Note at the noticeboard, 17th October.-Reminder Bacc 1 & Bacc 2


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Coffee time at Summerhill school, UK

There are papers at the photocopier for those students who failed the subject of English language last year. (Inglés suspenso de Bacc 1)

Avoid speaking Spanish language in class.

Do not ask questions such as: “¿qué pone ahí?”, “no te entiendo”, “dime”, “¿cómo se dice?” (say “what is that? or “what is to be put here”*, “I don´t understand you”, “tell me”, “how do you say?” instead)

When your teacher is calling the register don´t answer like this: “oui”, sí”,”¿qué?”,”yo”, “aquí” (say “yes!”, “pardon?”, “me!”, “present!” instead)

Get a dictionary with you (it is incredibly useful)

Do you want to listen? / Does she want to listen?

I have a sister and she´s got a Ferrari / I have a sister who has a Ferrari*

Do not ask “¿sigo?”, “¿copiamos eso?”, “¿qué hay que hacer?”; ask “Shall I go on?or “can I finish?” “let me finish”*, “shall we copy that?”, “what do we have to do?”

Doing the exercises right is a positive thing, but it is much better to understand what you are saying or writing in English. In other words, grammar might be a bit difficult sometimes but doing nonsense can be really bad.

Remember basics: January, February, …… / one, two, three, four….. / me, you, him…. /my book, her boyfriend, …. / is it quarter to seven?*, it is five past ten … / Monday, Tuesday, …/ this book is Michael´s book , these are my books, …

Haven´t you seen Tom yet? (aún) / Have you seen Tom yet? (ya)

Functional language:

What is that? …………………….

How do you spell …? …………………………..

I have written/said* ……………………….

Can I speak Spanish, teacher? ………………………….

Can I clean the blackboard?…………………………………

May I come in? ……………………………………….

Has anyone got a dictionary, please? ……………………….

I am having a shower at the moment…………………..

I haven´t got it. Sorry! ………………………

*[corrections suggested by the blogger roughseasinthemed. Thanks for your help. EF]

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3 Responses to “Note at the noticeboard, 17th October.-Reminder Bacc 1 & Bacc 2”

  1. roughseasinthemed Says:

    As a native English speaker living in Spain, I’m puzzled by a couple of things.

    I would understand ‘que pone ahi?’ to be ‘what is to be put here” (literally) ie ‘what do I put here?’

    As for the register. I would have said yes, or here. My partner seems to think he said ‘present, sir’. Not sure about the pardon.

    I have a sister who has a Ferrari, would be my take on it. Got is not a good word to use. Or my sister has a Ferrari.

    Mi hermana tiene un Ferrari?

    The use of tiene in English in this example should surely be has and not got.

    Sigo works in Spanish but not in English. We would never say, ‘shall I continue?’ ~ It’s too contrived.

    It would more likely be, can I finish, or let me finish. Or even, can I go on.

    And rather than ‘what do we have to do’ I would probably say ‘what do we need to do’ (to complete this exercise). But need in this sense is not the same as hacer falta. ie I don’t lack something.

    is it a quarter to seven? No, we ask if it is quarter to seven. No ‘a’.

    Is this book Michael’s? (we wouldn’t add the extra book).

    I have written/said/put – no!!! we don’t use put half as much as Spanish use poner. It does not fit in that context.

    Not sure whether that is helpful or not, but I did enjoy reading your post and thinking about the Spanish/English versions.

    The only golden rule is that literal translations rarely work.

  2. eugenio fouz (@eugenio_fouz) Says:

    Dear blogger Roughseasinthemed, thanks a lot for your suggested corrections. I love them. Really helpful.
    Thanks
    EF

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