Homework for September 29, 2017:
I. Study pages 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, and 21 of the textbook Así Es.
II. Memorize the vocabulary lists on pages 6 and 9 of the textbook Así Es.
III. Study the use of “hay” on p. 18 of the text.
IV. Study the definite and indefinite articles on p. 20 of the text.
V. Study the possessive adjectives on p.104 of the text.
VI. Listen to the sentences on 1stSpanish for the verb hablar and repeat with the speaker three times a day.
hablar in the present tense
VII. Listen to the sentences on 1stSpanish for the verb comer and repeat with the speaker three times a day.
comer in the present tense
VIII. Listen to the sentences on 1stSpanish for the verb vivir and repeat with the speaker three times a day.
vivir in the present tense
IX. Listen to the sentences on 1stSpanish for the verb ser and repeat with the speaker several times a day.
ser in the present tense
X. Listen to the sentences on 1stSpanish for the verb estar and repeat with the speaker several times a day.
estar in the present tense
XI. Translate the following sentences into Spanish:
1. Today is Monday.
2. The book is in the car.
3. Five plus fifteen is twenty.
4. You are my friend.
5. He is a man.
6. We eat a lot of fish.
7. We are fine.
8. You (plural) live in Mexico.
9. They are in the house.
10. She is a lawyer.
11. He speaks English.
12. She eats eggs in the morning.
13. They live in Texas.
14. It’s a blue car.
15. My house is big.
16. There is a book on the table.
17. There are two cups on the desk.
18. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
19. January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
20. There are seven days in a week.
21. There are twelve months in a year.
22. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty
23. December is on the list of months of the year.
Homework for September 22, 2017:
I. Read aloud the Spanish portion of the dialogue on pages 4 and 5 of the textbook Así Es. (several times a day)
II. Review the Spanish alphabet on p. 11 of the text.
III. Memorize the vocabulary lists on pages 6 and 9 of the text.
IV. Memorize the subject pronouns on page 13 of your text.
V. Review the numbers from 1 to 100 on the following link: Spanish numbers from 1 to 100
VI. Listen to the sentences on 1stSpanish for the verb ser and repeat with the speaker several times a day.
VII. Listen to the sentences on 1stSpanish for the verb estar and repeat with the speaker several times a day.
VIII. Review the present tense conjugation of the verbs hablar, comprender, and asistir on pages 46 and 70 of your text. These give you the basic endings for all ar, er, and ir verbs in Spanish. Hopefully, you’ll be able to apply the logic to other verbs of the same type in the translations below. If not, don’t worry. By the end of the next class, you’ll have no problem doing so.
IX. Translate the following sentences into Spanish:
1. He eats fast. (rápido) The verb for “to eat” ends in “er” and is conjugated like “comprender” on page 70 of your text.
Él come rápido.
2. She eats a lot of apples. (manzanas)
Ella come muchas manzanas.
3. We eat a lot of tacos.
Nosotros comemos muchos tacos.
4. They eat tacos with salsa. (con)
Ellos comen tacos con salsa.
5. She lives well. The verb for “to live” ends in “ir” and is conjugated like “asistir” on page 70 of your text.
Ella vive bien.
6. One plus one is two.
Uno más uno son dos.
7. Five plus fifteen is twenty.
Cinco más quince son veinte.
8. Fifty minus fifteen is thirty-five.
Cincuenta menos quince son treinta y cinco.
9. I talk with her.
Yo hablo con ella.
10. He lives in the car.
Él vive en el carro.
11. We eat burritos a lot.
Nosotros/as comemos burritos mucho.
12. She eats a lot of burritos.
Ella come muchos burritos.
13. They (feminine) talk a little.
Ellas hablan un poco.
14. She is a lawyer.
Ella es abogada.
15. The book is in the car.
El libro está en el carro.
16. They are good friends.
Ellos son buenos amigos.
Ellas son buenas amigas.
17. The houses are big.
Las casas son grandes.
18. The family is small.
La familia es pequeña.
19. Spain is a country.
España es un país.
20. The professor (female) is good.
La profesora es buena.
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.