Leaving Certificate Spanish Task
in the morning: don’t fall into the en la mañana trap. It should be por la mañana, unless it’s a clock time such as eight in the morning or in other words 8am which should be las ocho de la mañana.
*verbs like gustar: these are tested in EVERY dialogue in the Leaving Cert Spanish exam. In this particular dialogue we have:
- …would like to know…
- …like outdoor activities…
- …also interested in Spanish culture.
- …would love to cook…
Two subjunctives in this dialogue: NO! No freaking out about the subjunctive. In the entire 2017 Spanish Leaving Cert paper, the subjunctive is required 3 times, which would add up to 3 marks, or .75 (three quarters) of a percent.
when + future: you would love to cook […] when you return home
When + future needs a present tense subjunctive.
dudo que…: you doubt if it’s possible…
However, as I’ve said elsewhere, if you find the subjunctive challenging, do take some time to look at it, but focus mainly on getting your basic tenses right.
ago: Say that you arrived in Santander two days ago.
The common error here is that people think pasado.
It should be Llegué (always followed by A) a Santander hace dos días.
to know: you […] would like to know what there is for young people to do …
There are two verbs to know in Spanish: saber and conocer.
Saber: to know facts/ factual information, to know the answer to a question such as who did it, and why and how and what they may have done and how much it may cost.
Saber + infinitive: to know how to do something
Conocer: to know a person or a place or also a piece of art, literature or music (the idea of being familiar with them)
**Conocer also means to meet for the first time, but more on the verbs for to meet another time.
Both verbs are irregular in the first person (the I form): saber = sé; conocer = conozco.
While vocabulary in the Leaving Cert exam dialogues can be challenging, usually the main challenge is to your memory to remember words that you learned during the Junior Cert Spanish exam and maybe have not revised or come across since.
In this dialogue, por ejemplo:
- I’m sporty
- I like outdoor activities
- to go hiking
- shopping centre
How many do you know without wracking your brains? Stop, write them down quickly, then scroll down and check.
- I’m sporty – Soy deportista
- I like outdoor activities – Me gustan las actividades al aire libre
- to go hiking – practicar el senderismo
- accommodation – alojamiento
- timetable – horario
- shopping centre – centro comercial
- runners – zapatillas
- raincoat – impermeable/ chubasquero
As always, I’m happy to stand corrected on any of the above or to add in synonyms.