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Worksheet: Spanish Verb Antonyms


Hangman Game : Verb Antonyms


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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

My Spanish teaching style...less = more.

One thing I wanted to touch on this week is the teaching style you'll find throughout my newsletters and websites, & why I teach this way. Basically you can sum up my style as "by teaching less, you learn more." I think it's important for students to remember that you don't need to learn every element of an entire grammar category before you begin using it. In fact, you often deter yourself from becoming comfortable with a new grammar concept if you feel that you can only use it after you've learned every single rule, etc. Don't worry about this. I think a few good examples can go a very long way with language teaching. Try to look for patterns rather than trying to memorize a ton of sentences & conjugations. Most importantly, keep in mind that practice is the only way to real fluency - so don't be shy about using each new thing you learn - even before you feel you have it down pat. When you learn a new concept (let's say a new tense of verbs) - try to find a few examples that you really understand - and use those words over and over again until you feel really comfortable. Then try to apply what you've learned to new vocabulary.

I'm not suggesting it's a good idea to only learn a few things & then stop there - but learning is much more natural when you don't try to overload yourself. Take it 1 or 2 new things at a time, and never forget that only by USING your Spanish will you really become fluent. You can find a couple more tips about learning Spanish below.
How Long Does it Take to Learn Spanish?

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Estoy de viaje, pero trataré de blog un poco...

Hola alumnos y amigos! I'm finally on my long awaited vacation in Alaska, so I'm not at my computer 24/7 like usual. I'll try to post a few things & maybe even get a newsletter out while I'm up here, but probably won't be able to post as much as I'd like. ¡Ojalá que sigan leyendo el blog igual! Remember comments are always appreciated, especially any ideas for subjects you'd like to see covered, or great Spanish links, etc.  Gracias y hasta pronto!


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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Spanish News Reading for the day...Espectacular incendio en el centro de Madrid

Espectacular incendio en el centro de Madrid
Un incendio de grandes dimensiones se ha iniciado en la subestación eléctrica de Unión Fenosa situada en las cercanías de la estación de Atocha. Cerca del inmueble incendiado se localiza una gasolinera por lo que los equipos destacados en el lugar del siniestro intentan evitar que el fuego la alcance.

El fuego declarado en la subestación eléctrica de Unión Fenosa 'Mediodía', situada en la calle Alameda, en el distrito madrileño de Centro, ha afectado a un edificio en obras colindante y ha obligado a desalojar el inmueble ubicado en el número 26 de la calle Almadén, según han explicado a Europa Press un portavoz de Emergencias Madrid y testigos presenciales.

Vocabulary Review:

edificio = building
en las cercanías = close to
gasolinera = gas station
incendio = fire
testigos = testimonial
ubicado = located

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Shrimp Ceviche...Another one of Sandrita's Fantastic Recipes

Hola - greetings again from Sandra Corona, the Hispanic expert here at Spanish Online. Esta receta es la comida favorita de mi marido, Juan Carlos. Es algo un poco caro, pero vale la pena! (it's a little expensive, but worth it!)

Shrimp Ceviche - Ceviche de Camarones

3 lbs (libras) small shrimp (camarones chicos)
10 roma tomatoes
1 large onion (cebolla grande)
2 chiles jalapeños
1 portion cilantro
1 avocado (aguacate)
5 limes
salt to taste
bag of corn chips or tostadas

Finely chop tomatoes, onion, cilantro and jalapenos in a large mixing bowl. Wash the shrimp thoroughly and add to chopped veggies. Squeeze lime juice into bowl with veggies. Mix thoroughly so lime juice gets into all the chopped veggies. Next, add salt to taste and chop avocado into tiny bite size pieces and add to bowl. Let stand covered for 30 minutes so lime juice cooks veggies, about 15 minutes into it, mix thoroughly & let stand another 15 minutes, then serve. Eat with chips or tostadas. ¡Delicioso!

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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Lesson from Newsletter 51...Ordinal Numbers en Español

Thanks for the kind comments lately - and I definitely plan to keep writing in the blog as often as possible, ¡no se preocupen! Here is the lesson for the week, from the latest newsletter found on your left.

spanish ordinal numbers


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Notice that the words for 1st (primer, primero, primera) and 3rd (tercer, tercero, tercera) both drop the final "O" if they come before a masculine singular noun - for example:



Es el primer libro que ha escrito

Ellos están en el tercer coche



When used before a feminine or plural noun, either the "A" or "O" endings are used.



La fiesta es el primero de Agosto

Vamos en los primeros días de Agosto

Es la sexta casa allí a la derecha

El boleto es para segunda clase



Note that fractions like 1/4 or one fourth are referred to as "un cuarto" in Spanish. Also, ordinal numbers are not usually used after 10. So instead of 15th street, you would say "la calle quince" or literally "the street fifteen."

Sentences - Oraciones

Carlos V (quinto) es un rey famoso en la historia de España.

Carlos the Fifth is famous king from Spanish history.

Nuestra habitación está en el tercer piso

Our room is on the third floor.

El niño va a nadar hoy por primera vez.

The boy is going to swim today for the first time.

Según la dieta, no podemos comer pan hasta el día noveno.

According to the diet, we can't eat bread until the ninth day.
Worksheet: Spanish Ordinal Numbers

Quiz: Ordinal Numbers

Hangman: Ordinals


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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Some interesting news: big Costa Rican tourist destination becomes an ACTIVE volcano!

Sorry I've been a bit too busy to blog lately, but this article caught my eye today - the Costa Rican volcano of Arenal is a popular tourist destination - so I'm sure many will be watching the news to see if anything más serio develops!

Alerta por leve erupción en el volcán Arenal

San José.--La Comisión Nacional de Emergencias de Costa Rica (CNE) declaró una situación de alerta verde en las áreas aledañas al volcán Arenal, en la zona norte del país, que ayer registró dos leves erupciones, informaron fuentes oficiales.

El Arenal, que es el volcán más activo de Costa Rica, inició la tarde de ayer una "producción de flujos piroplásticos" o avalanchas incandescentes de lava que descendieron por el costado noreste del coloso, indica un comunicado del Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico (Ovsicori).

Según el Ovsicori "el flujo tuvo dimensiones moderadas" y fue acompañado de una nube de ceniza sobre el volcán.

Vocabulary Review:

coloso = giant
flujos = streams
leve = light or minor
volcán = volcano

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Saturday, July 03, 2004

Spanish Read for Today...Sony v. Apple, Tug of War Over Online Music Sales

Sony competirá con Apple con su servicio de música por Internet

Sony lanzará el próximo lunes su servicio de descarga de música por Internet en Europa, Connect, siendo el gran rival del recién creado iTunes, de Apple, que vendió en su primera semana 800.000 archivos.

El portal, de pago, se estrenará en varios países europeos a lo largo de 2004 y llegará a España en 2005.

Vocabulary Review:

archivos = files
descargar = to download
estrenar = to debut or show for the first time
lanzar = to thrust, make a forward movement
recién = recently

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Thursday, July 01, 2004

Lesson from Newsletter 50...Verbos Antónimos - Verb Antonyms

Spanish antonyms - verb pairs

Sentences - Oraciones


Abre la ventana! No, cierra la ventana por favor.
Open the window! No, close the window please.


Echa la pelota! No - lo voy a agarrar.
Throw the ball! No - I am going to grab it.


Salimos temprano para no llegar tarde al trabajo.
We left early so that we wouldn't arrive late to work.


Le pregunté si era de Bolivia, y me contestó que sí.
I asked him if he was from Bolivia, and he answered yes.

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