Un día en la vida de Cristobal Colón, por Eve – Curso 2

What seems like way back in September, my students and I worked on the  really interesting competition organised by Léargas last year connecting language and history through a project on A Day in the Life of …. Students had to choose a historical figure and write a diary entry in the language the figure would have spoken. It was an excellent idea for a school project and my students prepared some wonderful entries for the competition. We didn’t win, but it was a great experience.

One of my students, Eve, in Form 2, turned in this entry on a day in the life of Christopher Columbus. Unfortunately, she handed it in late, so we couldn’t submit it, but I decided to publish it here as I was so impressed by the standard of the work done by a student at the start of Form 2.

     El Diario De Cristóbal Colón

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26 de septiembre 1492

Cada mañana, me despierto con el sonido del océano y las olas a las seis en punto de la madrugada. Me levanto rápido porque no quiero perder tiempo. Me lavo la boca y la cara. Me pongo mi camisa, mi sombrero, mis pantalónes y mis botas.

En general, hablo con mi tripulación a las siete menos cuarto. Hablamos sobre el tiempo y los mapas. Entonces desayunamos juntos. Después del desayuno vamos a trabajar. Me siento en mi pupitre y ahora a las siete y media estudio mis mapas.

Todavía no podemos ver tierra. Estoy muy delgado y estoy muy agotado y hambriento. Me gustaría qua mi madre me hiciera una comida para mi con paella y crema catalana para el postre. Echo muchísimo de menos  a mi familia.

Cenamos en la mesa a las ocho en punto. Para la cena tomamos muchas galletas secas; yo odio las galletas . Para el postre tomo una cucharada de jalea. Antes de ir a la cama rezo para mi tripulación y mis barcos, Santa Maria, Nina y Pinta.



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Yo mismo, escrito por James R. Curso 1

I’m delighted to share this student work as the first post on Pancomido in 2016. James R. (Form 1) prepared this piece as part of his Form 1 Assessment in November. Along with the whole class, he prepared a first draft, which I corrected, and then a second draft incorporating corrections. His work required very few corrections and I was very impressed with his writing, which drew on not only what the class had studied together, but also on language we had only touched on in class and on his own initiative in looking for words & structures to get his message across. It received a mark of 9.5/10. 


Yo Mismo

¡Hola! Soy James y vengo de Irlanda. Tengo el pelo moreno y los ojos de color avellano. Tengo trece años, cumplí trece años en agosto. Mis amigos dicen que soy inteligente y simpático. Soy delgado y deportista. Soy activo y relajado. Juego al tenis, rugby y hockey.

Somos cinco en mi familia: mi padre, Paul, mi madre, Muireann, mis dos hermanas, Aoibhinn y Caoilfhionn, y yo. Tengo dos perros. Mis perros son pequeños y bonitos. Son blancos, marrones y negros. Tengo un gato también. Es negro y blanco, y muy suave.

Mi padre es contable. Mi madre es ama de casa. Mi padre es simpático, muy inteligente, delgado, relajado y activo. Mi madre es muy simpática, amorosa, activa, relajada, delgada e inteligente. Mi hermana Aoibhinn tiene dieciocho años y está en el sexto curso. Es deportista, inteligente, activa, divertida, delgada y linda. Mi otra hermana Caoilfhionn tiene veintiún anos. Es muy inteligente, relajada, simpática, delgada y activa. Mi familia es muy deportista, activa, inteligente y cariñosa. Quiero ser Director Ejecutivo de mi propia empresa. Lo que más me importa es mi familia y también mis animales.


Puppy, Guggenheim Bilbao


La hora – telling the time in Spanish

As always, here’s a few options for reviewing how you tell the time en español. Do at least one of these before moving on to the activities.


Telling the time, very clearly expressed on this page.

Expand your knowledge. Take it one step further by looking at these phrases.

Do you want to see it all in one place? Very clearly laid-out list of lots of time-related phrases.

If you’re stuck and want to find out how exactly you say a particular time, use this interactive clock which will also give you am/pm. 


Notes on how to say the time (in clear, simple Spanish)Don’t miss the two review activities at the very bottom of the page before moving on.

The central panel here tells you how to tell the time. On the left, under the Telling the Time section, there’s a variety of quizzes and even some oral prompts to work with. 

Practise telling the time by changing the hands on a clock. 

Work with listening skills to recognise the time (get your ear in for the JC!).

Who wants to be a millionaire?-style game. 

Actividad para Curso 1: llamarse

Autumn is here

El otoño está aquí.

Very quick activity for Form 1 to work on the verb llamarse, using the Textivate tool. It’s not free to create texts, but they occasionally share pre-made activities on Twitter, which is where I came across this one. You could use it as a whole class activity on the board with students working in pairs, or preferably, get them working on it on their own tablets or computers if you have that kind of access.

Textivate: ¿cómo se llama?

The only thing I don’t love about this activity is that in the text in English, it says “how are you called?” which we wouldn’t say ourselves. But I don’t think this will cause the students any trouble!

Blancanieves: a personal response by Kiran, Curso 2

At the start of May, my colleague and I brought our Form 2 classes to the Irish Film Institute to watch Blancanieves. I have selected some of the most interesting and considered responses for sharing. The students wrote partly in Spanish and partly in English. The full responses will appear here on the site and selections will be taken from them for the school yearbook in December. 

Here is the first response, by Kiran. 

Mi personaje favorito en la película “Blancanives” es Antonio
Villalta. Antonio es mi personaje favorito por que actuó muy bien y
mostró expresiones muy interesantes. Es un personaje muy convincente.

My favourite scene in “Blancanieves”  was the scene in which the evil
step-mother kills Antonio Villalta. I really like this scene because
it is very well directed. The lighting indicates a very sinister tone
and the music is composed superbly to match that tone. The actors are
also exceptional in this scene. Daniel Giménez Cacho (Antonio
Villalta) acts very well in this scene and he nails the facial
expressions. Maribel Verdú (Encarna) also does a brilliant job. I
really hated her character, which is a real sign of good acting. This
scene really stood out to me because I was on the edge of my seat for

Overall, I liked the movie “Blancanieves”. The director does a great
job of telling a story without the characters having to say a single
word. The lighting in the movie really contributes to the scene. The
musical score was also brilliant, and really set the tone of the
scene. All of the actors do a fantastic job in the movie. They all
exhibit their facial expressions in a very convincing manner and all
of the characters had their own distinctive characteristics and
traits. The story of “Snow White” was adapted to a Spanish environment
very well. The modification of the story brought out the unique
Spanish culture, while still staying true to the original story.

Nacionalidades (curso 2)

Use these flashcards to review and learn the nationalities.

La bandera española

La bandera española

Once you’ve reviewed those, try this battleships game to test yourself.  You’ll need to apply the rules we used in class to figure out some of the answers!

Learn some of the South-American nationalities here.

Step it up slightly, and match the sentences – be careful with the use of ser.

Feeling confident: try this hangman where you have to work out the nationality from the sentences.

Curso 1 – Practicando adjetivos y ser

¡Bienvenidos a pancomido!

Welcome to pancomido, Form 1!

This post is to help you to work with adjectives that we are learning, as well as getting familiar with the verb ser, to be.


Son felices.

Son felices.

This video is really helpful to talk you through using the verb ser with adjectives, but you must wear earphones to listen to it, or else watch it at home.

Or else jump straight in and do this matching activity to learn new adjectives.

Now try playing hangman to test yourself on whether you remember them!

How’s your memory? A quick game of memory will test your Spanish as well.

Try out these flashcards which have lots more adjectives you’ll be able to use to describe yourself later in the week! There are lots of different games and activities, but get earphones to get the most out of the activities!