la nieve

Here in the South we have witnessed the effects for Winter Storm Pax and I’ll say this, it’s not too bad.  We have a lot of snow and I even ventured out in it today for a little while.  For me, that’s a big feat, I hate being cold.  And I’ll tell you one thing, my cats certainly don’t like it at all!  In honor of our weather I thought I’d share some winter vocabulary.

la nieve- snow
el frío- cold
el hielo- ice
blanco- white
el copo de nieve- snowflake
el invierno- winter
la tormenta- storm

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If I asked, “What is an indirect (or direct) object pronoun?”  Does that sound like foreign language itself?

You‘re not alone, but I’m here to help!

If I have the example:

She gives me the gift.

She= subject

Gives= verb

Me= indirect object (the person receiving the action)

The gift= the direct object (the thing we‘re talking about)

In Spanish our indirect object pronouns are:

Me

Te

Le/Se

Nos

Os

Les/se

Our direct object pronouns are:

Lo/la

Los/las

Order:

Subject, indirect object pronoun, direct object pronoun, conjugated verb

¡buena suerte! (good luck)

…To all those students returning to school this week!  I hope you have a great start to a new year!

I remember the first day of school.  I would pack my backpack the night before and get everything organized (I was nerd, but that’s ok!).  Then every year my mom would take a picture of me at the front door, all ready for school.  And when I say every year, I mean every year….I didn’t look so thrilled in my senior pic!  Anyway, I always remember be a little nervous every year that first day.  You never knew what teachers you’d get and of course you’d heard stories of teachers you didn’t want to have….it was all a little nerve racking.  But, I liked settling into a daily routine and after a week or so everything was fine!

So here’s to a great week of settling in to your routine! And were ready to help you get a jump-start on tutoring whenever you are!

Un regalo de cumpleaños (A birthday gift!)

I thought I would spread the birthday cheer!  If you 5 book sessions by August 12 you can still get 5% OFF!   Use a session or two to prepare for school and the rest throughout the semester!  They won’t expire and we even have nice gift certificates for you to give to others!

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¡Feliz cumple! (Happy Birthday!)

De nuevo a escuela (Back to School)

ImageSchool is starting again soon (at least in the South).  Get a head start on the year and review a little by booking a tutoring session.  Book 5 sessions for 5% OFF by August 5.  This applies to all sessions, online or in-person.

 

Can’t wait to start the new year!

What are you doing?

To tell what we ‘are doing’ right now in Spanish we use the Present Progressive.

It’s formed by using ESTAR in the Present Tense + (the gerund) AR-ando and IR/ER- iendo (or yendo)

Estar- to be

yo estoy
tú estás
él está

nosotros estamos
ellos están

Ejemplo:

El rana está leyendo el libro.
(The frog is reading the book).

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What are you doing?

la frase de la semana (Phrase of the Week)

La gata está adentro de la caja.
(The cat is inside the box)

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La gata está afuera de la caja.
(The cat is outside the box)

Practice using these phrases with the verb ESTAR- to be

Por ejemplo:
(For example)

ESTAR- to be

yo estoy (I am)
tú estás (You are)
él está (He is)
ella está (She is)
Usted está (You formal are)

Nosotros/as estamos (We are)
Ellos están (They masculine are)
Ellas están (They feminine are)

We are inside the house.
Estamos adentro de la casa.

She is inside the store.
Ella está adentro de la tienda.

I am outside (of) the city.
Estoy afuera de la cuidad.