Saturday, September 5, 2015

No se aceptan devoluciones / Instructions not included

I just heard that this movie is now available on YouTube.  Enjoy!  This is the one we'll be watching in class at OLLI in October.

Al cine en español

There's a new class coming up at OLLI at Southern Oregon University this October.  It's called Al cine en español.  We'll be using a movie, and maybe a video or two, to help decipher spoken Spanish.  We'll watch a bit, stop, think, go back, repeat...with vocab and grammar help as appropriate.

Other opportunities are available on the site.  Great videos from many lands, at all levels from "newbie" to "native/bilingual".  There are subtitles as well as word-by-word explication.  Check it out.

Using video/film to learn language gives you lots of advantages - time, repeats, colloquial language. and no embarrassment about not getting it all the first time! 
  • Take it slowly. Give yourself time to think, try listening without subtitles a few times first.
  • Don't tackle an entire film.  Choose one or two scenes at a time.
  • Choose one variety of Spanish, for example, Mexican, peninsular Spanish, Argentinian, etc.  
  • Choose videos you enjoy!  
  • Listen most carefully to monologues or simple, two-person dialog sections.  Busy street scenes or group conversations are more difficult to manage.  
  • Try putting yourself in the place of one of the characters and see if you can say his lines yourself.  
And, if you can get a few laughs, even better!
¡Que te diviertas!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Feliz Cumpleaños, Enrique

Hoy es el cumpleaños de Enrique Iglesias.  ¡Cumple 40 años!  Algunas de sus canciones que más me gustan incluyen "Alguien soy yo," " Nunca te olvidaré,  y claro, "Bailando. "  Si no conoces a Enrique, búscalo en YouTube o en la sección de Música en este blog.  Enrique es el hijo de Julio Iglesias, otro cantante español excelente.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Como vivir bien

(Borrowed from an anonymous Facebook post)

  • Speak Spanish
  • Kiss French
  • Dress Italian
  • Spend Arab
  • Party Caribbean
  • Eat Peruvian

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Academy Award nominee

Relatos salvajes, película argentina. Watch the trailer.
Another chance to practice listening to Argentine Spanish--maybe it will win the Oscar!  Maybe it will even come to Ashland!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New class starting now!

Several students from Adelante Dos have asked for more classes.  We start tomorrow, 11 Feb, at 11:00-12:30.  There will be four classes in the series, on Wednesdays, last one on 4 March.  Contact me through this site, phone or by email if you want to join us and didn't sign up at the last class.
¡Hasta luego!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spanish word of the day


This site often has useful vocabulary.  But it also has very advanced expressions as well, so you can pick and choose.  Here are a few words from today's list.


el inodoro - toilet
el lavabo - sink
el papel higiénico - toilet paper
el grifo - faucet with soundclips - travel

cualquier cosa - anything at all
cualquiera de los dos - either of the two
cuatro letras - a few lines
cuatro palabras - a few words

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Una buena película: Valentín

Valentín is about a small boy living in Buenos Aires with his grandmother in the late 1960´s, seeing his father occasionally and wondering why his mother never comes to see him.  It's a lovely, touching story.  The actors speak very intelligible Argentinian Spanish, so it's good practice to listen.  And, you can read the subtitles, too.  I found it on Netflix Instant streaming but you may find it on Amazon as well.   La recomiendo.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Adelante Dos, Winter OLLI class, started today.

OLLI winter class started today.  If you are looking for the class notes, click the "Current OLLI Class" tab.  If you are looking for Bailando, by Enrique Iglesias, check the Música tab.
If you didn't make it to class today and you were on the list, be sure to contact the office if you want to continue with the class, or if not, please let them know so someone on the waiting list can join us.
And remember, this class meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. 
¡Hasta el miércoles!