Friday, November 23, 2012

Idioms / Modismos

A few idioms you might use later:

Es tarde - It is late.
más adelante - later on
llegar tarde - to be late.  Por ejemplo:  No quiero llegar tarde a la fiesta.

 "Más vale tarde que nunca."  Better late than never.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Un pensamiento...

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. 
    -Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

OLLI Classes for Winter, 2013

There are two classes being offered in January at OLLI at SOU, Ashland.  They are both called "refresher" classes because they will be short, only four sessions each, and will give you just a little practice and some new vocabulary and grammar.

The Beginners Class, January 21-31, 9-10:30 a.m., is planned for real beginners.  If you've taken one of my beginners classes, please join us again.  If you took Spanish in high school and never touched it again except at Mexican restaurants, please join us. But,  if you got through some college classes, even 50 years ago, please sign up for the Intermediate class instead.

The Intermediates Class,  January 7-16,  3:30- 5:00 p.m., is intended for students who have some working knowledge of Spanish.  You do not need to know how to conjugate verbs in past and present tenses.  You should have some ability to express yourself in basic ways and be ready to enjoy reviving the knowledge you gained earlier in life (like last summer or 50 years ago.)  It is amazing how much comes back, so give it a try.  Of course, students in my previous intermediate classes are encouraged to join us.  We always have new stories!

Both classes will teach the students who are there at whatever level they may be.  I try to pace the class to meet the needs of all the students, but it is generally more comfortable for everyone if the real beginners do not feel left behind by more advanced students.

If you're not sure where you fit, take a look at the notes under the tab "Current OLLI Classes" on this blog.  Scroll down a ways and read through some notes from both classes and consider how well you understand the vocabulary and stories.  The stories were written by me with help from the classes.  You will not be expected to understand every word nor to produce stories at this level on your own (although I know some of you can!)

If you're still not sure, give me a call or e-mail.  ¡Vamos a hablar español!