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Old 28th February 2008, 01:24 PM   #21
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Can i ask anyone who knows .When you purchase the spreadsheets from here for the Intermediate level is the Spanish conversation between Ben and Marina interpreted into English on the spreadsheets .

Can i ask anyone who knows .When you purchase the spreadsheets from here for the Intermediate level is the Spanish conversation between Ben and Marina interpreted into English on the spreadsheets .


Have a look here in the Notes in Spanish section FAQ
You can get a sample to look at from in there.
Thanks for the reply Greytop

I did look at the samples but noticed on the Intermediate level there wasn`t any interpretation therefore the dialogue was only in Spanish.Now i know it`s Spanish we`re learning i just find it very useful and learn phrases and understand word placements when it`s translated and explained.

So far i haven`t purchased the sheets for this reason .If it is translated great but i still don`t know

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Old 28th February 2008, 01:53 PM   #22
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I did look at the samples but noticed on the Intermediate level there wasn`t any interpretation therefore the dialogue was only in Spanish.Now i know it`s Spanish we`re learning i just find it very useful and learn phrases and understand word placements when it`s translated and explained.

So far i haven`t purchased the sheets for this reason .If it is translated great but i still don`t know
No - I think they are all in Spanish and follow the same format - transcript, vocabulary explained (in spanish), exercises.
Only the beginners have English translations.
You'd learn a lot more doing the translations than just reading them!
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Old 28th February 2008, 02:38 PM   #23
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Gender bending subjects such as el mapa instead of la mapa. In other words, they sound masculine or feminine but are treated like the opposite.
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Old 28th February 2008, 06:02 PM   #24
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Gender bending subjects such as el mapa instead of la mapa. In other words, they sound masculine or feminine but are treated like the opposite.
And then there are the feminine nouns that take the masculine definite article.

el hache

el hambre

el águila

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Old 28th February 2008, 06:13 PM   #25
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Just has to be the subjunctive for me! Closely followed by conditionals....
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Old 28th February 2008, 06:31 PM   #26
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Preterite vs. Imperfect

Ser vs. Estar

Por vs. Para

The Subjunctive.

yo tambien!!

Ser y Estar? - por y para
I am not sure if it right but i have been led to believe that Soy is like a permanent thing, I.e. Soy Clare
Estar when its a location or a temporary condition?
Estoy triste

Quien sabe?
Is this correct?

And Por - Para, i also tend to use these basically on what sounds right at the time!!

And of course the reflexive pronouns!! SCARY!!

Clare
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Old 1st March 2008, 11:02 PM   #27
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I'd have to say the preterit versus imperfect is a pretty frustrating thing. I get the really obvious differences that books and such tend to point out («dormía cuando me llamaste», «comía mientras él leía», «cuando era niña vivía en Nuevo York», «cuando tenía doce años...», things like that) but sometimes it's more subtle. The subjunctive is not that troublesome for me though (as scary as it was when I first found out about its existence); the differences between it and the indicative are a little clearer to me. In fact, I'm starting to love it.

Also the little things, like what prepositions to use where ("should I use 'para' before the infinitive, or just the infinitive?" type of thing), will sometimes trip me up. Nowhere near as hard in Spanish as it is in Italian (though it also helps that I have a professor I can pester with Spanish questions, not so for Italian), thankfully, and I'm getting better, but they still throw me sometimes.
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