Homework for September 8, 2017:
At your leisure, leaf through the entire textbook (Así Es), identify Spanish words that you already know, and make a list of them. When you’re finished, you should have a list of words in Spanish with no English translations (because you know the words). Those who have studied Spanish in high school or college or who have studied related romance languages will have longer lists, and the lists of those who are starting fresh will be shorter. No matter–the list is your base vocabulary upon which you will begin to build a much more extensive list. In class, we shall discuss some methods for developing vocabulary.
Take whatever time you have available to do this assignment. If you are unable to finish the book, don’t worry about it. I am aware that you are busy folks, and my hope is that you will study as much as time permits and come to class no matter what your level of preparation. From there, I’ll attempt to add value to whatever study effort you’ve been able to make during the week. If you are not able to study at all, come to class anyway, and I will ensure that your Spanish improves no matter how busy you are during the six days between classes.
Spanish is a structurally elegant, sonorous, and powerful language that has a place at the table with the most influential languages of the world. You will not regret the time you invest in learning it.