posted in: Uncategorized | 0 IMG_1829[1]Although Canada’s Hispanic population is growing, unless we live in a big city, we Canadians don’t have the benefit of access to the Hispanic everything-under-the-sun that our vecinos estadounidenses (American neighbours) have, though, thanks to the internet, we have access to much more than we used to —  virtually at least.  That said, there are still some things Spanish students can do without much effort to Spanish-ize their daily lives. Write your regular shopping list in Spanish and take it to the supermarket without an English translation.  This is what my students will be doing this week. When they return to class with their ‘real-life’ shopping lists, I’ll be asking them en el pretérito (in the preterite) what they bought, where they bought it and how much they spent. For beginning students, the after-the-fact discussion can take place in the present tense on general shopping habits (¿Qué compras? What do you buy? ¿Cuánto gastas? How much do you spend?).  For a class party, the lists can be for Latin American dishes which students prepare for the event.

follow link Check the daily weather forecast in Spanish, not English. This is another task my advanced students have this week. For those who have internet access, they’ll be checking into the Accuweather network en español and jotting down the day’s weather, which, as with the food, we’ll be discussing en el pretérito (the preterite) and el imperfecto (the imperfect) upon their return. For those who don’t have access to the internet.  I gave them a print-IMG_1832[1]out of the coming week’s forecast. Again, a task like this can be modified, depending on the level of the students. Beginning learners can answer questions with the present tense, more advanced students with the past tenses or future tense. Jot down your ‘to do’ list — tu lista de quehaceresen español.  Adapt this list to the concepts you’re learning in class.  For example, to practice commands, address yourself in the more familiar ‘tú’ form for commands — compra el vino para la fiesta (buy the wine for the party), paga las cuentas (pay the bills), escribe el reporte para tu jefe (write the report for your boss).  To practice concepts like ‘tener + que + el infinitivo’, write full sentences for yourself — tengo que comprar el vino para la fiesta (I have to buy the wine for the party), tengo que pagar las cuentas (I have to pay the bills), tengo que escribir el reporte para mi jefe (I have to write the report for my boss). As with the aforementioned tasks, la lista de quehaceres can also be brought back into the classroom for a chat on what students “had” to do. IMG_0393[1]

go to site For the more old-school types, print out a Spanish calendar and enter your commitments in Spanish. For the more modern types who live by their cell phones, type your appointments and social engagements into your calendar in Spanish.

informazioni tadalafil originale 20 mg Eat out at a Spanish or Latin American restaurant and, even though you’re going to want to order in English, DON’T! Order your food in Spanish, even if it takes you a little longer. In closing, no matter where you are on the language-learning path, Spanish-ize your life a little: write your shopping list, check the weather forecast, jot down your ‘to do’ list and eat out in Spanish. Tasks like these can be incorporated easily into your day and make what you’re learning in class useful when you’re outside of it.

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click here Restaurant photograph is of Machu Picchu Restaurant in Oakville, Ontario.

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