Hola a todos,
Here are my notes from my first lesson with my Italki teacher, Andrés, for the Italki Language Challenge.
Just to recap: I’ve decided to take the Italki Language Challenge for October 2015 because I want to increase my range of expressions in Spanish.
As recommended by Italki, I made a Public Pledge Video before starting the challenge to put a little peer pressure on myself. Being held accountable to someone else helps me to stay on target and reach my goal.
The video is in both English and Spanish, and it’s where I make a pledge to commit to 6 hours of lessons over a 2 week period (just a mini challenge this one) and talk about my language goal.
At the end of the challenge I’ll then make another video to talk about how I got on and if I managed to complete the challenge and my goal.
My Goal for the Italki Language Challenge October 2015
6 Lessons of one hour between 18th – 31st October 2015:
- 30 minutes talking about a different subject each time so that I can learn new vocabulary and phrases associated with different topics;
- 30 minutes of grammar – working on the dreaded subjunctive.
Lesson 1: Talking about ‘The Game of Thrones’
For lesson one, I talked to Andrés about one of our favourite TV shows The Game of Thrones. I talked about the characters – the ones that I liked and disliked. I described the different scenes and scenery (as The Game of Thrones has been filmed in some beautiful locations) and the plots and intrigue. I learnt a lot of new vocabulary and expressions and Andrés also helped me with my pronunciation of some of the more difficult words such as ‘estadounidense’ and ‘ejército’.
To practice my written Spanish, I then wrote an article about what we had discussed (see article below) and, to practice my pronunciation, I made a video to go along with it.
So here’s my attempt – a bit of a summary of the last episode of Season Five, and I’ve added an English translation at the end too.
This was a very good exercise to do for learning new words and increasing my range of expressions in Spanish. I’ve learnt a lot of new vocabulary and I’m quite confident that I’ll remember many of the new words for two reasons. Firstly, because I’ve learnt the new vocabulary and phrases in context i.e. by talking about and describing the characters and scenes in one of my favourite TV programmes. Secondly, because I’ve had to repeat the words and phrases numerous times e.g. when speaking with Andrés during my lesson, when writing the article, and when recording my audio.
I’m not sure what the subject of my second lesson with Andrés will be about yet but I do know that we are going to be spending half the lesson on the subjunctive – something that I, like many English people, have a lot of trouble with!
¡Hasta luego chicos!