Homework due Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This post includes recursos (resources) from this week's class, cinco (5) video investigaciónes (investigations), and one "deliverable" assignment (your frase secreta!).

This week's class topics:  Juegos y deportes.
Remember:  the word deportes is un cognado falso!  It has nothing to do with inmigración.  Significa béisbol, fútbol, tenis, etcétera.

La persona especial fue Elliot Goodwin. Elliot tiene 9 años. Su cumpleaños es el 22 de septiembre. En su cumpleaños tendrá 10 años.  Elliot tiene un perro, un gato, y un ratón. Su color favorito es el azul. Su persona famosa favorita es R. L. Stine, el autor de Goosebumps.

For a copy of the rules for playing Reloj, haz clic AQUÍ .  You can play this game with an ordinary deck of cards. 

You can often find Barajas Españolas (Spanish playing cards) and Lotería sets in local Hispanic stores.   They are also available on Amazon.  Sometimes barajas are known as briscas, so if you go to a store that doesn't recognize one word, try the other.

Review the Rutina diaria, haz clic AQUÍ.  This week's file explains the purpose of the following videos, and how to discover your frase secreta.

Homework due Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This post includes recursos (resources) from this week's class, two video investigaciónes (investigations), and one "deliverable" assignment.


NOTE:  in the following paragraph, the word "Ella" is the person's name, not gender.

La persona especial fue Ella Aldridge.  Ella tiene trece (13) años.  Ella tiene tres (3) perros (arf, arf!), seis (6) gatos (meow), dos (2) peces (just keep swimming), y MUCHOS ranas (ribbit!  ribbit!).  El color favorito de Ella es "glitter".  Su cumpleaños es el quince (15) de septiembre.  


CLASS TOPICS:  Rejoinders, exclamations, interjections;  dates and weather

Es posible.  It's possible.
No es posible.  It's not possible.
Imposible.  Impossible.
Creo que sí/no.  I believe so/not.
¡Dios mío!  OMG!
¡Ay, caramba!  Darn it!
¡Chévere!  Cool!
Asi-Asi.  So-so.
Lo siento.  I'm sorry.
¡Qué lástima! What a shame!

To review the Rutina diaria, haz clic AQUÍ.  The last slide in this file is different from the one you viewed in class, and has information about your "deliverable" assignment.

To review El Secreto de Carmen, haz clic AQUÍ.  This file is not animated, but it includes everything you saw in class.  (I am working on a Powtoon for you;  until then, this will work for your assignment).  Find someone to show this file to, and translate it for them.


Video Número Uno

¡Adelante!  Let's go!
¡Vamos!  Come on!
¡Trampa!  Cheat!
¡Buu!  Boo!
¡Eso no es justo!  That's not fair!
¡Buena suerte!  Good luck!
¡Toma eso!  Take that!
¡Bien hecho!  Well done!
¡Otra ves!  Again!

Video Número Dos

Choose another video from The Angry Family ESP.  Prepare to describe it in class. Bonus chiles for using some of the Spanish vocabulary from the video.

Homework due Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This post includes recursos (resources) from this week's class, five video investigaciónes (investigations), and one deliverable assignment.

CLASS TOPIC:  fiestas (celebrations)  y comida (and food)


haz clic AQUÍ = click HERE
Utensilios de cocina = Cooking tools
gitano = gypsy
bate = beat or whip


  • For a copy of the reading about los gitanos, haz clic AQUÍ.

  • For a copy of the handout "Bate, bate, chocolate", haz clic AQUÍ.

  • For a copy of the slideshow about fiestas, haz clic AQUÍ

  • For a copy of the slideshow about utensilios de cocina, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Uno

To learn more about this item, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Dos

To learn more about this item, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Tres

To learn more about this item, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Quatro

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Video Número Cinco

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In English, write a brief description of the differences between the food items above.  You may include any information that you glean from the videos or the links in the captions, but you must cite your sources.  You may also have help with this assignment if you need it, so please feel free to work with an Intro to Spanish classmate or members of the Hispanic community.  Again, please cite your source(s).  Bring your written description with you to class;  you will turn it in at roll call.   If you have any questions about the material or the assignment, please feel free to email me.

Homework due Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Our personas especiales this week were Brady Huneycutt and Leo Huneycutt.  Their cumpleaños is on Septiembre 2.  We sang "Las Mañanitas" to them, we learned that they have muchas mascotas, and that their persona famosa favorita is Matt Damon.

CLASS TOPIC:  la ropa (clothing)

presta atención = pay attention
gitano = gypsy
hay algo = there is something / is there something?
plus cognates

There are several videos to review this week.  Watch the videos in order. Read the material above each video first. Watch the video.  Then read the caption below the video and follow any instructions before moving on to the next video.

There is nothing to turn in this week, but you will need to have some responses in mind for the questions in the captions.

You will know you have completed the assignment when you find the word "Completo".

Video Número Uno

This is the video I tried to play in class.  The name of the song is Bamboleo, by The Gipsy Kings.  Presta atención a la ropa.

Brothers from two families formed the group.  The Reyes brothers  (Nicolas, Paul, Canut, Patchai y Andre), and the Baliardo brothers  (Tonino, Diego y Paco).  The members of the Gipsy Kings live in France, but their families are gitanos from Spain.  Their families left Spain in the 1930s to escape the Spanish Civil War.

The music of the Gipsy Kings is a combination of the sounds of flamenco, the rumba, and more.

QUESTION:  In English, we spell the word "Gypsy" with two Ys.  The band spells their name "Gipsy".  Why do you think this is?  HINT:  think about how we say the word "pio", and compare it to the word "gitano".

Video Número Dos

This video goes into more detail about the material we discussed in class regarding the origin, customs, and influences of los gitanos.

The transcript of this video can be found by clicking HERE.  Please read it and make a mental note of at least one point that you would like to discuss in class. 

Video Número Tres

This is the video we watched in class without sound.  Presta atención a la ropa, la música, y la baile (the dancing).

Flamenco is a genre of Spanish music, song, and dance from Andalusia, in southern Spain, that includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps). First mentioned in literature in 1774, the genre grew out of Andalusian and Romani music and dance styles.

Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from India. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era.

QUESTION:  What are some similarities between the art of Flamenco and the art of Kathak?  Make a mental note for discussion in class.

Video Número Quatro

In this video you will hear Bamboleo, and the song Hero by Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias.  Presta atención a la ropa de los muchachos.  ¿Hay algo peculiar?


To learn more about the ropa peculiar in this video, click HERE.

QUESTION:  How does cultura (culture) influence música?  How does música influence cultura?  In what ways has your own cultura y música influenced your fashion choices?

¿¿¿ QUÉ EN TARNACIÓN ??? What is this called, and how does it apply to this assignment?  The answer can be found by clicking HERE.


What is this called, and how does it apply to this assignment?  The answer can be found by clicking HERE.

Homework due Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Complete the handouts you received in class.  If you need a copy of "Para Practicar" (the one with María and Juan), click HERE.   If you need a copy of "Vocabulario", click HERE.  If you need a copy of "Te Presento A", click HERE.  You do not have to complete the bottom section of Te Presento A yet;  just the part with the drawing and pictures.

SUBMISSION:  Place your handouts in the designated basket when you arrive on Wednesday.  If you do not come for 1st block, please find me when you arrive and turn in your work.  Make sure your nombre and la fecha are on each page.  NOTE:  If you did not turn in your homework from last week, please turn it in with this week's work.  Assignments that are turned in one week late will be recorded as "Tarde", but will not deduct from your final grade.  Assignments that are turned in more than one week late will be recorded as "Incompleto", and will will not earn the full grade.

REMINDER:  If you have questions about any part of your homework, please contact me sooner rather than later. You may download a refresher on how to write an email by clicking HERE.   The email should come from you, rather than your parent or guardian.  However, you may copy your parents/guardians on the message so that they will be in the loop.

Finalmente:  Remember our discussion about cognates?  Most of the ones we have in Spanish come from languages that use the same alphabet that we use for English.  However, Spanish has many cognates that come from Arabic - can you guess why?  Here are two videos that will help explain.


Homework due Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Place your completed assignments in the designated basket when you arrive at WEB on Wednesday.  I will review your work and return it to you in class.

  • Complete the student survey.  If you need another copy, you may download it by clicking HERE.

  • Complete the translation assignment entitled "PARA PRACTICAR".  Be sure to put your nombre y apellido and la fecha on the page!  If you need another copy, you may download it by clicking HERE.

  • Review the lyrics to "Los Pollitos Dicen" as many times as possible.  If you need another copy, you may download it by clicking HERE.

  • Please view this video as often as possible.  It contains vital information for classroom procedure.  We will do a formative assessment on this video during class this coming week.