44 Gaukel St. Unit 4. Kitchener, ON. N2G 4P3
Ph. (226) 972-1322.
Office Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday to Friday
Please, check our program for more information.
During this course, you will learn the ABC's of Spanish pronunciation, the basic Grammar of the language and develop comprehension and "survival" speaking skills for traveling.
Oral proficiency and interaction in Spanish with your instructor will be stressed for your acquisition of practical vocabulary and for listening and answering questions. The course material consists of humorous stories, skits and dialogue exercises dealing with everyday situations.
At the end of this course, you will be able to express basic ideas in Spanish and be ready to take the Intermediate course where you will practice your conversational skills, learn more vocabulary and advanced Grammar.
Mini Lesson: LOS ARTICULOS
One of the most basic grammatical rules that beginner students need to learn is that in Spanish, articles have gender and number. In contrast to English, where the article "the" is used to define a noun regardless of its gender and number, (the girl, the boy, the girls, the boys), in Spanish, that article is translated into
4 different words: el, los, la and las: El niño,
los niños, la niña, las niñas.
Words ending in "o" in Spanish are regularly male and words ending in "a" are female. There are a number of exceptions, of course. The article that we use in front of nouns should agree with their gender. The word "cielo" (sky), for example, is a male noun in Spanish. So, we say "El Cielo".
Words ending in "a" are regularly female. So, the word "playa" (beach) is a female word and the article that we should use is "la": La playa.
Also, articles have to agree with the number of the nouns. If we are talking about more than one beach, we will say "las playas."
pelota de playa
tabla de surf
gafas de sol
traje de baño
La Playa y
Try to figure out the gender and number of the following nouns. Use "el" for male, "la" for female, "los" for male plural and "las" for female plural.
Copa Cabana, Brazil. Source: Google images.
As of 2010, Spanish became one of two mandatory options in all public and private Brazilian high schools. Spanish is mutually intelligible with Portuguese allowing Brazilians and Hispanics to understand, to a
considerable extent, both languages without prior study.