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Vocabulary

Months of the Year Bilingual Video

Do you know the months of the year in English and Spanish?

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Vocabulary

Animal Vocabulary

The second video in our vocabulary series has been released.  Learn how to say the names of more than 25 animals in English and Spanish.  The best way to learn vocabulary is through repeated practice.  Make sure to watch the video.

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Vocabulary

Food Vocabulary in English and Spanish

Remember, the first building block of language learning is vocabulary.  This is the first in our bilingual vocabulary series.  Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the new lessons coming out!

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Spanish Lessons

Noun Genders in Spanish

One of the most difficult topics in learning Spanish is learning when to use the correct genders for different nouns. Each noun in Spanish is either masculine or feminine and needs the correct articles (el or la). This can also change the adjectives used to describe the nouns. But before we get into all of that, how can you tell whether the noun is masculine or feminine. This video will explain some of the basic rules and will give some tips on correct usage of gender in Spanish.

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Spanish Lessons

Tu or Usted – Formal and Informal Pronouns in Spanish

This concept is a little difficult for native English speakers.  There are actually four separate pronouns in Spanish for the English pronoun you.

Watch this video for a detailed explanation and some tips on when to use the formal or the informal pronouns.

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Spanish Lessons

3 Tips to Avoid the Common Mistakes when Using Subjective Personal Pronouns in Spanish

Tip #1:  él and tú need to have an accent when they are being used as subject pronouns

Tip #2:  yo is not always capitalized in Spanish

Tip #3:  Ud. and Uds. need a capital letter when written as an abbreviation.  When written out, they follow the regular capitalization rules.

 

Watch this video for more information and some examples:

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Spanish Lessons

Subjective Personal Pronouns in Spanish

Let’s talk about subjective personal pronouns.  This is really one of the foundations for learning correct Spanish grammar.  So take your time with this and make sure you understand it.  Subjective personal pronouns (or subject pronouns) are used when the pronoun is acting as the subject of the verb in the sentence. For example, instead of saying “The boy caught the ball” we can use a subjective personal pronoun and say “He caught the ball”.   In Spanish, and in several other languages these are the basis of verb conjugation which is how the verb changes to show the person, number, or tense of the subject.  That’s a fancy way of saying using the correct form of the verb.  In English, we usually only have a couple of different “forms” or conjugations of the verbs, but that is not the case in many other languages.  

 

To begin, let’s look at the subjective personal pronouns in English.  This is one of the grammar topics that you use every day, but you may not know all the “rules” and “details” or proper names. When you are learning a language, you will in turn learn the names and rules of many of the grammar concepts in your native language as well.  Here are the subjective personal pronouns in English:

Here are the subjective personal pronouns in Spanish:

Note that there is no form of “it” as a subject pronoun in Spanish.  Also, “you” works a little different in Spanish.  Please watch the video for a better explanation and help with pronunciation.

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Spanish Lessons

Spanish Lesson: Goals

In our Outschool classes this last week, we talked about New Year Resolutions and goal setting.  Here is a video lesson you can try.  In this lesson, you will learn some Spanish vocabulary as well as practice some Spanish sentences.  You can download a .pdf file as well that will give you some practice on Spanish reading comprehension.  If you complete the writing activity, you can post your answer in the comments as well and I’ll be happy to give you feedback.

Here is the link to the pdf file:  Spanish Lesson_ Goals (2)

Watch the video here:

https://youtu.be/WIEd8E5F25c

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Famous People

Who is Martin Luther King, Jr.?

In order for you to understand why Martin Luther King, Jr. was important, we need to look at how things worked in the United States at the time. While Abraham Lincoln had forbidden slavery at the end of the civil war, the African American people in the United States were still not being treated very well in the 1900s. Martin Luther King, Jr.grew up in a United States that pretty much believed in “separate but equal”. Colored people had separate schools, buses, restaurants, bathrooms, and even water fountains. But as you can see in the pictures, the problem was that they were separate and they really weren’t equal.

By the 1950s and 60s people were getting tired of the unequal treatment and started speaking out. This was called the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement hoped to eliminate racism from the United States. This is where Martin Luther King, Jr. comes in. King was a Baptist Minister (so he was really good at speaking and leading a group of people). He, like many others, was tired of the unequal treatment on the basis of color. He started leading groups in the Civil Rights Movement. What made him so important and different from others is that his strategies were non-violent. He urged his followers to practice civil disobedience.

What exactly is civil disobedience? That is when people refused to obey the laws/rules that they felt were unfair. For example, they would hold sit-ins or boycotts in businesses that refused to serve people of color. They would not be rude (often they wouldn’t say anything at all), but when they were refused service, they would continue to sit at the table or counter. They also did this on the buses that were also segregated.

One of the most famous moments of Martin Luther King, Jr. is when there was a Civil Rights March to Washington DC. He gave a speech at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial. This speech is considered one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States. He said: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!

Unfortunately, Martin Luther King’s life was taken by an assassin in 1968. He had seen some progress toward his dream, but there was still a lot of work today. I like to take a bit of time on the holiday, since we usually get a day off of school, to think about MLK’s dream. Have we achieved it in our country? What can I do to make his dream become more of a reality in my life?

 

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Language Learning

Tips for Learning a Language

Learning Spanish is not something that’s just going to happen overnight.  You’re not going to learn Spanish just by taking a few classes or studying once in a while.  Learning a language is something that’s going to take quite a bit of time and quite a bit of work.  Let me give you some hints on how to do your best.

 

  •  Don’t get frustrated.  
  • Don’t worry about making mistakes.  
  • Take any chance you get to practice the language.
  • Keep learning

For more details, please watch my video on YouTube.