Yesterdays Activities

  • Spanish television – Caso Cerrado

Yes, I’m really enjoying these 2 websites, and I’m learning a lot from them.  They both have given me confidence that I really HAVE been learning something.


Connections – enseñar (to teach)


I just love making connections and knowing that I’ve just added another word to my vocabulary.

Yesterday, I started to read

    A First Spanish Reader
    </ by Erwin W. Roessler and Alfred Remy downloaded to my Kindle for free from . It's another oldie but goodie, and I learned the word, "enseñar".

    Mi maestro enseña el español.

    Today, while glancing at a blog I follow. I saw…

    Texto bíblico: Salmos 86:11 Enséñame, oh Jehová, tu camino; caminaré yo en tu verdad; afirma mi corazón para que tema tu nombre.

    It took a bit to figure out that Salmos is Psalms. Scrounging through Samuel did not help. But, JOY. I’ve a new word.


    (oh, and enséñame must be a passive construction I’m thinking like gustar. It shall be fun to figure that out.)

How Much Have I Learned?

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I’ve spent the past day assessing my progress.

I’m thrilled to have completed about a quarter of my grammar text, but have I really learned anything?

I know that I’m understanding more Spanish than I was before, but I’m still struggling with regular present tense conjugations.  I lack confidence when I’m conjugating verbs.  So, I need more practice.  Where do I get the practice?  Well, I think the best is to read more in the present tense, so that the conjugations become just a routine.  So, I scrounged through some readers that I put on my Kindle, and I have a reader that I’m going to add to my daily study.  I shall have to get the title., but it’s another free to download and therefore over 100 years old.  The second thing I want to do is practice conjugations.  My grammar text builds on what I’ve learned previously, so I may get more practice as I progress.  But, I’ve also looked at some other texts to see if they may help me with additional review, but I rather pick up the practice via a reader.

A blog that I’d read had mentioned that an efficient way to learn Spanish was to initially focus on the high frequency words.  Of course, I can’t recall the specific blog, but I did find a list of the 100 words.  Woohoo.  I am confident about the use of 50 of the 100 words.  The other 50, some are totally unfamiliar, and others I’m familiar but  not confident.  For example, although I would know the meaning of the word, “sobre” if I saw it in context, I couldn’t distinguish it from saber within the list, so I added both of those words to my 50 that I need to work on.  Although 50% is not very good, it is 50 % more than I used to have. And, now I have a list of words that I can really focus on.

Watching Spanish television has really drummed it into my head that certain words are repeated over and over.  For instance, I wasn’t sure what the word ‘pasar’ meant so, I looked it up in the dictionary, and the dictionary provided the phrase, “se puede pasar?”  — Can we come in”  And, wouldn’t you know it.  But, those words were repeated several times during the episode of “Por Ella Soy Eva” today.

“Por Ella Soy Eva” has become my favorite Telenovela to watch.  Even if I have no idea what’s going on, I can still laugh at the ridiculous situations that the main character gets into as a man pretending to be a woman.

Joy – Starting to Understand


I was hoping that I could figure out how to embed a link within the photo, but nope. I still have more to learn. Here’s the link

I’m sharing this because I was able to read it and enjoy it without looking up any words. SUCCESS.

I’m still still looking at the word “quierer” and trying to make it into an interrogative question, but my brain is slowing working it way around to accepting that it means “to want”.

I’m continuing to work on my grammar, reader, and other activities.

This week in the grammar, the reading selection was about going to the store and buying food. Food, etc. was last week’s special interest, so for the first time, the reading selection was easy and a delight to read.

Plaza Sesamo

I watched Plaza Sesamo this morning which was just delightful, and the letter was T, the number 19, and the word was “to spin.”

We also went to the library, and I picked up some new picture books for this week.  I will need to post a separate post about the books.

I’m finding that irregular verbs and different types of conjugation are frustrating me because now, I recognize that something’s “not right” and when I encounter sentences with different conjugations, I’m at a bit of a loss.  The flip side of that is when I encounter sentences in present tense, I’m understanding fairly well.  It’s the contrast between the two that’s so frustrating.

I’m still having to think when I compose present tense conjugation, so I need a lot more practice.

I’m still trudging through my grammar, but it looks like I’m staying on track with about a unit per week.

Oh, and an exciting moment of the day was when I read one of the Spanish blogs that I follow.  chaqueta iris  I read this blog post right after I read the book Siesta in which the little boy looks for his red jacket, and I was just thrilled to see the chaqueta.   And, isn’t the giraffe awfully cute.  Just a beautiful chaqueta.  Now, to just figure out what iris means.  Is it a name or maybe a color?