Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: ‘to meet’ in Spanish with activities

QuedarBy Maje

A Spanish version follows.

Hello everybody!

We hope you have had a great weekend!

During the past few weeks, I have been talking (a lot) about Spanish idioms, Spanish & Latin American vocabulary and Spanish grammar. And also about our online news articles! I love them because students can leave comments and that means we get to know the most common mistakes speakers of other languages make in Spanish! I must confess that I truly enjoy collecting them as knowing what they are is the first step to help students to overcome making mistakes.

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Ropa Limpia-project – Yr 11/Level 3

By Sue

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You can download the article and the accompanying teaching plan below the cut

This week I’m starting the Ropa Limpia project with one of my GCSE groups.

Last week we looked at Tattoos, and their social impact and stigmas, and this week it’s the fashion industry.

I’m going to follow the lesson plan as in the Teacher’s notes, including some YouTube videos of working conditions in foreign climes.

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Mediterranean Diet, broken New Year’s resolution buster?

By Britta

Download the article below the cut

Download the article below the cut

Did you know that eating healthy to lose weight tops the 10 New Year’s resolutions and, alas, the 10 most commonly broken resolutions too?

Now that February has arrived,  statistically speaking, there is a big chance that many of you – yes, just like me – have given up on their diets and I bet it’s not much different with your students.

We all know that changing your eating habits is really what’s required. And if it’s not just weight loss you are after but a diet that benefits your health in general then the Mediterranean Diet is worth looking into.

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Spanish Football/Soccer Idioms

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

Expresiones idiomáticas fútbolFootball (fútbol in Spanish) is a very important sport in Spain, a key part of Spanish culture, and it features in many idioms and colloquialisms.

This week, I have written an article with podcast on El Balón de Oro, one of the most important football awards in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo, a Real Madrid player, has won the Balón de Oro and has presented the trophy to the fans at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, in Madrid. In the article I wrote for El Sol level, I used the Spanish sports expression rematar la faena. As we want to help our readers develop vocabulary skills, I have created an infographic with more Spanish sports idioms, focused on football.

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Current news for Spanish learners with podcasts … and it’s free

By Britta

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 09.55.11Do you like your students to be up-to-date with what’s going on in Spanish-speaking countries? Are you looking for graded articles that mirror what’s in the News? Are you looking for such a resource, hoping that it is free?

You are at the right place. At es.maryglasgowplus.com  we publish a topical news story at three proficiency levels together with a read-along podcast of the articles each week.

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Transport in Spanish

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

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We hope you have had a great weekend. Today is Monday and we are all back in the office or back at school! While I was waiting for the bus this morning, I was reading this lovely MGM article, Al polo sur…¡en bicicleta!, and wondering how I could help Spanish students to remember the correct prepositions for means of transport. In order to help you, I have created the following infographic that you can display on your white board and/or classroom blog, which might be handy when explaining this to your students.

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Oona Chaplin article with Year 11 Spanish class

By Sue

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 13.24.34I have never watched Game of Thrones, but reading Facebook as I do and listening to the students, I thought it might be good to use the article. I read the learning outcomes in the teaching resources (download below the cut) and just tweaked them slightly for my group.

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Money in Spanish speaking countries

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

PesosAs you know, in January, increased fuel bills and tax rises (e.g. transport, electricity and so on) can make life difficult for families, especially after all the money spent during Christmas. In short, January is a month in which many families hardly make it through the month! And this is what we call in Spain la cuesta de enero (the uphill struggle to get to the end of the month).

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Need help convincing children to take GCSE Spanish?

By Britta

Download the article after the cut

Download the article after the cut

As everyone who is involved in language education knows, there are many good reasons why learning a foreign language is important and beneficial to students’ careers, brainpower and social understanding. But again as we all know learning a foreign language takes time and dedication and it can be hard to convince pupils that persevering with it will benefit them in the end – especially when the foreign language has to compete with other subjects over inclusion in students’ GCSE subject lists.

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Clean off Your Desk Day and the Imperative for Year 11

By Maje

Am I keeping my desk tidy? What do you think? :)

Am I keeping my desk tidy? What do you think? 🙂

¡Buenas tardes! 🙂

Have you ever heard of the “Clean Off Your Desk Day“? It takes place every 2nd Monday of each year as a way to start the year with a clean and tidy desk.

We have created an infographic with some advice in Spanish on how to keep your desk tidy. You can use it to revise the imperative mode with your students whilst you are telling them how to keep their desks tidy…So I guess this is what we call in Spain ‘matar dos pájaros de un tiro‘ (‘to kill two birds with one stone’-see more Spanish proverbs with animals here). 

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Year 7 using The Hobbit article to describe people

By Britta

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 09.23.21Sue’s Yr 7 have been writing using The Hobbit article and thoroughly enjoying it too! The article is all about physical description, introducing body features and matching adjectives.

There is a reading  text and a gap fill activity where students complete model sentences of how to describe a person. They then answer questions on the reading material before building sentences with their personal information (download the article below the cut).

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9 Spanish proverbs with animals – activity

By Britta

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 09.49.21Animals feature in many proverbs, idioms  and phrases. Funnily enough for many of these a cultural equivalent exists in other languages.

I have a long standing fascination with proverbs and their translations into other languages.

Below are nine Spanish proverbs featuring animals and I am pretty sure that you will  know most of them from your own culture.

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Spanish Christmas Song Sing-along

by Britta
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As your last Spanish lesson of 2013 is fast approaching why not have a merry Christmas sing along in class? Traditional Spanish Christmas carols may be a little too difficult (and also perhaps overused) so we like to present you with Mary Glasgow’s very own ¡Ya llega la Navidad !, a classic in the making you will agree.

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Year 7 looking for conjugations of “Vivir” in the article ¡Vivimos aquí!

by Britta

photo 3Sue’s Y7 students are doing detective work: They are looking for conjugations of “Vivir” in the article ¡Vivimos aquí!

I always thought this is a great starter to learning verbs: familarizing oneself with the way its conjugations look through discovering them in an authentic text.

Additionally, knowing the various ways a verb can look is a great tool for accessing written texts. It’s a fantastic reading tool. See how many conjugations your students can find in our article!

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Catching Fire – article and lesson plan!

HungerGamespicHave you watched the new Hunger Games film yet? We wrote about it in our November/December issue of Ahora. It’s a big hit with teens world-wide, we’re sure your students would love to have an excuse to talk about it in class!

And yes, it comes with a lesson plan.

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5 listening activities that don’t require worksheets

by Britta

audioclass_blogYou may have downloaded our piñata video and watched it with your students. You probably then also downloaded the transcript and did a very simple listening activity in that you asked your students to watch the video and follow the transcript, i.e. to link the sound of the words with their written form.

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Year 10 working on El día de la alimentación

By Britta

photo 3Unfortunately, we are a little late with this; World Food Day was on the 16th of October.

But luckily Sue’s Y10 weren’t. They did this work on the article El día de la alimentación in our GCSE-magazine El Sol on the very day that newspapers around the globe reported on the UN’s World Food Programme to end malnutrition of the 840 million people that go hungry in the world today.

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El Día de los Muertos – Part 3

By Britta

Stunning, right? And the piñata's not bad either! - Chantal

Stunning, right? And the piñata’s not bad either! – Chantal

When it comes to celebrations there is always a showpiece that no festivity can do without. And in Mexico it’s la piñata, a container made from papier-mâché, decorated and filled with sweets and then broken as part of a ceremony.

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El Día de los Muertos – Part 2

By Britta

What am I doing? Well, watch the videos! - Chantal

Getting ready for Día de los Muertos!

As you’ve seen from the pictures in our article ¡Viva el Dia de los Muertos! (see previous post for download) el Día de los Muertos is not only a celebration to remember and honor dead relatives, it also has a long tradition of simple handmade decorations.

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El Día de los Muertos – Part 1

By Britta

You can download this after the cut.

You can download this after the cut.

El Día de los Muertos  – the Day of the Dead – is a centuries-old Mexican holiday with Aztec roots that is also connected to the Catholic calendar – a very Mexican mix! It reflects an attitude towards death that is different from some cultures. The beliefs and practices surrounding the Day of the Dead in Mexico predate the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas: At the end of the harvest, Mexicans held big banquets and remembered their dead relatives. They believed that death represents a passage into a better, parallel existence and for this reason they buried their dead with useful items to use in the next life.

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