Archive for 28 noviembre 2012

Days of the week in Spanish

Click here to review the days of the week in Spanish. There’s the option of doing a mini quiz on the left hand side of the page.

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Spanish Numbers

Click here for a good review of the numbers in Spanish. If you’d like to move onto the larger numbers click on the link at the bottom of the page, or here instead.

El Transporte Público

Cuando estamos en España necesitamos el vocabulario del transporte público para negociar nuestros viajes por la ciudad. Para empezar vamos a aprender el vocabulario; haz click aquí para aprender el vocabulario.

Además del vocabulario hay que poseer unas frases para pedir información y servicios. Puedes aprender algunas frases útiles aquí.

Cuando has aprendido el vocabulario quiero que hagas unas tareas breves.

Para empezar haz click aquí para ir a la página web del Consorcio Transporte Madrid y luego sigue los pasos de abajo:

1. ¿Qué significa en inglés el eslogan de CTM?

2. ¿Cuánto cuesta un Abono Transporte para un joven en Zona A?

3. ¿Cuántas Lineas de  Cercanías RENFE hay en Madrid? ***Pista: busca en el cuadro ‘Redes de Transportes’ ***

4. ¿Cuáles son los tipos de abonos disponibles debajo del título ‘Otros Abonos’?

5. ¿Cuántas desplazamientos permite el Billete Turístico?

6. ¿Dónde se puede comprar el Billete Turístico?

¡Buena Suerte!

Vida Cotidiana – Daily Life

Here is some useful vocabulary you’ll need to talk about you daily life (daily routine, school, pastimes). Learn the words from the flashcards before attempting the Study Section and Games. Remember to turn on the sound so you can hear the words, that way you’re reading and hearing the words at the same time.

Here’s another exercises where you can put the daily activities in order.

The Imperative Again!

This verb ‘mood’ is one of the more difficult to master in Spanish by virtue of the fact that there are 4 forms of ‘you’ in Spanish (tú, vosotros, usted & ustedes) compared to 1 in English. This is complicated further due to the change to the subjunctive in negative (informal) commands.

A Summary of the Imperative

Click here, and then here, for a brief summary of how to form the Imperative.  If you want to look in more depth at the various segments just navigate through the site using the menu bar on the left, there are also quizes you can take based on the topics but bear in mind that only some are free and if you want to see your score you’ll need to register with the site (it doesn’t cost anything).

Practicing the Imperative

BK Nelson provides a variety of exercises to practice the imperative, just click here to access them. *** Ignore the ‘Present Subjunctive and Tú Commands‘ section for now.***

Here is another good link for practicing the Tú form but don’t forget your rules for putting these commands in the negative.

You can review the Usted and Ustedes commands here. Note that there are links to some exercises on the bottom left of this page.

The Imperative is quite difficult to master as there are a lot of rules involved with regards to formal/informal, singular/plural and positive/negative, not to mention the irregulars (of which there aren’t too many). However it is a good introduction to the subjunctive mood and if you can remember the rules for the imperative you can remember the rules for anything. The key is practice. Just keep drilling the exercises until you are comfortable with the various forms.

¡Buena Suerte!

Practicing Vocabulary

Buenos días chicos! Here´s a new website for you to help you learn vocabulary. Just click on whatever topic you´d like to work on (maybe start with one of the animal ones seeing as we did them) and you´ll be shown a series of pictures. Simply point your mouse to the image to hear the words. Click here to try it.

The Future Tense

Click here to run through a series of exercises that will help you with the future tense. This set of exercises also includes a review of past tense verbs (those highlighted in bold text) so try and see if you can figure out what the sentences mean rather than just answering the questions. For another nice short review click here.

You can also speak of future intentions by using ‘Ir a + infinitive‘, for example ‘voy a visitar…‘ meaning ‘I am going to visit…’. All you need here is the present tense form of the irregular verb Ir (to go):

Voy                 –   I go
Vas                 –   You go
Va                   –   He/She goes
Vamos           –   We go
Vais               –    You (pl) go
Van                –    They go

Then add ‘a’ and whatever infinitive you like to talk about what you are ‘going to do’. 

Certain o ther phrases that work this way are as follows:

Pensar + infinitive – Pienso ir a España el verano que viene = I plan to visit Spain next summer. *** Note there is no need for the ‘a’ here. ***

Estar a punto deEstoy a punto de llegar – I am just about to arrive.

Tengo ganas deTenemos ganas de visitar unos amigos – We feel like visiting some friends.