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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!!
So it’s Sunday lunchtime and seeing how this country is one fully loaded with football lovers, one can only imagine the anguish and despair felt across the nation this morning following last nights rather humiliating 3-1 defeat at the hands of arch enemies Brazil, leaving the Argies with a small but significant mountain to climb in order to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Mr Maradona, as much as a hero on the playing field you were to the likes of myself, it seems your managerial talents have once again been measured and found wanting…..but there is still hope…..and fortunately England continued their winning streak so I am able to write this with plenty of confidence!!
Anyway on with el repaso for the second week of the Bueno, entonces… Spanish course. As in the previous week the review is conducted via a telephone call between an, it seems, rather run down David, and the ever tolerant Jimena. And again as of last week plenty of information in this quite comprehensive Spanish learning program……I wonder whether Rosetta Stone or others have weekly reviews like this? Something to investigate perhaps!!
Today then the review covered some matters which I, and I hope other Spanish learners, have a certain amount of confusion with: 1. Possessive Pronouns – in Spanish I’m told, by the Profesor, these agree in gender and number with the object being possessed and whereas in English we think of “possessing things” in Spanish it is more passive with “things being possessed!, 2. Indirect and Direct Pronouns – with these I just become more confused than a chicken in a pillow factory and am forever putting the pronouns in the wrong place or relating to the wrong person, so thanks for covering this again Buenos, entonces!, 3. E and I – once again pure confusion enters the frame and I’m forever having to go with the old school “was that E for Elephant or I for Island” when being spelt a word……I’ll get there though….eventually.
Once more, as in last weeks review, I will ask the question, can I learn Spanish from these lessons?? I do feel I am improving and developing more confidence so for now I would have to say yes…..so here’s hoping the next few weeks provide further improvement.
Regradless of this drastic new found verb related knowledge the Profesor as ever was able to play down the difficulties and put me at ease…..and as he said, I’ll just have to get used to the fact that often when I think someone is saying that they are going to call me, te llamo, in actual fact they will be asking if my brother called me yesterday, te llamó!! It’s only practice afterall!
Jimena it seemed was a little frustrated with David today, perhaps due to him claiming to be sick or that she was having to look at the horrendous shirt he was wearing…..which has done nothing to dispell my belief that far too many British people get dressed in the dark!!
Nos vemos en el proximo!