Being famous in Spain…

la foto (5)By Maje

Yes, that’s us filming some lovely videos for the ¿Qué Tal? and Ahora magazines. And this is what happens when you film in a park: you end up surrounded by curious kids that want to take part in the filming. 🙂 It happened a lot during our weekend in Spain!

We are quite happy with our great friends from Torrents Creativos and their patience when filming these videos with real Spanish kids. We are so looking forward to showing them to you! Do not miss our September/October issue for further info. Join us today at http://www.maryglasgowplus.com!!

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Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: Subjunctive mood with activities III

By Maje

RelativasWelcome back to the subjunctive mood. 😉

Today we are dealing with another common error in Spanish: subjunctive mood with adjectival clauses, the ones we use to modify a noun in the main clause. For example: “I work for a company which publishes books and magazines.” Continue reading “Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: Subjunctive mood with activities III”

Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: Subjunctive mood with activities II

By Maje

TemporalesHello everybody and welcome to a new post on the subjunctive mood and common errors in Spanish by English-speakers!

Today, we will give you some advice on how to explain the use of the subjunctive mood in time clauses. As we mentioned last week, our aim is to help students truly understand how to properly use the subjunctive mood.

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Spanish Tongue Twister

By Britta

Picture 3Tongue-twisters are great fun.

Although difficult to articulate properly, tongue-twisters are a useful tool for the Spanish classroom too. The main thing is to keep it light.

In that spirit, Chantal and Maje have created a tongue-twister video. Why not get your students to speak after Chantal?

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Avoiding Common Errors in Spanish: Subjunctive mood with activities

By Maje
Uncle SamAs promised last week, today we will keep focusing on common errors in Spanish by English speakers. I think it is time to start revising the uses of the subjunctive mood. Incorrect use of the subjunctive is one of the most common mistakes in Spanish by English speakers (actually, made by any non-native speaker of Spanish, ha ha).

As Sue mentioned in her previous blog post last week, “a language after all, is not something you can just pick up 3 times a week without any revision or independent learning.” And that is exactly what I tell my students when they start studying the subjunctive mood: it is not easy, it takes time but if you do not waste your time complaining about how difficult it is, you will master it. “Practice, practice and practice” is my motto. Simple? Not that much as keeping yourself motivated and embracing mistakes when speaking is the difficult part of the learning process. But that is something to which we shall return in a later post.

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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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Winter Sports

By Maje

SochiThis is the last week of the Sochi Winter Olympics!  Are you enjoying the Games? This week, we have published an online news article on Julia Lipnitskaia, the youngest woman to take home a gold medal in this year’s Winter Olympics. She’s just 15 years old! We think it might be helpful to create a lesson plan on Sochi.

In Sochi 2014, there are 7 official winter sports and 88 countries competing for medals. In Spanish, we have translations for most of the Olympic sports but for some of them we just use English words. See below an infographic on Sochi Olympics and winter sports that you can display on the interactive whiteboard and use as part of your lesson plan about sports.

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Gustar and Preferir

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

gustarbotonThis month, Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday (see a free Spanish news article and audio on Facebook’s 10th anniversary on the Mary Glasgow website). The Spanish version was launched in 2008 thanks to a team of volunteer translators. Since then I have always encouraged my students to use Facebook in Spanish so that they can experience learning a language in a kind of “immersion environment”. Facebook is also great to teach the infamous verb “gustar. We spend most of our time on Facebook liking stuff so why not do it in Spanish?

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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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Transport in Spanish

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

Tren¡Buenos días!

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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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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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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Los Reyes Magos with worksheet on Spanish nouns changing their meaning

By Maje

Maria¡Hola! My name is María Jesús and this is my first day at MGM. So exciting!! I am going to be the new Spanish editor and I hope you enjoy my posts for this amazing blog.

Today we celebrate the Day of Reyes Magos (The 3 Wise Men) in Spain and in South and Central America (even in the Philippines!). Have you ever heard about this tradition? Children receive presents by the three “Reyes Magos” on the morning of January 6 and there is also a type of cake associated with the festival of Reyes Magos: la rosca de Reyes!

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