subject

brings= verb

me= Indirect Object

ball= Direct Object

Now in Spanish our Indirect Objects are:

Yo me
Tú te
El le
Nosotros nos
Ellos les

And Direct Objects (for right now) are:

lo/la

los/las

* These depend on whether the object you are talking about is feminine or masculine, singular or plural

Order:

In Spanish, we always place the I.O. first, then the D.O., and they both come before the conjugated verb. OR in that same order (I.O., D.O. then attached to the infinitive= Verb in AR, IR, or ER form)

Examples:

Let’s go back to our first example:

She brings me the ball.
español

Subject: Ella
I.O.: me
Verb: trae
D.O.: la pelota
Ella me da la pelota.

She brings me it (the ball).

Ella me la trae.

I know that you are looking at this and saying, “This is so backwards!” The truth is yes, it is, but remember these rules for Spanish:

1. Your verb is conjugated to agree with your SUBJECT

2. Your I.O. comes BEFORE your D.O.

3. Both your I.O. and D.O. come BEFORE your CONJUGATED verb

I know it’s a lot! But the next post will explain your I.O.s and D.O.s in more depth!

But now, I.O., D.O. you DO KNOW!

Hasta la próxima vez…

 

 

Field Trip!

As it is the end of exam season this semester, we’re going on a field trip!  A group of students and I are heading out to Ikea today to meet, greet, and practice a little ‘household’ Spanish. In light of our outing, I thought I would share some vocabulary with you.  You never know, you might learn something new! In the ATL area…drop by around 2pm.

ikea

Furniture- los muebles

 

La mesa- table

 

La silla- chair

 

El escritorio- desk

 

El sofa- sofá

 

La lámpara- lamp

 

Los estantes- bookshelves

 

El sillón- armchair

 

Las cortinas- curtains

 

La ducha- shower

 

La cama- bed

 

La almohada- pillow

 

Las sabanas- sheets

 

El mantel- blanket

 

El basurero- wastepaper basket

 

El congelador- refrigerator

 

Las velas- candles

 

El lavamanos/(lavaplatos)- sink (dishwasher)


 

la letra ‘j’

reloj

¡Hola todos!

Today I want to talk about the letter: J en español (hota)

This special letter is pronounced like the Engilsh H…por ejemplo…

jo- is ‘ho’

ja- is ‘ha’

je- is ‘he(y)’

jalapeños are ‘ha-la-pen-yos’…not ‘jall-a-penos’

so, what about this one:

el reloj

tick-tock

El día de acción de gracias

El jueves fue el día de acción de gracias aquí en los Estados Unidos y por eso, quiero decir “gracias” a todos mis clientes, amigos, y por supuesto, familia.  Tuvimos un buen día llena de comida, diversión y hermandad.

Y mi contribución: Los panes.  Ya sabemos que no soy cocinera, pero también le aduyé a mi mamá con la preparación de la cena.  Ayer regresamos a Atlanta y gracias a Dios, no participamos en la locura que es, “el Viernes Negro”. Estoy feliz a regresar a casa, pero espero que pueda pasar más tiempo con mis padres.  Aunque, necesitamos regresar al trabajo…pero nos vemos pronto para la Navidad.

¡Feliz día de acción de gracias a todos!