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Italki Language challenge Lesson 1

October 19, 2015

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.

El Juego De Tronos
El Juego de Tronos. ¿Te gusta? A mí, me encanta. Ahora. Porque para empezar no estaba segura de que disfrutaría viendo El Juego de Tronos porque realmente no me gusta la ‘fantasía’.

Yo no veía la serie cuando se transmitía en la televisión. Sin embargo, mi profesor de italki, Andrés, me dijo que le gustó muchísimo y había leído todos los libros también. Y como me gusta todo lo que tiene que ver con la historia (porque la trama se desarrolla en un mundo ficticio de carácter medieval) pensé que lo probaría.

Empecé a ver El Juego de Tronos al principio de julio 2015 y terminé al fin de septiembre 2015, así que ví cincuenta episodios en tres meses. ¡No puedo creerlo! Simplemente, no puedo dejar de verlos. Ahora tengo que esperar hasta la sexta temporada, que sale el año que viene. creo.

El Juego de Tronos (título original en inglés: A Game of Thrones) es una novela de fantasía escrita por el autor estadounidense Jorge R. R. Martin en 1996. 

Como he dicho/Como ya dije, la historia se desarrolla en un mundo ficticio de carácter medieval, y donde hay Siete Reinos.

Hay tres líneas argumentales principales: Hay una guerra civil por el control de Oeste entre varias familias nobles que aspiran al Trono de Hierro; la amenaza de los Otros, los Salvajes y los Caminantes Blancos que viven al otro lado de un inmenso muro de hielo, que protege el noroeste; y el viaje de Daenerys Targaryen, la hija exiliada del rey que fue asesinado, y que pretende regresar a oeste para reclamar sus derechos.

Tras un largo verano de varios años, el temible invierno se acerca a los Siete Reinos.

De todas maneras, mientras tanto, vamos a repasar el episodio muy emocionante – el ultimo episodio de la quinta temporada. Así que ten cuidado, ESTE ES UN SPOILER.

Me resulta bastante difícil contar esta historia porque El Juego de Tronos es una historia muy complicada con muchos personajes. Pero voy a intentar hacerlo. Y en la mayoria parte voy a usar la pronunciación de los nombres que se usan en la serie.

Melisandre, la sacerdotisa  roja, a quién llamo la bruja malvada con el pelo rojo, le dijo a Stannis Baratheon (primero de su nombre), de que el Señor de la Luz ha cumplido su promesa despejando el camino y derritiendo la nieve. Pero hay un problema: la mitad de su ejército ha desertado y su mujer se ha suicidado (porque con el consejo de Melisandre, su marido Stannis, había sacrificado a sus hija, quemándola en la hoguera.

Afuera del Invernalia, el ejército de Stannis fue insuficiente, pero Stannis sobrevive a pesar de todo. Desafortunadamente para él, es encontrado por Brienne de Tarth.  Ella levanta su espada para matarlo, pero no estoy segura si lo hizo, pero todo indica que sí. Vamos a ver en la siguiente temporada.

Melisandre abandonó a Stannis, y volvió al Muro. Sam ve una posibilidad de escapar con Eli y su bebé a Antigua para convertirse en maestre, para que puede regresar más tarde y ayudar a La Guardia de la Noche con sus conocimientos. Mientras Jon, carga con la culpa de haber sacrificado sus hombres por salvajes,  es asesinado por Los hombres de La Guardia de la Noche al pie del muro. ¿Pero se murió? ¿Pero se ha muerto? (Yo) no estoy tan segura.

Sansa consigue encender la vela que debía dar la señal de alarma para ser rescatada por fin de la malvada familia Bolton, y sobretodo su marido Ramsey Bolton. Pero Myranda (la amante del Ramsey) trató de matarla y Reek (anteriomente Theon Greyjoy) la lanzó (a Myranda) de la torre. Despúes, en una maniobra un tanto suicida, Reek y Sansa saltaron de lo alto de la muralla tratando de escapar ¿Pero se murieron? Vamos a ver.

En Braavos, Arya eligió a la justicia sobre el deber, y mató, con un cuchillo, a Meryn Trant, un mal hombre sádico. Él era una persona que Ayre tiene en su lista de gente que quiere matar. Pero según Jacquen H´ghar no era su misión y para el dios de los muchas caras “ella ha contraído una deuda” con lo que ella se quedó ciega o peor.

Jaime parte con Myrcella y su prometido, Trystane, despidiéndose en el muelle de Ellaria y Las serpientes de Arena (sus tres hijas). Ellaria la besa a Myrcella antes de zarpar. En el trayecto Jaime empieza a tratar de explicarle de que es su padre, pero ella ya lo sabe y lo aceptó. Todo sale muy bien. Pero inesperadamente la nariz de Myrcella comienza a sangrar: Ellaria la había envenenado con un beso letal. 

Tryion es designado para gobernar Meereen con la ayuda de Missandei y Gusano Gris, mientras que Jorah y Daario parten en busca de la reina Daenerys. Varys entra en escena para prestarle su red de espías. Me alegra ver que Varys habia regresado porque a mí me gusta mucho él y juntos con ‘the imp‘ o el enano, Tryion, ellos son tan graciosos.

En cuanto a La Madre de Dragones, llega a lugar seguro, pero Drogon (el más grande y más agresivo de sus tres dragones) está herido y exhausto y se niega a llevar de vuelta a Daenerys a Meereen. Daenerys empezó a caminar pero es rodeada por Dothrakis. No creo que ellos estén contentos de verla.

Cersei es presionada una vez más para confesar y ella se arrodilla a los pies del Gorrión Supremo apelando a la Misericordia de la Madre. Ella es culpable de incesto con su hermano gemelo, Jamie, pero ella lo niega. El Gorrión le permite regresar a la Fortaleza Roja tras su penitencia: la desnudan, le cortan el pelo y es obligada a caminar por la gente del pueblo (que la odia) hasta la Fortaleza Roja entre gritos, e insultos.  El camino es largo y horrible y llega sucia y con los pies sangrando. Un nuevo miembro enmascarado de Guardia Real la toma en brazos y jura eliminar “el mal” del reino.

FIN DE LOS SPOILERS.   

Fue un último episodio muy emocionante. Parecía que muchos de los personajes murieron, pero no podemos estar seguros de que ninguno de ellos murió.

Entre otros lugares como IrlandaCroacia, España fue también el escenario para el rodaje de juego de tronos y uno de los más bellos era el jardín de Dorne en Sevilla. Que quiero ir a ver el año que viene. De la sexta temporada sabemos ya que España volverá a formar parte de las localizaciones: se rodará en Girona, Peñíscola y Almería.

The Game of Thrones
The Game of Thrones. Do you like it? I love it. Now. Because to begin with I wasn’t sure that I’d enjoy watching The Game of Thrones because I don’t really like ‘fantasy’.

I didn’t watch the series when it was shown on television. However, my Italki teacher, Andrés, told me that he liked it very much and had read all the books as well. And as I like anything to do with history (because the story takes place in a fictious medieval world) I thought I’d try it.

I started watching The Game of Thrones at the beginning of July 2015 and finished at the end of September 2015, so I watched fifty episodes in three months. I couldn’t believe it! I just couldn’t stop watching them. Now I have to wait until the sixth season, which comes out next year. I think.

As I said, the story takes place in a fictious medieval world and where there are Seven Realms/Kingdoms.

There are three main storylines: There’s a civil war for the control of the West between several noble families who aspire to the Iron Throne; the threat of the others, the Wildlings and the White Walkers who live on the other side of an immense wall of ice that protects the northwest; and the journey of Daenerys Targaryen, the exhiled daughter of the murdered king, and who intends to return to the west in order to reclaim her rights. After a long summer of several years, the dreaded winter is approaching the Seven Kingdoms.

Anyway, meanwhile we’re going to review the very exciting episode – the last episode of the fifth season. So Be Careful, THIS IS A SPOILER.

I find it quite difficult to tell this story because The Game of Thrones is a very complicated story with many characters. But I’ll try to do so. And the most part I’m going to use the pronunciation of the names that are used in the series.

Melisandre, the red priestess, who I call the evil witch with the red hair, has told Stannis Baratheron (first of his name), that the Lord of the Light has fulfilled his promise, clearing the way and melting the snow. But there’s a problem: half of his army has deserted him and his wife has committed suicide (because with the advice of Melisandre, her husband, Stannis, sacrificed their daughter, burning her at the stake.

Outside of Winterfell, Stannis‘ army was insufficient, but Stannis survives in spite of everything. Unfortunatley for him, he’s found by Brienne of Tarth. She raises her sword to kill him, but I’m not sure if she did it, but everything points to ‘yes’. We’ll see in the next season.

Melisandre left Stannis and returned to The Wall. Sam sees a possibility of escape with Eli and her baby to Antigua to become a master, so that he can return later and help the Nights Watch with his knowledge. Meanwhile Jon, burdened with the guilt of having sacrificed his men for savages, is murdered by the men of the Nights watch at the foot of the wall. But did he die? I’m not so sure.

Sansa manges to light the candle that should give the alarm signal to be rescued at last from the evil Bolton family, and aboveall from her husband Ramsey Bolton. But Myranda (Ramsey‘s mistress) tries to kill her and Reek (previously Theon Greyjoy) threw her off the tower.

Then, in a somewhat suicidal maneuver, Reek and Sansa jumped from the top of the wall trying to escape. But did they die? We have to wait and see.

In Braavos, Arya choses justice over duty and kills Meryn Trant, an evil, sadistic man, with a knife. He was one of the people that Ayre had on her list of people who she wanted to kill. But according to Jacquen H’ghar it was not her mission and to the Many Faced God, she had “contracted a debt” and with that she was blinded or worse.

Jaime left with Myrcella and her fiance, Trystane, saying goodbye to Ellaria at the pier with the Sand Snakes (her three daughters). Ellaria kisses Myrcella (goodbye) before setting sail. On the way, Jaime begins to try to explain to her that he is her father, but she already knows and accepts it. Everything is going very well. But unexpectedly, Myrcella’s nose begins to bleed: Ellaria has poisoned her with a deadly kiss.

Tyrion is appointed to govern Meereen with the help of Missandei and Grey Worm, while Jorah and Daario leave in search of the Queen Daenerys. Varys enters the scene to lend his network of spies. I’m pleased to see that Varys has returned because I really like him and together with the Imp or dwarf, Tryion, they are so amusing.

As for the Mother of Dragons, she reaches a safe place. But Drogon (the largest and most aggressive of the three dragons) is wounded and exhaused and refuses to take Daenerys back to Meereen. Daenerys starts walking but is surrounded by the Dothrakis. I don’t think that they’re happy to see her.

Cersei is pressed once again to confess and she kneels at the feet of the Supreme Sparrow appealing to Mother Mercy. She is guilty of incest with his her twin brother, Jamie, but she denies it. The Supreme Sparrow lets her return to the Red Fort after her penance: they strip her, cut her hair and she’s forced to walk through the town’s people (who hate her) to the Red Fort as they shout insults. The road is long and horrible and she’s dirty, with bleeding feet. A new masked member of the Royal Guard takes her in his arms swearing to eliminate “evil” from the kingdom.

END OF SPOILERS

It was a very exciting episode. It seems that many of the characters died, but we can’t be sure that any of them died.

Among other places such as Ireland and Croatia, Spain was also the setting for the filming of The Game of Thrones and one of the most beautiful places was the garden of Dorne in Seville. I want to go and see it next year. For the sixth season, we already know that Spain will return to be part of the locations: they will film in Girona, Peñíscola and Almería.

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!

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