"Poco a poco se va muy lejos." Little by little one goes very far. For some of you, it seems that the middle school foreign language experience has been a long journey. As an experienced language learner, I can tell you without a doubt that this is only the beginning. However, do not despair! You have an excellent foundation for success as you continue learning Spanish throughout high school, college, and the rest of your lives. Keep practicing this summer by using on-line resources such as studyspanish.com or donquijote.com (among many others). You might also try checking out some children's books in Spanish from the library to practice your skills this summer. Go to a Spanish speaking restaurant. Watch a movie with Spanish subtitles. There are countless things you can to do stay sharp. To finish the year, we will be learning clothing vocabulary, practical expressions for buying things in stores and markets, and how to make comparisons. ¡Qué se diviertan!
¿Dónde estás? ... ¡Aquí estoy! Now Spanish 1A students can find out where everything is located, using terms for next to, near, far, etc. They can also say where they're going and when, and what they do in different places in the city. Students are encouraged to begin mentally and/or verbally "narrating" their daily lives in Spanish. For example, while in the car on the way to the grocery store, think/say "Los martes, mi mamá y yo vamos al supermercado para comprar la comida" (On Tuesdays, my mom and I go to the supermarket in order to buy food). It's a fun and relevant way to use the language more often. ¡Todos los días, vamos a la clase de español para estudiar!