And once again another week begins in the fine city of Buenos Aires and so another instalment of the Buenos, entonces
language classes. Today was fairly hectic and I must say that had I not had previous knowl
edge of the conjugation and usage of such verbs as gustar then I would definitely need to watch this episode again. In my opinion, for people using these Spanish lessons
with no previous experience of the language, this class went a little too fast and at times would therefore be a little confusing for the student. As ever David and Jimena were at their best to make things as simple and easy to follow but I cant help but think that Bueno, entonces
users might benefit from some sort of “picture – text” recognition exercises, as are present in the likes of Rosetta Stone
……but then of course it would not be possible to complete these via the fully portable audio Ipod option….ups and downs for every scenario!
This aside Bueno, entonces
still retains its entertainment value and always comes up trumps with its decision to teach away from the norm and include topics such as slang……with today’s selection of useful phrases/words being caradura (jackass), desfachatada (jerk), cararrota (asshole or broken face for a literal translation) and sinverguenzas (shameless)…..with the latter being by far the more formal of insults!!
We also, today, had a little song from Jimena attempting to teach David the different vowel pronunciations existing within the Spanish alphabet, what seemed like a ton of other verbs which follow the same format as gustar, with encantar and qedar being but a few examples and the lesson also touched on 3 verbs with similar meanings parecer (to seem), pensar (to think) and creer (to believe) which so far to me have appeared as though they can all be interchanged without causing any major issues in a conversation…..although perhaps those on the receiving end of my attempts have just been appeasing me!
A mi me gusta la comida…….homemade milanesa…..just one of many fine Argentina dishes I have come to discover!