Talking about Easter in your Spanish Leaving Cert Oral (when the oral is before Easter)

Eggquilibrium de Orla De Bri en la Galeria Nacional de Dublín

Eggquilibrium de Orla De Bri en la Galeria Nacional de Dublín

A question I would regard as guaranteed for your Leaving Cert Oral examination is the one about Easter. This year, with the Easter holidays falling after the orals, the question will be a great way for the examiner to test your knowledge of Easter vocabulary as well as your future tenses.

Vocabulario útil:

Semana Santa = Holy Week/Easter week

domingo de Pascua = Easter Sunday

huevos de Pascua = Easter eggs

Conejo/conejito de Pascua = Easter bunny

ir a misa/a la iglesia = to go to mass/to church

el cofrade = religious brotherhood that carries religious images around the city at Easter, particularly famous in Seville.

cenar en familia = to have dinner with the family

Sample questions and answers:

¿Qué harás durante las vacaciones de Semana Santa? = What will you do over the Easter holidays?

Bueno, me imagino que no haré mucho que no sea estudiar porque ahora estoy bajo mucha presión con el poco tiempo que nos queda.

Well, I guess I won’t do much other than study because I’m under a lot of pressure with the short amount of time left to us.

Entonces, estudiaré un montón. Intentaré levantarme pronto todos los días. Desayunaré, estudiaré unas horas y comeré. Tomaré algunos descansos, y estudiaré por la tarde y la noche también. Saldré a dar un paseo o a correr. Es importante descansar de alguna manera durante un día intenso así.

Well, I’ll study a lot. I’ll try to get up early every day. I’ll have breakfast, study for a few hours and then eat. I’ll take a few breaks, and I’ll study in the afternoon and the evening as well. I’ll go for a walk or for a run. It’s important to take some kind of break during an intense day like this.

¿Cómo celebrarás Pascua? = How will you celebrate Easter?

Mi familia y yo iremos a la iglesia/a misa el domingo de Pascua y cuando volvamos de la iglesia, comeremos una comida magnífica. Vendrá toda la familia/ vendrán mis tíos y mis primos. Comeremos rosbif/cordero asado/cochinillo asado etc. Será delicioso. Luego comeremos huevos de Pascua y nos echaremos al sofá para tomar la siesta/ver la tele/ver una película. Me lo pasaré muy bien. Tengo ganas de tomar un día libre y estar con la familia.

My family and I will go to church/mass on Easter Sunday and when we come home, we’ll eat a magnificent meal. The whole family will come/my uncles & aunts and cousins will come. We’ll eat roast beef/roast lamb/roast suckling pig etc. It’ll be delicious. Then we’ll eat Easter eggs and sit on the couch to have a siesta/watch TV/watch a film. I’ll have a good time. It’ll be good to take a day off and be with family. 

Velas de Pascua

Velas de Pascua

¿Qué sueles hacer el domingo de Pascua? = What do you normally do on Easter Sunday NB PRESENT tense

El domingo de Pascua mi familia y yo solemos ir a la misa y luego celebrar el día con mis abuelos/mis tíos. Dependiendo del año vamos a casa de mis abuelos/tíos o nos quedamos en nuestra casa y ellos vienen a nosotros. Comemos algo especial y luego comemos un mogollón de chocolate en forma de huevos de Pascua. Después de eso, necesitamos echar la siesta y luego vemos la tele. Suele ser un día muy relajado, y me gusta.

On Easter Sunday my family and I normally go to mass and then we celebrate the day with my grandparents/with my uncles and aunts. Depending on the year, we go to my grandparents’ house/my uncle and aunt’s house or we stay at home and they come to us. After that, we need a siesta and then we watch TV. It’s usually a really relaxed day and I like it. 

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