Spanish Reflection

2. Use a metaphor and a simile to describe the subjunctive and/or the imperative.

The imperative uses are confusing like a riddle, the subjunctive uses is a 500 page book, long and windy.

3. How is what you have learned relevant to other classes/material you are learning?

Learning about new and different verb tenses made me a lot more aware of the tenses I use when writing in English, and so I always made sure the tense makes sense and is grammatically correct. Also, we’re currently starting a unit on gender stereotypes and standards within society in art class, and looking at jewelery. This is similar to our appearances unit as both revolve around the idea of society’s standards on fashion.

4. Write a headline of no more than 10 words to summarize your learning this unit.

Class learns about the truth around beauty in society!

9. Make a wordle or mind map of your learning.

Spanish – Unit 1 Reflection

In the past unit, I think my strongest language skill was my writing; I really understood the format of each type of text (critique, news article, etc) as well as its purpose, so I was able to successfully communicate my message in each piece of writing. My next strongest point was reading, where I able to comprehend the text and identify different elements of it. One thing to improve here would be to constantly review the unit grammar and vocabulary so I can avoid not knowing words that are crucial to understanding the meaning.

Areas I need to work on are my speaking and listening. While words come easily on paper, I still find it a little difficult to come up with words to speak fluently on the spot. This is because I don’t practice speaking enough, and thus I get nervous and forget the correct words. Next unit, when I review vocabulary and grammar, such as on quizlet, I will try to say the words aloud as I go, so I can familiarize myself with speaking those words. In addition, I can also practice listening to words on quizlet, so that I recognize the sounds and such.

My goals for the rest of the semester is to continue expanding my vocabulary and working on speaking and listening. I also want to try to use more complex sentence structures, so that I can express my ideas more clearly.

Spanish – Goals for This Year

This year, I want to focus on the following goals as to help me become a better Spanish speaker. I’ve written them in English so I explain them in more depth.

Firstly, I need to review old conjugations we’ve learnt and practice the new ones. I will do this by using Conjuguemos and their games on different verb tenses. Ideally, I will practice this 2-3 a week, but at least once when I have other work.

Secondly, I feel that my range of vocabulary is still rather limited, especially compared to how I would normally express myself in English and how I would like to be able to write and speak in Spanish. Therefore, I want to practice transitions/expressions and other vocabulary (e.g. verbs, adjectives, nouns, etc). I will do this by using Quizlet and create different stacks of flashcards to help me learn new words and put old ones into my long-term memory.

Thirdly, I want to continue to use my previous assessments to help me make my next ones better. I remember that during the second semester in 9th grade, I began using the feedback from my previous work to target areas of weakness in my current work, which really helped me improve the quality. I want to continue to do this, and perhaps use a page to jot down notes on what I need to work on.

I look to a great year of learning Spanish! (with the fabulously dressed Señora Hill, of course 😉 )

Exclusive: Mercutio’s Unveiled Secrets

Mercutio casually leaning on the side of wall.

Mercutio casually leaning on the side of wall. (Source)

Scandalous! Rumors have been going around about 3 Montagues slipping off into the night and into a party hosted by Capulet himself. Does this have something to do with the constant conflict between these two houses? We’ve asked one of those 3 young men, Mercutio, hoping he’ll give us the scoop not only on the fighting but also about his love life.

You obviously know about the feuding between Montague and Capulet, what do you think about it?

It’s entirely irrational and foolish. The houses fight simply because they have different names, but take that away and you’re left with meaningless bickering. What comes from this fighting doesn’t matter in a big city like Verona.

On whose side of the feud would you put yourself, Capulet or Montague?

Why should I pick a side? That would be as useless as the ‘feud’ itself. Why should I raise my sword at one but not the other? I consider myself on the side of Romeo and Benvolio, not because they are Montague, but because they are my friends.

Speaking of the feud, have you been involved in fights recently?

Are you suggesting that I’m a coward? What good is a man if he won’t – or worse, can’t defend his own honor? Fights, so much as simple brawls, shows a man’s courage and strength. If I can’t answer a duel, what kind of a man am I? I’ll cross swords with anyone should they dare to cross me.

Well, do you know Tybalt?

Prince of Cats

Tybalt, nicknamed the “Prince of Cats” by Mercutio. (Source)

Oh, don’t even speak of his name! A Capulet most foul, he might as well be called the ‘Prince of Cats’ for he’ll go around fighting anyone. Though he’s doubtlessly fearless, he’s also brash and hateful to all Montagues with baseless animosity. He fought Benvolio just the other day even with no provocation. If I ever see Tybalt, I will willingly raise my sword against him.

On another note, got any women in your life?

A man doesn’t need to chase a woman for the simple sake of ‘love’. Women, especially those in love, need tending and caring, for which I don’t have the time to spare. And not to mention, there are the ones who taunt us [men], swearing on their purity even while showing off their fair skin.

In that case, what’s your view on love and romance?

If women are to care for the young and the newborn, why do they need affection, or even love, from me? Love is rarely found, much less desired, as marriages are fixed and not chosen. That is, if love even exists at all. You’ll more commonly find desire and pleasure, which alone is fine for me.

Romeo’s been heard to be interested in a girl named Rosaline, what do you say?

What do I say? Oh, spout me a poem or two on her goddess-like lips! Oh, write me a sonnet on her beautiful body! [jumps up] Oh, sing of her and dance in her honor! [snickers] He moans about his rejected affections, but why bother at all? Find another woman, especially one not sworn on chastity.

We’ve also heard some rumors about Romeo and a new love… Any comments?

What are rumors good for, other than to be rumors? They are simple fantasies of the mind, much like dreams, and yet you still trust them to influence your thoughts? Use your wits, man! Even if Romeo does have a new love, I haven’t heard of it and I’m wary to believe the word of a journalist.

Well, thank you for coming in and sharing this with us Mercutio!

Spanish – ¿Estoy en forma?

¡Hola! Recientemente, he estado pensando sobre de la salud. ¿Piensas que estas saludable? Pienso que estoy algo saludable. Estoy en forma, por supuesto, pero frecuentemente como comida que es poco saludable.

He estado en muchos equipos de mi escuela de deportes como voleibol o hockey sobre césped. Estes deportes son ejercicio aeróbico y son bueno para mi corazón. Cada semana, juego voleibol con mis amigas en nuestro tiempo libre. Soy muy activa y hago mucho ejercicio, así me mantengo en buena forma y tengo músculos fuertes.

Por el otro lado, me encanta comer comida basura, especialmente los dulces con mucho azúcar. Aunque sé es malo para mi salud, todavía como los. Cuando era más joven, ¡no me gustó comer verduras para nada! Ahora, intento a comer una gama de comida, incluyendo verduras. De igualmente, necesito beber más agua, mejor beber refrescos.

Estoy en forma, pero todavía necesito comer comida más saludable. ¿Y tú? ¿Qué haces para mantenerse en forma? ¿Comes comida saludable o poco saludable?



Recientemente – recently

algo – somewhat, more or less

hockey sobre césped – field hockey

comida basura – junk food

dulces – sweets (sugary foods)

azúcar – sugar

incluyendo – including

De igualmente – similarly

Unit 1 – Reflection

For our past unit in Spanish class, we have been focussing on the correct usage and application of three different past tenses (preterite, imperfect, past perfect) and cultural legends.

I now understand more about the how to use the different past tenses and especially when to use them, which allows me to express many different things such as the origin of something or a past event in my life. I also understand how stories, legends, myths and fables can have morals, lessons or explain something. Lastly, I also understand a lot more about the culture and lifestyle of many ancient civilizations, and the way they have impacted the modern world today.

I still wonder about the different ways to use past perfect in my writing about the past, other than needing to connect back to the present day.

For the majority of my assessments, I found that Quizlet was the most effective in reviewing not only vocabulary but also the past tenses. Particularly for the preterite tense, using Quizlet was helpful in learning as it let me review them using examples. However, Quizlet does not show the patterns and rules, so at times I did not review them as much.

For the next unit, I will try to work on learning vocabulary as we go and at the beginning of the unit, so I can easily keep up with the material we go though. Additionally, I will make sure to keep reviewing the different rules and patterns in the conjugation of Spanish’s many tenses.

Semester 1 – What am I most proud of?

Throughout this semester in Spanish, I’ve accomplished many things that I’m proud of.

Firstly, I’ve tried to use more advanced vocabulary and transitions whenever I write. I’ve found that using these transitions – and not just the simple, common ones – make my sentences sound much more sophisticated, and can better connect my sentences together to form more complex sentence structures, as opposed to short, boring sentences that I used to write.

Secondly, I’ve completed my assignments to the best of my abilities, particularly my writing assignments, which I’ve consistently gotten good grades in. It was worth going over my writing over and over to add new vocab, transitions and expressions, and to check over the grammar and punctuation, which I had a little trouble with in the beginning of the semester.

Lastly, I believe I’ve done well in studying and using different verb tenses, especially the preterite, which I found to be one of the easier verb tenses. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered them, as I do still make mistakes from time to time, but I definitely understand them better now and can use them in my writing, which is great.

Matthew Carrington – Bystanderism

February 2nd, 2005. A day that would leave a family grieving, 4 boys heavy with guilt and researchers wondering about this incident for decades. The day that Matthew Carrington, a 21 year old college student simply wishing to join a fraternity, died in a hazing accident, in which he was forced to drink 5 gallons of water and perform calisthenics, which led to swelling of his brain and lungs, seizures and heart failure. All whilst 4 other fraternity brothers looked on, only calling an ambulance when it was already much too late.

So why did these 4 boys refrain from acting and possibly saving Matthew’s life? The bystander effect. Simple in appearance, but in truth has so many factors that play a part in why the 4 boys didn’t do anything.

Firstly, these boys were affected by ‘social influence’, particularly ‘compliance’ – people agreeing with someone else while holding back their disagreement – and ‘internalization’ – people publicly or privately agreeing to an opinion or idea. One boy mentioned that he had typed in 911 on his phone and was just about to press call, when another boy told him it was fine and that Matthew was simply “sleeping it off”, and pressed the red button to terminate the call. This is a clear example of internalization, where the whole group agreed to the boy’s idea and thus no individual spoke up. Compliance may have also occurred here too. The boy with the phone must have thought something was wrong, but when the other boy tried to reassure them, he may have suppressed those feelings and didn’t act.

One also has to remember that these 4 boys were not medical experts and must have mistaken Matthew’s state for something else, which were not entirely their fault. But in the end, bystanderism has definitely played a large role in this accident.

Spanish – PTS Reflection

I understand the conjugation of the preterite tense very well and am able to use it without help most of the time. I am also able to use the other tenses, such as imperfect, present progressive and such effectively to convey my message, though I need to study those conjugations more as I sometimes need to use the conjugation chart. One of my weaknesses is that sometimes, I forget a few old words when I learn new ones, especially transitions since there are many of them. I plan to use Quizlet so I can continually study those transitions, and put them in my long term memory. Sometimes, I think we move a little too fast, especially in terms of homework and assessments. I think it would be very helpful if we could have some time in class to work on our assessments, especially large projects, which will help as we will be able to ask you questions to clarify or for certain words we are not sure of.