February 2, 2010
eview aside this was the last of the Bueno, entonces telenovela
/Spanish learning program
and like all good soap operas, not that I can lay claim to watching too many, there was drama, sadness and a little bit of hope and expectation…..although I can’t really say I was too surprised!! The lesson began with our profesora, Jimena, revealing that her novio had packed his bags, much to the delight, however not without compassion, of David…..the drama and sadness!! And of course the class terminated with a cliffhanger situation…..the expectation of possible future happenings between the 2!!
Being the final official class it was far more relaxed and free than those preceeding it, with the majority of the time spent discussing Argentina
and all its glory. In terms of an advertising campaign Bueno, entonces
did a fine job in promoting this incredible country, and I think anyone learning Spanish
with this course around the world would for sure be tempted to make their way to this end of the world and enjoy!! They class covered the diverse regions of the country, activities, sights and, of great importance and which there is an abundance, el carne!!
Beside the relaxed atmosphere of today David seemed a touch frustrated in that Jimena refused to go into, and teach, el pasado
(the past)…..a very important verb tense…..
.although there were mentions of the “next level”, which suggests that there could be more to come from this team! I know from my experience of attempting to learn Spanish
away from Bueno, entonces
that el pasado is a tricky tense to get the head around and so maybe was deemed to much for this installment! Would be interesting to find at what stage the likes of Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone
introduce this topic to its users…..but I’m not willing to fork out the money to find out!! Bueno, entonces
still appears to be the cheapest on the market, as you can see here on this funky comparison chart
All there is to do now is wait for tomorrows review to discover whether David and Jimena will be dancing un baile de apareamiento!!
January 29, 2010
Well following today’
s class it seems that the tables have turned in the lives of the Bueno, entonces
student and profesora. David was rather content with goings on, due to his parents reconciliation and him reclaiming his freedom at home, whereas Jimena appeared slightly flustered with her situation and went on a good 3 minute rant about her cooking ability and novio
…..much to the delight of the student…..por supuesto
!! The class today even finished with an incling of celos
(jealousy) in the voice of Jimena……as the 2 were playing a role play game to practice today’s topics and vocabulary she seemed a little lost for words with the mention of David’s vecinita Mariana!! We are drawing to a close in this Spanish learning program
so I guess its only right that there will be a grand finale!!
Most of this lesson drifted by as a general conversation, what with the latest rev
elations in their lives, however there was still time to focus on some topics, the bulk of which being the types of, and vocabulary relating to alojamientos
(lodgings)…..hotels, hostels, camping etc!! This information is paramount to anyone learning Spanish
in order to avoid any complications whilst travelling, as there can be nothing worse than to arrive in a new city thinking you have somewhere to stay when in fact you booked the share of a toilet for the previous week.
Another useful grammar point from todays lesson was that in Spanish adjectives can be turned into nouns by adding IDAD…..with responsable becoming responsabilidad, creatvia becoming creatividad and feliz becoming felizidad to name but a few!
January 24, 2010
I am becoming slightly concerned with the absence of the profesor from the Bueno, entonces
classes and with
today’s class being reasonably full with grammatical points it would have been a perfect opportunity for him to showcase his talents as the alter ego MC Grammar. For those readers who are yet to come across this fine teacher, here is a brief clip of him at work expalining his Pizarra Mágica
. My liking of this character, as I’ve mentioned previously, stems from his resemblance to Wordy the Wizard
, a man of equal intelligence and help during my school days…..bring him, or them both for that matter, back!!
As I said there was good deal of grammar expalined in this class beginning with definite
and indefinite articles
, with definite articles, el, la, los
, used for specific
objects and indefinite, un, una, unos
, for non-specifics. Then there were Spanish contractions, e.g. a + el
becomes al (vamos al (not a el) supermercado)
and de + el
(can’t think of an example right now). Finally we were treated to some adverbs of place, although I thought that they were actually prepositions. Anyway, according to Bueno, entonces
the following are adverbs of place: al lado
(next to), enfrente
(in front of), debajo
(in), and entre
(between). You can decide for yourselves!
The story, although entertaining, seemed to be going off at a tangent today with David and Jimena having enrolled in Karmasutra and cooking courses respectively, which lead to some bizarre conversations. If want my opinion then yo creo que les faltan algunos jugadores!!
January 21, 2010
How quickly time
passes, as I am now into the final weeks classes of the Bueno, entonces
program and my attempts at learning Spanish
in this way are drawing to an end…..obviously I shall continue to practice and learn the language in other forms!! I must admit that, and in the light of being critical of some classes, today was rather entertaining with the continuing stories of David and Jimena and their decisions to reconquistar
their partners…..or hopeful partners in the case of the student. This is value for money entertainment which I am confident can not be matched in either Rosetta Stone
, Pimsleur Spanish or other similar such courses and in case you haven’t stumbled upon it before, here is a little comparison chart
of Bueno, entonces
and its rivals!!
Ok, so on with the lesson. Having laid their claims to reconquistar, the les
son provided a substantial amount of useful phrases for romance and romantic situations. These I have mastered to an art and are of particularly notable importance seeing as I am in a relationship with a porteña
. Any gringo on the look out for some Latin American love would be foolish to overlook such useful Spanish phrases!!
Naturally the class included the standard confusing topic, with today being that in Spanish a number of femine nouns carry masculine articles…..el agua, el azúcar (sugar) and el alma (the soul) to name a few! Of course such confusion is a pain in the arse, however no hay que darse por vencido!!
An enjoyable and fun class to begin the final week, heres hoping it continues!
January 15, 2010
As today’s title
states I am most thankful to the Bueno, entonces
team for the review lessons included in this Spanish learning program
, as due to having a few days away from learning Spanish
I had almost forgotten what topics had been covered this past week. I’d be interested to know whether other courses, Rosetta Stone
for example, provide reviews as they are extremely helpful, especially when, like me, the course and classes are taken on an as and when basis.
This review, like those before, covered the main topics which had been taught th
rough a series of games played between David and Jimena, with today’s focus being on descriptions
using ser, estar
, and the differences between por
!! The remainder of this class jumped back and forth between the issues currently held by our student and profesora. David it seems is developing some stalker habits having followed his mother to Mendoza and Jimena appears to have her own personal problems, although it could just be that her culinary skills are horrendous!!
Apparently the next class is to be jam-packed with an abundance of verbs and so alongside the usual classroom issues should provide for a final week of entertainment…..esperamos y vemos!!
January 13, 2010
So there have been a few lazy, none Bueno, entonces
, days in my world, due mostly to pure laziness and late/early morning Argentine, Quilmes
induced, nights out. Today, however, the brain is fully functioning and back on track with the learning of Spanish
Before going into todays class I would like to mention how I’ve been noticing a recurring theme in my attempts at speaking in this wonderful language. It appears I have some difficulty in remembering when to use perdon (sorry) and permiso (excuse me) and have even began to realise that on occasion I actually combine the 2 and say something similar to permon……I just hope I’m not the only one to ever experience this.
As for todays lesson, David, the student seemed quite disturbed by the fact that his mother had decided to galavant off to Mendoza with her Tango teaching toyboy…..pobre David eh!! Fortunately this paved the way for Jimena to provide some insightful information on expressions and vocabulary to be used when ordering travel tickets…..a must for any tourist or expat.
Also covered today were the uses in Spanish between the verbs venir (to come) and ir (to go), and how their significance differs to that of the English counterparts, and the verbs traer (to bring) and llevar (to take). These second 2 verbs can be a little confusing as traer relates to the transportation of things in the direction of the person that speaks, and llevar to the transportation of things in a different direction! I know that is exactly what you were thinking, no??
Best I get on with the review of this last group of Bueno, entonces lessons and in turn back on schedule!!
January 6, 2010
Well, a class with an abundance of information and a little sad, but comical, story to go with it and thus provid
e some much needed entertainment when learning Spanish or any other language. Apparently the hapless student had a torrid time at the Telo
the previous evening along with his vecinita Mariana
, with the room being a disaster leading to a fairly unsuccessful night…..for sure he could have benefited from the abundance of vocabulary featured in this class…..or are the Bueno, entonces
team feeding us a barrel full of chamuyo
and none of these events ever happened……keeps the mind curious I suppose!!
Covered in today’s lesson were house and home descriptions, objects and adjectives to go with them, kitchen and bathroom vocabulary, comparisons and superlatives. Is alwa
ys good when you stumble across something so simple as superlatives
when attempting to learn a language…..all you are required to do is take the adjetivo and add isimo
, e.g. guapo – guapisimo and bueno – buenisimo!!!
Another worthy topic discussed today were comparisons
, also for me an easy function to remember. There are too structures for these with one being mas/menos + adjetivo + que (more/less…..than)
and the other tan/no es tan + adjetivo + como (as/not as…..as).
In all a good class with plenty of learning points, which for me is far better than prolonged no destination conversations. And to finish there was a mention of transvestites for tomorrow, could prove to be interesting as I see plenty on my home from work most days!